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Sending Large Video Files from iPhone: Tips and Tricks

Sending Large Video Files from iPhone: Tips and Tricks

Sending Large Video Files from iPhone: Tips and Tricks

Sharing videos from your iPhone can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when the file size is large. The challenges often arise due to limitations in email attachment sizes and data consumption concerns. However, with a few tips and tricks, you can easily send large video files from your iPhone to any device. This guide will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to do it efficiently and effectively.

Understanding iPhone Video Sizes

 The iPhone's camera is known for its high-quality video recording capabilities. While this results in excellent video quality, it also means that the file sizes can be quite large.

For instance, a one-minute video shot on an iPhone can range from 40 MB to 400 MB depending on the settings. 4K videos at 60 frames per second (fps) will take up the most space. Therefore, sending such videos via traditional methods can be a challenge.

Compressing Videos on iPhone

One of the most effective ways to reduce the size of your video files is to compress them. Compressing a video reduces its file size, making it easier to send. However, it's important to note that compressing a video can lead to a loss in quality.

There are several apps available on the App Store that can compress videos on your iPhone. Some of the popular ones include Video Compress, iMovie, and Video Slimmer. These apps are easy to use and can significantly reduce your video file size.

Using Video Compress: Video Compress is a straightforward app that allows you to reduce your video file size with just a few taps. After downloading and opening the app, select the video you want to compress, choose your compression settings, and then tap on 'Save'. The app will then compress your video and save it to your camera roll.

Remember, the higher the compression, the lower the video quality. Therefore, it's advisable to choose a moderate compression level to maintain a balance between file size and video quality.

Using iMovie: iMovie is a powerful video editing app that comes pre-installed on all iPhones. Apart from editing, you can also use iMovie to compress your videos. To do this, open iMovie, create a new project, and import your video. After editing (if necessary), tap on 'Done' and then 'Share'. Choose 'Save Video' and select your preferred resolution. The lower the resolution, the smaller the file size.

iMovie maintains a good balance between file size and video quality, making it an excellent option for compressing videos on your iPhone.

Sending Large Video Files

Once you've compressed your video, you can now send it. There are several ways to send large video files from your iPhone, including email, cloud services, and direct transfers.

However, each method has its pros and cons, and the best one for you will depend on your specific needs and circumstances.

Email: is one of the most common ways to send files. However, most email providers limit the size of attachments. For instance, Gmail and Yahoo limit attachments to 25 MB, while Outlook allows up to 20 MB.

If your video file is larger than these limits, you can use a feature called Mail Drop (for iCloud mail) or link to the file stored on a cloud service like Google Drive or Dropbox.

Cloud Services: Cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud allow you to upload large files and then share a link to the file with others. This is an excellent option for sending large video files as it bypasses the file size limitations of email and doesn't consume your recipient's data until they choose to download the file.

However, keep in mind that uploading large files to the cloud can consume a significant amount of data. Therefore, it's advisable to do this over a Wi-Fi connection.

Direct Transfers: If you're sending the video to another Apple device, you can use AirDrop. AirDrop uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between the devices, allowing you to send files of any size quickly and easily.

For sending large video files to a Windows device, you can use apps like Send Anywhere or These apps allow you to send large files directly to another device without the need for a cloud service.


Sending large video files from your iPhone doesn't have to be a daunting task. With the right tools and methods, you can easily share your high-quality videos with others. Remember to compress your videos to reduce their file size and choose the best method for sending based on your needs and circumstances.

Whether you're sharing a memorable moment with a loved one or sending a work-related video, these tips and tricks will ensure that your video reaches its destination quickly and easily.

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