How to post videos on Twitter, or embed videos in tweets

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You can post videos on Twitter on the mobile app or on your desktop. Shutterstock
  • You can post videos on Twitter by uploading them from your computer or mobile device.
  • You can also post videos on Twitter by copying and pasting a URL to embed in a tweet.
  • Posting videos on Twitter allows you to share more content than you can through a text-based tweet.
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The 280-character limit on Twitter can sometimes be limiting. That’s why it’s helpful to know how to post a video on Twitter.

You can record yourself sharing a long message and tweet the video with a bit of text, effectively increasing the amount of content you share. Or you can upload that amazing video of your cat or your panoramic sweep of the scenery at Machu Picchu.

You can also directly embed videos from platforms like YouTube into a tweet simply by copying and pasting URLs. Here’s how to do it all.

How to post videos on Twitter from your computer

1. Go to the Twitter website and log in to your account, if necessary.

2. Click the What’s happening? text box beside your profile photo to compose a new tweet.

3. At the bottom-left of the tweet window, hit the Media icon, which looks like a pair of mountains.

A screenshot of Twitter on desktop with a box around the compose new tweet mountain icon
Click the ‘mountains’ icon to add photos or video. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

4. In the pop-up window, select the video you wish to upload from your device.

5. Add any text you want to tweet with the video, and hit Tweet.

A screenshot of Twitter on desktop with a video uploaded to a new tweet and a box around the Tweet button.
Add a video from your computer files. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

How to post videos on Twitter from your mobile device

1. Open the Twitter mobile app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android and log in to your account, if necessary.

2. Tap the quill icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen to compose a tweet.

A screenshot of Twitter on mobile with a box around the compose new Tweet icon
Tap the quill icon to compose a new tweet. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. On the next page, hit the Media icon, which looks like a pair of mountains, at the bottom-left of the text window.

A screenshot of Twitter's compose new tweet screen on mobile with a box around the mountain icon.
Tap the ‘mountains’ icon to add photos or video. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

4. Record a video or select one from your phone. You may need to enable Twitter’s access to your Camera or Photos app, which you can do via the Twitter tab on the main page of your phone’s Settings app.

5. Add text, then hit Tweet.

A screenshot of Twitter's compose new tweet screen on mobile with a video uploaded and a box around the Tweet button.
Tap ‘Tweet’ to create your video post. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

How to embed videos in a tweet

1. Copy and paste the URL of the video from the platform that’s hosting the video, like YouTube.

2. Paste the URL into a tweet – watch the character limit, as an incomplete link won’t work. You should see an embedded video preview appear in the tweet text box.

A screenshot of Twitter on desktop with a video URL pasted in a new tweet.
You can copy and paste a video URL into a new tweet to create an embedded video. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

3. Add text as wanted, then hit Tweet.

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