How to share and watch videos on Twitter

Sharing videos on Twitter

There are four 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.
  4. Go live: Learn how to create a live video right from your Twitter app.
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To record a video for a Tweet

  1. Tap the Tweet icon  then tap the photo 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. You can record up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds of video.
  4. 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.
  5. When you are done recording your video, tap Done. You can preview your video before Tweeting it by tapping the play button. This also allows you to make additional edits to your video before sharing.
  6. Tap Tweet to share your message and video. 

Note: To remove the video before Tweeting, tap the X on the video thumbnail.

To record a video for a Tweet

  1. Tap the Tweet icon then tap the photo 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. You can record up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds of video.
  4. 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.
  5. When you are done recording your video, tap Done. You can preview your video before Tweeting it by tapping the playbutton. This also allows you to make additional edits to your video before sharing.
  6. Tap Tweet to share your message and video.

Note: To remove the video before Tweeting, tap the X on the video thumbnail.

Note: You can also adjust your autoplay settings from the Accessibility section of your Settings and privacy.

Watching live videos on Twitter

You can watch live video from Moments, the Explore tab, trends, or Tweets from an account that has gone live.

You can also watch live programming from Twitter and global Periscopes on Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. Additionally, you can watch live 360 video from Periscope and discover content on the Periscope Global Map on Apple TV. Xbox and Android TV users can enjoy Twitter by launching their web browser and going to twitter.com.

When watching a live video or replay, you can share the broadcast via Tweet, Direct Message, or by copying the link. You have the option to share the entire broadcast or the broadcast starting at a specific point of your choice.

How to share a live broadcast or replay:

  1. From the live video or replay full screen mode, click or tap the share icon 
    1. Click or tap Share Live (when live) or Share From Beginning (when in replay mode) to Tweet, Direct Message, or copy the link of a full live video or replay from the beginning.
    2. Click or tap Share from… to Tweet, Direct Message, or copy the link of a live video or replay starting at a point chosen using the selection bar.

You may encounter issues while watching live videos. Generally, watching from a strong network connection, and/or trying a different network or browser is recommended. Additionally, closing out of the app or browser, and reopening can help. For best results, use an up-to-date app or browser version. If you continue to experience problems with live video, please let us know.

Note: Premium Live Content Streaming and the Embedded Live Video Widget rely on cookies from another twitter.com domain called twimg.com to do two things: facilitate the Live Video Experience and deliver ads. If third-party cookies are disabled in your browser, the Live Video Experience will not function nor will we be able to serve ads to support the experience. Safari users can experience Premium Live Content Streaming or the Embedded Live Video Widget without changing their browser settings by clicking the "allow" button when prompted. This will allow us to set a cookie for twimg.com that will help us facilitate the Live Video Experience and deliver ads. If you're using another browser, please consult the help section of your browser for information on allowing third party cookies.

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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.

  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.

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.

  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.

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 character limit in a Tweet?

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

Do videos automatically loop on Twitter?

All videos posted to Twitter that are 6.5 seconds or shorter will automatically loop.

Can you dock a video on Twitter?

Currently, you can dock a pre-recorded video or broadcast from your Twitter for Android app. With video docking, it’s easy to watch while continuing to use Twitter––like scrolling through your timeline or sending a Direct Message. 

How to dock and undock a video (Android only):

  • To dock a video, simply tap on the docking icon in the top right of a video in full-screen mode. 
  • To return to full-screen view from a docked video, tap on the video.
  • To dismiss a docked video, use your finger to slide the docked video towards the edge of your screen until it disappears. Alternatively, if you tap on a different video, the currently-docked video will automatically disappear. 

 

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?

You cannot tag people in a video, but tagging in photos is available. Learn more about photo tagging.

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. 

Can I send videos via Direct Message?

Yes, you can send videos and GIFs through Direct Messages

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