How to Use Imovie on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you want to create stunning videos on your iPhone? Look no further than iMovie!

This powerful video editing app allows you to unleash your creativity and produce professional-looking videos right from the palm of your hand. In this article, we will walk you through the steps to master iMovie on your iPhone.

Getting Started with iMovie

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of using iMovie, let’s start by installing the app on your iPhone. Head over to the App Store and search for “iMovie.” Once you find it, tap on the “Get” button and wait for the installation process to complete.

Note: iMovie is a free app, so you don’t need to worry about any additional costs.

Step 1: Launching iMovie

Once installed, locate the iMovie icon on your home screen and tap on it to launch the app. You will be greeted with a welcome screen and a list of available projects. If you are using iMovie for the first time, this list will be empty.

Step 2: Creating a New Project

To start creating your masterpiece, tap on the “+” button in the top-right corner of the screen. This will open up a menu with various project options such as Movie or Trailer. Select “Movie” if you want full control over editing or choose “Trailer” if you prefer a pre-defined template for quick video creation.


If you’re new to video editing, trailers can be an excellent way to get started as they provide a structure and guide you through each step while still allowing creative freedom.

Step 3: Importing Media

Now that you have a new project, it’s time to import your media files. Tap on the “+” button inside the timeline area and select “Media.” You will be presented with options to import media from your photo library, iCloud Drive, or directly from your camera.

Note: Make sure you have the necessary permissions granted to access your photos and videos.

Step 4: Editing Your Video

With your media imported, it’s time to start editing. iMovie offers a wide range of tools and features to help you create the perfect video. Let’s explore some of the key editing functions:

  • Trimming: To remove unwanted parts of a clip, select it in the timeline and tap on the scissors icon. Drag the yellow handles to adjust the start and end points.
  • Splitting: If you want to split a clip into multiple segments, position the playhead where you want to make the cut, then tap on the scissors icon.

    This will create two separate clips.

  • Transitions: To add smooth transitions between clips, tap on the “Transition” button above the timeline. Select a transition style and drag it between two clips.
  • Text and Titles: iMovie allows you to add text overlays and titles to enhance your videos. Tap on the “T” button above the timeline, choose a style, and customize it with your own text.

Step 5: Adding Music

No video is complete without an engaging soundtrack! iMovie provides built-in soundtracks as well as options to import music from your iTunes library or GarageBand. Tap on the “Audio” button above the timeline to access these options.

Exporting and Sharing Your Video

Once you’re satisfied with your masterpiece, it’s time to share it with the world. iMovie offers several ways to export and share your video:

  • Save to Device: Tap on the sharing icon in the top-right corner and select “Save Video.” Choose your desired resolution and wait for iMovie to export your video.

    It will be saved to your photo library.

  • Share on Social Media: iMovie allows you to directly share your video on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo. Simply tap on the sharing icon, select the platform, and follow the prompts to complete the sharing process.
  • AirDrop: If you want to transfer your video wirelessly to another Apple device, tap on the sharing icon, select “AirDrop,” and choose the Target device from the list.

In Conclusion

Congratulations! You have now learned how to use iMovie on your iPhone.

With its powerful editing tools and intuitive interface, iMovie empowers you to create professional-looking videos with ease. So go ahead, unleash your creativity, and start crafting incredible videos using iMovie!

Note: Keep exploring iMovie’s features as there’s so much more you can do!

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