Trimming Videos on iPhone: A Simple How-To

Use the Photos App for Basic Trimming

The Photos app on your iPhone is more than capable of handling most video trimming tasks. If you’re looking to simply cut off the start or end of a video, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Photos app and select the video you wish to edit.
  2. Tap ‘Edit’ to bring up the video editing tools.
  3. Drag the sliders at either end of the video timeline to select the new start and end points.
  4. Tap ‘Done’ to save your trimmed video.

You can choose to save your edit as a new clip or overwrite the original video, depending on your preference.

Advanced Trimming with iMovie

For more complex edits, such as cutting a section from the middle of your video, iMovie is your go-to app. It offers more advanced features while still being intuitive. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open iMovie and start a new project.
  2. Select the video you want to edit from your camera roll.
  3. Tap the timeline to select your video, then use the split tool to cut it into sections.
  4. Trim the sections as needed by dragging the edges.
  5. Once satisfied, save your video back to your camera roll or share it directly.

Final Thoughts: Keeping Only the Best Moments

Trimming videos on your iPhone doesn’t have to be complicated. With the right tools and a little practice, you can keep only the best parts of your videos, making them more enjoyable to watch and share.


  1. Can I undo a trim on my iPhone?
    Yes, if you use the Photos app and save your trimmed video as a new clip, the original video remains unedited. You can always revert to the original if you saved over it by tapping ‘Edit’ then ‘Revert to Original.’
  2. How do I trim a video for Instagram?
    For Instagram, keep video length limitations in mind: 60 seconds for feed posts and 15 seconds for stories. Use the Photos app to trim your video to the desired length before posting.
  3. Can I edit multiple video clips together on my iPhone?
    Yes, using iMovie, you can combine multiple video clips into a single project, trim them as needed, and add transitions to create a cohesive video.
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