Often, we have a video that we want to share with our friends, but it contains some extra footage that needs to be trimmed out. This includes several seconds of dead time at the beginning before getting to the interesting part, or the random camera droop while shooting or towards the end of the video. You can easily trim the video to show only a specific portion, by using the built-in video editing apps in iPhone or a stellar third-party editing app. In both cases, you can pull out your favorite segments from a video and use them however you want.

Below, we have particularized different methods to trim videos on iPhone/iPad.

Part 1: How to Trim a Video on iPhone/iPad

Method 1: With Photos App

Photos is a built-in app in iOS devices, that can be used for editing your pictures and videos. So, if you want to do some basic editing like trimming, cropping, or adding effects, you can easily do it for free with this app.

Steps to Trim a Video

Step 1: Launch the “Photos” app on your iPhone or iPad and select the video you want to trim.

Step 2: On the top right corner of the screen, you will see the “Edit” button. Tap on it.

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Step 3: Tap and hold the timeline to activate the trim tool. You will see a slider, which can be moved back or forth to trim the video.

Step 4: Tap on “Done” once you have trimmed the video to the desired length.

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Method 2: With iMovie App

iMovie is a simple video editing software by Apple, which enables even beginners to edit their video footage with a little practice.

Steps to Trim a Video

Step 1: Launch iMovie and click on “File > Create Project” or open a project created before, then select the video you want to trim.

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Step 2: Tap the “+” icon to add the video into the clip viewer and click on it. This will make a yellow highlight appear around the selected clip.

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Step 3: Drag the beginning or end of the clip to make it shorter or longer. The segment inside the highlight is the trimmed video and the parts outside are the extra parts that will be trimmed off.

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Step 4: Once you have selected the desired length, click on “Done”.

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You should remember that the clip cannot exceed the maximum length of the video, and it cannot go less than 0.3 seconds.

Method 3: With iMyFone Filme Lite for Free

If you’re an iPhone user and want to edit your videos using an editor with a simple and easy interface, we recommend getting iMyFone Filme Lite. This amazing video editor brings out your creative side, using basic editing tools like crop, trim, divide and reverse.

Steps to Trim a Video

Step 1: Open the video using iMyFone Filme Lite. Click “New Project > Add to project” to add your video in.

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Step 2: Click on the clip, then click “Trim” option.

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Step 3: Pull the video frame to the point where you want the trim to take place.

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Note: To undo a trim on iMyFone Filme Lite, all you have to do is click on the “Undo” icon to restore the trimmed video.

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Part 2: How to Trim a Video on iPhone and Keep Original

Method 1: With Photos App

Tap on “Done” once you have trimmed the video to the desired length.

You will be given the option of "Save Video as New Clip" or "Save Original". If you want to keep the original video, then click on "Save Video as New Clip". This will save the trimmed video as a new clip, while keeping the original video intact.

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Method 2: With iMyFone Filme Lite

Trim the video as we have talked about in Part 1.

Simply click on "Export" to save the trimmed segment as a new video and keep the original video as it is.

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Part 3: How to Trim the Middle of a Video on iPhone/iPad

Usually, we trim videos from the beginning or the end, using the trim tool. But if you want to trim the middle of a video, you will have to first split or divide the video into separate segments, and trim them individually.

Method 1: With iMovie App

Step 1: Select the clip you want to trim in the timeline.

Step 2: Click on the clip and move the playhead to the first frame you want to remove, tap “Split”. Then position the playhead to the end of the removing clip and split again.

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Step 3: Tap on the unwanted clip and click “Delete”.

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Step 4: Then the middle part is just trimmed successfully.

Method 2: With iMyFone Filme Lite

To trim the middle of a video using iMyFone Filme Lite, you will first have to divide the video into separate segments.

Step 1: Click on the timeline and place the white slider at the point where you want to divide the video. Click on "Divide".

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Step 2: Now select the divided clip and click on "Delete".

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Step 3: Now that the unwanted footage has been cut off, you can combine all the trimmed clips into one single clip.

Part 4: How to Trim a YouTube Video on iPhone/iPad

The YouTube iOS app has turned your iPhone into a small video-editing studio. With the built-in editing tools, you can easily trim the start and end of the video, add filters and music to your video.

Before Uploading

Step 1: Select the video you want to trim when uploading it on your iPhone/iPad.

Step 2: Click on the trim tool that looks like a scissor.

Step 3: Now drag the blue pointers to select the portion of the video you want to keep.

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Step 4: Once you have selected the new starting and ending points of your video, tap “Next” button in the upper-right corner to upload it on your channel.

After Uploading

Below are the steps that will teach you how to trim your video after it has been uploaded on YouTube, using a PC:

Step 1: Launch the YouTube Editor and click on “Trim”. A blue box to appear in the editor.

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Step 2: Drag and adjust the pointers to cover the part of the video that you want to keep. The footage outside the blue box will be trimmed off from the video. Click “Preview” to see the results.

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Step 3: Click "Save" to apply the changes to the video.

Part 5: How to Restore a Trimmed Video on iPhone/iPad

Step 1: Open the video that you recently trimmed and tap on “Edit”.

Step 2: Select “Revert > Revert to Original” to restore your video back to its original form.

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Over here, you should remember that if you have saved the trimmed video as a new clip, you won’t be able to restore the video to its original length.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What's the difference between trim, crop, and cut?

Most people tend to get confused between trim, crop and cut. Let us explain the difference between the three for your understanding.

Trim: removes the unwanted footage in a video in any aspect ratio, while keeping the original video intact.

Crop: is similar to trim, but it uses only the image aspect ratio and fills the frame with the image or video when you're done.

Cut: On the other hand, cut means to shorten a video or image, by discarding the extra parts.

2. Should I edit a video on iPhone or PC?

If you're new to editing and would rather go for easy-to-use free video editors, it would be better if you start editing on your iPhone. However, if you want flawless professional-level editing using top-notch video editors, it would be better to use a PC. It all depends on your level of expertise.

3. Can I edit iPhone videos on PC?

Yes, you can edit your iPhone videos on a PC using any of your favourite video editing apps. We would recommend using iMyFone Filme for creating breathtakingly gorgeous videos using a variety of basic and advanced editing tools.


People think of video editing as the work of professionals, but with the launch of numerous video editing apps, every person with a smartphone and a decent video editor can create mesmerizing videos with a single click.

iMyFone Filme Lite is one such app that enables the user to bring their creativity to life, even if they have no prior technical knowledge. So download this amazing app from the Apple Store now, and edit your videos in the best possible way.