How to Send Videos on Discord Mobile: An In-Depth Guide

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Hey there! Do you have an amazing or funny video you want to share with your friends on Discord? As a fellow tech geek and Discord power user, I‘m here to show you how to easily send videos on mobile.

Whether you‘re on Android or iPhone, this step-by-step guide will teach you everything you need to know to share videos seamlessly in Discord DMs and servers.

Let‘s start from the beginning – how exactly do you send videos on the Discord mobile app? Here‘s a quick rundown of the basics:

  • You first need to enable Discord‘s access to your phone‘s media library and photos. This allows Discord to "see" your videos so you can send them.

  • Open Discord and navigate to the DM or channel you want to share the video in. Tap the + or paperclip attachment icon.

  • Select your video from the library and tap Send. The video will now upload and appear in the chat!

Easy enough right? Well, there‘s a bit more nuance, especially if you‘re new to Discord.

Below I‘ll fully walk through enabling media access, troubleshooting issues, tips from my own experience, file size limits, and more. Let‘s dive in!

Allowing Discord to Access Your Media Library

The first crucial step is allowing the Discord app permission to access your photos, media, and storage on your device.

Here‘s how to enable Discord‘s media permissions:

On iPhone:

  1. Open Settings > Discord.

  2. Tap Photos.

  3. Select a photos access option like "All Photos."

On Android:

  1. Open Settings > Apps & Notifications > Discord.

  2. Tap Permissions.

  3. Enable Photos and Storage.

By default, Discord won‘t have access to your phone‘s videos or photos. Granting access here lets you seamlessly send media from within Discord itself.

Important note: You‘ll need to enable Discord‘s media permissions before you can send any videos or photos from your library. If you‘re unable to access your media, double check you enabled photos and storage access in your device settings.

Selecting and Sending Your Video

Once Discord can "see" your media library, sending a video is straightforward:

On iPhone:

  1. In Discord, tap the + icon next to the chat box.

  2. Tap Photo Library.

  3. Pick the video you want to send.

  4. Optionally preview it, then tap Send.

On Android devices:

  1. Tap the paperclip attachment icon.

  2. Tap Photo Library.

  3. Select the video from your library.

  4. Preview if desired, then tap Send.

The video will immediately start uploading to Discord‘s servers. Within seconds, it will appear in the channel for all to see!

You‘ll see a progress indicator while the video sends. Once it reaches 100%, your friends can watch and react to the video.

Pro tip: You can send videos in any Discord server you‘ve joined in channels you have permission to chat in. And of course, you can share videos in 1-on-1 DMs with friends too.

Video File Size Limits

Discord limits how large your videos can be when sending from mobile or desktop. Here are the video size restrictions to keep in mind:

  • 8MB – Free Discord users can send videos up to 8MB in size.

  • 50MB – Nitro Classic subscribers can send videos up to 50MB in size.

  • 100MB – Nitro subscribers can send up to 100MB video files.

Exceeding these sizes will give you an error when trying to send the video. I recommend using your device‘s gallery app to check video sizes before sending.

For example, an iPhone will show file size under the video details. This helps avoid errors from oversized files.

If needed, try trimming longer videos to reduce the size. Lower resolution and compression can also decrease file size. This ensures your videos send under the 8-100MB limits.

Troubleshooting Video Sending Issues

Don‘t worry if you run into problems sending videos at first. Here are some common issues and quick fixes:

  • Can‘t access photos? Double check you enabled Discord‘s photo library access in your device permissions.

  • Video file too large? Trim or compress the video to under 8-100MB for free/Nitro users.

  • Upload stuck? Try force closing and reopening Discord to resolve any glitches.

  • Permissions error? Verify you‘re allowed to send media in that server‘s channels.

  • Can‘t send in DM? Make sure you haven‘t blocked that user and restart Discord.

  • Video quality poor? Some compression can occur – try viewing on WiFi for best quality.

Still having trouble? Don‘t fret – the folks over on Discord‘s Technical Support server are amazingly helpful if you need advice from Discord experts.

Expert Tips for Sending Discord Videos

After extensive testing and troubleshooting, I‘ve picked up some pro tips for smoothly sending videos:

  • Preview first – Tap the video preview before sending to verify everything looks good.

  • Send a test – Test with a short low-res video first to check your connectivity.

  • Add context – Give your video an explanatory message so friends know what it‘s about.

  • Use WiFi – Videos look much better when viewed on WiFi vs. mobile data.

  • Compress judiciously – Too much compression can negatively impact quality.

  • Trim carefully – Remove excess content but don‘t overtrim or you may lose context.

  • Check permissions – Know which channels in servers allow video sending.

  • Cite sources – Give credit if you‘re sharing content from outside Discord.

Following these tips helps ensure a smooth video sending experience!

Comparing Video Sending on Android vs iPhone

Curious how the video sending process compares between Android and iPhone devices? Let‘s break it down:

Feature Android iPhone
Enable media access Settings app > Discord > Photos Settings > Discord > Photos
Select video Attachment icon > Photo Library + icon > Photo Library
File size shown Yes, in Gallery app Yes, in Photos app
Maximum video size 100MB (Nitro), 50MB, 8MB Same as Android
Preview video before sending Yes Yes
Compression options Usually yes, via Gallery editor Limited, via Photos editor

As you can see, video sending works very similarly across both major mobile platforms. The main differences are:

  • Attachment icon – Android uses a paperclip icon rather than the iPhone‘s + icon.

  • Compression – Android gives more built-in compression options in the Gallery app.

  • Sharing menus – The specific steps can vary based on your device manufacturer‘s sharing menus.

But overall, the sending process is straightforward whether you‘re on Android or iOS.

Discord Video Sending Requirements

To recap, here are the key requirements for sending videos from your phone:

  • Discord app installed on your iPhone or Android device

  • Allow Discord access to your media library

  • Join a server or have a DM conversation open

  • Have permissions to send media in that server

  • Video file under 8-100MB, depending on your Nitro status

  • Working internet connection (preferably WiFi for best quality)

As long as you meet these requirements, you should be able to successfully send videos!

Maximizing Video Quality

For the best viewing experience, keep these video quality tips in mind:

  • Send shorter clips instead of long videos when possible.

  • Use WiFi instead of mobile data – this prevents compression and buffering issues.

  • Trim judiciously – removing excess content improves watchability.

  • Avoid excessive compression – too much can degrade quality.

  • Let videos fully process after sending before watching – this improves resolution.

  • Download instead of streaming when available – downloads don‘t buffer mid-viewing.

Following these best practices helps ensure your Discord videos look amazing!

Appropriate Video Sending Etiquette

When sharing videos with your Discord friends and communities, please keep etiquette best practices in mind:

  • Only send videos in relevant channels to avoid spamming members with alerts.

  • Ensure your videos don‘t breach Discord‘s Community Guidelines around illegal or harmful content.

  • Be respectful if asked to reduce or stop sending videos in a particular server.

  • Don‘t repeatedly send videos to users who don‘t engage without their consent.

  • Give proper attribution if sharing content from outside Discord.

Adhering to these etiquette tips keeps Discord fun for everyone!

Phew, that was a lot of in-depth information! Here are the key takeaways:

  • Allow Discord access to your media library in your device settings first.

  • Tap the + or paperclip icon to select videos from your library to send.

  • Videos can be up to 8-100MB based on your Nitro status.

  • Follow troubleshooting tips and video quality best practices.

  • Be mindful of Discord‘s etiquette standards when sharing videos.

With this knowledge, you should now be prepared to share amazing videos on Discord mobile like a pro!

Have fun entertaining your friends and communities with hilarious clips, trailer reactions, gaming highlights, and more. Just stay within the guidelines and keep videos relevant.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help fellow Discord users master mobile video sending. Now get out there and start sharing those awesome videos!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.