How to Shorten a Video on Android

This blog post covers multiple ways to shorten or trim video length on Android phones using built-in and third-party apps.

Use the Photos App to Trim Videos

The easiest way to cut Android videos is by using the built-in Photos app that comes pre-installed on most Android devices.

To trim or shorten a video on Android using the Photos app:

  1. Open the Photos app and find the video you want to trim.
  2. Tap on the video thumbnail to open it.
  3. Tap on the Edit icon (scissors icon) at the bottom.
  4. Drag the trim sliders at the bottom to set the start and end points for the trimmed video.
  5. Tap Done to save the trimmed video. The original will remain unchanged.

This method allows basic trimming and cutting unwanted sections from the start or end of the video.

Use Video Editor Apps for Advanced Editing

For more advanced video editing capabilities like cutting clips from the middle, splitting videos, adding transitions, etc. you’ll need to use a dedicated video editor app.

Some good video editor apps for Android include:

  • KineMaster
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • PowerDirector
  • FilmoraGo
  • VivaVideo

These apps allow you to precisely trim video clips, split videos, rearrange segments, add music and effects, and export to different formats. Some are free with ads/watermarks while others require a subscription.

Use Online Video Trimming Tools

You can also use free online tools like ClipChamp, Kapwing, etc. to trim, cut, split, or edit videos right within your mobile browser.

Just upload the video to the website, use their interface to cut it, and re-download the trimmed video to your device.

This can be a quick way to shorten videos without installing any apps, but the editing capabilities may be limited compared to full-featured editor apps.

Considerations for Trimming Android Videos

  • Trimming does not affect the original video, it saves a new shortened copy.
  • Export trimmed videos in compatible formats like MP4 for easy sharing.
  • High resolution or very long videos may be slow to edit on mobile devices.
  • Use the Photos app for basic trimming needs, and specialized apps for advanced editing.


Does trimming a video reduce quality?

No, simply trimming or shortening a video does not reduce its quality. The trimmed video will retain the same resolution and bitrate as the original. However, re-encoding or compressing the trimmed video to a different format may slightly reduce quality.

Can I trim videos on iPhone?

Yes, you can use the Photos app to trim and edit videos on iPhone just like on Android. There are also many good video editing apps for iPhone such as iMovie, Splice, FilmoraGo, etc.

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