How to Send a Video Through Email: 4 Easy Steps

Let’s talk about captivating videos. If you aren’t making them, you’re watching them. People pay more attention to video content than any other type of content, and for a good reason: videos are simply more engaging.

So, it’s no surprise you’re here to learn how to send a video through email.

In this article, we’ll be covering all the options available when sending a video via email. 

Sending a video through email to your newsletter subscribers

Attaching a video to your email newsletter makes it a lot more engaging and memorable. 

This is because subscribers are more likely to watch a video than to read a long newsletter or extended article.

You can embed a video or make a thumbnail/image/GIF of a video inside an email and add a link redirecting to an external site, perhaps your landing page, YouTube, or some other medium where they can watch your full video.

Here’s a step-by-step process to send a video through email to your subscribers:

1. Upload the video on YouTube (or any other channel you prefer)

Host the video on a video hosting platform before sending it to your subscribers via email. There are a number of channels through which you can share your videos, but for the purpose of this guide, we’ll show you how to host your videos on YouTube and then email them to your subscribers.

Go to YouTube, click “Upload video” at the top-right corner of the page. This takes you to the upload page.

Next, choose the file you want to upload and click on “SELECT FILE” to upload.

Uploading a video to YouTube.

You’ll be able to view the upload progress on a status bar on the screen. Once the video is uploaded, add descriptions and tags to your video. 

Then, YouTube generates three choices of thumbnail images for you to use as the feature image for your video. The thumbnail is the first thing your subscribers will see in your email newsletter, so it has to be an eye-catching image.

If you already have a verified profile and don’t like any of the YouTube auto-generated thumbnail options, you can create a custom thumbnail. The recommended size for these images is 1280×720 pixels. 

To upload your thumbnail, click the “Custom thumbnail” button.

Now that you’ve successfully uploaded your video, you can go to your YouTube page to access the video. At this point, your video has been assigned a unique URL, which is what is needed for the next step.

2. Compose your email, and import your thumbnail or screenshot into the email

Write your newsletter’s copy using solid advice from copywriters and then embed the thumbnail/screenshot of the video into the body of the email as seen below.

A video thumbnail in email.

You could make the placeholder a GIF, too. This works even better than a still picture to encourage high engagement rates:

A GIF thumbnail of a video in an email.

GIF thumbnails often work better than images in emails because they give your subscribers a better feel of what your video is about, increasing the chances they’ll click to watch it.

3. Make the image clickable

You need to make your thumbnail GIF or image clickable, so that when subscribers click on it, they’re taken straight to your video.

But, it’s important your email service provider has a functionality that lets you do this. For example, when sending your email through GetResponse, you have the option to include a link to your video in your thumbnail image or GIF.

(Tip: In GetResponse, you can also embed a YouTube video with no need for a placeholder –– for a quick tutorial, skip to the section “How to send videos in emails with GetResponse” at the end)

4. Send out a test email

After completing steps #1 to #3 above, send a test email to yourself to make sure that everything works as it should. This is basically the same process as sending the email to your mailing list; just send the email to your personal email address first and make sure everything works properly and you’re good to go.

How to send a video through email to one or a few recipients

Sometimes you just want to send your video to one or a couple of people, not an email list of hundreds or thousands of subscribers.

And when it comes to sending videos to a few recipients, you can use any of the popular email platforms (for example, Yahoo, Gmail & Outlook) to send your video.

Each email platform works differently, but most of them are able to help you send videos.

In this section, we’ll be exploring how to send videos via three popular mailing channels:

  1. Gmail
  2. Outlook
  3. Yahoo Mail

How to send a video using Gmail 

Gmail is one of the most popular email platforms today.

You have two options for sending a video via Gmail:

  1. attach a file from your Google Drive 
  2. or attach a file from the device you’re using to send your email. 

In both cases, Gmail will automatically convert your video (if it’s over 25mb) to a Google Drive link when you try to upload it as an attachment.

See how these two methods work below:

1. Send the video as an email attachment

Sending a video as an email attachment in Gmail.

First, open your Gmail account.
Second, click on the “Compose” button to create a new email.
Next, select “Attach files” (a little paperclip) and choose the video you want to send and click “Open.”

After attaching your video, type the content of your email and click “Send.”

Sending a video as an email attachment in Gmail.

2. Send the video as a Google Drive attachment

Open your Gmail account and click the “Compose” button to compose your email. 

Next, click on the “Google Drive” symbol at the bottom toolbar of the email.

Sending a video via Gmail as a Google Drive attachment.

Finally, select the video you want to send and hit “Attachment.”

Sending a video via Gmail as a Google Drive attachment.

Your video is ready to be sent.

How to send a video using Yahoo Mail

With a Yahoo account, it’s very easy to share your own or other people’s interesting videos with friends or colleagues by including them in an email message.

There are two main ways you can send videos using Yahoo Mail. You can either share the video links in an email or send the video as an attachment.

1. Share the video link (if it’s already hosted online)

When you want to share a video on YouTube or any other social application, you can just share the video using its link.

Sharing a video link in Yahoo!Mail.

To do this, open your Yahoo Mail account and click on the “Compose” tab to create a new message. Then paste the web link/URL of the video you wish to send in the “Link” tab at the bottom of the screen and hit “Save.” Then compose the message and send it.

Sharing a video link in Yahoo!Mail.

That’s all it takes.

2. Send the video as an attachment

When doing this, you have to remember that you can’t attach files larger than 25MB on Yahoo Mail. It’s best to compress large video files before sending them as attachments. Compressing videos is a pretty simple and easy process which we’ll go into in detail of later in the article.

Sending a video as an attachment in Yahoo Mail.

To send your video as an attachment, open your Yahoo Mail account. Click the “Compose” tab to compose a new message. 

Next, click on “Attach files.” A series of options automatically pops up. Click on “Attach files from computer” and choose the desired video files. After this, you can send your email.

Sending a video as an attachment in Yahoo Mail.

You can send as many videos as you want as long as they don’t surpass the limit.

How to send a video using Outlook

The process of sending videos with Outlook isn’t as complex as you might expect.

It’s similar to the process employed by Yahoo Mail or Gmail and takes little more than a few seconds to accomplish.

With Outlook, you have two options when sending videos via email. You could either send your video:

  • As a link
  • Or add the video to Outlook by inserting it as an attachment.

1. Send a video in Outlook emails by sending it as a link

The process of sending videos through Outlook is fairly easy.

Just follow the following steps and you should be fine.

Sending a video link in Outlook emails.

Click on “New message” and insert the web link or URL of the video you want to send. Do this by clicking on the ellipsis (three dots) where you will find the “More formatting options” tab.

Sending a video link in Outlook emails.

Then click on “Insert hyperlink,” paste the link, and click “OK.”

Sending a video link in Outlook emails.

With this, your email is ready to be sent and your video is safely linked.

2. Add video to Outlook emails by inserting it as an attachment

Take note that Outlook’s maximum attachment file size restrictions are 20 MB rendering most video files too large to send via email attachment. The linking procedure in option one would be better if you’re sending a large file.

For compressed files or small video files, however, simply click on the “Attach” option, go to “Browse this computer,” select your video and upload it.

Sending a video link in Outlook emails.

Now you can compose the body of the email and send it.

Is it possible to compress a video to send through email?

Unarguably, the greatest disadvantage associated with videos is their enormous file size.

Longer, higher definition videos result in larger file sizes. This makes it difficult to attach them to emails.

But there’s a solution: When sending large video files, you have the option of compressing your video so they retain their quality but are smaller in size.

There are a few ways to compress a video before sending it through email:

  1. Creating a zip file
  2. Making the video shorter and smaller with iMovie on Mac
  3. Using a cloud service

1. Create a zip file

One of the most common ways to compress a video is to compress it into a zip file.

The file reduces in size and the quality isn’t affected. This option is available for both Mac and PC users.

First, right-click on the video file you want to send, if you’re a Windows user.

Then, click on “Send to” and “Compressed (zipped) folder.”

Creating a zip file.

For Mac users, choose “Compress [name]” and the file automatically compresses.

Compressing a file on Mac.

2. Make the video shorter and smaller with iMovie on Mac

Mac devices often come with iMovie, an Apple-enabled movie editing tool.

With iMovie, you can make your video shorter by sending only the important bits. This will decrease the size of the file. You can also use the email option included in iMovie to send the video via email to whomever you want.

The process is pretty simple. Just open iMovie and click on the arrow on the top left corner of the menu bar.

Select the portion of the video you want to send. Then export it by clicking “File-Share- Email.” Lastly, choose “small” to reduce the file size.

Your video is ready to be shared via email. iMovie will open a blank email with the smaller file ready to send.

Sharing a video through iMovie.

3. Use a cloud service

Dropbox and Google Drive are here to make life easier for everyone.

These platforms are most likely the smoothest way to send video files without altering their quality. On Dropbox, all you have to do is upload the video to a shared Dropbox folder, which gives everyone who has access to the folder access to the video as well. 

With Google Drive, you upload a video file to your drive and share a link to the file with anyone you want. Dropbox and Google Drive also give you the option to share links to the video file via email to friends and family. It’s that easy.

Reasons you might be unable to email a video

From time to time, even in the best of worlds, you may face some difficulty when sending videos via email — usually when you try to send large video files without compressing them first.

And the common occurrence is that your video surpasses the limit for whatever emailing platform you’re using.

Yahoo Mail and Gmail have a limit of 25mb, while Outlook has a 20mb file size clause. You’ll have difficulty sending videos if they’re larger than the set limits. Also, there are times when system glitches occur. At times like this, you will probably notice that you’re not the only one experiencing problems and it usually clears up after a while.

The best way to ensure that you’re always able to send your videos without any problems is to first compress them, or upload them on a cloud service or social media platform, so you can just send out links.

How to send videos in emails with GetResponse

If you use GetResponse for your email marketing campaigns, embedding a video into the email’s design is super easy.

When you find a place where your video would fit best simply drag and drop a “Video” block into the layout:

Sending a video via email in GetResponse.

Then, enter the video’s URL. It can be hosted either on YouTube or Vimeo.

Enter video URL in email.

Once you’ve entered the URL, the video automatically uploads itself into the email and options for customization pop up.

Video customization options in email.

You should always add alternative text to your videos (and images). It appears in place of the video (or image) when it doesn’t load. Write a simple sentence describing what the video is. Pro tip: Add a full stop at the end of the Alt Text, so that a screen reader would know when to pause after reading it out loud.

You can adjust the play button’s shape and color so that it fits the overall design of your email template. There are also many more customization options you can tweak, for example, width, padding, and alignment. You can also choose to hide the video on mobile devices, so that only desktop users would see it.

A video added into email in GetResponse.

And voila! The video is embedded into your email.

You can now send the newsletter and let your contact list enjoy the amazing video email you’ve just created. You’ll see the engagement rates going up in no time!


Now that you know all the hacks and tricks for sending videos via emails, I bet you can’t wait to get started.

In this article, we explored in detail all the best ways you can send videos via email while retaining their quality.

As a side note, for businesses, the best way to send videos via email is to embed a YouTube video in an email creator. You can easily do this in GetResponse –– sign up for a 30-day free trial to give it a try!

This also helps drive traffic to your YouTube page. The same strategy works for freelancers and consultants. However, for everyday video sending to a few contacts, the simplest way is to send the video is using a cloud service like Google Drive or DropBox.