Compress video to email on iPhone iPad

Videos recorded on iOS device are far too large to be attached to emails, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail or else. Compressing a video for an email has always been a challenge for iPhone iPad users. If you want to trim a few seconds from a longer video clip o iPhone, you can perform the edit of video length directly in your Camera Roll. This method can’t transcode the video at lower resolution and/or lower bit rates. You just split the long video into short ones without compression or quality loss. When attaching a video to email, the Mail app on iOS device will automatically compress video by reducing lower resolution and lower bit rates, just like how you can resize or compress photos on iPhone iPad. This however will limit the video length under 60 seconds. If you have a video clip more than a minute, it will error out:

Video Too Long to Send
Please select a smaller clip from this video.

How to compress videos for email on iPhone and bypass the iPhone video email limit, please read on.

Method 1. Shrink iPhone iPad video to email using Video Compress

To compress a large video file efficiently to email in attachment, you need a professional video editor. Video Compress is a free video compressor for iPhone.

It is very intuitive and straightforward to reduce video size. Just add your video to the app, specify the target size, and compress.

compress video to smaller size - video compress for iphone
compress video to smaller size – video compress for iphone

Then save the compressed video to your Camera Roll, send it through email, share it in your social networks or any app you love.

Method 2. Compress video using Video Slimmer

In a related article,we demonstrated how you can reduce file size of videos on iPhone iPad using Video Slimmer app. Unlike the above app, this video compressor is not free. It supports batch compression.

Following these instructions we easily compressed a 194MB video to merely 7.12MB within 30 seconds. 186.9MB has been saved.

Go to get this video compressor app for iPhone here. Launch the video converter, the Video Source tab opens automatically. Here you can tap the Add (+) button at the top right corner to import recorded videos from Camera Roll to the video editor app.

video slimmer app for ios

Then head to More …. >> Settings, there are some options you can tweak in order to compress videos for emails.

video slimmer app settings
  • Keep original video files:

By default this option is turned off. That’s to say the compressed video will overwrite the original video after conversion. If you only want to zip videos for sharing with email, or other ways, we suggest you turn on this option so as not to lose the source videos.

  • Copy to Photo library:

You should enable this option. After the conversion, you will have the option to email the slimmed video from your Camera Roll.

  • Video Quality:

Choose a lower video quality to get smaller video files

  • Video size:

Choose a lower video resolution such as 240p, 360p, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080p

Go back to the Video Source tab, touch the Slim button to compress videos instantly. Once it is done, the compressed video will be copied to your Camera Roll on iPhone or iPad.

To email the compressed video from Camera Roll, touch to select the video first, then touch the Share button at the bottom left corner, tap Next button to bring up the share options and choose Mail from there. After that the Mail app will compress the selected video automatically and attach the compressed video to a new email, you can then choose the email account to send the video and choose the recipient to receive the compressed video.

How to send long videos through email on iPhone iPad?

If you get an error message that the video is too long to email, you can try this workaround.

Video Too Long to Send
Please select a smaller clip from this video.

To bypass the iPhone video email limit and not to cut video length before it can be emailed, you can zip video files first, then attach the zipped video as email attachment and send it without the maximum video length limit. Check out this guide to zip files on iPhone using a free file manager app for iOS.

Update Jul 2019: this article was originally published in Aug 2017 and has since been updated. in this update, the new free video compressor - Video Compress was added.

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