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How to Reverse Video on the iPhone — The Complete Guide

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone — The Complete Guide

Wow! That video I saw while browsing my social media app is incredibly cool! The characters in the footage begin walking backward like a natural.

Well, they could have walked backward while filming the video, but if they didn’t, how on earth did they manage to have that reverse effect?

Thanks to technology, it’s now possible to reverse a video you’ve captured, even if you’re using an iPhone for filming.

But how do you reverse a video on an iPhone? Is that feat even possible?

 

Reversing Video on the iPhone

Currently, iPhones don’t have a “Reverse video” feature. But, you can download free video editing apps like Inshot, CapCut, and Reverse Vid from the “App Store.” If you don’t want to install apps, you can use online video editing sites like EZgif and Clideo in order to reverse video in the iPhone.

 

Method 1: Reversing Videos on iPhone by Downloading Free Video Editing Apps

 

Use Inshot Video Editing App

Note: Make sure that you have downloaded the “Inshot” app on your iPhone.

If not, visit the “App Store” and install “Inshot” after searching for it using the search bar.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot App Note

Step 1: Tap the “Inshot” video editing app on your iPhone’s home screen to launch it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 1

Step 2: Once you’re on Inshot’s home page, press the “Video” option.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 2

Step 3: If this is not your first time editing a video on Inshot, press the “New” button.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 3

Step 4: You’ll then be redirected to your iPhone’s gallery. From there, tap the video you want to reverse to select it.

Then, tap the “✔” button to confirm the video you selected.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 4

Step 5: You will now find yourself redirected to the editor page of the Inshot app.

To start, you can trim the video first if it’s too long for your target duration. Swipe to the left first until you see “Precut.” Tap it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 5.1

Then, press the “Trim” option and drag the white bars until the video’s clipped to the desired length.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 5.2

After which, tap “✔” to save the newly-trimmed video.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 5.3

Step 6: You can also opt to choose an audio track to accompany the video by tapping the “Music” icon on the “Tools” bar menu.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 6.1

Then, press the “Music” icon again on the succeeding page and choose an audio track.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 6.2

Again, tap “✔” to save the audio track you added.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 6.3

Step 7: Once you’re back on the main video editing page, swipe your finger to the left until you see the “Reverse” option. Press to select it.

Wait for Inshot to process the reversal of the video. Make sure not to switch apps or exit Inshot for the reversal process to finish without a hitch.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 7

Step 8: After Inshot reverses the video, tap the “Play” button to watch the newly-reversed clip.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 8.1

If you find the footage sluggish, then press the “Speed” button on the “Tools” bar menu and adjust the speed.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 8.2

You can use the “Standard” slider and tap the value of the speed you want to use. 

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 8.3

Or, you can press “Curve” and drag the points on the graph to slow or maintain the speed used throughout the video.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 8.3

Once you’re satisfied, press “✔” to save the changes you made.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 8.4

Step 9: To save or share the newly-reversed video, tap the arrow-up icon on the screen’s upper right.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 9.1

If you don’t have any changes with the parameters for “Resolution,” “Frame Rate,” and “Format,” tap the “Save” button.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using Inshot Step 9.2

The reversed video will then be saved on your iPhone’s photo gallery, or in another location as you have set.

 

Use CapCut Video Editor

Note: Make sure that you have installed the “CapCut” video editing app before you follow the steps below.

If not, visit the “App Store” and press the “Get” button after searching for the “CapCut” app on the search bar.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Note

Step 1: Launch the “CapCut” video editing app by pressing its app icon.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 1

Step 2: Once you’re on CapCut’s home page, press the “New Project” button.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 2

Step 3: You’ll then be redirected to your iPhone’s gallery. From there, tap the video you want to reverse to select it.

Press “Add” to continue.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 3

Step 4: You’ll then see a yellow message prompt, asking you to tap the video clip to access some of the functions in the app.

Follow the instruction for the “Tools” menu bar to appear below the video clip.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 4

Step 5: Swipe your finger to the left until you find the “Reverse” button. Tap to select it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 5

Step 6: Wait for CapCut to finish the reversal process. 

Once it’s done, you can press “Play” to check how your newly-reversed video looks.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 6

Step 7: If you find the reversed video to be slow, go back to the “Tools” menu bar and swipe to the right until you see the “Speed” button. Tap it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 7

Step 8: Tap on either “Normal” or “Curve” to begin adjusting the reversed video’s speed.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 8.1

If you opted to press the “Normal” option, tap the speed value you want to use and press “✔” to save it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 8.2

If, however, you prefer to use the “Curve” option, tap “Custom” (if you prefer to set the fast and slow points of the footage yourself) or press one of the pre-made settings.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 8.3

Then press “✔” to save the changes made.

Exit the “Speed” page by tapping the “<<” button.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 8.4

Step 9: Add a music track for your reversed video by pressing the “Add Audio” button below the video reel.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 9.1

Then, choose “Sounds” before you select the audio track from the music gallery. Press “Add” to add the said audio to your reversed video.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 9.2

Step 10: If you want that the music you added be the only one heard throughout the footage, press “Mute clip audio” before the clip’s cover image.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 10

Step 11: To save the reverse video, tap the arrow-up icon on the upper right of the editing page and wait for CapCut to finish the exporting process.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 11

You’ll then find the video saved on “Photos.”

Step 12: Tap “Done” if you don’t plan on sharing the reverse video you created on your social media.

But, if you do, then tap on any of the social media app icons or the “Share to TikTok” button to do so.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using CapCut Step 12

 

Use Reverse Vid App

Note: Again, make sure to download the “Reverse Vid” app from the “App Store” before proceeding with the steps below.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using ReverseVid App Note

Step 1: Tap the “ReverseVid” app icon to launch it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using ReverseVid App Step 1

Step 2: You can opt to “Record new video” or select a video from your iPhone’s photo gallery through the “Choose from Library” button.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using ReverseVid App Step 2

For sample purposes, I’ll tap “Choose from Library.”

Step 3: Once you’re on your iPhone’s gallery, press the video clip you want to reverse.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using ReverseVid App Step 3

Then, press “Choose” to select the said video.

Step 4: ReverseVid will then compress the video you selected earlier.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using ReverseVid App Step 4

If you’re new to using the app, you will be asked to choose a plan to fully access ReverseVid’s features.

But, you can simply tap the “X” button if you only want to use the app for free.

Step 5: You’ll then be redirected to ReverseVid’s video editing page.

On the slide bar below the footage, choose the playback speed you want to use by swiping your finger across the said slide bar. 

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using ReverseVid App Step 5

The larger the number, the faster the playback speed of the video.

Step 6: Tap the “Play” button for you to check what the newly-reversed video looks like.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using ReverseVid App Step 6.1

If everything’s good, press the downward-pointing arrow on the upper right of the screen to save it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Using ReverseVid App Step 6.2

While it is nifty to reverse your iPhone videos by installing free apps, sometimes you don’t want to do so, especially if your phone’s memory is limited.

But, not to worry. You can take advantage of an online video editing site to do the deed for you.

 

Method 2: Reversing Videos on iPhone by Uploading Them to Online Video Editing Sites

Note: For these online video editing sites, you can use either “Google Chrome” or the “Safari” app.

But, for sample purposes, I’ll use “Safari.”

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading it to Online Video Editing Sites Note 1

From there, tap the “multiple tabs” view icon and press “+” to open a new blank tab.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading it to Online Video Editing Sites Note 2

Then, on the search bar, type the video editing site you want to use for reversing your videos on the iPhone.

 

Using EZgif

Step 1: After launching EZgif on the browser you’re using, tap the “Video to GIF” option.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 1

Step 2: Once the “Video to GIF” menu appears, press the “Reverse” option.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 2

Step 3: Swipe up your iPhone’s screen until you reach the “Upload video file” section.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 3.1

Press “Choose File” and tap where you want to source the video: “Photo Library,” “Choose File, or “Take Photo or Video.” 

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 3.2

Since the video I’ll use is on my iPhone’s gallery, I’ll tap “Photo Library.”

Step 4: The iPhone photo gallery will then appear. Swipe up until you find the video you’ll use and tap it.

Then, press “Choose” to proceed.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 4

Step 5: Wait for EZgif to compress the video file. From there, you’ll be taken back to EZgif’s “Reverse video” page.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 5.1

Then, once the video file’s attached successfully, tap “Upload Video.”

Wait for EZgif to finish uploading the reversed video.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 5.2

Step 6: Once the video’s uploaded, tap “Play” to watch it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 6.1

You can even opt for “Mute Sound” or “Reverse sound” by tapping on the boxes beside these choices.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 6.2

Step 7: Press the “Reverse Video” button to proceed.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 7.1

Wait for the site to finish reversing the video you uploaded. Then, press “Save.” 

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to EZgif Step 7.2

 

Using Clideo

Step 1: Launch Clideo on the browser you’re using. From there, swipe up until you find the “All Tools” button. Tap it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to Clideo Step 1

Step 2: Once you’re on the “Welcome” page of Clideo, keep swiping up until you find the “Reverse” tool.

Once you find it, press to select it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to Clideo Step 2

Step 3: You’ll then be redirected to Clideo’s “Reverse Video” page.

Press on the blue “Choose File” button to begin the process of uploading the video file.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to Clideo Step 3

Step 4: You’ll then be asked where to source the video file from. 

Since I’ve saved the video on my iPhone’s gallery, then press “Photo Library.”

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to Clideo Step 4.1

Swipe up your iPhone’s gallery until you find the said video. Tap it and then press “Choose” to select it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to Clideo Step 4.2

Step 5: Clideo will then begin compressing the video file. Then, it will preprocess the said footage.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to Clideo Step 5.1

Then, tap “Export” to continue with the process.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to Clideo Step 5.2

Step 6: The new reversed video will then appear. You can opt to press the “Play” button to watch it.

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to Clideo Step 6.1

If the reversed video’s already good, press “Download.”

How to Reverse Video on the iPhone by Uploading to Clideo Step 6.2

A message prompt will then appear, asking you whether you want to download the new reversed video on your device.

If you do, then tap “Download.” The reversed video will then be saved on your iPhone.

Whew! Those are great options to reverse a video on the iPhone I’m using when you prefer not to download video editing apps. 

But, while these methods are useful, let’s sure hope that the next generation of iPhones will include the “Reverse Video” feature soon.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Reverse Video on the iPhone

 

Can I use other video editing apps other than those that are mentioned earlier to reverse video on an iPhone?

You can use other video editing apps aside from the apps mentioned previously in the article. The important thing is that the said video editing app has a “Reverse Video” feature in it.

 

Can the iPhone’s iMovie app be used for reversing a video?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your iPhone’s iMovie app to reverse any of the videos in your gallery. The current version of the iMovie app doesn’t have the “Reverse Video” feature in it.

 

Do I need to use a computer if I want to reverse a video saved on my iPhone?

There’s no need to access a computer to reverse any videos saved on your iPhone. Just launch the browser you’re using and access any of the online video editing sites mentioned in the article earlier. You can also use other online video editing apps as long as they have “Reverse Video” on them.

 

Conclusion

For one to reverse a video on the iPhone, you can only do so by downloading video editing apps with the “Reverse Video” feature or by using online video editing sites.

Currently, iPhones don’t have a native “Reverse Video” feature in them, hence, the need to use third-party apps and video editing websites to achieve the reverse effect.