How to Change Video Recording Quality in iOS 9

The iOS 9 update for your iPhone adds a new option to the Camera menu where you can select from three different levels of quality when recording video. This is especially helpful when you have a limited amount of space on your device and want to record a video that is more than a few seconds long. There is a significant difference in the amount of space that is used by videos recorded at the lowest setting and videos recorded at the highest setting, so this can be helpful for those of us that are often near the storage limitations on our device.

Our quick guide below will show you where to find the video recording quality setting in iOS 9 so that you can select the appropriate one for your needs.


Adjust Video Recording Quality on an iPhone

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9. If you have not already done so, you can update to iOS 9 directly from your device.

Different recording qualities will use varying amounts of storage space. According to Apple, for one minute of video you can expect to use approximately:

  • 60 MB of space for a 720p HD video at 30 FPS (frames per second)
  • 130 MB of space for a 1080p HD video at 30 FPS
  • 200 MB of space for a 1080p HD video at 60 FPS


  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. open the settings menu



  3. Scroll down and select the Photos & Camera option.
  4. select the photos and camera option



  5. Scroll down and tap the Record Video button under the Camera section of the menu.
  6. tap the record video button



  7. Select the preferred video recording quality. The one that is selected will have a check mark to the right of it.

select the preferred video recording quality



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