How to Add a Video to Twitter

By Paul Higgins

Learn how to share a video on Twitter either by using the Vine app or a third-party video sharing platform.

While Twitter lets you upload photos directly to the Twitter app or website, sharing a video on Twitter requires you to upload the movie file to a third-party app or website.

Tip

Certain online video platforms -- such as YouTube or Dailymotion -- let you share a video by clicking a Twitter icon near the video player.

Share a Short Video

Vine is a mobile application developed by Twitter that lets you upload six-second-long videos and share them in a tweet. Unlike regular videos, which require users to click a Play icon, Vine movies automatically play when a user visits your Twitter timeline.

Step 1

Download and install Vineon your iOS, Android or Windows Phone mobile device.

Step 2

Tap the Camera icon in Vine's menu bar.

Step 3

Record or load a video.

Touch and hold the center of the screen for six seconds to record the video with your device's camera. Alternatively, tap the upward-pointing arrow icon to load a preexisting video.

Step 4

Tap the check mark icon.

Tap the check mark icon to save your video. Vine then loads the Share screen.

Step 5

Enable the Twitter option and touch the check mark icon.

Post your video to Twitter by enabling the Twitter option on the Share screen and touching the check mark icon.

Share a Video Longer Than Six Seconds

Step 1

Upload your video to a video sharing site such as YouTube, Vimeo or Dailymotion or, if you want to share a video that already exists on one of these platforms -- such as a music video, a movie trailer or a funny video -- visit the video's page.

Step 2

Copy the URL to your Clipboard.

Copy the video's URL to your clipboard by clicking it and pressing Ctrl+C. On a mobile device, long-touch the URL and select Copy.

Step 3

Click the Tweet button after composing your tweet.

Compose your tweet and paste the URL of the video you want to share in the box by pressing Ctrl+V on desktop or by long-touching and selecting Paste on mobile. Select Tweet to post your tweet.

Tip

  • Keep your tweet short and sweet to leave enough space for the URL without going over the 140-character limit.
  • To watch the linked video, users must first click your tweet. Consider reminding your followers to do so to increase the video's views.