How to Export Large Videos From iPhone to Email, Mac or Windows PC

The iPhone and iPad are capable of recording 4K videos at high frame-rate, and we all enjoy the video quality while viewing on the iDevice. But the pain starts when you decide to watch that video on a big screen like your iMac or a smart TV using a pen drive. You may think, what is the pain in that? Let me tell you that you cannot merely send such a large video file from iPhone.

Of course, it’s not the end of the world. What I meant is that you cannot just Email, WhatsApp, or iMessage large video files from iPhone or iPad. But hang in there, we will discuss a lot of other straightforward options to do just that. All the choices that we mention here are entirely free and also secure. Before we jump to the solution, it is crucial to understand the size limit in iMessage and Email app.

Understanding File Sharing Limits

It’s a no brainer that we can share files through iMessage or Email, but there is a file size limit in both the apps. iMessage content limit is 100MB per message and the Mail app limits attachments to 20MB. Due to these limitations, sending files over this size limit needs a workaround. So let’s see what options do we have to send a large video file from iPhone/iPad.

How to Send a Large Video from iPhone to Email, Mac or Windows PC

#1. Send it Using Mail Drop

One of the most comfortable options to send large video files is using the Mail Drop feature of iOS. It works similar to sending a file as an attachment, but there is a small difference. The attachment stays in the Email forever, while the Mail Drop generates a download link to the file, which is valid for 30 days.

To send a large video file, open Photos app, select the video and tap the Share icon. From the list of options, choose Mail and compose Mail as usual. After you tap the Send button, Mail app will notify you that file is too large for attachment. In that warning itself, there’s an option called “Mail Drop.” Tap on that, and you are done. To give you a brief, Mail Drop uploads the file to iCloud account and sends the downloadable link to the recipient.

Send a Long Video Using Mail Drop from iPhone

#2. Send it through iCloud

Apple iCloud offers 5GB of free storage when you create a new account. This 5GB storage may also have your iPhone/iPad backup, along with photos, contacts, reminders, and many other things. If you have enough space left, you can upload the video file to iCloud and then create a Dropbox-like shareable link. You can then send this link to anyone, and they can download the file.

This method is practical only if you want to send the video file to someone else. It’s not useful if you want to transfer files between your own devices. Because first, you’ll have to wait for the large file to upload, and then wait for the file to download on other devices.

#3. Use AirDrop

Use AirDrop to Send a Large Video Between Apple Device

This is merely a formality to say because if you are reading this post, you are likely sharing large video files from an Apple device to a non-Apple device. Just in case, if you forgot about AirDrop, let me remind you that you can send files of any size between Apple devices using AirDrop.

#4. Third-Party Cloud Storage

Apart from iCloud, you can share large files through other cloud providers like Dropbox and Google Drive. I would personally recommend Google Drive, mainly because they offer 15GB of free storage, which I guess should be enough.

Download Google Drive from the App store → Upload your video file → Copy Downloadable link → Share it with friends or family.

Use Google Drive to Send a Long Video from iPhone to Email

#5. Using Third-party Sharing Apps

Use Xender or SHAREit to Send a Large Video From iPhone

If you aren’t sharing the file with friends or family, nor you are transferring to other Apple device of your own, then you can use third-party apps like Xender or SHAREit. Both the apps are platform-independent, which means you can transfer files between iOS to Windows or Android.

You can download any one of the apps on your iPhone/iPad. If you are using a Windows PC, you need to tap on “Connect to PC” in the app on your iPhone and then send the file. If you are transferring to Android, you need to tap “Receive” on the Android device after opening the app to send the file.

Wrapping up…

All the methods mentioned above are entirely free, and they are safe as well. There are many other third-party tools available for Mac and Windows that asks you to connect your device with PC and then do the transfer. However, I would personally never recommend doing that; mainly for the security concern. I wouldn’t trust anything that’s not available on the App Store.

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Suraj is a digital marketing expert on the iGB's team. He contributes to the social media section along with tips and tricks for iPhone, Apple Watch. Apart from blogging, he likes to work out as much as he can in his gym and love to listening to retro music.