How Long Can a Video be to Send on iMessage?

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How Long Can a Video be to Send on iMessage?

There are some restrictions when it comes to the sending of videos via iMessage.

Anything you’d like to share with your friends and family members – pictures or audio recordings is likely to be fairly simple nowadays isn’t it? However, with video it can be a more complicated. Videos are available in all sizes, small and large. What is the limit on how big, or is there no limit? Does iMessage limit the length of the videos you are able to send, or is there no limit?

Unfortunately, it puts an limit on the length of the videos you are able to send. Remember the fact that length can be a totally different issue than the size. It seems that the restrictions are constantly changing. The absence of official support documents from Apple is even more frustrating. We’ve done our best to solve this issue.

Restrictions on Video Length

In the latest version of iOS 14.4 testing, it was discovered that the max length of a video that you can send through iMessage is approximately 4 twenty seconds and four minutes, which will be a significant improvement from the previous three and a half minutes that were available in earlier iOS versions. If a video is more than this, iMessage will ask you to cut it down before sending it. However, the size of the video will play a role to play when sending videos.

Restrictions on Size

What is the size? In the past, the consensus within this community was that maximum capacity of a video that you could send via iMessage was 100MB. This no longer appears to be the situation. We were able to send a video that was around 1.75 GB using iMessage.

However, if the videos are larger than a certain dimension, Apple will compress them. In some video files, this compression can be so large that they’re nearly ineffective. Certain videos were compressed so much that it was nearly impossible to discern any person in the video since it became so blurred. The dimensions of the video appeared to be in no way connected.

Quality of 1.75 gigabyte video following compression is much superior to the original video which was merely 32 millibytes (the video that was difficult to recognize faces). Many members of the Apple community have experienced similar complaints (blurred video) when they send videos through iMessage.

When it comes to the length of the video you’re able to send videos that are less than four minutes. However, the shorter the video is, the less you’ll need to worry about the quality.

Alternately, you can use AirDrop to share longer videos as often as you can even if they’re shorter than the 4:20-minute mark. This way, you don’t need to be concerned about the size, length, and quality of your video.