How to Loop a Video on an iPhone

Looped videos are everywhere. Anymore, it’s hard to not find someone sharing fun and eye-catching looping videos on social media. If you’re trying to figure out how to loop your own videos, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, you’ll learn how to create looping videos on your iPhone using native and third-party apps.

How to Loop a Video on iPhone

To loop a video, you might need to employ built-in media apps or third-party video editing apps from the app store. Some built-in iOS apps, such as the Photos app, get the job done, but are severely limited in terms of what they can do with your videos.

How to Loop a Video on iPhone Using Live Photos

IOS includes a native feature called “Live Photo”, which is found on Photos app. For that reason, no installation is necessary on your part.

The Live Photo feature can help you create stunning looping videos with ease. To loop a video using the app, you need to have your Live Photo ready.

Here’s how to take the Live Photo using your Photos app:

  1. Launch your Photos app.
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  2. Find the subject element of your video and focus your camera on it.
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  3. Choose whether to record using the front or rear camera with the two curved arrows in the bottom right side of your screen.
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  4. Tap on the Live Photo button, the concentric rings in the upper right corner.
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  5. Press and hold the Record button to capture the scene. Make sure there’s at least one moving element in the scene for a better impact.
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What you just captured above is both an image and a video. Now that you have a video, here’s how to loop it:

  1. Go to Library in the bottom left corner of your Photos app screen.
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  2. Select a pre-recorded Live Photo that you want to loop.
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  3. Tap on the dropdown menu at the top and select Loop.
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  4. Tap on the Share icon on the far left of your screen, to save or share the video on social media.
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How to Create Looping Videos Using Looper

Looper, as the name suggests, is a third-party application that allows you to loop videos using your iPhone. To loop your videos, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Looper app and click the plus button in the bottom-left corner.
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  2. You should see a pop-up with different folders indicating where your files are located, tap on Camera Roll to be redirected to all your videos and images.
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  3. Select the video that you’d like to loop. At the bottom of your screen, tap Choose to open the video in the Looper app.
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  4. In the bottom right corner of the Looper, click on the two red arrows.
  5. This should open up a new widget with the presets for your looping video, drag the white circle to the far right to loop the video infinitely.
  6. Click the checkmark at the end of the red line to apply the changes to your video.
  7. Tap the Download icon to export the video to your gallery
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  8. Choose the appropriate landscape mode for your video, depending on whether you filmed it vertically or horizontally.

At the end of the process, you should see a success message. If you want to view your newly looped video, go to your Photos app.

Many apps on the market won’t let you record loop videos with audio. In addition, you may have to pay to use the service. But Looper is different. The app allows you to loop videos that have audio for free.

Just like any video editor, Looper has its downsides too. Here’s the most annoying:

  • On the camera roll, the videos are sorted from the oldest to the newest. Consequently, if your video is new and you have many videos and images on your camera roll, you might find yourself scrolling endlessly towards the button.

How to Loop Videos on iPhone Using iMovie Video Editor

iMovie is a popular video editor for looping videos on your iPhone. Just like Looper, the app is minimalistic, but it gets the job done.

 Here’s how to loop videos using iMovie:

  1. Launch the iMovie app.
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  2. If you’re new to the app, you should see a welcome screen with basic info. Click Continue to proceed.
  3. Start a new project.
  4. This should direct you to your gallery, select Video.
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  5. Select a video you’d like to loop and click on Create Movie to proceed.
  6. You should now see your video on the timeline, tap on it and select Duplicate.
  7. Note that the total duration of your video has now increased. This means that your video has been successfully looped.
  8. You can tap on Duplicate as many times as you like to achieve the number of loops that you want on the video.

After looping the video, you might want to save it to your device or share it with others. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Click Done at the top right corner.
  2. Tap on the Share button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. A modal should pop up with all the share options for your video. This is where you get to share your video with others. If you just want to save your local storage file, go ahead and tap on Save Video.
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  4. Allow some time for the video to finish exporting.

You now know how to loop a video using iMovie.

To see your freshly looped video, just go to your Photos app. Although the iMovie app isn’t particularly detailed in terms of functionalities, it does an excellent job when it comes to looping a video. Plus, the app is free.

How to Loop Videos on iPhone Using Boomerang

Boomerang is another free app that you can use to record looping videos.

Here’s how to use Boomerang to loop videos on an iPhone:

  1. Launch the Boomerang app.
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  2. On the welcome screen, tap on Get Started and then tap on OK when Boomerang request to access your camera.
  3. Go ahead and set the rest of the permissions as the above step.
  4. Proceed to record your first looping video.
  5. Choose whether you want to use the selfie or the rear camera.
  6. Proceed and focus the subject video on your recording screen.
  7. Tap Save at the top right corner to save your video to the gallery.
  8. Similarly, you can tap the apps at the button to share your video on social media.


Can you loop videos on iPhone using YouTube?

Yes, you can use YouTube as a temporary solution to looping videos.

Here’s how to go about it:

1. Upload the video you’d like to loop and set it as private.

2. Play the video.

3. Tap on the Loop icon at the bottom of the video to get that looping effect.

Enjoy the Satisfaction of a Looped Video

Looping a video on an iPhone isn’t difficult. Some apps like Looper help get the job done. Also, native media apps can provide looping functionalities to a video, but they are constrained.

What programs have you used to loop your videos on your iPhone? How was the experience? Let us know in the comments section below.


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