5 video editing apps for mobile

5 video editing apps for mobile

5th December 2017 26 By Rachael Stray

Creating videos has never been more in demand. It doesn’t have to be a complicated process with lots of expensive equipment you can create brilliant videos using your mobile phone.

Here’s a handy list of 5 video editing apps for mobile


This is my go-to app for editing video. It is impressively similar to the Mac desktop version, iMovie should be on every iOS device.

The app makes it ridiculously easy to splice together shot footage, but there’s a lot more to it than just that.

You can also use it to add titles, music, voiceovers and photo. You can also take your pick from a variety of TV-style templates and movie trailer themes.

I prefer to edit my videos using an iPad as it can be a bit fiddly so the larger screen certainly helps. Depending upon which Apple device you haveDownload iMovie for iOS (free for the most part)


This is the Android alternative to iMovie which is championed particularly by Dan Slee from Comms2Point0. 

One of the most impressive things about this Android video editor is that it’s so simple to use – even on quite a small smartphone.

You can easily arrange your clips, add additional layers (captions, images, and even ‘handwriting’), quickly import extra footage and play around with effects.

It’s a shame that this app comes with a subscription payment model rather than a one-off cost: the monthly subscription will set you back £2.91, or you can get a year for £23.25.

Download KineMaster for Android (free + IAP)


Splice is an impressive and entirely free (and ad-free) app which enables you to import and arrange clips, each of which can be individually edited.

You can add text, transitions, and filters; speed can be adjusted; and there are multiple audio tracks (including one for voiceovers).

Destructive trimming within clip edits is the only real niggle — trims and cuts can subsequently all be removed from edited footage with a single tap, but this workflow lacks the flexibility needed for experimentation.

Splice is great for quickly editing movies on your iPhone.

Download Splice for iOS (free)

Movie Edit Touch

For those teams still working with Windows Phones this one is for you. This one shows that Windows Phone at least has the potential to match Android and iOS in the app stakes.

It’s a generously featured video editor that works very much like iMovie, allowing you to make frame-by-frame edits, join clips up with neat transitions, add titles and soundtracks, and export the results as HD movies.


Formerly known as Replay, Quik was primarily designed for Instagrammers, but is suitable for anyone.

Well named it’s all about creating videos – fast. You decide on a selection, pick a theme and just like that your video is done.

You can make a few tweaks – style, pace, font, titles, filters and trims. But Quik is all about letting an app take the strain – turning a pile of photos into a promo, or random baby or pet videos into something people will sniffle at as they watch.

Or, if you’re feeling particularly lazy, just wait for the app to compile a video on your behalf (which it does every week) and sit back, relax and take all the credit!

Download Quik for Android (free)
Download Quik for iOS (free)

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