The best free video editing apps on Android, iPhone and iPad

by Kelvin
                        The best free video editing apps on Android, iPhone and iPad

It is often with your head full of memories that you come back from vacation, but also the smartphone and the tablet filled with photos and videos. Rather than abandoning them in a forgotten repertoire, why not group them in short thematic films that it is pleasant to share and watch? has therefore selected four free video editing apps addressing all user profiles so that everyone can let their creativity run free on Android, iPhone and iPad.


1. InShot

InShot is probably the app that best adopts social media codes. With its interface rather well polished, the assembly route remains simple and intuitive. When the application is opened for the first time, discreet indications are displayed to guide the user in its handling.

We add as many elements as we want to its assembly, and the work of cutting, classification and organization of the clips can begin. The application offers to choose from many formats, some of which are specially adapted for publication on Instagram, TikTok or even YouTube.

InShot does things well since, depending on the orientation of the videos chosen and the type of editing to be done, you can choose to zoom or adapt the video to the ratio applied, but above all to customize the type of filling (background, color , blur) to use for the empty bands visible around the main video.

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The clips are added one after the other, but a long press on one of them will make it easy to move it to the start or end of the timeline. Double tap on a clip. It is then possible to adjust the size of each video making up your montage by selecting them one by one. You just have to act directly on the handles displayed on both sides of the rush.

Throughout the assembly, the main toolbar remains accessible. The modifications and settings that it allows to adjust can, optionally, be applied to the selected clip, or to all the videos imported into the montage. It will then be possible to add text and stickers, split clips, adjust the soundtrack associated with each, adjust the speed and even apply a freeze effect or reverse playback.

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InShot offers many free access songs in its sound library. Be careful however, if the edited video is to be published online, the application suggests that you add the credits of the artists whose songs you use. It is also possible to compensate their work by making a donation using an in-app purchase.

Regarding the different filters and effects, the application has the advantage of clearly displaying the color: when a filter or paid effect is selected, the application will display a “Unblock all” button to invite you to subscribe to a subscription in order to get all the content ofInShot Pro. Finally, the export of edited videos is done in 720p or 1080p, and a watermark, which can be removed only once in its free version, will be automatically displayed at the bottom right of the film.

The +:

+ Many predefined ratios
+ Very simple to master
+ Many image adjustment and correction settings
+ Video export in 720p or 1080p

The – :

– Watermark applied to exported videos
– Many effects and paid options

2. Adobe Premiere Clip

Sweetened version of Premiere, Adobe Premiere Clip was officially removed from the App Store and Play Store in September 2019. Instead, Adobe prefers to focus on Premiere Rush, an all-in-one cross-platform application. Only problem, in its free version, Premiere Rush only allows you to export three projects. Beyond that, the user must go to the cashier and subscribe to a subscription billed at ‚ā¨ 10.49 per month, enough to regret Premiere Clip.

However, if users on iOS are permanently deprived of it, owners of smartphones Android will still be able to take advantage of Premiere Clip by manually installing the app’s APK.

The application combines basic mounting options within a simplified interface. Videos and photos can be taken instantly using your device’s camera management. We also appreciate being able to import files from different local or online storage spaces, Adobe Premiere Clip supporting data synchronization with your Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and Google Photos accounts.

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Whether automatic or free, the creation of projects relies on intuitive functionalities, adapting perfectly to less informed users. In the first case, Adobe Premiere Clip spontaneously generates a video which you can then edit using the free editor. In the second case, you manually cut, organize and modify your sequence. Various settings allow you to add music, embed a watermark, program fades, arrange exposure, equalize volumes, or apply filters. Adobe Premiere Clip even having fun cutting the video track to the rhythm of the soundtrack.

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Backup options submitted by Adobe Premiere Clip include local recording in 720p or 1080p, synchronization with the Creative Cloud to which you must connect to use the application, direct sending to Premiere Pro CC, or sharing on YouTube and Twitter.

The +:
+ Perfectly intuitive and suitable for tactile interfaces
+ Offers an automatic editor and a free editor
+ Many customization options for a neat rendering
+ Synchronized change history with Premiere Pro CC

The – :
– Mandatory connection to your Creative Cloud account
– No multitrack management
– No possibility to add text or modify the effects of transitions

3. Adobe Spark Video

After deleting Premiere Clip, iOS users will have no choice but to turn to Adobe Spark Video. Originally planned to create videos for social networks and the web for entrepreneurs or marketing content, Adobe Spark Video will do just fine to put together a perfectly licked vacation movie in minutes.

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Getting started with the app is simple since the video is built around a system of slides, which must then be pressed to insert media. If the main goal here is to edit a film, it will be possible to integrate photos, fixed text, or icons.

The cutting of each clip is done individually by acting on a dedicated button, and not from the timeline as in more professional applications. Nine predefined themes can be applied to the video, the format of which can be wide or square.

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To add rhythm to the video, it is possible to add a sound skin, by integrating music stored locally in the multimedia library or in the file manager of iOS. But it is also possible to choose from a catalog of music included in the application. Once the project is finished, the video can be exported directly to the camera roll, or shared. Please note, in its free version, the application displays a logo Adobe Spark Video at the bottom right of the video, as well as a final slide indicating that it was made with the Adobe application.

The +:
+ Several predefined themes
+ Integrated music library

The – :
– Only two mounting formats possible
– Importing videos not practical
– Spark watermark and ad slide on the final video
– No option to choose the export quality (limited to 720p)

4. PowerDirector

Very complete, PowerDirector aimed at a more knowledgeable audience than Adobe Premiere Clip. Excluding any form of automatic or semi-automatic editor, the application forces you to manually edit your video, starting by entering the desired title and format (16: 9 or 9:16). Your files are imported from your camera, internal storage or Google Drive.

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A priori intimidating, the mounting platform of PowerDirector tames more easily than it looks. There is a familiar structure with the preview window, the timeline, the timeline slider and the juxtaposition of video and audio tracks. All the features offered by the application are accessible from the editing window for increased working comfort.

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PowerDirector aspires to make its app a quality tool, capable of combining professionalism and ergonomics, knowing how to adapt to the tactile interfaces for which it is intended. The result is rather convincing, the various mounting manipulations being carried out with ease. We appreciate the porting of many options essential for good project management such as multitrack support, titration, effects, audio mixing parameters, traditional image framing tools, or speed and color settings.

In its free version, PowerDirector authorizes the production of your videos in HD 720p. You can save your montages locally or share them instantly on Facebook and YouTube.

The +:
+ Complete and successful porting of traditional editing software
+ Multitrack support
+ Many transition effects
+ Precise adjustments of many parameters for a neat rendering and finishes

The – :
– The free version integrates a CyberLink watermark on all videos and limits their production in HD 720p
– Slightly narrow interface on the screens of smartphones

5. iMovie

Made free by Apple for devices running iOS 10 or purchased after September 1, 2013, iMovie seduced by its extreme simplicity and its multiple functionalities. You can import your photos and videos from your local storage space or your iCloud account without the possibility, unfortunately, of synchronizing your other online storage spaces such as Google Photos or Dropbox.

Taking perfectly into account the tactile support on which you work, iMovie strives to facilitate the various manipulations of multimedia content as much as possible. You can rearrange your files with a swipe of your fingers, add transitions between each plane to smoothen the animation, and even produce a Ken Burns effect to create movement within a frozen image.

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Side advanced parameters, iMovie introduces many additional features that deepen the customization work. Adding a soundtrack is tapping from your own music, even giving you the ability to layer sounds with multitrack support. A text editor allows the formatting and integration of titles, the transition effects are left to your discretion, filters add style to your projects, and in and out fade options take care of the finishes of your achievements.

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iMovie automatically backs up your videos to the app. You can also export them to your computer via iTunes, save them locally in 360p, 540p, 720p, 1080p or 4K (for compatible devices), or synchronize them directly with your iCloud account.

The +:
+ Numerous customizable effects and transitions for a neat rendering and finishes
+ Partial multitrack management
+ Videos exported up to 4K

The – :
– No synchronization possible with other online storage spaces than iCloud

6. Quik

Faced with Adobe and CyberLink, GoPro is no exception. With Quik, the maker of action-cams, offers a video editor primarily designed for automatic editing, mechanically generating neat movies from your files.

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When creating a new project, Quik import your content from the gallery of your mobile device, your Google Photos space or your account Facebook. Thanks to its algorithm, the application captures the moments that it considers to be the most important in each file and highlights them to create a fully personalized clip. Once the montage has been generated, you can apply a style to it from a selection of templates and prerecorded music. We appreciate the synchronization between the sequence and the rhythm of the music which guarantees meticulous transitions and finishes.

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Quik has some additional tools allowing you to manually modify your sequence. You can reorganize your files, add text, change the font, crop a point of interest poorly evaluated by the algorithm of the application, reduce or lengthen the display time of each plan, integrate your own music, change the starting point of the soundtrack, and even deactivate the outro of the app without paying a dime.

Quik export your videos in 720p or 1080p as you wish. You are then able to save them locally or generate a link to share with your loved ones or on social networks.

The +:
+ No in-app purchase
+ Algorithm that captures interesting moments from your videos
+ Ability to manually rearrange your videos
+ Videos exported in 720p or 1080p

The – :
– Content limited to 75 photos and videos
– No multitrack management


Among all the recommended applications, each is aimed at a specific audience, adapting to the knowledge and skills of the different user profiles. The choice of editorial staff ultimately fell on PowerDirector for Android and iMovie for iOS, two publishers with more complete functionality than their competitors.

The management of the multitrack, the advanced settings and the rapid familiarization with all the options have tipped the balance in favor of these two apps intended for those who wish to customize their video montages as much as possible.

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