How to Crop Videos on an Android

How to Crop Videos on an Android

  • To crop a video on your Android, open it in the Google Photos app.
  • You can freeform crop the video, or pick from a list of preset cropping ratios.

You used to need special tools or third-party apps to crop a video. But now, you can do it right from your phone’s default photos app.

Here’s how to crop any video on an Android.

How to crop a video on Android

The best way to crop videos on an Android phone or tablet is to use the Google Photos app. Chances are that this is the default photos app on your device, but if it’s not, you can download it for free from the Play Store.

1. Open the Photos app and find your video. If you haven’t already, make sure that the video is saved to your device.

2. Open the video and tap Edit at the bottom of the screen, below the progress bar.

The “Edit” option on a video in the Google Photos app.

Tap the “Edit” option on your video.

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3. Tap Cropagain at the bottom of the screen.

4. You’ve now got a few options:

  • Drag the white circles on the corners of your video to freely crop the video however you want.
  • Tap the square icon with two arrows inside it to quickly crop the video using a preset ratio.
  • Tap the icon that looks like a flat square with no sides to crop the video into a non-rectangular shape, like a triangle or trapezoid. The finished product will still be a rectangle, but the video will stretch itself so it only includes whatever you kept inside of the crop.

The perspective crop tools on an Android.

This tool lets you crop a video without a rectangle.

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If you ever want to start over, tap Reset in the lower right.

5. Once you’re done, tap Save copy in the bottom-right corner.

Your cropped video will save as a new file in the Photos app, separate from the original.

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