There's no obvious way to attach a file to an iPhone email, but this doesn't mean you can't do it. If your iPhone runs on iOS 7, you can use a menu in the Mail app to attach the video to an email. Or, you can use the share feature in the Photos app to create a new email with the video embedded in it. If you're using an earlier operating system that doesn't support these methods, or prefer a different solution, a simple copy and paste also does the job.
Attach a Video to an Email
Tap the "Mail" app, then the "Compose" box to open a new email. Fill out sender and subject details and enter your message.
Tap twice in blank space in the body area of the email. Tap the arrow on the context menu, then "Insert Photo or Video."
Tap "Videos" on the Photos screen, then touch the video you want to email to open it. Select "Choose" at the bottom of the screen and wait for your iPhone to compress the file. Once complete, your email again displays with your video embedded in the body of the message. Press "Send."
Create an Email From a Video
Tap the "Photos" app on your iPhone's home screen. At the bottom of the screen, tap "Albums," then "Videos."
Tap the video you want to email to open it. Tap the "Share" icon resembling a blue box with an exiting arrow.
Tap the "Mail" icon and wait for your iPhone to compress the video. When done, a new email opens with the video file in the body of the mail. Fill out sender and subject fields, and write your message. Press "Send."
Copy and Paste a Video Into an Email
Tap the "Photos" app on your home screen and tap the "Albums" icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap "Videos."
Tap and hold the video you want to use, then tap "Copy." Press the home button on your iPhone to exit Photos.
Open the Mail app and create a new email. Go to the body of the message and double-tap to launch the context menu, then tap "Paste." Your video displays in the email. Select a sender and subject, type your message and press "Send."
Tips & Warnings
- You can send multiple videos if you attach them to an existing email, but you have to add each one individually.
- If compression affects the quality of your video, use the copy-and-paste method to attach the file without compressing it.
- If you're worried about sending a large video, try sending it to yourself first to see if it works.
- You can also use the Share feature in Photos to post videos in AirDrop and iMessages, and on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.
- If you're creating an email from a video, you can send only one video per email. If you try to select two, the iPhone removes the option to share as email. To send multiple videos, use multiple emails or a different attachment method.
- If the size of your video attachment exceeds email provider limits, you may have problems sending the email and the recipient may have problems receiving it.
- Your iPhone doesn't compress files attached through the copy-and-paste method. This may lead to send errors and delivery delays for larger files.
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