There’s no need to break out a computer for a quick edit on a video you just shot—with the proper tools, you can do a lot right from your phone. Here are the best video editors for Android.

The Most Full Featured Editor: KineMaster (Free, Subscription)

Look, you’re never going to be able to replace a full video editor on your computer with one on your phone, but KineMaster makes a good case for it.

With KineMaster, you can lay down multiple layers and add effects, trim clips on a frame-by-frame basis, tweak lighting, add audio, and a lot more. It really is the most desktop-like video editor on Android.

Of course, this type of power and versatility doesn’t come for free. While you can use the app in trial mode indefinitely, if you really want the most power it has to offer, you’ll need to pony up the money for a subscription—$4.99 monthly or $39.99 yearly.

Of course, you don’t have to jump straight into that right out of the gate—give it a go and see if it fits your needs. If it does, the subscription offer might be worth it to you. If not, well…you can always check out the other apps on our list.

The Best Mid-Level Editor: PowerDirector (Free, Subscription)

Calling this a “mid-level” editor probably undersells how powerful it really is (despite the fact that it’s still a fitting title). While PowerDirector isn’t quite as powerful as KineMaster, I personally find it a little bit easier to use as a resuls. If I were going to pick just one editor on this list to call my “favorite pick,” it would be this one.

If you’ve ever used PowerDirector on your computer, then you basically know what to expect here—it works very similarly to its bigger brother, just on a more basic scale. You can crop and stitch video, add audio, add slow motion effects, and a lot more—all in a very intuitive drag-and-drop interface.

Like KineMaster, however, all this power doesn’t come for free. You’ll pay $4.99 for a month’s worth of full-featured access, $9.99 for three months, or $34.99 for an entire year. So, it is a little bit cheaper than KineMaster.

The Best Free Option: Adobe Premier Clip (Free)

If you’re just looking for a simple tool that will let you clip your videos, add audio, and edit filters all without having to provide any sort of financial compensation, we have good news: Adobe Premier Clip fits this criteria.

Because it’s a freebie, however, it’s also the simplest of all the apps on the list—it does all of the aforementioned stuff, but you can also add watermarks, a video bumper, and fading. And that’s really about it.

Still, for the price, you can beat it. It also syncs clips to your Adobe count, which is cool if you use other Adobe products.

I also want to point out that you can do simple edits, trim video, and even rotate clips with Google Photos, so if that’s all you’re after, that should do the trick. Plus, it’s free and you likely already have it installed. For anything more, though, check out the tools on this list.

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Cameron Summerson is ex-Editor-in-Chief of Review Geek and served as an Editorial Advisor for How-To Geek and LifeSavvy. He covered technology for a decade and wrote over 4,000 articles and hundreds of product reviews in that time. He’s been published in print magazines and quoted as a smartphone expert in the New York Times.
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