How to Attach a Video to Messages on iPhone

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Capturing special or funny moments is one of the things our iPhones do best. And sometimes, taking a video is the best way to do that, such as when you want to show friends or family the new trick you taught your puppy. But once you’ve recorded your cute video, you’ll need to attach it to a message to send it to a friend. Here’s how to attach a video to Messages on iPhone.

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How to Attach a Video to Messages on iPhone

  • Once you’ve recorded your video, open the Messages app.

  • Open the conversation thread you want to send the video in or start a new message and select the recipient you’d like to send the video to.

  • Tap on the camera icon located on the lower left corner of the screen.

  • To open your Photo Library, swipe right from the left side of the screen toward the bottom.

  • Select Videos.

  • Select the video you’d like to send. Tap “Choose”.

  • Send your video.

If you’d like to create a new video within Messages, tap on the camera icon instead of Photo Library. Swipe right to activate video mode, tap record, and record your video. You'll have a chance to review your video, and if you don't like it, tap on retake. Otherwise, tap Done and hit send.

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Donna Schill

Donna Schill is the Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine and is a journalist specializing in producing multimedia content. Aside from managing the editorial team at iPhone Life, Donna co-hosts the iPhone Life Podcast, teaches online iPhone educational courses, and enjoys reporting on live Apple events. Donna began her career as a newspaper reporter before joining the iPhone Life team, where she pairs her penchant for storytelling with her love of Apple products. 

Donna holds a master's degree from the University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication and earned her undergraduate degree in Media & Communications from Maharishi International University. Her writing has appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Little Village Magazine, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, the Fairfield Ledger, and the Iowa Source, and she was a researcher for American journalist Claire Hoffman's memoir, Greetings from Utopia Park. She is also the host and executive producer of a feminist podcast, Thread the Needle (