How to Attach Videos to Text Messages on the iPhone (10 Steps)

by Randall Blackburn
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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.

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 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.

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 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.

Step 9

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

Tap the “Send” option to send the message.


  • 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.


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


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About the Author

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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