How to Send a Video via Text Message on Android

Sending videos through text messages on Android can be very useful for quickly sharing moments with friends and family.

However, there are some things you need to know to send videos successfully via text message.

Sending Video Text Messages on Android

Using MMS vs SMS for Video Texting

Android devices send text messages using either MMS or SMS technology.

SMS can only handle basic text, while MMS allows you to attach photos, videos, audio files, contact cards, and more.

Here’s a quick rundown:

  • SMS – Stands for Short Message Service. Limited to 160 text characters.
  • MMS – Stands for Multimedia Messaging Service. No character limits. Supports media attachments.

To send videos in text messages on Android, you’ll need to use MMS.

Let’s look at how to configure your device for MMS next.

Enabling MMS Messaging on Android

Most Android devices have MMS enabled by default.

However, some carriers require you to enable the feature manually:

  1. Open your Android Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet > Mobile Network.
  3. Ensure Mobile Data is enabled.
  4. Scroll down and check if MMS messaging is enabled. If not, tap to enable.

If you run into any issues with MMS messaging, contact your cell carrier to confirm everything is properly activated on your plan.

Sending Video Files via Text App

The most straightforward way to attach and send videos via text on Android is by using your default Text Messaging app (the app may be named Messages, Text Messaging, Messenger, etc depending on your device).

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open your text messaging app.
  2. Start a new message thread or open an existing thread.
  3. Tap the Attach button (a paperclip icon).
  4. Select Video from the attachment menu.
  5. Browse and tap the video file you want to attach.
  6. Tap Send to deliver the video.

That’s all there is to it! As long as MMS messaging is enabled, your recipient will receive the video attachment.

Next, let’s go over some file size considerations when texting videos.

Video File Size Limitations

MMS has file size restrictions that prevent overly large video files from being sent.

The maximum file size varies by cell carrier, but videos over 2-3 MB may fail to send via MMS.

If your video exceeds the size limit, try the following fixes:

  • Use video compression software to shrink the file size without losing too much quality.
  • Upload the video to cloud storage like Google Drive or Dropbox, then share the link in a text instead of the file itself.
  • Use a messaging app with larger file size limits, covered next.

Messaging Apps for Sharing Videos

Third-party messaging apps often support larger file attachments compared to standard carrier MMS limits.

Popular options include:

  • WhatsApp – Supports video files up to 100 MB.
  • Facebook Messenger – Allows videos up to 1024 MB (1 GB).
  • Telegram – No explicit limit, but recommends staying under 1.5 GB per file.

The advantage of messaging apps is that they use data channels instead of the MMS protocol.

As long as both parties have the app installed, you can enjoy high file size limits for video messaging.

Troubleshooting Video Texting Issues

Can’t get your video text message to send?

Try these troubleshooting tips:

  1. Confirm that Mobile Data/Cellular Data is enabled on your Android device.
  2. Enable Airplane Mode for 15-30 seconds, then turn off Airplane Mode.
  3. Force stop the messaging app and clear cache/data before restarting.
  4. Try switching cellular networks between 3G/4G/5G as needed.
  5. Make sure you have sufficient phone storage space for MMS data.

As a last resort, ask the recipient to send a basic text message first – receiving an SMS before an MMS can help activate messaging capabilities.

What is the maximum video size for texting on Android?

The maximum video size for MMS messaging varies by carrier but is typically 1-3 MB. Using a 3rd party messaging app can allow much larger videos up to 100 MB or 1 GB.

How do I enable MMS messaging on my Android phone?

To enable MMS messaging, open your Android Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile Network. Make sure Mobile Data is on and enable the MMS messaging option.

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