How to send a video using iMessage

How to send a video using iMessage

iMessage works with iPhones, iPads, and Macs to let you easily send videos without paying your carrier for a special messaging plan (data rates will still apply if you aren't on Wi-Fi). iMessage is built right into the same Messages app and Share Sheet that sends SMS and MMS to your non-iPhone using friends, so you don't have to do anything extra to use it. Just pick your video and send!

How to send a video with the iOS Messages app

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the thread you'd like to send the video in, or compose a new message.
  3. Tap on the camera icon in the lower left hand corner.
  4. Tap on Photo Library in the popup menu.
  5. Tap on Videos.
  6. Tap on the video you'd like to send.
  7. Preview it if needed and when you're sure you'd like to send it, tap Choose.
  8. Tap Send.

How to send a video using the Mac Messages app

  1. Launch the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. Find the person you'd like to send a video to and select them.
  3. Drag the video you'd like to send into the text input area.
  4. Click on Send.

That's it, your iMessage video is on its way!

How to get more help with iMessage

If you're having issues getting iMessage to activate, get more help at the iMore forums, and for more tips, check out:

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to send a video using iMessage


I think it's based on the carrier. While one carrier may allow one length or MB - another carrier may compress further or not allow certain lengths to be sent. I tried to find a definitive answer and i see different ones so that makes me think it heavily depends on the carrier.

I did not see this when I was skimming over this post so I would like to ask what about longer videos?

How do you send longer videos to other people since we as iPhone users don't have the luxury of Bluetooth transfer?

Also a post on how to transfer voice memos would be highly valued from myself at least because I still haven't found a way to do so without jail breaking.

Transfer or send them to another person? I have one on how to send them. As far as transferring them, they sync to iTunes just like anything else would (music etc) and then sync them back to a different device.

Vanti, if you're asking how to send a voice memo to another person, just go into the Voice Memo app and tap on the one you want. At the bottom, you'll see 2 choices. Share will allow you to send it in an email or as a Message(as in text it).
If you're trying to get the memo from one device to another, I've been doing it in another way from Allyson's suggestion. You can just use yourself as the person you Share to. Then, when you open the email or text on your other device, save it there.

I have an iphone 3gs , and there is no option to save a video sent by imessage. All there is ,is a mail icon, there is no camera roll. I am on IOS 6