6 ways to send great videos easily

Whether it’s the vacation, the school enrollment or the party last Saturday.

Whether it’s the vacation, the school enrollment or the party last Saturday. – vieles wird mit dem Smartphone festgehalten. Videos werden schon längst nicht mehr nur mit einem Rekorder aufgenommen, sondern ganz einfach mit dem Handy, womit man sie direkt an Freunde und Familie verschicken kann. Dabei gilt es einiges zu beachten – vor allem, wenn es sich um große Videos handelt.

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Popular options, but they cause problems

The most popular ways are either via email or directly via WhatsApp. However, private files and information should never be sent via email, as the personal data can fall into the wrong hands in the event of a hacker attack.

WhatsApp is used by many because it is more convenient and most smartphone users update their WhatsApp messages much more often than their inbox. However, sending large videos can get complicated if the clip is too long.

Also interesting: Never take photos with the WhatsApp camera!

File is too big for emails

Both the email server and WhatsApp sound an alarm when you want to send large videos that exceeds the memory limit. A 15-minute video from your birthday last weekend takes up a certain file size. The email may not be able to be sent and the server will ask you if you want to compress the large video.

WhatsApp reduces the quality of the videos

Similar to photos that have been heavily compressed, the quality of the video also degrades as the file size is reduced.

The best methods to send large videos

Of course, WhatsApp and email are not the only ways to send large videos. On the contrary, there are now numerous providers that make it possible to share large files of various kinds with others.


Apple offers its users the possibility to send large videos, photos and even documents via the specially developed AirDrop function. Here, you need to pay attention to the following:

  • Make sure that both you and the recipient of your files, have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled and are near you.
  • Check what the AirDrop feature of the receiver is set to. There are “Receive Off,” “Contacts Only,” and “For Everyone.”
  • Select the files you want to send and click the AirDrop icon.
  • Now select the recipient that should appear on the display.
  • If the latter accepts your request to send, it usually only takes a few seconds for all files to be sent and automatically saved in the media folder.

You can also send media to yourself this way, such as when you want to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac. This saves you from having to plug in your smartphone, open the folder separately, select all the pictures and videos, and copy them over.

Nearby Share

The counterpart to Apple’s AirDrop feature is “Nearby Share” for Android users, which allows you to send large videos, photos or even apps. However, you have to activate the function beforehand in order to use it.

  1. To do this, open the Files by Google app.
  2. Tap on “Menu” and go to “Settings”.
  3. Next, click “Nearby Share” and enable the feature.

Similar to AirDrop, Nearby Share requires all devices to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. In addition, the location detection must be activated, since all participants must be within range here as well.

Now, if you want to send large videos, photos, apps or similar, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Files by Google app.
  2. Tap “Share” at the bottom right and then “Send”.
  3. Now select the files or apps that you want to send. Important: You can share up to 500 files. When you have reached the maximum number, you will automatically receive a notification.
  4. Now click on “Send” at the bottom. Android devices near you will now show up in a pop-up window.
  5. Select the recipient and share the large videos, photos or the like.

Did you know that Apple also offers apps for Android smartphones?


WeTransfer allows you to send large videos or photos from one end of the world to the other. You can send up to 2GB of files around the globe or just to the friend next door. Here’s how it works: You first upload the files via a web form. Then you receive a link that you can send to the recipient. The recipient can then easily download the files from anywhere – no geographical proximity is necessary. The files remain accessible for seven days and are then automatically deleted from the servers.

If you want to send more than 2GB, you can create a paid account and get unlimited storage for a monthly fee.


DropBox offers its customers 2GB of storage space for free after registration. You can use this storage space to store or share large videos or photos. But you can also store other files there, such as documents or web links.

Here, too, you are not bound by geographical conditions and can upload, store or share content from anywhere. Big videos from your vacation in Gran Canaria or just pictures from the kids’ soccer tournament.

It’s like a kind of online hard drive where you can store important documents and memories that will remain even after you delete them on your own computer.


Everyone knows about the iCloud service and their storage function of all sorts of files, whether large videos, photos or other documents. 5GB is given to every Apple user for free and they can store all their files in the cloud. You can access, edit and share all files from any Apple device with your ID at any time.

The advantage according to Apple: “Take as many photos as you want. Without thinking about the storage space on your devices.” The original photos are automatically uploaded to iCloud in full resolution, leaving a smaller version of each file on your device. If you want the original, you can access it in the cloud at any time.

If 5GB isn’t enough, you can give your storage a paid upgrade to iCloud+.

Google Drive

If you want to send very long videos, tons of photos or other files, you can also turn to the Google Drive cloud storage service. 15 GB is available for free for everyone. Beyond that, paid upgrades are available. The handy thing about Google Drive is that if you share videos or photos with certain people more often, you can share a folder with them. The only downside is that all users have to register and create an account.

Does it cost money to send large videos through other platforms?

It depends. Services like AirDrop and Nearby Share are free of charge. Other providers give their customers a storage limit. If you want more storage space, you then usually have to pay money for it.

However, a paid upgrade is not mandatory. It rather depends on what you want to use the service for. If you want to send pictures of your grandchildren or simply share large videos from your last vacation, then the free offers are usually enough. However, if you want to store all your photos, videos, and other files separately, an upgrade may be necessary.


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