How to Reduce Video Size on Android to Send via WhatsApp

Recording an high quality video on Android using the highest available settings would mean that even a 30-second video file 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 video file size. 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 video file size greater than 12 MB.

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

Sure there are many Windows based free video converters 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 compress video file size on Windows using the default video editor, the Movie Maker, to save bandwidth while uploading it on different video sharing sites or emailing it.

Reduce Video File Size Using Video Converter App

Like always, there are many apps available on Google Play Store that claimed to do the task at hand. But most of them lacked compression settings or didn’t work well. After trying out a few of them, I settled on one video editor. I managed to convert and compress video files using the Video Converter 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 file, you can straightaway provide the final video file size 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 video. However, if you are willing to put in some extra effort to save a few dimes, you can manually compress video file size in the lite version regardless of the video format.

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

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Select Manual profile to convert the file and reduce video resolution, bitrate, and frame rate of the video. The recommended settings while reducing video size is 176×144, 800, and 23.98, respectively. Leave every other settings as it is and convert the file without causing harm to video quality.

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The Video Converter will process the original video and reduce its size considerably according to the desired output format. If the receiver views the video on the mobile device, he will hardly notice any quality loss. After the conversion is complete, you will see the video in the Gallery from where you can share it via WhatsApp.

Conclusion

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


Ashish Mundhra

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Ashish Mundhra

Ashish is a staff writer and video editor at Guiding Tech. He loves all things tech and has a soft corner for Android. Apart from contributing articles here, he also takes care of our YouTube Channel.

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