How to record and share a Slo-Mo video on the iPhone 5s, including Instagram!

How to record and share slow motion videos on the iPhone 5s, including Instagram!

If you've got an iPhone 5s, you have the ability to record slow motion video due to the 5s' ability to record at up to 120 frames per second. For the most part, you record a slow motion video in the same way you would a regular video. You just need to make sure you're in the right recording mode.

You can then share it with anyone you'd like or share it to services such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

Here's how:

How to create a slow motion video with the iPhone 5s

  1. Launch the Camera app from the Home screen of your iPhone 5s
  2. Switch the slider along the bottom to Slo-Mo by swiping your finger to the right twice from the default photo mode.
  3. Record the video you want to have a slow motion portion in just like you'd record a regular video.
  4. Once the video is done recording, tap on the thumbnail in the bottom left hand corner to pull it up.
  5. Here you can play the video and drag the sliders around in order to adjust what part of the video is actually slow motion. As always, you can move the bars around on each side to make the clip shorter as well.

That's all there is to it. You're now ready to share your slow motion video.

How to share a slow motion video via SMS, Facebook, YouTube, and more

  1. Launch the Photos app from the Home screen of your iPhone 5s
  2. Tap on the slow motion video you'd like to share in order to bring it up.
  3. Now tap on the Share button in the lower left hand corner.
  4. Choose the service you'd like to share with by tapping on it. You can also choose SMS, email, and many other options if you'd like to just share it with a small group of people or an individual.
  5. Fill out any credentials or add any information for any appropriate service.
  6. Tap on the Share or Publish button.

Why are my slow motion videos not working on Instagram and other services?

Some users are reporting that when they upload slow motion videos to certain services, the slow motion portion is not carrying over. This will be an issue for one of two reasons, either the service doesn't support 120 FPS or you are not selecting to upload the HD version. With Facebook, use the native upload built into your iPhone 5s via the Photos app share option instead of the official app. This way you can change the default setting to HD. You can do this with YouTube natively as well.

With services like Facebook and YouTube, be sure to select the highest quality option you can. As long as you do, you shouldn't have a problem with either of them playing the slow motion portions.

Services like Instagram require a little trickery in order to get a slow motion video to upload correctly. As a workaround with services that either don't have a high def option or don't recognize slow motion natively, email the clip to yourself first using the sharing steps above. Once you've done that, just save the emailed attachment in your Camera Roll. The new clip should be work on Instagram and other services that don't recognize the native slow motion your iPhone stores.

It's not the prettiest workaround in the world but it does seem to work. If you've found another trick, let us know!

Still having issues with slow motion videos?

If you're still running into issues with slow motion videos, make sure to let us know what kind of problems you're having either in the comments below or in the iMore forums. Did any of the above options work for you? Let us know!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 19 comments. Add yours.

rysmithaz says:

Uploading from Facebook app strips the slow-mo.

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Allyson Kazmucha says:

That's why I didn't suggest uploading from the Facebook app. In the last portion I even put that you should use the native sharing option in the Photos app and choose HD (there are screenshots of what I'm talking about too).

Adambuzz says:

When I tried to send a slow motion video via iMessage, the slow motion portion of the video wasn't there. It played the entire clip in standard frame rate. The only way that I've been able to share one so far is by uploading it in HD via YouTube.

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Allyson Kazmucha says:

Facebook HD works too. Or emailing it to yourself.

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mjcostajr says:

Thanks for sharing! Was trying to figure this out last night!

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yahtzee says:

Sending to yourself via email lessens the quality of the video. Also, when you send it to someone via iMessage it appears fine to the other person but will not show the slowmo portion on your own device within the message. Really hope there are plans for a fix.

jon sandler says:

Yes, this is correct. The recipient WILL see the video in slowmo, even if it does not display correctly in your own iMessage.

"Even if the bag does not inflate, oxygen is still flowing"

zdn1042 says:

I wish I could also use this slow-mo feature.

DerrickShowers says:

Thanks for the suggestion! I noticed the limitation this evening when trying to import slow-mo video into iMovie. Have you heard whether or not this is a limitation based on lack of developer support? Or based on the lack of necessary APIs for developers to use? Can't seem to find that answer...

Carlos Camino says:

I have a different problem. I love editing videos with Imovie on the Iphone, but when I select in Imovie one of my slow-mo videos, they are not in slow motion anymore. And this is nlt gold cause I was really looking foward to editting slow-mo videos with Imovie for IOS7

jon sandler says:

The video should be in 120fps. Simply use a time remapping feature to extend certain parts that you want in slow mo. It will look the same.

Daniel Ang1 says:

Couldn't upload the slow mo video on Instagram. Tried sending to myself as you suggested but the quality becomes very low. Anyway to work around it?

Michael McKenzie2 says:

What about uploading a slo-mo video from iphone to my mac desktop, the slo-mo
goes away? What's up with this?

Jens S says:

I found this to be a bit complicated but theres this App that lets you do this a bit easier, called Slomogram.

nominaa11 says:


AVEbrahimi says:

I just used an iPhone app which converts my videos and make them Instagram ready, it is called SlomoGram, here is the link :

Kasper Mortensen says:

A Friend of mine, posted a video in slow motion HD to facebook, after it was uploaded we could see it on his phone on facebook. But when i go to where it was posted, the post isn't even there not even on my computer(windows) and android phone?

TrkMh says:

how do i move my slow-mo video in my computer like i try as regular way but don't get the slow-mo Video get the video as regular video is there is any way to get slow-mo video in my computer

darinr80 says:

My only issue would be that emailing a slow motion video compresses it to such a small size it's almost not an option I would want to use. I just sent it to my friend's Galaxy S4 and it was tiny.