How to Compile Videos Into one on iPhone

There are many reasons why you might want to compile videos on your iPhone. Maybe you want to create a montage of your favorite moments from a vacation, or make a promotional video for your business. Regardless of your reasons, combining several videos into one can be a great way to streamline your content and make it easier to share. In this blog post, we’ll show you three effective methods for compiling videos on your iPhone, step by step.

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What’s Needed

To combine several videos into one on your iPhone, you’ll need a few things:

  • An iPhone (of course)
  • The videos you want to combine stored on your iPhone’s camera roll
  • Video editing software, which is already built into your iPhone (more on this later)

Method 1: Using iMovie

iMovie is a popular video editing tool that comes standard with every iPhone. It’s free and easy to use, making it an excellent choice for compiling videos. Here’s how:

  1. Open iMovie on your iPhone and select the "projects" tab at the bottom of the screen
  2. Select "create new project" and choose "movie"
  3. Tap on "Media" to access all of the videos stored on your iPhone
  4. Select the videos you want to combine by tapping on them. A checkmark will appear to indicate that the video has been selected
  5. Tap on "create movie" in the bottom right corner of the screen
  6. A preview of your new movie will appear, and you can edit it as you see fit (adding transitions, music, etc.)
  7. Once you’re happy with the final product, tap on the "share" icon in the top right corner and choose how you want to share the video

Q: Can I adjust the order of the videos in iMovie once I’ve selected them?

A: Yes, you can! Simply tap and hold on a video, then drag it to the desired place in the timeline.

Method 2: Using the “Photos” App

You may not have realized it, but your iPhone’s built-in "Photos" app actually has some pretty robust video editing features. Here’s how to use them to combine videos:

  1. Open the "Photos" app on your iPhone and select "Albums"
  2. Choose the album where your videos are stored
  3. Select the videos you want to combine by tapping on them. A checkmark will appear to indicate that the video has been selected
  4. Tap on the share icon at the bottom left corner of the screen and select "save as video"
  5. The videos you selected will be compiled into a single video, which you can then share using any method you like

Q: Can I add music to my compiled video using the "Photos" app?

A: Unfortunately, no. The "Photos" app does not currently allow users to add music to their videos.

Method 3: Using a Third-Party App

If you’re looking for even more control over your video compilation, you might want to look into third-party apps that specialize in video editing. Here’s a step-by-step guide for using one of our favorites, InShot:

  1. Download InShot from the App Store
  2. Open InShot and tap on "create new"
  3. Select the videos you want to combine from your camera roll
  4. Drag and drop the videos into the desired order
  5. Tap on "save" and wait for the video to be compiled
  6. You can then add music or text, edit the video, or share it to any platform

Q: Are there any downsides to using third-party apps?

A: While third-party apps can offer more features and customization options, they can also be more complex and difficult to use. Additionally, many third-party apps require payment or subscriptions for full functionality.

Why can’t I combine videos on my iPhone?

There are a few reasons why you might be having trouble combining videos on your iPhone. Here are some potential causes and fixes:

  • You don’t have enough storage space on your iPhone: If your iPhone doesn’t have enough storage space, you won’t be able to save the compiled video. Try deleting some old files or apps to free up space
  • Your iPhone’s software is out of date: If you’re running an older version of iOS, it might not support video compilation. Go to the "Settings" app and check for updates
  • Your videos are in a format that isn’t supported by your video editing app: Make sure all of your videos are in a compatible format (MP4 is a good bet) before you begin compiling them


Here are a few additional tips and suggestions for combining videos on your iPhone:

  • Keep it short and sweet: Try to keep your compiled video under two minutes for maximum impact
  • Add transitions: Transitions (like fades or wipes) can help make your video look more polished and professional
  • Use a tripod: Shaky footage can make your final video look amateurish. Use a tripod or stabilizer to keep your shots steady
  • Experiment with different techniques: Don’t be afraid to try out different editing apps or methods until you find what works best for you


Q: Can I combine videos on my iPhone without using any apps?

A: Technically, yes. You could airplay your videos to a computer, open iMovie or another video editing tool, and manually cut and paste the clips together. However, this is not the easiest or most efficient method.

Q: What other apps are good for editing videos on my iPhone?

A: Some other popular video editing apps include Splice, Adobe Premiere Rush, and Magisto.

Q: Will merging videos on my iPhone lower the quality of the final product?

A: It shouldn’t! As long as your videos are shot in a high enough resolution, compiling them together shouldn’t impact quality. However, it’s always a good idea to preview your final product before sharing to make sure everything looks good.

Q: Can I re-order my videos in the Photos app?

A: No, unfortunately you can’t. The Photos app will compile your videos in the order in which they were selected. If you need to change the order, you’ll need to use another app like iMovie or a third-party option.

Q: How long does it take to compile videos on my iPhone?

A: This depends on how many videos you’re compiling and the processing power of your iPhone. In general, it shouldn’t take too long – less than a minute in most cases.