How to Post a Video on Twitter

Share the next viral video easily

A mobile phone displaying the Twitter logo.

Chesnot/Getty Images 

Social media platforms like Twitter make it easier than ever to share content with your audience. That includes videos. Here's how to post videos on Twitter through your web browser and the Twitter mobile app.

Why Use Twitter for Videos?

Like so much of Twitter, the convenience of using it for video is it's right there. You already use it to keep up to date with news and what your friends are up to. It's also a great place to share interesting videos and clips from your daily life.

Twitter does put a few technical limitations on videos you can share.

  • File types must be MP4 or MOV (mobile).
  • Videos you share on the web site must be MP4 video format.
  • Videos must be under 2 minutes and 20 seconds in length. 
  • Videos must be under 512MB in size with a bitrate of 25 Mbps or lower.
  • Videos must be between 32 x 32 and 1920 x 1200 resolution. 
  • The aspect ratio (the ratio of the video's width to its height) must be 2.39:1 or less.
  • The maximum frame rate is 40 fps.

If your video doesn't match these requirements, uploading to YouTube might be a better alternative.

How to Post a Video on Twitter From Twitter.com

All videos you post via the Twitter website need to be in MP4 format. If the video isn't in that format, convert it using a free video conversion software tool.

  1. Go to https://twitter.com and log in to your account.

  2. Click either What's happening at the top of the screen or Tweet in the upper-right corner to create a new tweet.

    Tweet videos
  3. Click the picture box icon on the bottom left of What's happening?

    How to post videos on Twitter
  4. Browse for the video you want to upload, and then click Choose.

    If the video is too long, Twitter automatically takes you to the Trim Video option. Tap Done when you've made all of the changes you want.

    Post video to Twitter
  5. Type anything you want to add to your tweet.

    The video doesn't add to the character length of your tweet.

    Twitter Home Page With A Video Ready To Post
  6. Click Tweet to upload the video to Twitter.

How to Post a Video on Twitter From the Twitter Mobile App

Uploading a video while on the move can be just as simple as via the website. Videos posted via the Twitter mobile app can be MP4 or MOV format.

  1. Open the Twitter app.

  2. Tap the Create Tweet icon.

    Post video to Twitter
  3. Tap the picture icon underneath the What's Happening field.

    Add video to Twitter
  4. Browse your Camera Roll and albums for the video you want to upload, and then tap it.

    You'll get a chance to edit the video before you post.

    Add video to Twitter
  5. Tap Done.

    Post video to Twitter
  6. Type the tweet you want to accompany your video, and then tap Tweet.

How to Capture New Video for Twitter

The Twitter mobile app also lets you record a new video to share to your profile. Here's how to do it.

You'll need to give the app permission to use your camera and microphone to use this option.

  1. Inside the Twitter mobile app, tap the New Tweet button.

  2. Tap the Camera icon.

    Post video to Twitter
  3. Tap and hold the shutter button to record your video.

    You can record on both your rear- and front-facing cameras and use the flash.

    Post video to Twitter
  4. A preview of your video will play. Tap the sections at the bottom of the screen to add text and your location, if you want.

    Post video to Twitter
  5. Tap Tweet to post your video.