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Sharing and watching videos on Twitter

Sharing videos on Twitter
To record a video for a Tweet on iPhone
To record a video for a Tweet on Android
To Tweet an imported video from your iPhone or iPad
To upload and Tweet a video via the web
Watching videos on Twitter
Watching live videos on Twitter
Frequently asked questions

Sharing videos on Twitter

There are three ways to share videos on Twitter:

  1. Record: You can record, edit and share videos from the Twitter app (Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android OS 4.1 and higher).
  2. Import: If you use the Twitter for iPhone or iPad app, you can import videos from your device.
  3. Upload: You can upload videos to twitter.com.

To record a video for a Tweet on iPhone

  1. Tap the Tweet iconthen tap the camera icon
  2. Tap the video iconto access video mode.
  3. Record a video by holding down the record icon . To add more to your video, simply press and hold again. (Note: You can record up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds of video.)

    Deleting or editing a part of the video before Tweeting:
    You can drag up a particular video clip to delete a part of video before Tweeting it. You can also change the order of video clips by dragging and moving sideways.

  4. When you are done recording your video, tap Done. (Tip: Preview your video before Tweeting it by tapping the play button. This also allows you to make additional edits to your video before sharing.)
  5. Tap Tweet to share your message and video. 

To record a video for a Tweet on Android

  1. Tap the Tweet iconthen tap the camera icon 
  2. Tap the video icon  to access video mode. 
  3. Record a video by holding down the record icon  To add more to your video, simply press and hold again. (Note: You can record up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds of video.)

    Deleting or editing a part of the video before Tweeting:
     
    You can drag up a particular video clip to delete a part of video before Tweeting it. You can also change the order of video clips by dragging and moving sideways.

  4. When you are done recording your video, tap Done. (Tip: Preview your video before Tweeting it by tapping the play button. This also allows you to make additional edits to your video before sharing.)
  5. Tap Tweet to share your message and video. 
Note: To remove the video before Tweeting, tap the x on the video thumbnail..

To Tweet an imported video from your iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap the Tweet icon
  2. Find the video you’d like to Tweet and tap to select it.
  3. You can trim the length of your selected video by dragging either side of the bar at the bottom. (Note: Maximum video length is 2 minutes and 20 seconds.)
  4. Tap Trim to finish your edits. (Tip: You can preview your video by tapping the play button before Tweeting it. This also allows you to make additional edits to your video before sharing.)
  5. Tap Tweet to share your message and video.

To upload and Tweet a video via the web

  1. Click the Tweet button.
  2. Click Add media.
  3. Choose a video file stored on your computer and click Open. (Note: You’ll be prompted if the selected video is not in a supported format. Maximum file size is 512MB. See here for more details about formats.)
  4. In the Edit window, you can trim the length of your selected video between 1 second and 2 minutes and 20 seconds. (Note: Maximum video length is 2 minutes and 20 seconds.)
  5. Click Done when you’re finished with your edits.
  6. Complete your message and click Tweet to share your Tweet and video.

Watching videos on Twitter

In timelines and across Twitter, native videos, GIFs, Periscopes (in iOS and Android), and Vines will autoplay.

How can I stop videos from autoplaying?

You can stop videos from autoplaying in your timeline by changing the video autoplay setting. Your settings for video autoplay can be adjusted independently on twitter.com and your Twitter app (for example, you can set videos to autoplay on your iOS device and not on the web):

To adjust autoplay in your Twitter for iOS app:

  1. Navigate to your Settings.
  2. Under the General section, tap Data.
  3. Under Video, tap Video autoplay
  4. You can select from the following options: Use mobile data and Wi-Fi, Use Wi-Fi only, and Do not automatically play video in timelines.


To adjust autoplay in your Twitter for Android app:

  1. Navigate to your Settings
  2. Under the General section, tap Data.
  3. Tap Video autoplay
  4. You can select from the following options: Use mobile data and Wi-Fi, Use Wi-Fi only, and Do not automatically play video in timelines.


To adjust autoplay on twitter.com:

  1. Click your profile icon and select Settings from the drop-down menu. 
  2. In the Account section next to Video Tweets, uncheck Video autoplay.
Note: Regardless of your video autoplay settings, videos, Vines, and GIFs will autoplay in Moments.

Watching live videos on Twitter

Live video is fully supported in the latest Twitter for iOS and Android apps. You can watch live video from Moments, trends, or Tweets from an account broadcasting live video.

Note: Premium live content streaming on twitter.com and the Embedded Live Video Widget rely on third-party cookies to, for example, enable Twitter to faciliate the live video streaming experience using mutliple Twitter-operated domains. This means that premium live content on twitter.com and the Embedded Live Video Widget will not function if third-party cookies are disabled in your browser. In Safari this is disabled by default and you may update your settings by navigating to Preferences > Privacy and selecting the Always Allow option under the Cookies and website data section. Please consult the help manual for your browser for more detailed information about this setting.

Push notifications for live videos

If there's an account whose live video you don't want to miss, you can opt-in to receive push notifications when they go live. It’s easy to set up notifications right from the account’s profile page.

From the Twitter for iOS app:

  1. From the account profile, tap the notification icon 
  2. From the pop-up message, select Only Tweets with live video.
  3. To cancel live video push notifications, tap the highlighted notification icon  from the account profile and select None.


From the Twitter for Android app:

  1. From the account profile, tap the notification icon 
  2. Check the box next to Account notifications
  3. From the pop-up message, select Only live video.
  4. To cancel live video push notifications, tap the highlighted notification icon  from the account profile and select None.
Note: You can also opt-in to receive notifications from accounts you follow directly from live or replay videos by tapping into the broadcaster’s profile, then tapping the notification icon. For more information about notifications, read our Notifications on mobile devices article.

Frequently asked questions

My Tweets are protected. Are my videos protected too?

If your Tweets are protected, only your followers can view your videos in your Tweets. Please note that your followers may download or re-share links to videos that you share in protected Tweets. Links to videos shared on Twitter are not protected. Anyone with the link will be able to view the content. If you don’t want anyone to see your videos on Twitter, we suggest you delete the Tweets containing those videos.

 

Do videos count towards the 140 character limit in a Tweet?
No, videos do not count towards the 140 character limit in a Tweet.

 

What video formats do you support?

We currently support MP4 and MOV video formats on mobile apps.

On the web, we support the MP4 video format with H264 format with AAC audio. You can upload videos up to 512MB, however you will be prompted to edit videos to 2 minutes and 20 seconds or less in length.

 

What are the limitations on video resolutions and aspect ratios that can be uploaded on the web?

  • Minimum resolution: 32 x 32
  • Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1200 (and 1200 x 1900)
  • Aspect ratios: 1:2.39 - 2.39:1 range (inclusive)
  • Maximum frame rate: 40 fps
  • Maximum bitrate: 25 Mbps

 

Can I tag people in a video?

Tagging is only available in photos right now. You can learn more about photo tagging here.

 

How do I delete a video (after Tweeting)?

You can delete a video in the same way you delete a photo by deleting the Tweet itself. Visit Posting photos on Twitter to learn more.

 

Can I send videos via Direct Message?

Yes, you can send videos and GIFs via Direct Message. To learn more, visit About Direct Messages.