How To Compress Videos on iPhone: The Easiest Way to Save Space

iPhones are considered to have some of the best cameras for making videos. Even the latest iPhone 13 range boasts of features like overhauled cameras and a cinematic video recording mode. While the video quality can be super impressive from an iPhone, the saved videos also take up a lot of storage space. These large video files cannot be attached to emails as they come with a size limit for attachments. Apple has not yet introduced a default method to compress videos on iPhones.

What does the video size limit mean?

In a nutshell, the storage space is only useful when a video or photo is stored in a folder or a list. For Apple to store a photo on iCloud, the photo would be limited to 2GB (which is 20 times less than a minute of a HD video). The storage space is used as an easy way to free up space on the phone. It's similar to the browser's limit of tabs or when users limit their page size on Google Chrome. In case of videos, there is no limit on the video size but the maximum file size that can be stored in iTunes is fixed. For instance, Apple's iTunes 12.2 (released last year) limits the maximum file size of a movie to 2GB for iPhone and iPod touch. Even iPhone 4s and 4s Plus had a limit of 2GB which has been discontinued with iOS 9. With iTunes 12.2, only 4.


How to compress videos on iPhone

The best way to compress videos on iPhone is to install a third-party app. The way the video compression works is that the smaller the size of the video file, the more space is saved on the phone. This method of video compression is known as “Deflate”. The first video player you are likely to find on the iPhone is VLC. It is free and is quite popular. VLC allows the user to trim videos before you start playing them. Just go to the menu button (the three horizontal lines in the bottom-left corner), click on Video and then click on the smaller option at the end. The currently running video will be “Recorded” in the media section of the window. You will have to enter the name of the video you want to record. Next, you can select the “Show file name” option.


Compressing videos on your PC

The simple solution to save space on your iPhone is to download and install a Video Converter. For the best and easiest experience, I would recommend the above-mentioned Windows video converter app. It is the best video-converting app you can download and use on your iPhone. To compress videos on Windows 10 PC, you need to download the Video Converter app. To download and install it, follow the below-mentioned steps. Step 1: Open the App Store on your Windows PC. Step 2: Search for “Video Converter.” Step 3: If you see any results, tap the one with the best reviews. Step 4: Click the “Download” button if you want the free version. Step 5: Once you are done downloading the application, open it and tap the “Install” button.


Compressing videos on your Mac

Compressing videos on Mac is just as easy as on an iPhone. Once you have got all your files saved to the hard drive, you can easily compress them. Once you start the video files, right-click them in the Videos folder and select Compress > OK. The app will now compress the video files and produce a smaller file that can be attached to an email. However, videos can also be compressed using third-party apps such as CCleaner. Simply follow the instructions on how to use CCleaner to compress videos. Importing videos on iPhone You can also save your video files from iPhone to your Mac by importing them. If you want to import an album, iTunes will recommend to you, and if it is too large, it will ask you to select your videos from your iPhone.



The first step is to download videos and see how much space they take up. This is where you must delete old files from your iPhone and store new files.


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