How to Crop a Video on iPhone

In the case of making the videos taken by an iPhone more exciting and merit to share, we need to edit the videos. This article will teach you how to crop a video on iPhone without any third-party software. Come and try!

Monday August 1, 2022 10:04 AM PDT by Karen Greene

Sometimes you feel a little dissatisfied after you record a video with your iPhone. This video may have too many unnecessary backgrounds and elements, or the object you want to shoot is too small in the video frame. In this case, it will be the simplest and most convenient way to use iPhone’s own Photo app and iMovie to crop videos.

In this post, we will show you the detailed steps of cropping videos on iPhone with clear screenshots to help you master these two methods more quickly!

How to Cut a Video on iPhone with Photos

The built-in Photos application on iPhone provides various video editing functions after the iOS13 update, including cropping tools. You just need to open Photos, find your video, and follow the following steps to quickly cut the video into what frame you want.

Step 1. Tap Edit Button

After finding the video file you want to edit in Photos, click Edit on the top right of the phone screen.

Tap Edit Button

Tap Edit Button

Step 2. Select Crop Function

At the bottom of the edit page, find the crop icon and click.

Select Crop Function

Select Crop Function

Drag the video grid tool and move the four corners to confirm the area you want to keep. You can also click on the top right corner of the screen to select the grid tool of feature scale to adjust the video frame.

Confirm the Frame

Confirm the Frame

Step 3. Crop and Save

After you confirm that the screen in the grid tool at this time is the effect you want, click the finish button. The cropped video will replace your original video file.

Save New Video

Save New Video

Tip: if you accidentally click save, or are not satisfied with the cutting effect this time. Don’t worry, iPhone provides you with a restore function. You just need to click Edit again and find the red revert button in the lower right corner of the screen to restore the video to the original version.

iPhone’s built-in features make it easy to clip videos. But in addition to Photos, you can also use iMovie to achieve your goals.

How to Crop a Video on iPhone with iMovie

iMovie is one of the most powerful video editors available offered by Mac. It has many powerful and free video editing functions, and greatly improves the efficiency of iPhone users’ video processing through video accelerating, cropping, trimming, and adding effects.

Now let’s see how iMovie can crop a video easily.

Step 1. Create a Movie

Start the iMovie application on the iPhone and select “Movie”. Then you need to select the video you want to clip in the album and create a movie with it.

Create a Movie

Create a Movie

Step 2. Crop the Video

Click the timeline by hand, and a magnifying glass icon will appear in the upper right corner of the screen. Click it. Now you can zoom in on the video with two fingers and adjust the frame to achieve the cropping effect.

Crop the Video

Crop the Video

After completion, please click the “Done” button in the upper right corner.

Click Done Button

Click Done Button

Tip: at the same time, you can also drag the timeline border to trim the length of the video.

Step 3. Save New Video

Click the share button in the middle of the bottom of the screen, and select “save video” in the pop-up menu bar. Then you can save the cropped new video to the iPhone Photos.

Save Video

Save Video

While cropping the video, you can also use the powerful functions of iMovie to beautify and add more power to the video. Add a little filter, add a little subtitle, adjust the playback speed, and so on, these operations can be achieved through iMovie, and make your video content more exciting.

Frequently Asked Questions about Video Cropping

What’s the difference between cropping and trimming?

Although these two terms are related to video editing operations, many people will also think that cropping and trimming refer to the same editing operation, in fact, these two operations are completely different. Cropping is related to the size of the video frame, while trimming is related to the length of the video.

Cropping will change the size of the video frame, which is often used to make a certain part of the video achieve a prominent effect, or remove the meaningless part of the video to make the whole video frame fuller. Trimming is to simplify the video content by changing the length of the timeline.

Therefore, cropping and trimming refer to two different video editing operations, which can also bring different video editing effects.

How to trim a video on iPhone?

Trimming is to simplify the video content by changing the length of the timeline. You can use the Photos app to help you achieve your goal easily. Here are the simple steps you can follow.

Step 1. Find your video that needs to be trimmed, and hit the “Edit” button on the right-top corner.

Step 2. Drag the timeline slider to determine the start or end point.

Step 3. When you are satisfied with the effect of video trimming, click the Done button.

How to crop a video windows 10

You can crop a video on Windows 10 with the FilmForth software which has a large number of video editing tools to choose from. FilmForth is a free video editor with an easy-to-use interface, with its excellent cropping function, you can finish your work simply but efficiently.

Now let’s follow the brief tutorial below.

Step 1. Go to the Microsoft Store to download and install FilmForth on your computer.

Step 2. Start FilmForth and create a new program with your video.

Step 3. Select the Crop function key at the bottom of the window and crop your video now.

If you want to get the detailed steps with clean screenshots, you can read this post that introduces the method to easily crop a video on Windows 10/11 and online.

The Closing Words

This post brings you two ways to crop videos on iPhone. If you only want to complete the cropping operation, then using the editing function of Photos will greatly reduce your operation steps and operation time. But if you want to add more editing effects to the video while cropping, the powerful functions of iMovie will do you a great favor.


Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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