August 6, 2022

How to Compress Video on iPhone or Android Device

Video quality on smartphones is getting better and better with each new model. This is obviously good for those who want the best picture and audio quality possible. But it’s bad if you have limited storage space on your phone. Even if you have the top-end 512GB model, doing lots of HD video footage will eat away at those gigabytes before you know it. Here’s how to compress a video on your phone to save space or send it to other people.

Read more: The Best Video Compressor Apps for Android


To compress video on iPhone, go to camera settings and change video recording presets. You can also change the file format. To compress a video on Android, enable Storage Saver or open your video camera settings to change settings video by video. On iPhone and Android, you also have the option of using third-party apps to compress video files.


How to Compress Video on iPhone

There are currently two options on an iOS device. You can either change the settings for saving videos you haven’t created yet, or install a third-party video compressor app for videos that already exist on your camera roll. Apple does not currently offer a built-in video compression tool.

Change video recording settings

To change the settings for saving future videos, go to Settings -> Camera.

The settings you need to look at will be the first three. First press Sizes.

ios camera settings

The two options on this screen are High efficiency and Most compatible. As Apple says on this screen, to reduce the file size, select High efficiency.

ios camera format

Now let’s look at the Record video section. Apple very helpfully lists how much space a minute of video would take up at different resolutions. As you can see, HD 720p at 30 fps is the best space-saving option, and unless you’re Steven Spielberg, it’ll probably be enough for your home videos.

As a general rule, always select HD instead of 4K and 30fps instead of 60fps, if you want to save space.

ios camera video formats

This will help you with future videos you take, but what about videos already on your camera roll? How do you compress them to send to people and save space on your device?

Use a third-party compression app

For videos already on your phone, you’ll need to use a third-party video compression app. Apple may eventually decide to introduce this feature itself, but until that happens the best tool for the job is something like Video Compress (although there are obviously plenty of other similar apps out there). App Store.) The only thing you should be aware of is that Video Compress has some rather intrusive video ads. So, if you intend to use the app a lot, consider paying to remove the ads, otherwise they will get really irritating very quickly.

After installing Video Compress on your phone, tap + to be redirected to your Camera Roll to select the video. You will need to grant the app access to your entire camera roll.

video compress add video

After selecting the video, you will see the file size of the original (this video, however, is only 5.4MB, so perhaps not the best example.) Now you need to press Choose preset to choose HD and screen resolution. Then adjust the Adjust flow slider to get the size you need.

As you move it to the left, the Estimated size after completion going down, which is your goal. But obviously, the more you decrease the bit rate, the more the quality of the image deteriorates. So you have to play with it to get the best possible result.

compress video adjust bitrate

To see what your video would look like with the bitrate you have chosen, you can press the button Insight button. You can then watch the first ten seconds of the original file and the ten seconds of the modified file, to compare the two.

video compression preview file

Once you are satisfied, click the Continue button, and the application will make the necessary changes to your video file. It will then put it in your camera roll and also give you the option to delete the original. When everything is done, press Finish.

video compression completed

How to Compress Video on Android

On the Android front, you can also use Video Compress to reduce the size of any videos already on your phone. But to compress future videos, you need to dive into the settings. The following screenshots were taken on a Google Pixel 4, so if you have another phone model with non-stock Android, the settings may vary slightly.

Go to your Camera settings and scroll to Device storage. Press it.

android camera settings

Enable Storage Saver. Then press Parameters that will change.

android device storage

The screen will then give you a list of what will be optimized by Storage Saver. Among them, there will be three video improvements: a more optimized file format, 1080p HD video resolution and 30 frames per second.

Android Storage Saver Options

On the other hand, if you prefer to change the settings per video, leave the storage saver disabled and launch your camera instead. Select Video at the bottom of the screen, and open the settings there. You can change the Resolution and the fps. However, if you enabled storage saver at the time, those settings will be locked.

android camera video settings