How to Crop and Trim Video on iPhone and iPad in iOS 14 / 13

Your iPhone and iPad can serve as a handy tool to edit and produce videos. Two of the essential video editing functions are cropping and trimming clips. While there are many third-party apps you can get for this, even the default Photos app in iOS 13 and 14 is adequate. So, whether it’s for social media, personal use, or something else, here’s how to crop and trim video on iPhone or iPad.

How to Crop a Video in the Photos App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone

Open Photos App on iPhone in iOS 13

Step #2. Scroll down to the Videos section or select any Album.

Tap on Videos in iOS 13 Photos app

Step #3. Select a video you want to crop and tap on Edit from the upper-right corner of the screen.

Select the video and tap on Edit in iOS 13 Photos app

Step #4. Tap on the Crop icon from the bottom-right of the screen.

Tap on the Crop icon in iOS 13 Photos App

Step #5. In the Edit window, adjust the frame by pulling in or out, any edge of the video.

Crop a Video in Photos App in iOS 13 on iPhone

Note: Don’t get confused with the rotating options present in the window. Check out this link for a detailed tutorial on how to rotate a video on an iPhone or iPad.

Step #6. For a more precise crop, tap on Aspect Ratio button from the upper-right corner of the screen and then tap on Original tab to change the orientation from landscape to portrait or vice-a-versa.

Step #7. Continue Freeform cropping or choose the Presets from the options. Tap on Video and drag it to reframe, if required.

Crop the Video using Tools in iOS 13 Photos App

Note: You can slide the timeline to check the cropping throughout the video.

Step #8. Tap on Reset from the top of the screen to undo the action.

Reset the Crop Video in iOS 13 Photos App

Step #9. Once satisfied, tap on Done to save the video.

Tap on Done to Save Crop Video in iOS 13 Photos App

Preview the video once saved, repeat the process from step #3, if any change is required. Feel free to share this video with everyone; however, if you feel it is too big to share, you can either reduce its size or simply trim it.

How to Trim a Video in the Photos App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open the Photos Album Select Video  Edit.

Tap on Edit in Video in iOS 13 Photos App  

Step #2. Tap on Video icon from the bottom-left of the screen.

Tap on Video icon in iOS 13 Photos App

Step #3. Slide the handles placed on both sides of the film reel, to select the trim. Tap on Play to preview the video. Finally, tap on Done once you are satisfied with the trim.

Trim a Video in iOS 13 Photos App

Tada!! your video has been trimmed. Though, if you are not happy with the result, there is even an option to revert all the changes back. Now, hasn’t Apple thought of everything!! I am surely falling head over heels for the Photos app, all over again.

How to Revert an Edited Video to Original in the Photos App

Step #1. Open the Photos Album  Select Video  Edit. 

Step #2. Tap on Revert from the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Revert an Edited Video to Original in iOS 13 Photos App

Step #3. Confirm the action, by taping on Revert to Original.

Tap on Revert to Original to Confirm in iOS 13 Photos App

All the changes made will be reverted.

Note: In the new iOS 13.3 update, Apple has smartly included Save Video as a New Clip option. If you update your iOS device to the latest software, you can select the preferred option upon pressing Done.

Crop. Trim. Repeat !!!

At least for a while now, this is going to be my new mantra, though you might add revert here and there. After all, practice makes a man/woman/kid perfect; or shall I say, practice and experience is the difference between a novice and a professional.

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So, what would your mantra be – rotate, crop, trim, repeat, or something else altogether? Do share your views, reviews, and even your masterpiece videos with us, in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter pages. I will see you next time with more such insights, till then keep filming and keep editing.

Nikhil runs iGB’s official YouTube channel. He is the official lensman of iGB and GB’s small studio is Nikhil’s playground, where he does all wonders with his remarkable signature. When Nikhil is not in his studio, you may spot him in a gourmet restaurant, chomping his way through some delicious food. He is a great traveler, who can go for long drives in search of good food.