How to Send Large iPhone Videos

By Richard Bashara

iPhone MMS messages that contain video footage may have restrictions on the length of that footage; these restrictions could also affect the quality of video playback. While it may be necessary to include long video in a message, it can be difficult to get the footage from your iPhone to someone else’s device for viewing or editing. You can hook your iPhone up to your laptop or desktop computer and quickly move files to and from your device, with the option to remove the files you are storing in the process.

Step 1

Plug your iPhone into a computer using the USB cord that came with your device.

Step 2

Click “Import Pictures and Video” from the AutoPlay screen. If AutoPlay does not immediately detect your device, locate your device from the “Computer” menu and right-click on it. Select “Import Pictures and Video.”

Step 3

Click on “View More AutoPlay options in Control Panel” and set the location to which you'd like to import your videos. You can also choose whether the device will erase the videos you import after it has put them onto your computer. When you are finished, click “OK.”

Step 4

Click “Import” and a progress bar will appear showing how long it will take to complete the import of your photos and videos.

Step 5

Locate the video you wish to send from Windows Photo Viewer by clicking on “Videos,” then right-click on the video and select “Open File Location.”

Step 6

Right-click on the video from the folder that appears and hover over “Send to,” then click on “Mail Recipient.”

Step 7

Fill out the recipient’s email address and give the email a title. Body text is not necessary, but it may help to explain the video you are sending if that is necessary. Click “Send” when you are finished to send your large iPhone video.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using an app like Dropbox, you can move a large video to another device or computer that also uses that service. Register a free account with Dropbox to get 2GB of storage that you can use to publicly share video with other users.
  • Edit your video from the iPhone itself, and cut it down into something smaller and easier to transport. If file integrity is an issue and you require all footage, you can try uploading the video to YouTube and distributing it privately.