How to Flawlessly Send Videos on Messenger

Key Takeaways:

  • Compress large videos to under 25MB for seamless sending on Messenger
  • Upload videos to cloud storage or social media and share the link
  • Ensure your videos are in a compatible format like MP4 or MOV

As a social media expert with over a decade of experience, I’ve seen the rise of video content and its importance in personal and professional communication. Facebook Messenger has become one of the most popular platforms for sharing videos, but many users encounter challenges when trying to send large or long videos. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through the best methods to flawlessly send videos on Messenger, ensuring your content reaches your audience without any hiccups.

Understanding Messenger’s Video Limitations

Before diving into the solutions, it’s crucial to understand Messenger’s video limitations. The platform has a file size limit of 25MB for videos[1][2][7]. This means that if your video exceeds this size, you won’t be able to send it directly through Messenger. Additionally, while there’s no strict limit on video length, longer videos may take more time to upload and send[3].

Method 1: Compress Your Videos

One of the most effective ways to send large videos on Messenger is to compress them. By reducing the file size, you can ensure your video falls within the 25MB limit. There are several video compression tools available online, such as:

  • UniConverter – A versatile video compressor that allows you to reduce file size while maintaining quality[7].
  • VideoProc Converter AI – An AI-powered tool that can compress videos by up to 90% without significant quality loss[2].
  • MiniTool Video Converter – A free, user-friendly video compressor that supports batch processing[3].

To compress your video using these tools, simply upload your file, select the desired output format (MP4 or MOV are recommended for Messenger), and adjust the compression settings. Once the compression is complete, you can easily send the video through Messenger[7].

Method 2: Upload to Cloud Storage

Another solution for sending large videos on Messenger is to upload them to a cloud storage service and share the link. This method bypasses Messenger’s file size limitations, allowing you to send videos of any size. Some popular cloud storage options include:

  • Google Drive – Offers 15GB of free storage and seamless integration with other Google services[2][7].
  • Dropbox – Provides 2GB of free storage and easy sharing options[2].
  • OneDrive – Microsoft’s cloud storage service with 5GB of free storage.

To share a video using cloud storage:

  1. Upload the video to your preferred cloud storage service.
  2. Generate a shareable link for the video.
  3. Copy the link and paste it into your Messenger conversation[7].

Your recipient can then click on the link to view or download the video, without any file size restrictions.

Method 3: Share via Social Media

If you’ve already uploaded your video to a social media platform like YouTube or Facebook, you can easily share it on Messenger by sending the video’s link. This method is particularly useful for longer videos that may be difficult to send directly[9][11].

To share a YouTube video on Messenger:

  1. Open the YouTube app and find the video you want to share.
  2. Click on the “Share” button below the video.
  3. Select “Copy Link” to copy the video’s URL.
  4. Paste the link into your Messenger conversation and send it[9][20].

For Facebook videos:

  1. Find the video on your Facebook profile or page.
  2. Click on the “Share” button below the video.
  3. Choose “Copy Link.”
  4. Paste the link into your Messenger conversation and send it[7][11].

Your recipient can then click on the link to watch the video directly on the respective social media platform.

Tips for Optimal Video Sending

To ensure your videos send flawlessly on Messenger, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use compatible formats: Messenger supports a wide range of video formats, but MP4 and MOV are the most recommended for their compatibility and quality[1][16].
  • Reduce video resolution: If you’re having trouble compressing your video, try reducing its resolution. A lower resolution video will have a smaller file size[3][5].
  • Keep videos short: Although Messenger doesn’t have a strict length limit, shorter videos (under 2-3 minutes) are more likely to hold your audience’s attention and send faster[15].
  • Utilize Wi-Fi: When sending large videos, connect to a Wi-Fi network to avoid using mobile data and ensure a stable upload[19].


Sending videos on Messenger doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By compressing your videos, utilizing cloud storage, or sharing links from social media platforms, you can easily send videos of any size to your Messenger contacts. Remember to use compatible formats, keep your videos concise, and take advantage of Wi-Fi for the best sending experience. With these methods and tips, you’ll be able to flawlessly share your video content on Messenger, enhancing your personal and professional communication.