How To Trim a Video on Android

Video Editing On Android

Are you faced with a puzzling situation when you want to share or post a video via your Android but not all of it? You might be wondering how you can trim a video on Android.

Quick Answer

Here are the steps to trim a video on Android.

1. Go to the video you want to trim in your Android phone’s Gallery app.
2. Look for the “Edit” option. Clicking it will open the editing board.
3. Find the “Trim” option (it might have a scissors icon).
4. By dragging the markers on the timelapse bar, change the starting and ending times of the video.
5. Tap the “Save” button.

If this method doesn’t work, try using Google Photos or third-party apps.

In this article, I’ll take you, step-by-step, through the procedure of trimming a video using the Gallery app, Google Photos, and third-party apps.

Method #1: Trim a Video Using the Gallery App

You might have wondered if you’ll need to install some heavy and technical apps to trim a video. Well, it turns out that most Android phones have a trimming option for videos in the Gallery app. In most cases, especially Samsung Androids, here’s what you need to do.

  1. Open the Gallery app and go to the video you want to trim.
  2. Click the 3-dot icon in the options menu. Select the “Edit” option. Your Android may have a brush icon instead of an “Edit” button.
  3. It will take you to the Editing Studio. Select the “Video Trimmer” (or the scissors icon).
  4. You’ll see a timelapse bar at the bottom with two markers representing the video’s starting and ending times. Drag the starting marker to the time you want the trimmed video to start.
  5. Drag the ending marker to the time you want the trimmed video to end.
  6. Preview the trimmed video and adjust the markers accordingly.
  7. Tap the “Save” button. It will save the video in the same folder as the original video. 

It is possible the built-in Gallery app on your Android doesn’t support video trimming. In such cases, you will have to use Google Photos or other third-party apps for this.

Method #2: Trim a Video Using Google Photos

Google Photos has a variety of video editing options. Using Google Photos, you can trim your video to the desired length in a few simple steps. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Open the Google Photos app and go to the video you want to edit.
  2. Tap the “Edit” option – one with the sliding switches icon.
  3. It will open the editing studio. A video timelapse will appear with two handles.
  4. You can move around the handles to adjust the video to the desired length.
  5. Tap the “Save a Copy” button in the bottom-right corner to save the video as a separate file.

Google Photos provides you with several other sophisticated editing options. You can mute, rotate, crop, add effects and frames, and highlight or draw on your video. Moreover, you can trim files you have saved online on Google Drive.

Method #3: Trim a Video Using Third-Party Video Trimmers

If elaborate trimming options with filters and other sophisticated tools are what you are looking for, you can try using a third-party app. Several such paid and unpaid editing apps are available on the  Play Store. AndroVid Video Trimmer is an excellent app for this purpose.

The trimming procedure in AndroVid is straightforward. Moreover, AndroVid provides many different video editing features like filters, effects, music embedding, text addition, drawing, etc. It’s an all-in-one package for video editing. YouCut – Video Editor & Maker is another great option in this regard. 


Most Android phones have a trimming option for videos in the Gallery app. Using this option, you can easily trim your videos. If your Android phone lacks this feature, you can try using Google Photos or a third-party editing app.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I trim a video on Samsung?

Go to the video you want to edit in the Gallery app. Tap on the “Edit” button (pencil icon) on the bottom. Here, tap on the “Trim” option. Adjust the starting and ending markers to adjust the video length. Tap on the “Save” button. Alternatively, you can try Google Photos or a third-party app for trimming the video.

What is the best video editor for Android?

InShot Video Editor & Maker – in my estimation – is the best free video editor on Android. It is a full-featured and easy-to-use video editing software with dozens of different editing tools, filters, effects, etc. It’s one of the best options if you intend to create content for social media platforms.

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