WhatsApp it is the most popular means of communication and one of the best sharing platforms for the multimedia files of our daily life. People use WhatsApp to send files to their friends and family, regardless of whether they are photos, audio or video files. However, many users are wondering if it is possible and how to send large files via WhatsApp and especially long video files. In this article we will see how compress video for Whatsapp and send them without problems and without exceeding the limits imposed by Whatsapp itself.
Part 1. Video size limit
Although WhatsApp has a lot of features, there are still some restrictions when it comes to sharing media files. Here are what these limits are.
1. Maximum size of the WhatsApp video
The maximum video size you can share via WhatsApp is 16 MB. The WhatsApp video size limit is not great, but on most of the phone, this limit usually makes a video from 90 seconds to 3 minutes depending on the quality of the video. The same policy applies to all media files, including documents.
2. Video formats supported by WhatsApp
In addition to the WhatsApp maximum video size limit, there is also a restriction on the file format. The video formats supported by WhatsApp are MP4, MKV, AVI, 3GP and MOV. Support for video and audio codecs also affects support for video files. You have to use the H264 video codec and the AAC audio codec to share a video via WhatsApp without any problems.
Part 2. How to Send Long Videos with WhatsApp
The presence of the video size limit with WhatsApp, leads us to find alternatives to send the video with the same quality to their friends and family. If you don't know how to share large video (> 16MB) on WhatsApp, here we provide you with two alternative methods that will help you to solve the problem.
1. Google Drive
The best method you can use to share is send long videos with WhatsApp is to use Google Drive. Nowadays, most of the people have a Google Drive account in their (Android) phones to make a backup of the files stored on the device. It is possible to take advantage of the Google Drive sharing function to send large files via Whatsapp. Here's what to do.
Step 1: Upload files to Google Drive by clicking on the icon + on the main screen. Or you can share the file directly and save it to Google Drive.
Step 2: Once the file is uploaded to Google Drive, tap on the files and hold for a while until some options appear on the screen. From those options, select the "Copy link" option.
Step 3: Now start WhatsApp and open the chat of the person you want to share the video with. In the text field, press and hold and paste the video link. The link will allow your contacts to see the video and also download it.
Another online service that can help you share large videos is dropbox. To use the Dropbox service, you will need a Dropbox account, so you need to sign up for Dropbox. Then install the Dropbox app on your phone. Here is the guide on how to send large video files on Whatsapp via Dropbox:
Step 1: Open Dropbox and click the + icon to add the video. Then tap on the three vertical dots right next to the file and click on the option Share.
Step 2: On the next screen you can create the download link for the file. Finally copy the link and share it with the contact on WhatsApp.
These "cloud" services are an excellent solution for sharing and sending long videos via Whatsapp. The use of these services implies the following "PROS" and "CONS" to be taken into consideration:
- You will be able to send large files on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
- Cloud storage is a good backup and restore option for data.
- They are reliable and efficient to some extent.
- Online cloud storage also has file size limits
- They do not offer any editing or enhancement features for media files.
- The file format conversion option is also not agolable.
- Files take a long time to upload and download.
Part 3. Software to compress videos and send them via Whatsapp
If you don't know how to send a large video on WhatsApp you may want to try using the program UniConverter. This software is a software tool that not only helps you to reduce the size of the video for sending with WhatsApp, but also can convert the video to formats for all devices. Whether you want to compress or convert, download or transfer, UniConverter can perform all functions. It is agolable for Windows and Mac systems so that you can get video and audio compression quickly.
How to compress video for WhatsApp with UniConverter?
Download the program on your Windows or Mac PC by clicking on the following links:
Step 1. Import the video file to be compressed
Click on the button "Add”And select the file from your PC / Mac. You can also import multiple video files and then compress them all at the same time.
Step 2. Choose output format
Click on the top right to choose the output format. You could also select the type of mobile so that you have a video optimized for mobile devices.
Step 3. Choose output format and compress video
Click OK to return to the main program window and from here you can click on the "Compress" icon, highlighted in the figure below to decide the final weight of the video to share
If the weight is greater than 16MB, move the slider to the left to automatically reduce that weight.
Step 4. Export final video
Once you have set the desired compression click on the CONVERT button at the bottom right and the program will create the video with the dimensions (weight) set.
Step 5. Share the video on Whatsapp
Once the video does not exceed 16MB in weight, again through UniConverter you can transfer that file to your mobile phone (by clicking on the "Add to Transfer" button).
For the transfer you will obviously have to connect the phone to the computer via USB and then start the copy from the program UniConverter.
If you want you can also send the video from your PC directly using a software such as WhatSender. In fact, with WhatSender it is possible to send messages and related attachments directly from the computer and also in "bulk" mode, ie to multiple numbers at the same time without using the Whatsapp app on the mobile!
Another method would be to upload the video to Youtube and then send only the Youtube link via Whatsapp… I think it is much easier and faster to do.
Thank you for your suggestion.