How to edit videos in Google Photos

If you’re an Android user and an avid photographer, chances are you’re using Google Photos as your main photo backup and organization tool. Chances are, also, that besides your photos, all kinds of videos will find their way in Google Photos gallery.

In comparison to photo editing, you won’t find an abundance of options for videos. In-depth video editing might require more advanced tools. However, for minor changes, Google Photos should suffice. That’s why we took some time to expand on this subject and explain how to edit your videos in Google Photos.

Let’s start by saying that video editing features are solely available in the Google Photos app. Which means that you won’t be able to apply changes like stabilization, rotation or cuts to videos in Google Photos for Web.

So, the options you have at your disposal are, as said above, the following:

  • Stabilize — stabilizes shaky videos.How to edit videos in Google Photos
  • Rotate — allows you to change the video’s original orientation to portrait or landscape and vice versa.How to edit videos in Google Photos
  • Cut — lets you shorten the video by cutting it on a particular frame.

Edit videos

You can access video editing by following these steps:

  1. Open the Google Photos app on your handset.
  2. Tap Albums and select Videos.
  3. Open the video you want to edit and tap on the middle icon which translates to Edit.
  4. Now, you can tap “Stabilize” or “Rotate”. Also, you can drag the sliders positioned at the beginning and end of the video frame line to cut the portion of the video.
  5. After you’ve applied changes, just tap Save and you’re good to go.

Add soundtrack

In addition, you can use a single video (or multiple videos) and create a Movie. This allows you to add a soundtrack of your choice to a video. Which, based on your preferences and type of the footage, might come quite handy.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Google Photos app.
  2. Tap Assistant.
  3. Tap Movie.
  4. Choose “Select photos and videos” option.
  5. Choose one or multiple videos.
  6. Tap on the musical note icon.How to edit videos in Google Photos
  7. Tap My music and add a fitting song as a background track. Or you can go with the variety of theme music tracks provided by Google Photos.

That should do it. With hope this was an informative read, we encourage you to share your feedback in the comments section below. We’ll be glad to hear from you.

Note: This article is a part of our Google Photos coverage. If you want to learn more Google Photos tips and tricks, or you have a certain problem with this app, visit our Google Photos Hub for more content.

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Stan Duncan
Stan Duncan
April 6, 2019 7:55 pm

“Stabilize” option is not available on iOS version of Google Photos.

April 16, 2019 7:20 am
Reply to  Stan Duncan

I have not tried that feature yet… but I did just try to use the slider feature. . And it did not cut that portion if my video out 🙁 grrr… frustrating