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iPhone 7(+) Send uncompressed video


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 18, 2012
Hi, is there a way to skip video compression when attaching a video to an email or online form? e.g. when it says "Compressing Video" when uploading from Photos. I sometimes need to send the full-quality version and it would be ideal if I didn't have to switch to desktop for that. Sometimes the videos I send are only a few seconds long which seems something the iPhone should be capable of handling as an uncompressed upload so I don't understand the restriction.


macrumors 65816
Jun 18, 2014
It's a workaround, but go to your Photos and select the video you want to send. Click the share icon and select Mail.
It will then upload the uncompressed version, at least from what I can tell.

When I attach a video from the Mail app, a 30 sec. clip ends up 3,5 MB. When I share it through the Photos app, the same clip is like 100 MB. I assume it doesn't compress it.


macrumors 6502
Oct 22, 2005
use a cloud service, like onedrive, google drive, dropbox, ect. and send the person a shared link. its a shure fire way to keep the original file.
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macrumors G3
May 26, 2016
The size of an attachment is also restricted by the rules on the email service provider. The service provider might not even send the email if it’s above a certain size.

now i see it

macrumors 603
Jan 2, 2002
The original uncompressed videos are gigantic in file size. They have to be compressed even if 10 sec long.
If you resize and compress the clip using a video compression app to 720p @ 2500kbs, it'll look good enough everywhere and the file size will usually drop to almost 10% of the original.
You'll get better looking results doing it that way than letting iOS shrink it down automatically.
When you attach the compressed clip to email or Messages, it'll say its compressing it -again- but it doesn't.
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