How to Attach Videos to Text Messages on the iPhone

by Randall Blackburn

Text messages with photos, videos or sound files attached are known as MMS messages. You can send an MMS with a video attached from the iPhone. You can shoot the video on the fly or select a clip from your library. Before sending your first MMS message to a recipient other than an Apple iMessage user, you must enable the MMS feature on the iPhone.

1

Tap the “Settings” icon in the iPhone home screen to open the Settings menu and enable MMS if sending the message to a non-iOS user.

2

Tap the “Messages” entry, and then tap the “MMS Messaging” toggle to turn the switch on. Return to the home screen.

3

Tap the “Messages” icon in the iPhone home screen to launch the Messages app.

4

Tap the “New Message” option in the upper right corner of the Messages app screen.

5

Type a phone number or the name of a contact in the To: field. To select a contact from your Contacts list, tap the “+” icon to launch the Contacts app, and then tap the contact’s entry.

6

Tap inside the text box and type a message to the recipient.

7

Tap the “Camera” icon on the left side of the text box to launch the Attachment tool.

8

Tap “Take Photo or Video” to shoot a new video for the attachment, or tap the “Choose Existing” option to select a video from your library. Your photo library opens.

9

Tap the desired video to attach a saved video to the message.

10

Tap the “Send” option to send the message.

Tip

  • Check your carrier’s policy regarding charges for sending MMS messages with large attachments, such as videos. Additional fees may apply.

Warning

  • Information provide in this article applies to the iPhone 5 running iOS 6.0 and higher. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other models of the iPhone or versions of the operating system.

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Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.

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