How to Send a Video Through Email

Use the cloud to share videos too large to send as attachments

Most email providers limit the size of files attached to messages, and many of your recipients can't receive large video files on their end anyway. Use file-sharing services to send links instead of the large-size attachment.

The instructions apply to Gmail and Google Drive, Outlook and OneDrive, Yahoo, and Apple Mail.

How to Send Large Videos With Gmail

Gmail imposes a message-size limit of 25 MB. When your video is smaller than 25 MB, simply attach the file to your email message.

When you want to share a video file larger than 25 MB, save the file to Google Drive and send recipients a link to the file. Your recipients select the link to view the video.

To send a Google Drive link to a video in a Gmail message:

  1. Select Compose within Gmail to open a new message window.

  2. Select the recipient of the email, add a Subject, and type your message.

  3. Select the Google Drive icon.

    A screenshot showing a new message window in Gmail
  4. Select the Upload tab to save a video file from your computer to Google Drive.

    A screenshot showing how to upload a large video file to Google Drive
  5. Choose Select files from your computer.

    If the video is already saved in Google Drive, select My Drive, choose the file, then select Drive link.

  6. Choose the video file and select Open to close the dialog box.

  7. Select Upload and wait while the file is saved to Google Drive.

  8. When the upload finishes, the video appears as a link in the email message.

    A screenshot showing a video as a link in the Gmail email message
  9. Select Send. You’ll be asked if you want to turn on link sharing.

  10. Select Send to give anyone with the link access to view the file.

    A screenshot showing how to turn on link sharing in Gmail and Google Drive
  11. The email message is sent to your recipient.

  12. When the recipient selects the link in the email, the video opens in Google Drive.

    A screenshot showing a video being played in Google Drive

In addition to viewing the video, recipients can add the video to their Google Drive, download the file, and embed the video in a web page. If your recipient has a Google account, they can also make comments and share it with others.

How to Email a Video Using Outlook and OneDrive

Outlook imposes a message size limit of 20 MB. With a business account, the file size limit is 10 MB. When your video is smaller than the file size limit, attach the file to the email message.

When sending large video files with Outlook, save the video file to OneDrive and send a link to the file that anyone can view.

To email large videos using Outlook and OneDrive:

  1. Open One Drive and select the destination folder for the file.

  2. Select Upload > Files.

    A screenshot showing how to upload a video file to OneDrive
  3. Go to the folder containing the video, select the file, then select Open. The file uploads and a notification appears when the upload is finished.

  4. Select Share Link.

    A screenshot showing how to share a link to a video stored on OneDrive
  5. Enter the email address or name of the recipient. As you type, you'll see suggestions based on your contacts list.

    A screenshot showing how to turn on sharing and send an email containing a link in OneDrive and Outlook
  6. Enter the message text, then select Send.

    Select Outlook to open a new message window containing a sharable link. Select Copy Link to copy the shareable link to the Clipboard and paste it into any document.

  7. You and your recipient will receive an email with a link to the video. The link enables your recipient to play and download the video. 

How to Send a Video Through Email Using Yahoo

Yahoo Mail limits message sizes to 25 MB. When your video is smaller than 25 MB, attach the file to the email message. To send videos over 25 MB, insert a link to the file using a cloud-sharing service.

How to Send a Video Using Apple Mail

Apple OS X Mail sets a message size limit of 20 MB. When the video is smaller than 20 MB, attach it to the email message. For larger files, use an iCloud account and a service called Mail Drop to upload your file to iCloud, where it will be available for easy pickup by any recipient for 30 days.