Does AirDrop Compress Video? Here Are Answers

You may want to transfer iPhone video with others using AirDrop but wonder whether AirDrop compresses video. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll answer the question: does AirDrop compress video?

Demi by Demi Updated April 24, 2024
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It is easy to transfer files like photos and videos among Apple devices using AirDrop. However, you may often wonder whether AirDrop compresses video files during the transfer process, potentially compromising their quality.

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In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the question: does AirDrop compress video, address common concerns regarding video compression, and provide tips on how to send videos from iPhone without losing quality.

Does AirDrop Lower Video Quality?

AirDrop is well-known for its efficiency and quickness when transferring files between Apple devices. However, when it comes to video files, you may be concerned about possible quality loss during the transmission. Here's what you wonder when airdrop videos from iPhone to iPhone/iPad.

🎞 Video Compression
AirDrop transfers video files without compression. Instead, it employs a patented technique that preserves the video's original quality while providing quick and dependable transmission rates.

📱 Automatic Optimization
AirDrop may minimize video file sizes for better transfer times, particularly when using weaker network connections. AirDrop prioritizes retaining the integrity of the original material, therefore this optimization does not always result in severe quality loss.

💽 Format Compatibility
AirDrop supports a broad variety of video formats, including basic ones like MP4, MOV, and M4V. As long as the video file is in a suitable format, AirDrop will transport it without reducing its quality.

How to Send Videos from iPhone Without Losing Quality

While AirDrop is an excellent option for transferring videos between Apple devices without compromising quality, there are alternative methods you can use to ensure optimal results.

Way 1. Transfer videos from iPhone via FoneTool App

Several third-party transfer apps are available on the App Store that allows you to transfer videos from iPhone to other devices wirelessly without compromising quality. Apps like FoneTool offers intuitive interfaces and support for various file formats, ensuring seamless transfers with minimal quality loss.

Besides iPhone-to-iPhone transfer, FoneTool also supports you to airdrop from iPhone to Android phone, and vice versa. You can go to the App Store to search and free download FoneTool app on your iPhone, and then follow the steps below to transfer videos from iPhone to iPhone/Android without losing quality.

Step 1. On two devices, launch FoneTool, and allow it to use WLAN > Enable Wi-Fi option without connecting any Wi-Fi > Go to Connect Device > Tap Connect to iOS, and tap the other iPhone’s name to establish a connection.

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Step 2. On the source iPhone, go to File Transfer > Choose Videos to check the videos you’d like to share > Click Send to confirm.

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Step 3. To receive these videos, tap Confirm on your iPhone. When the transfer is completed, you can go to the Photos/Videos app to have a check.

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Way 2. Transfer videos from iPhone using Mail Drop

If you have iCloud Photos enabled, you may use Mail Drop to transfer videos from iPhone without losing quality. While please be noted it allows you to transfer files up to 5GB in size via a direct email link. The receiver gets 30 days to download the shared files. To transfer videos using Mail Drop, you can follow steps listed below.

Step 1. Go to the Photos app > Tap the video you want to share > Tap the Share icon.

Step 2. Choose Mail > On the Mail compose page, compose your email normally > Tap Send.

Step 3. A message will appear and say that the video is too large to send and it will suggest you use Mail Drop > Simply tap Mail Drop and it will start the transfer.

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If the video is not already backed up to iCloud, it will try to make it in the background. And your email sends after the upload is finished.

Way 3. Send videos from iPhone in chat apps

Chat apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc. are also nice tries to share long videos between Android and iPhone devices. It is quick and convenient for frequent massaging app users. Generally, chat apps will compress your video size and quality by default. Please remember to check “Send Originals” before sending.

The following will show you how to send videos from iPhone via WhatsApp as an example.

Step 1. Open the WhatsApp app > Tap the chat icon in the bottom right corner > Tap the contact you want to send the video to.

Step 2. Tap the paperclip icon > Select the video file from your Android phone. The video files should be less than 2 GB.

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Step 3. To save the videos, locate the video in the WhatsApp app, tap the download icon on the video file to save video from WhatsApp to iPhone.


In conclusion, AirDrop does not inherently compress video files during the transfer process, ensuring that the original quality is preserved. However, if you're concerned about potential quality loss or prefer alternative methods, there are several options available, including third-party transfer apps, cloud storage solutions, and chat apps.

By understanding the capabilities of AirDrop and exploring alternative methods, you can confidently send videos from your iPhone without worrying about losing quality in the process.

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