How to Send a Large Video from Your iPhone: Quick and Easy Solutions

By: Mo

How to Send a Large Video from Your iPhone?

Remember the time you tried to send that incredibly cute video of your dog playing in the snow to Aunt Linda, and your phone just refused to cooperate because the video was too big?

Yep, sharing large video files from an iPhone can sometimes feel like trying to squeeze a camel through the eye of a needle. But don’t worry—I’ve got your back!

Sending large videos from your iPhone doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

Gone are the days when you had to frantically delete apps or photos just to free up space for a video to be sent via email.

Today, your iPhone is equipped with a few tricks up its sleeve that makes sharing those long, high-quality videos a breeze.

These methods are convenient and don’t require you to be a tech wizard. I’ll walk you through various options to share your large video files, whether it’s through AirDrop to a friend nearby or using cloud services to reach someone across the globe.

Key Takeaways

  • Utilize AirDrop, iCloud, or Mail Drop for seamless transfer of large videos from your iPhone.
  • Large files can be shared without the need for compressing or compromising video quality.
  • Learn multiple methods to ensure successful video transfer, regardless of the recipient’s location.

Understanding File Size and Formats

Have you ever tried to send a video from your iPhone, only to be told it’s too large? I know I have, and it’s frustrating.

But understanding the ins and outs of file sizes and formats can save you from hitting that digital wall.

Assessing Video File Size

When I check the size of my video files, I’m reminded that quality often comes at the cost of space.

You can see how much space a video takes up simply by tapping on it in your Photos app and swiping up to view details.

The higher the video quality, like 4K, means a larger file size.

It’s like trying to stuff all your vacation luggage into a single suitcase—it can quickly become too much!

Choosing the Right Video Format

Choosing the right video format is key for compatibility and file size management.

For instance, while MOV files work great on Apple devices, sharing them with a friend on Android might not be as smooth.

Sometimes, converting to an MP4 can be a lifesaver—it’s like translating your Californian surfer slang into British English for the Queen.

Keep it versatile and you’ll make sure your videos can be enjoyed by everyone.

Playing with video format and quality settings is like finding the right recipe—it might take a trial or two, but once you get it, you’re set!

Preparing Your Video for Transfer

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there – you capture that perfect high-resolution video on your iPhone, but when it’s time to share it, you hit a wall due to its large size.

Sending large videos isn’t as daunting as it seems, though.

I’m going to walk you through the steps to get your video ready for transfer, making sure it reaches its destination without a hitch.

Compressing Your Video

Before you send your video out into the world, consider compressing it to make the file size more manageable.

A zip file, for instance, is like a digital suitcase – it allows your video to be packed in a smaller size without leaving anything behind.

Here’s a quick step-by-step:

  1. Locate a reliable video compression app on the App Store.
  2. Open the app and select the video you want to compress from your photo library.
  3. Choose the compression settings that suit your needs and hit ‘Compress.’

Using the Photos App

The Photos app is your starting point for sharing videos in various ways, including Bluetooth and email. My go-to method is usually this:

  1. Open the Photos app and navigate to your video.
  2. Tap on the video to select it, then tap the share icon – it looks like a box with an upward arrow.
  3. Choose the sharing option that works best for you; AirDrop for nearby Apple devices, or email for a more distant recipient.

Creating an iCloud Link

Sharing via an iCloud link is another slick trick I use for larger videos. iCloud links maintain the quality of your video without the hassle of compressing. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Make sure iCloud Photos is enabled in your iPhone’s settings.
  2. In the Photos app, select your video and tap the share icon.
  3. Tap Options, select ‘iCloud Link’, and send it via Messages or Mail.

By following these steps, you’ll have your video prepped and on its way – no sweat! Remember, sharing memories should be fun, not frustrating.

Selecting the Transfer Method

Ever tried to send a video from your iPhone and found out it’s too big to go through?

You’re not alone; I’ve been there, and it’s a hassle! Fortunately, there are several ways to share those high-quality videos without a hitch.

Let’s find the best method for you based on who you’re sending it to and your preferred level of convenience.

Airdrop: Sharing with Apple Devices

Airdrop literally makes sharing a breeze among Apple devices. When I’m with friends and we’ve just shot a fun video, here’s what I do:

  1. I swipe up to open the Control Center, press and hold the wireless control box, touch the Airdrop icon, and select ‘Contacts Only’ or ‘Everyone.
  2. Then, I just tap the video, hit the share icon, and choose my friend’s device from the Airdrop list. Boom, it’s sent!

Mail Drop: Sending via Email

Mail Drop is another great option for sharing large videos. So, if grandma wants to see that 5-minute family gathering video, I use Mail Drop through the Photos app.

Here’s how:

  1. I select my video, tap the share icon, choose the mail icon, write a quick email, and send it off.
  2. Mail Drop automatically kicks in for files over 20MB, and it provides recipients with a download link that’s valid for 30 days.

Cloud Services: Storing and Sharing

Cloud services like iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox are my saviors for more permanent video storage and sharing.

With iCloud, I just enable iCloud Photos, choose my video, share an iCloud link, and whoever gets the link has access to my video.

As for Google Drive and Dropbox, I upload the video to my cloud storage, and then share a link or invite others through email.

It’s a fantastic way to keep all my videos in one place and easily share them without compromising quality.

Third-Party Apps: Alternative Solutions

When all else fails, or I want something with a bit more control, I turn to third-party apps.

Apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and WeTransfer aren’t just for memes and group chats.

I select my chunky video file, share it directly within the chat or email, and the app compresses and sends it without much quality loss.

These apps usually handle larger files much better than traditional MMS and keep my social life flowing.

Step-by-Step Transfer Process

Transfering a large video from your iPhone doesn’t have to be a tech nightmare. Remember that time I was trying to send that hilarious video of my dog snoring to my sister?

Trust me, with the right steps, it’s a breeze. Now let’s dive into the specifics for transferring to various devices.

Transfer to Mac or PC


  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB cable.
  2. Open the Finder, select your iPhone in the sidebar, then click on the Files tab.
  3. Find your video in the list, drag it to a location on your Mac, and voilà, transfer complete!

Windows PC:

  1. If it’s your first time, install iTunes from the Microsoft Store.
  2. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to your PC.
  3. Open iTunes, click on the device icon, go to the Photos tab, check ‘Sync Photos’, and select the video to be transferred.
  4. Click ‘Apply’ and let iTunes work its magic.

Transfer to Another iPhone or iPad

  1. Ensure both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and are close by.
  2. On your iPhone, swipe to open the Control Center and tap on AirDrop.
  3. Choose Contacts Only or Everyone, select your video, tap the Share icon, and choose your other device from the AirDrop section.

Transfer to Android or Other Devices

  1. Choose a file-sharing service like Xender or Microsoft OneDrive and install it on both devices.
  2. Open the app on your iPhone, select the video, and upload it to the service.
  3. On your other device, simply download the video from the app – easy as pie!


Sending a large video from your iPhone can be a bit of a puzzle, can’t it? I know the struggle of trying to share a memorable moment that just won’t fit in a standard message. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with some straightforward methods to help you out.

How can I send a video of significant length from my iPhone to another smartphone?

I’ve often found myself wanting to share videos that are too long for a simple text message. Your best bet is to use a cloud service like iCloud for generating a link to your video. Alternatively, apps like Google Drive or Dropbox work wonders for both iPhone and other smartphones.

What steps should I take to transfer a large video file from my iPhone to a friend’s iPhone?

When I’m transferring big files between iPhones, I always turn to AirDrop. Just make sure both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, then simply select the video, tap the share icon, and choose your friend’s device from the AirDrop section.

Without using AirDrop, what’s the alternative method to share a lengthy video from my iPhone?

Faced with a situation without AirDrop, I like to use iCloud Photo Sharing. This lets you create a shared photo album that your friends can view, download, or add to if they’re iPhone users too.

Can I transfer a large video from my iPhone to an Android device, and how?

Yes, transferring a video to an Android is totally doable! I generally upload the video to a service like Google Drive or Dropbox, then share the link with the Android user. They can download it directly from there.

What’s the process for emailing a big video file from my iPhone?

Remember the last time you tried to attach a large file to an email and it just wouldn’t go? Here’s the trick: use Mail Drop when the file is too big to send as a standard attachment. It uploads your video to iCloud and sends the recipient a link to download it.

Are there any tricks for sending a video longer than 20 minutes from my iPhone via messaging apps like WhatsApp?

I’ve discovered that most messaging apps like WhatsApp have a cap on the size of videos you can send.

For those epic videos longer than 20 minutes, I’d suggest compressing the video before sending or using a file transfer service like WeTransfer.

Then, you can share the download link in your chat.

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