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 Photos app on your iPhone or iPad and find the video you'd like to send.
  2. Tap on the Share button in the lower left hand corner.
  3. Now tap on the Message option.
  4. Find the person you'd like to send it to by typing their name and tapping on them.
  5. Now 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:

Allyson Kazmucha

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

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There are 9 comments. Add yours.

Camfella says:

What are the limits on video length?

Allyson Kazmucha says:

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.

Vanti says:

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.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

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.

ravee3rd says:

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.

profipix says:

wow really? I was a long time android user and recently decided to try out this whole Apple thing.. Looks like you all apple kids need to be spoon-fed, to get the MOST basic things done on the phone.. I knew how to send a video file within 30 seconds of getting a samsung galaxy nexus. Getting disappointed more and more with the apple community.

snuggy1 says:

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

mmurphman says:

Is there a way to send an IMovie to someone without IMessage, other than email?