The Facebook app on iPhone/iPad was updated sometime back last year to include video uploads directly from the iPhone. That was a good feature and continues to be one of the favorite features for people who are prone to upload a ton of videos to their social profile.
Facebook, being a huge website, adopts certain methods to cut down on the server load. One of them is that it reduces the size of the videos and photos by compressing them. And that’s where the trouble starts.
If you record videos in the normal mode, Facebook compresses them and that makes the video quality quite bad.
There’s a workaround to this. Even though Facebook will still continue to compress the videos you capture and upload, you can make sure the videos are at least of good quality. Of HD quality.
- Open Settings
- Tap on Facebook
- Now tap on Settings
- Under Photo & Video, switch ON Record HD Video
That’s it. Henceforth, whenever you record a video within Facebook, the app only records HD videos and even after compression, the video looks pretty good.
The videos shot will be uploaded in 720p format.
As a direct result, two things change: the size of the video increases and that means more data usage every time you shoot and upload videos via the Facebook app.
And this doesn’t apply when you upload videos from your Camera roll. They’re obviously of the 720p or larger format (depending on the iPhone you use) and therefore, they’re HD by default. This setting found within Facebook applies only to videos recorded via the Facebook app.