How To Pause a Video on iPhone

How To Pause A Video On Iphone

With the release of the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, it has become easier than ever to shoot professional-quality videos. Features like Apple ProRes, cinematic mode, new photography styles, smart HDR 4, and better low light performance nearly eliminate the need for pricey professional cameras. Plus, you can easily record special moments that happen unannounced with an iPhone as your primary camera.

And while the iPhone is great for filmmaking, it lacks one thing: the ability to pause the video recording and continue it later.

Quick Answer

However, you can pause a video on an iPhone by using third-party apps, merging small, separate clips using iMovie, or transforming them into customized Memories.

So, if you’re also frustrated about not being able to pause your video recording so that you don’t have to edit and cut out the unnecessary parts, here’s how you can work around that problem.

Why the Pause Feature Is Important for Videos

The ability to pause and later resume video recordings is really important for videographers, particularly vloggers. It allows them to capture different scenes in just one video. 

Plus, the feature comes in handy when you want to capture a certain shot but don’t want to waste storage space by recording one long video and later editing it. Not to mention, the longer the video with more unnecessary parts, the longer it will take to edit and release it. And if you’re a YouTuber or have a client deadline you meet, you know the importance of getting good content out as soon as possible.

Despite all the advanced features, the iPhone still doesn’t have the ability to pause the recording. The only way to do so is by stopping the recording completely, recording a new video, and later merging the two clips. Luckily, there are workarounds to this tedious task.

How To Pause Video on iPhone

There are multiple ways of pausing the video recording on an iPhone. These include the following:

Method #1: Using Third-Party Apps

There are a number of different apps available on the App Store that allow you to pause the video recording on the iPhone. Some good third-party apps include PauseCam, Pause, and Clipy Cam.

For this tutorial, we’ll quickly go through how you can use PauseCam to pause your video recording:

  1. Go to the App Store and download PauseCam.
  2. Once it finishes downloading, launch the app and enable both the microphone and camera. To do so, just follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. To start recording, tap on the big, red recording button you see at the bottom of the screen.
  4. When you want to pause the recording, tap on the pause button present at the bottom of the screen. 
  5. If you want to stop the recording altogether, tap on the checkmark icon on the top right.
  6. Once you tap on the checkmark icon, you’ll see a preview of the video recording. Tap on “Share” to export the video. 
  7. Once you tap on it, you’ll be asked to choose video quality. The free plan allows only low quality while you need to make in-app purchases if you want to use original, medium, and high video quality.
  8. Choose how you want to save the video. If you want to save it to the library, tap on “Photos,” and if you want other options, tap on “More.” You can also directly share it on Instagram or YouTube.

Method #2: Using iMovie

While using iMovie doesn’t allow you to pause video recordings, it allows you to merge short video clips into one single video. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Launch the iMovie app and tap on “Create Project.”
  2. A “New Project” window will open up. Tap on “Movie.”
  3. Your media will now open up. On the top-left corner, tap on “Media” and then on “Videos.” 
  4. Tap the videos you wish to add, and then tap on the tick icon to add them.
  5. Finally, tap on “Create Movie.”

Method #3: Using Memories

Another workaround is to transform the clips into a video using Memories on the iPhone. For the most part, the iPhone automatically generates a Memory slideshow, and you can tap on the edit button to edit it. 

Of course, using Memories doesn’t allow you to pause the video recording, but you can make short videos and convert it into one long video. 


Despite all the advancements in the camera quality and features that Apple has released, the ability to pause the video is still missing. It seems like Apple won’t be releasing that anytime soon. 

But if you’re a vlogger or videographer looking to pause your recording instead of making small clips and merging them, then the easiest way to do so is to use a third-party app. The App Store is full of such apps, and you can try out different apps to find one that best suits your needs.  

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