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How to compress a video so that it takes up less space with an Android mobile

23 mayo, 2021

One of the elements that occupy most of the space on a mobile phone are videos, which easily exceed hundreds of megabytes to the terabyte if you get lost. This can take up most of the space on your mobile and is also not optimal if you want to send them to other peopleas it will use a lot of bandwidth and it will take longer to send.

One way to solve the problem is compress the videos. In exchange for losing some quality and, perhaps, lowering the resolution, the size of your videos can be reduced considerably. We will see how you can do it in the three main modes available on an Android mobile.

Lower quality when recording

Compressing videos is a process that requires a lot of power and time, so if you record a lot of videos it may be more optimal record them already at a lower quality, as long as you are satisfied with the result. You save time, but you lose quality and you will not be able to change your mind later to recover the original quality of the videos.

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

Camera options Video recording settings on two Android phones

Some mobiles may include some additional options, such as choosing the number of frames per second (the more, the more the video occupies) or the encoding. Some codecs compress better than others, although the default settings will generally be optimal.

Compress when sharing on WhatsApp and the like

If you are thinking of compressing videos to share them on social networks or messaging applications, the good news is that the vast majority of applications they lower the quality of the videos automatically when you send them to other people or share them.

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

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

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

Use apps to compress videos

If you want to have more control over video compression, then you will need an application to help you, as it is not very common for it to come pre-installed on the system. You will find hundreds and hundreds on Google Play: we recommend Panda Video Compressor because it is free, works fine 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 video (s) you want to compress and then you choose the compression level. In the case of Panda, you have several ready-to-use options, such as “small file”, “medium quality” or “for email”, as well as being able to choose a custom configuration yourself.

Compress videos

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

Another interesting addition for those who have a mobile with almost no free space is that the application has the useful option to replace. Namely, replace the original video with the compressed one (if you choose), which will help you free up a lot of valuable space on your mobile.