How to Send Large Video Files (from Desktop, iPhone, and Android)

Have a large video file that you'd like to share? Check out the 7 best methods that can help with that.

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Aarushi Singh
How to Send Large Video Files (from Desktop, iPhone, and Android)

Looking for free and easy ways to send large video files? 

Chances are you’ve already tried sending large files, but most of the tools dramatically reduced the quality of your original file, required you to download a heavy and complex software (yikes!), or offered very minimal storage capacity. 

But here’s the good news: sharing large files doesn’t have to be a compromise on quality or budget. To help you pick the right platform, we closely studied different free and paid video sharing tools, and curated this list of seven ways to share large files.

Let’s walk through each of them. 

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[#TOC1]How to Send Large Video Files Through Desktop (3 Best Ways)[#TOC1]

Here are three ways to send large video files from your desktop device: 

1. WeTransfer

WeTransfer is probably one of the most popular file sharing solutions out there. It allows you to send a large video file online — directly from its website’s homepage. You can share video files up to 2GB without any commitments of creating an account. However, if the size of your video file is larger than 2GB, you’ll need to create a WeTransfer account in order to share it. 

WeTransfer also offers video collaboration features enabling teams to sync and collaborate easily. It gives visibility into all your file transfers with a chronological record of every file that’s been sent in the past 12 months. This is especially useful for teams, solopreneurs, and even creators who frequently share files with their colleagues and clients.

You can even track when someone downloads your file and get real-time feedback with reviews on your shared file. As an easy and fairly straightforward tool with collaboration features, WeTransfer is as good as video sharing tools come.  

How to Send Large Video Files with WeTransfer

Here’s how to send large files using WeTransfer: 

1. Go to WeTransfer’s website and click on the + Add your files button. Upload your video from your device. You can also drag and drop the file directly. 

2. Tap on the three dots and select how you want to share your video — via email or link. 

3. If you want to share your video file via email, then fill out all the requisite details. 

  • Enter the recipient’s email address, your email address, the title of the video, and a message (optional). 
  • Click on the Transfer button and you’ll get a prompt to verify your email account. 
  • Once you enter the one-time password, WeTransfer will start rendering your video and send it to the recipient. 

4. To share your video as a link, all you need to do is enter the title of your video and add a message (optional). After WeTransfer processes your video, it will give you a link for your video, which you can share wherever you’d like.

WeTransfer Pros and Cons

WeTransfer Pros WeTransfer Cons
Free file transfers up to 2GB A costly option compared to other tools
No commitment of signing up for files up to 2GB No video editing options available
Enables real-time collaboration File size is limited
Gives visibility of file transfers up to 12 months
Quick rendering time with glitch-free experience
Data on recipient downloads

2. VEED

If you’re looking for a browser-based video sharing platform that’s highly efficient and feature-rich, VEED is perfect for you. The platform is primarily a powerful yet highly intuitive online editor. But it also doubles down as a video sharing tool for large files as well, that is just as reliable, if not more, as the other tools on this list. 

The editor comes with a clean and user-friendly interface, with advanced AI editing capabilities like auto-generated subtitles, automatic trimming, and eye correction. In addition, it also offers other, traditional editing features like pre-designed templates, one-click brand kit customizations, screen recording, voiceover, and even stock library. 

VEED is also a video compressor, video hosting platform, and video collaboration tool for teams that need to gather real-time feedback and work on larger projects in an async environment. 

New to VEED? The team has built a vast knowledge bank of How-to guides, step-by-step video tutorials, and specific feature pages that walk you through each of the editing tool within VEED. Add on a highly responsive customer service team and you’ve got a tool that’s easy to use yet powerful (minus a steep learning curve). 

VEED’s free account gives you access to 20GB storage, two hours of automatic translations, and unlimited projects. You can upload video files of up to 50MB and export them in 720p for free. To upload larger video files and remove the watermark, you can sign up for a paid account. 

How to Send Large Video Files with VEED

Here’s how to send large files using VEED: 

1. Go to VEED. Sign up for an account by clicking on the Sign up button. If you already have a VEED account, hit the Login button to access your dashboard.

2. Upload your video. Click on the Create Project option.

3. Next, select how you want to upload your video file. 

  • Record a video and send it directly from VEED. 
  • Upload an existing video file from your computer or drag and drop it. 
  • Upload a video from your Dropbox account.

4. (Optional) Edit your video. If you don’t wish to edit your video, you can skip to step 5

This is where the magic happens — VEED’s editing features combined with its AI powered tools enable you to transform raw footage into a more compelling narrative. You can set the pace, mood, and emotional impact of a video to ensure it aligns with your content type and personality. 

Here are some of the incredible editing features you can use: 

  • Save Hours of Editing Time with Magic Cut: Automatically remove awkward pauses, long silences, filler words, double takes, and other mistakes to create a high-quality video with Magic Cut. Simply select your video in the timeline and click on the Magic Cut option right above the timeline fold. 
  • Generate Subtitles Automatically: Make your video more clear, engaging and accessible to different audiences by adding subtitles. Go to the Subtitles option and click on Auto Subtitle. Next, choose the language you want for your subtitles and hit the Add Subtitles button. VEED’s AI will transcript your entire video and add subtitles to it. Once the subtitles are ready, you can even customize their look and feel — change font type, style, size, appearance, and more.
  • Get Access to High-Quality, Copyright Free Stock Media: Add stock audio and video to accentuate the visual appeal of your video. Simply click on Add Media above the timeline fold and select the stock audio and video you want to add in your video. 
  • Record in Real-time and Add it to Your Video: Maybe you forgot to record an important part of your video. Or maybe you want to record additional clips to add more context to your story. With VEED’s screen recording, you can do it right within the editor. Click on Add Media option above the timeline fold and select the Record option.

And a lot more!

[#Jumptext]5. Now all that's left to do is to export Your video. Once your video is ready, click on Done in the top-right corner, and then click on the Settings icon to select the export video quality. Hit Export Video, which will redirect you to another page where VEED will automatically start rendering your video. Depending on the size of your video file, it can take up to a few minutes to process. After that, you’ll have the following options to share your video:[#Jumptext]

  • Share As Link: Get around size limitations by copying the link of your video and sharing it anywhere. You can copy the link directly and paste it into the desired destination like messaging apps, project management apps (some of the more popular ones in the market are Trello and Asana). You can even send it through an SMS.
  • Share As Email: Simply enter the email address of the recipient and click on Invite. Or, click on the Email icon and VEED will automatically take you to your email inbox so you can share the video directly with your colleagues.
  • Share As a Social Post: To share directly on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter, click on the social app’s icon and VEED will redirect you to your feed where you can share the video.

VEED Pros and Cons

VEED Pros VEED Cons
Comes with a built-in video editor — the only option on the list that offers this As of now, VEED doesn't have a mobile app; you can only use it on a desktop device
Easy to use and intuitive interface
AI powered editing tools
Multiple sharing options
Easy collaboration features
Excellent customer service and knowledge banks for users

3. Dropbox

Dropbox is a robust cloud-based file storage and collaboration platform designed for teams that prefer an all-in-one solution for their data storage needs. You can save and access files from any device, and share them with anyone with a free Dropbox account — up to 2GB. It comes with seamless backup and recovery solutions to ensure you never accidentally lose an important file. 

By automatically syncing files across all your devices, Dropbox does the heavy lifting of keeping track of files spread across a variety of tools. It also enables users to send and track documents with real-time analytics, advanced document controls, personalized document spaces, and more. 

How to Send Large Video Files with Dropbox

Here’s how to send large files using Dropbox: 

1. Go to Dropbox and log into your account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one for free. 

2. Once you're signed in, click on the All Files option on the left hand side of the screen. Click on the Upload button and Select "Files" from the dropdown menu and upload the video you want to share. 

3. Click on Copy Link and Dropbox will generate a unique URL that others can use to access the video. 

4. Share your video’s unique link with the recipients you want to send the video to. If your team members have a Dropbox account, you can directly share your video by adding their email address, name, or group name. 

5. If you want to customize sharing settings, click on the Settings or Manage access option in the sharing window. Here, you can set permissions, control who can view or edit the video, and add passwords for added security.

Dropbox Pros and Cons

Dropbox Pros Dropbox Cons
Easy to use and intuitive interface Expensive for individuals and small teams
Seamless backup and recovery solution Concerns about privacy and security
Great mobile device support No video editing options available
Ability to store and track large files easily
Compatibility with a wide range of devices and platforms
Integration with other Microsoft and Google tools

[#TOC2]How to Send Large Video Files from iPhone (2 Best Ways)[#TOC2]

If you’re wondering how to send long videos on iPhone, we got you. Here are two best ways to do that: 

4. iCloud

If you’re an iPhone user, iCloud naturally becomes the preferred choice to share large files, given its native compatibility with other Apple devices and convenience. The best part about the Apple ecosystem — MacBook, iPad, iPhone — is that no matter what data you upload on your iCloud, it will be synced across all your Apple devices in real-time. 

If you upload a video on your iPhone’s iCloud, it’ll automatically show up in your MacBook. This extended accessibility helps users access files wherever they are. iCloud also provides seamless backups, easy file sharing options, and strong security making it one of the go-to choices for iPhone users.

Overall, it’s user-friendly, doesn’t take time to set-up, and automatically syncs data in the background without sending you annoying prompts or cues. So, if you need to share large files from your iPhone, all you need to do is select the video file you want to send and share it via your preferred channel.  

How to Send Large Video Files with iCloud

Here’s how to send large files using iCloud: 

1. On your iPhone, go to Settings and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Then, select iCloud and make sure the iCloud Drive toggle is turned on. If it's already enabled, proceed to the next step.

2. Open the photo library on your iPhone and then tap on the share icon at the bottom left corner of the screen. Tap on the Options button at the top of the pop-up and click on iCloud link, and then tap Done

3. Click on Messages or Mail, enter the recipient’s name or email id, and then tap on the arrow icon to send the message or email.

iCloud Pros and Cons

iCloud Pros iCloud Cons
Advanced security protocols Storage space is very limited
Simple and inexpensive pricing No pricing plans available for teams
One-click data sharing No way to manage multiple users as admin
Real-time data sync between different devices

5. AirDrop

If you want to share large files with another iPhone user (or even Apple user), AirDropping is a no-brainer. It’s a seamless way to share files with Apple users who are in close proximity.

To use this option, make sure the recipient is nearby and within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range. They need to have their Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on in order to receive the video file. Additionally, ensure both of you have your Personal Hotspot turned off. The recipient also needs to turn receiving on for AirDrop to successfully receive data from your iPhone. 

If you’re in their contacts, they need to have your Apple ID’s email address or mobile number saved in the contact card. Else, they need to set their AirDrop receiving setting to Everyone to receive the file. 

How to Send Large Video Files with AirDrop

Here’s how to send large files using AirDrop: 

1. Go to Settings on your iPhone. Then, navigate to General > AirDrop, and then tap on Everyone for 10 minutes. Or slide down the widgets menu and tap on AirDrop and select Everyone for 10 minutes. 

2. Open your photo library and select the video you want to share. Then, tap on the share icon. 

3. (Optional) To send videos in original quality along with its editing history and metadata including location and captions, click on Options in the pop-up window and turn on the All Photos Data toggle button. 

4. Tap on AirDrop, then select the contact or device you want to share your video with. Once you select the recipient, they will get an alert to accept or decline the AirDrop transfer. 

AirDrop Pros and Cons

Airdrop Pros Airdrop Cons
Easy and quick one-click sharing for iPhone users Limited to Apple users only; doesn’t support other OS
Supports large video file transfers
Advanced security protocols
Free to use

[#TOC3]How to Send Large Video Files from Android (2 Best Ways)[#TOC3]

Team Android? No problem! Here are two best ways to send large video files from your Android device

6. Google Photos

Google Photos lets you share files via Gmail, social media apps like Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and even URLs. No need to download or use another video sharing application — simply select the video file you want to share, click on the share icon, and select the preferred channel. 

It provides automatic backup so you can access your latest videos in real-time and share them quickly. The best thing about Google Photos is that it organizes your content in a meaningful way, allowing for faster and easier file access. 

It automatically creates albums and even allows you to search specific files based on facial recognition, location, file type (photos, videos, documents), and even things (think of landscapes, skyscrapers, food, canyons, etc.). 

How to Send Large Video Files with Google Photos

Here’s how to send large files using Google Photos: 

1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app. 

2. If you haven’t signed in already, sign in to your google account to access all your synced photos and videos in the Google Photos app. 

3. Once you’re signed in, browse the app and find the video you want to share.

4. Tap on the + icon and select people you want to share your video with. You can enter their name, phone number or email address. If you want to share a video with multiple people, select the needed option. Then, tap Send to share your video file. 

Google Photos Pros and Cons

Google Photos Pros Google Photos Cons
Intuitive and organized Limited in-app editing options
Facial user recognition Free storage space is limited
Automatic backup Doesn’t support videos bigger than 16MP or 1080p/4K resolution
Saves your device storage
Retains video quality depending on your pricing plan
Easy access through any device

7. Google Drive

Google Drive is another cloud storage service that helps users store, manage, and share your files. It’s a simple way to share large video files, collaborate with others, and manage user access control for different files. Being a cloud platform, Google Drive lets you access files from wherever you are with any device with an internet connection. 

It offers 15GB of free storage space, after which you need to become a paid member to use it. Since Google Drive’s pricing is pretty flexible, it’s one of the most affordable video sharing solutions available in the market. You can get the 100GB plan for only $1.99 per month. 

How to Send Large Video Files with Google Drive

Here’s how to send large files using Google Drive: 

1. On your Android device, open the Google Drive app. Log in to your google account to access all the files in your Drive, if you haven’t already. 

2. To upload a video file, click on the + icon at the bottom right of the screen. Then, tap on Upload. If you already have a video file saved on your Google Drive, browse your drive and select it. 

3. Once the video file is uploaded, tap the three dots icon and a window will appear with multiple actions. Now, click on the +Share option to send your large video file to specific people or groups. Or, you can tap on Copy Link and share the unique link wherever you’d like.

Google Drive Pros and Cons

Google Drive Pros Google Drive Cons
Easy to use Has some potential security risks
Ability to upload large video files (1920 X 1080) Needs internet access for file sharing
Compatible with Android, iOS, MS Office, and even WhatsApp Limited free storage
Ability to store data en-masse in shared drives Slow uploading/downloading speed as compared to other platforms
Easy access through any device

What’s the Best Way to Send Large Video Files?

The best way to send large files primarily depends on your preference and the device you’re on. If you’re someone who frequently shares video files, we’d recommend you consider asking these questions so you can pick the right platform that suits your needs best, and use it regularly. 

  • Would you like to make simple edits to your videos to increase engagement? Think subtitles, templates, one-click brand customizations. 
  • Do you want your team members to share their feedback in real-time? Consider a platform’s ability to allow comments from recipients.  
  • Do you want to upload it as a standalone video and share the link for a larger audience to watch? Maybe you don’t want the hassle of a YouTube channel, but sometimes need to host videos for multiple people.

Based on your needs, you can select the right platform. It’s worth pointing out that VEED supports all of the above mentioned features — AI powered editing tools, collaboration, and video hosting platform. So, if you’re looking for a dependable, easy to use yet powerful video platform that takes care of everything, from video recording to editing, and sharing, VEED is the perfect choice. 

Best part is you don’t need to be a pro at video editing to use VEED. It’s designed for busy professionals including YouTubers, online educators, creators, social media managers, influencers, and podcast producers who can’t afford to spend months learning the ins and outs of a tool, but aim to produce studio-production quality videos. 

Ready to get started? Sign up for VEED right now and edit your first video. 

How to Send Large Video Files (from Desktop, iPhone, and Android)

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I send a video that is too big?

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  1. WeTransfer 
  2. VEED 
  3. Dropbox 
  4. iCloud 
  5. AirDrop 
  6. Google Photos 
  7. Google Drive

How can I send a large video file via email?

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Here’s how to send large files via email: 

  • Use Google Drive
  • Create a VEED link
  • Get a WeTransfer link
  • Create a Dropbox link

Where can I send my large video files?

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With VEED, you can easily send large video files as a link or email. You can even share it directly on your social media platforms, embed it on your website, or host it on VEED and share it with others to get feedback in the comments section.

How can I send a video over 25mb?

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To do large file transfers (>25mb), you can use VEED to generate a link. Alternatively, you can also share it as an email attachment.

How can I send 1gb video on WhatsApp?

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Here’s how to send a large video file on WhatsApp:

  1. Share it as a link — go to VEED, upload your video and get a unique link for your video. 
  2. Send a compressed file — use VEED’s video compressor without sacrificing the quality of your video.  
  3. Host it on VEED — Once the video is live on VEED, copy paste the link of the video in WhatsApp

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