How to Reduce Video Size on Android to Send via WhatsApp

Recording an HD video on Android using the highest available settings would mean that even a 30 second video will be easily around 15 to 20 MB in size. As external storage space is not a big concern nowadays, most of us don’t care about the size and same was the case with me. While recording a video the other day, I didn’t care about the output file size, but later when I tried to send it to a friend via WhatsApp, I realized that the app does not support videos that are greater than 12 MB in size.

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While uploading a photo WhatsApp automatically optimizes it for web by optimizing its resolution, but unfortunately there was no such option for videos. The tool simply gives you an error and leaves you on your own to find a solution.

Sure there are many Windows based freevideoconverters for the job, but I was in no mood to transfer the files between the devices using a cable or over the Wi-Fi.

Cool Tip: See how you can shrink the size of the video on Windows using Movie Maker to save bandwidth while uploading it on different web services or emailing it.

Reducing Video Size Using Video Converter App

Like always, there were many apps available on the Play Store which claimed to do the task at hand. But most of them lacked features or didn’t work well. After trying out a number of them, I settled on one. I managed to convert and compress the video using the Video Converter Android app.

So let’s see how it was done.

The app comes in two versions: Lite and Pro. The pro version comes with a pre-configured mode for compressing the video size. After you select a video, you can straightaway provide the final size of processed video you wish for and get the conversion done. So if time matters to you over money, you can go ahead and use the pro version to convert the video. However, if you are willing to put in some extra effort to save a few dimes, you can manually reduce the video size in the lite version.

After installing Video Converter Android on your device, launch it and import the video you would like to shrink. After you select the video, tap the Convert option at the bottom of the screen.

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Select Manual profile to convert the video and reduce the resolution, bitrate and FPS of the video. The recommended settings while reducing the size of the video is 176×144, 800 and 23.98 respectively. Leave every other settings as it is and convert the video.

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The tool will process the video and reduce its size considerably. If the receiver will view the video on the device itself, he will hardly notice the reduced quality. After the conversion is complete you will see the video in the Android Gallery from where you can share it on WhatsApp.


After hours of research and trying out a dozen of apps I came up with the solution. However, if you know of a simple yet free way to reduce video on an Android device, please don’t forget to share the information.

Ashish Mundhra


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