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How to Share HD Movies from the iPhone



For many users the iPhone is their main way of taking photos and videos, due to its compact size. While having the iPhone for all of your media is convenient, it is somewhat of a pain to transfer your HD videos from the iPhone and share them with friends and family.

Unlike photos, the videos on the iPhone are too large to send over email, so users need another way to share them with friends. Luckily there are several different ways to transfer and share HD movies from the iPhone.

Some of the easiest ways to share videos from the iPhone are with Dropbox or Google Drive, syncing the video to a computer or publishing the video to Facebook or YouTube. Follow the post below to learn how to use each of these methods with your own HD movies on the iPhone.


For those users who already have a Dropbox account an easy way to share the videos on your iPhone is by uploading them to Dropbox. If you do not already have an account, go to the Dropbox website and make a free account. After creating an account, get the Dropbox iPhone app by downloading it from the app store and sign into your account.

After installing the app Open Dropbox.

Tap Dropbox

Select Options.

Tap Options

By creating a folder it is easier to organize and keep track of the video files you are sharing. To make a folder Tap Create Folder. 

Create Folder


After entering a name for the folder, tap Create

Tap Create

Once the folder is in your Dropbox, select it and then tap Options.

Select Options for upload


To upload HD videos from the iPhone to the newly created Dropbox folder, tap Upload.

Tap Upload


Select the Camera roll, unless the video is in a different album as well.

Select Camera Roll

Find the video that you would like to share, tap on it and select Upload in the top right corner.

Select Video


While the video uploads there is a progress bar that looks something like the image below.

Upload Progress


After the video finishes uploading it will look like the video below. The user can then share the video by sending friends a link to download it, or by copying it to a USB flash drive.

Upload Complete

Google Drive:

Much like Dropbox, Google Drive is a great place to store HD movies from the iPhone. The great thing about drive is that if you already have a google account there are no other steps that you have to take to use it. Also,  you get 15GB of storage space for free while Dropbox only allows 2GB of free storage.

To start using Drive, download the Google Drive app from the app store, and sign into your google account. Open Drive.

Tap Google Drive


To create a folder tap Add in the top right corner.

Tap Add


Next, select New Folder.

Tap New Folder


Name the folder and tap Create.

Create Folder


Select the folder that was just created by tapping on it.

Click Video folder


To upload the HD videos to the folder, tap Add.

Add Video


Choose Upload Photos or Videos.

Upload Video


Tap Camera Roll.

Choose Camera Roll


Find the video that you would like to upload, select it and tap the Blue Check mark in the upper right hand corner.

Select Upload the VideoAfter the video uploads it will appear in the google drive folder.

Video in Drive 

Sync iPhone to a Computer:

Another way of transferring HD videos from the iPhone is to sync it with a computer. By using iPhoto the user can simply transfer videos from their device to a computer.

First, plug the iPhone into the computer and open iPhoto. After iPhoto is open, select the iPhone under the devices tab. 

Select iPhone


Find the video that you would like to import into iPhoto and select it. To find the video easier in your iPhoto library there is an option to add an event name and a description.

Select Video and Description

Once you are ready to import the video, tap Import Selected.

Import Video

After the video imports into iPhoto, it is very important to select Keep Photos. If this step is not taken, the video will immediately be deleted from iPhoto.

Keep Photos


After this, the video will then be in the iPhoto library. The video can then be copied to a flash drive, burned to a DVD or shared in other ways.

Video Imported


Airdrop is an iOS 7 feature that allows iPhones to send files back and forth over bluetooth and WiFi. It is important to note that Airdrop does not work between Mac and iPhone. To use airdrop to send HD videos to other iPhones, follow the guide listed in the link below:

How to use airdrop.



Another great way to share the videos that are from the iPhone is over YouTube. With a few easy steps the HD movies from your camera roll can easily be shared with friends via YouTube.

Open Photos.

Open Photos


In the Camera Roll find the video that you would like to share with YouTube and select it.

Select Video

After the user selects the video, tap Share.

Share Video


Under the share menu, select YouTube.

Select YouTube


Enter the email and password for your YouTube account (aka. your Google Account) and tap Sign In.

Sign In


After logging in, you can add a name and description for the video and even add tags. Most importantly, select HD quality compared to the default Standard definition.

Edit Video Details


Scroll further down to edit the category of your video, and who can view it. Once the parameters are to your liking, select Publish.

Publish Video

After the video finishes uploading, the user gets a message saying the video successfully uploaded to YouTube.

Upload Successful


Just like sharing to YouTube, videos from the camera roll can also be shared to Facebook. To share a video to Facebook find the video in the camera roll and tap Share.

Share Video


Select Facebook.

Tap Facebook


After adding a status to go along with the video, tap Details.

Tap Details (Facebook)


To get high-definition video, choose Large (HD) for the quality option.

Select HD (Facebook)


To change who can view the video, tap Audience.

Change Audience


After setting the audience select Post to upload the video to Facebook. Here is an example video from above that posted to Facebook.

Test Video (Facebook)



  1. iOS Tips - Everything About iOS

    04/10/2014 at 10:47 am

    Great post, I really appreciate your efforts you have put in writing this great quality post.

  2. Brian Lindsay

    06/25/2015 at 1:43 pm

    Well Explained..

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