Sending large video files to others is not as simple as you think. Depending on the resolution and length, the size of the video file can quickly exceed the 25MB attachment limit imposed by most major email providers.
But this does not mean that there is no way to share large video files. If you want to know more, please keep reading. We will explore the best way to send videos worldwide.
How to Send Video via Email?
As we mentioned earlier, almost all email providers impose a 25MB size limit on any file that you want to attach to an email. Some services are as low as 10MB.
Smartphone videos longer than a few seconds will soon exceed this limit. If you created a recording with professional equipment, then you will not have a chance.
But don’t worry. If the file is larger than the 25MB limit and you want to send the video via email, you still have two options: you can create a recorded ZIP file or use the cloud storage service of your email provider.
For those who don't know, ZIP files are compressed versions of files. You created the ZIP file at the end and sent it to others. Then, they receive the file and decompress it to restore the video to its original size.
Both Windows and macOS have native features that allow you to compress and decompress files, although many third-party options are also provided.
To create a ZIP file on Windows, find the file you want to compress, right-click the file, and go to Send to > Compressed folder.
To create a ZIP file on macOS, find the file in question, click the right-click button, and select "Compress Project" from the context menu.
Of course, if your newly created ZIP file still exceeds 25MB , you will still not be able to send the video via email. You need to use other options instead.
How to Use Cloud Storage Services to Send Large Video Files?
Most large email services also provide some form of free. You can use storage space to send large video files that exceed the 25MB limit.
If Gmail and Outlook detect that the file is too large, they will automatically provide you with the option to upload the video to their respective clouds. Once the file is stored in the cloud, you can attach it to the email in the usual way.
Then, the recipient will be prompted to download the video from the cloud instead of from the email server. However, if they wish, they can also watch the video in the cloud without downloading it to the device.
Unfortunately, even this method is not without its drawbacks.
Most notably, you are still limited by the available space in the cloud storage drive. Google provides you 15GB for free; OneDrive and iCloud only provide 5GB. If you need more, you need to subscribe to a plan that costs a few dollars per month.
There is also the problem of confusion. You just need to use a cloud drive to send some videos via email and you will be drowned in unattached files. If you use cloud services to store all your documents, that would be far from ideal.
How to Send Large Video Files from iPhone?
If you want to watch large videos on your iPhone, you cannot use WhatsApp. The attachment limit on instant messaging applications is 16MB. iMessage is slightly better; the maximum file size is 100MB.
What Other Options do You Have?
If you want to send a file to another Apple device nearby, the most direct way is to use AirDrop. There is no file size limit, and you don’t need to install any third-party applications—this feature is a native part of the operating system. This is one of the best ways to transfer files between computers.