How to Enable Video Editing on iPhone 3G or iPhone 2G

How to Enable Video Editing on iPhone 3G or iPhone 2G

Before the release of iPhone 3GS and official words about its name, Rumors were floating around that the upcoming iPhone is named as iPhone Video. It was being said because many of the new features in iPhone 3GS were expected to be video related including video editing feature.

Finally, iPhone 3GS came with Video Recording, editing and sharing features. But even after the release of iPhone OS 3.0, both iPhone 2G and 3G were left deprived of video related features.

If you’re an iPhone 3G or iPhone 2G owner and like to have video editing capabilities in your iPhone just like the iPhone 3GS, this guide in for you. Yes, you need to Jailbreak your iPhone first. (Links to Jailbreak iPhone guides can be found at the bottom of this post).

The basic idea behind this hack is that you’ll be able to view your recorder videos using Cycorder and most importantly, you will be able to trim your video just like on an iPhone 3GS.

Usual warning applies:

Try this at your own risks.

How to Enable Video Editing on iPhone 3G or iPhone 2G

Considering that you already have a jailbroken iPhone OS 3.0, now you need to install the following applications from Cydia:

  • SSH
  • Terminal
  • SBSettings
  • Cycorder

Step 1

Download Video Toggle:

and unzip the file.

Step 2

Now SSH into your iPhone

Step 3

Copy the unzipped file to



Step 4

Open the Terminal application from your iPhone and type: su now hit return button. Then enter alpine as password.

Then type:

bash /private/var/tmp/VideoToggle/install

(Note: There’s a SPACE between “bash” and “/“)



Step 5

Now your iPhone will Respring automatically. If it doesn’t then simply turn it Off and then back ON.

This is it.

Now you’ll find a new toggle “VideoEdit” in SBSettings that will let you edit video on your iPhone 3G or 2G. (Swap the finger on the top bar >battery, date, carrier< on your iPhone to access SBSettings). Turn the Toggle ON to enable Video Trimming.


To give it a shot, just record a new video using Cycorder or use an existing one. (The newly recorded video will only appear in Camera Roll if you turn the Trimming Toggle once again OFF and then ON)

Now go to the Camera App and play the video of your choice from Camera Roll. If you tap on the video the Seek bar will be like Trimming bar. You can trim the video using it like this:



When the toggle in on, you won’t be able to take pictures. (Switching the toggle OFF and then rebooting your device will enable pictures taking again.)

Did this work for you? Don’t forget to share your experience. and if you have any iPhone related tip(s) then share it with us.

Jailbreak Your iPhone Guides:

Jailbreak iPhone 3GS

Jailbreak iPhone 3G

Jailbreak iPhone 2G

25 comments… add one
WillSm August 31, 2009, 5:38 am

just tried it on my iPhone 3G.
NowI am able to edit video on my iPhone 3G.

Thanks for the sweet hack.

Dzinepress August 31, 2009, 7:37 am

really helping tips and tricks. thanks

James August 31, 2009, 10:37 am

Will I have to record video from cycorder only or can record video from the cameral roll just like the 3gs?

iPhone Heat August 31, 2009, 7:36 pm

@ James
you need Cycoder or other video recording App to record videos

gilbert August 31, 2009, 10:42 am

i just tried it and it work but when i turned off the video recorder on sbsettings camera still didnt work shutter stays closed

iPhone Heat August 31, 2009, 7:34 pm

@ gilbert
A restart is required..

Marco September 1, 2009, 11:28 pm

yes it is working but a little buggy. One thing I tried to compress it to upload it but it get stuck on compression. Is it suppose to compress for youtube or mobileme or better just forget about it.

iPhone Heat September 2, 2009, 12:27 am

sorry marco.. I have no idea about it. test it on your own

Gilbert September 2, 2009, 9:20 am

Just want to say that this website is awesome too bad i bearly found about it would of saved me 7 hrs of my life couple months ago when i was jailbreaking my iphone this is truly the 1st source i go to now when trying to mess w my iphone now to my question… any word as to if they are working on fixing the issue w the cam and vid not working at the same time? If so any estimated time? Thnx iphone heat!

Mike Jordan September 7, 2009, 4:43 am

This really works, and it puts my Cycorder videos in my camera roll which I’m thrilled about. Thanks.

Umar Hafeez September 11, 2009, 4:06 pm

Best Guide.Thanks.Works Awesome on my iphone 2g
Once Again Thanks
Plz Give a link to us of DiskAid3.0
Coz that is more convinient.
Plz notice

Switu October 3, 2009, 4:07 am

Works great!
Got it after a reboot of my iPhone.
Thanks for anyone who made this!

than13 November 5, 2009, 8:18 pm

I did all the steps to get the video editing and i see the option now on camera but I cant do anything. It is locked up for video. I can restart phone and get camera back but no video. Also i can get video thru cycorder. Please help. Thank you.

bfulton February 17, 2010, 12:19 pm

I was really hoping this would enable me to import clips into my projects in Reeldirector on my iphone 3g, no such luck. I can now see them which is sweet but they will not import. Anyone else found a solution?

Joe Chin May 30, 2010, 1:59 pm

How to remove/uninstall video toggle?

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