How to compress a video so that it occupies less space with a mobile phone, Android

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How to compress a video so that it occupies less space with a mobile phone, Android

One of the elements that take up the most space of a mobile are videos, which can easily exceed hundreds of megabytes up to reach the terabyte if you are not paying attention. This may take most of the space of your mobile phone and in addition is not optimal if you want to send them to other peoplebecause you will use a lot of bandwidth and will take longer to be sent.

A way around the problem is compressing the videos. In exchange for losing something of quality, and, perhaps, lower the resolution, the size of your videos can be considerably reduced. We will see how you can do this of the three main modes available in a Android mobile.

Low quality recording

Compressing videos is a process that needs enough power and time, so that if you record a lot of videos you may be more optimal burn already at lower qualityprovided that you’re happy with the result. Win time, but lose in quality and you will not be able to change your mind later to recover the original quality of the videos.

Each cell includes its own options and settings, although it is quite common in the Android mobile that allow you to choose at least the resolution in the video recording (in the settings of the app camera). At the lower resolution, smaller size of the resulting video.

Opcionescamara The settings of the video recording in two Android mobile

Some mobile phones may include some additional options, such as choosing the amount of frames per second (the more, the more deals the video) or encoding. Some codecs compress better than others, but usually the default settings are already optimal.

Compresses to share on WhatsApp and the like

If you’re thinking about compressing videos and share them on social networks or messaging applications, the good news is that the vast majority of applications lower the quality of the videos automatically when you send them to others or share them.

This is more evident in some applications than in others. For example, in WhatsApp it shows you the size of videos before sending them, at the top of the screen. The same thing happens in the Telegram, with the advantage that you can in addition choose the level of compression with four levels, depending if you prefer better quality or a smaller size.

Telegramywhatsapp Both WhatsApp as Telegram compress videos before sending. In Telegram you can even choose how much

In other applications, depend on default settings. For example, in the application settings in Facebook you can choose if you want to upload videos in standard or HD quality. It must be emphasized that in these cases the video is kept at original quality in your mobile, and it is the copy that is sent or goes up, that is compressed to a smaller size.

Used application to compress videos

If you want to have more control over the compression of videos, then you’ll need an application to help you, because it is not too common that come pre-installed in the system. You’ll find hundreds and hundreds on Google Play: we recommend Panda Video Compressor because it is free, works well and does not add any watermark in the videos.

Panda Video Compressor: Movie & Video Resizer

Panda Video Compressor: Movie & Video Resizer

Use Panda or any other alternative, the process should be similar. You open the application, choose the videos you want to compress and then you choose the level of compression. In the case of Panda, you have several options ready for use, such as “small file”, “medium quality” or “for email”, in addition to choosing yourself a custom configuration.


One advantage of Panda is that, after compressing the video, it shows a summary comparing the original video and the compressedwhere you can see not only the size difference, but play each one so you can check if the quality of the compressed video is good.

Another addition of interest to those who have the mobile with almost no space free is that the app has the useful option of replacing. That is to say, replaces the original video for the tablet (if you choose), which will help you to release a large amount of valuable space on your mobile.

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