How to Compress a Video on iPhone or Computer with Proven Methods

Lisa Ou

April 15, 2020 17:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

I have a video on iPhone and want to compress it for sharing. How can do this easily? Actually I have a computer, so I can do it on computer if I can. Any recommendation?

How to Compress a Video on iPhone or Computer with Proven Methods

As time goes, people have more and more high-quality videos. And these videos make the video sizes bigger and bigger. If they need to send these videos out, the videos will be required to compress firstly.

Video compressing might not be a rare task in daily life anymore. Most people should heard about it even try to compress a video already. In this post, we will introduce how to compress videos correctly and easily.

1. How to Compress Video on iPhone

Updating and upgrading make our life more convenient and comfortable. People can not only use the camera to take videos, but also using their mobile phones. If you are an iPhone user, you can check your camera settings to adjust the image and video quality.

Camera Settings

You can check this part before taking videos with iPhone, then you can get a suitable video size without modifying.

Open Settings app, then scroll down to find Camera.

Tap Record Video, then you can choose its resolution.

iPhone Video Settings

Another settings you can change to make a smaller video site as below.

Go to Settings app on iPhone, and find Photos.

Scroll down to get TRANSFER TO MAC OR PC, you can select Automatic, then it will transfer image and video in a compatible format.

Compressing Videos on iPhone

iPhone fans might prefer to solve all problems on their mobile phones if they can. So you can try some iPhone video compressors.

You can just search compress video on iPhone App Store, then install one from the results. Then you can follow the instructions to import a video file and compress it with simple taps.

As you might know, there are certain limitations on iPhone video compressors, such as video size, file format, free space requirements, etc. Therefore, you should try to transfer iPhone videos to computer, and then shrink iPhone videos.

2. Compressing Videos on Computer

If you want to compress iPhone videos on computer, you should finish 2 parts as below, including transfer iPhone videos to computer and compress the videos. We will show you different methods, you can choose one according to your needs.

Part 1. Transfer iPhone Videos

At the first, you should transfer iPhone videos to computer. You have different options to move iPhone data, like iTunes, iCloud, FoneTrans for iOS, etc.

How to Transfer iPhone Videos via iTunes

This is one of the Apple ways to transfer data between iOS devices and computer with simple clicks.

Open iTunes on computer if you have one. Otherwise, download it from official site, then run it.

Connect iPhone to computer via USB cable, then click device icon when it is detected.

Click Photos > Sync Photos.

Transfer photos from iPhone to computer with itunes

You should pay attention that this way will sync all photos and videos, so it needs a certain long time to finish it depends on the file size.

At this moment, you will need a data transfer to help you move data selectively without wasting time.

How to Transfer iPhone Videos via FoneTrans for iOS

FoneTrans for iOS is a powerful tool on computer to transfer iPhone data between devices and computers. You can use it to move iPhone photos, contacts, videos, notes and more within 3 steps.

Download and install the software on computer, then run it.

Connect iPhone to computer, then select Videos on the left pane.

Connect your iPhone to computer

Select a video from the scanning results and export to PC.

After moving iPhone videos, you can begin to compress the videos.

Part 2. Compress iPhone Videos on Computer

Compressing videos on computer is not a complicated task, you have 5 choices as below.

Option 1. How to Compress iPhone Videos through Right-Clicking

You should know the easiest option to compress a file on computer is to right-click the video file, choose Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder. Then just wait for it.

right click to compress video

Option 2. Compress iPhone Video with FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate

For people who want more settings for compressing videos, you can choose FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate. It is more than a video converter tool as the name said for you. It helps people crop videos, merge videos, improve video quality, trim audio file, add video subtitles and more.

  1. It is available for both Windows and Mac.
  2. It is easy and safe to use.
  3. You can use it to convert both video and audio formats.
  4. It enables you can remove audio background from videos, rotate videos, flip videos, convert 2D to 3D, etc.
  5. All video and audio formats are supported.

Below are the clear instructions.

Download and install the program on computer, then run it.

Click Add File button and select a video file.

video converter ultimate

Click Settings button next the Profile box, click Resolution to choose another lower option, click OK.

tweak parameters

Click Convert button.

Option 3. Compress Video on iPhone with iMovie

As you might know iMovie is one of the popular tools to edit videos on iPhone, iPad and Mac. In the same way, you can use it to compress iPhone videos with ease.

Run iMovie and import the video you want to compress.

Click Share > File, select Resolution or Quality from the drop-down list, click Next.

imovie options

Click Save in the pop-up window.

imovie save video

Option 4. How to Compress iPhone Video by Online Tools

There are various online video compressors you can get from Google to help you reduce video file size without installation. You can search them on the internet and open the web page directly. Then upload the video file and follow the instructions to compress a video file with ease.

By the way, when you need to send a video via Email, you should be noticed that the video file is too large to send. So you have to reduce the video size. You can follow above-mentioned methods to compress video for Email.

That’s all about compressing iPhone videos. FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate is one of the best choices for you. Why not download and have a try now!

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