Gmail — Send Video Emails

Sendspark makes it easy to send videos through Gmail. Follow the steps below to delight your recipients with video emails.

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Written by Bethany Stachenfeld
Updated over a week ago

Sendspark makes it easy to send videos in Gmail. Watch the video or read the steps below!

How to Send Videos in Gmail

  1. Once your recording is complete, click Share Video

    Share video in Gmail

  2. Click Copy Linked GIF to copy the video share snippet to your clipboard

    Copy video to clipboard

  3. Paste in your Gmail draft, and send!

    Paste video into Gmail

Frequently Asked Questions About Sending Videos in Gmail

1. Can you embed videos in Gmail so they play in-email?

Embedding videos in email depends on both:

  1. The email platform you are sending from

  2. The email platform recipients are receiving emails on

To embed videos so they play in-line in email, both the sending platform and receiving platform need to support embedded video.

Unfortunately, Gmail is one of the few email clients that does not support embedded video. This means that when you send a video in Gmail, you cannot embed it directly in your email.

But have no fear! It is still possible to send beautiful video emails in Gmail. That is where Sendspark comes in!

2. What's the best way to send videos in Gmail?

Instead of embedding videos so they play in-email, you can send videos with a GIF preview. The animated GIF preview stands out in the email and captures the recipient's attention. Then, when viewers click it, they can watch the whole video in their browser:

Video landing page

An additional benefit of sending videos this way is that you can also get more detailed viewer analytics that would not be possible if your video was contained in the email client.

3. What if I really want to embed my video so it plays in-email?

Sendspark does support embedding videos so they play in-email — as long as neither you (the sender) or your recipients are using Gmail.

  1. You can send your video through any of these email automation platforms (anywhere where you can insert something into the HTML of your email)

  2. As long as your recipients are viewing the video on a platform that supports video, they'll be able to watch the video in their email

  3. If they are using Gmail or another platform that does not support video, then they'll just see the animated GIF and be able to open the video in their browsers (still a great user experience!)

    Gmail Video Message

4. What is the size limit for sending an attachment in Gmail?

Gmail has a size limit of 25 MB for email attachments. Meanwhile, a single 1-minute HD video is around 88MB in size! If you want to send a video in Gmail, you are probably going to need a third-party app or tool.

This is why Sendspark is so helpful to salespeople and anyone else sending large videos. It lets you record a video, then send it as a link in seconds via Gmail.

Send video in Gmail with Sendspark

5. Why do I need Sendspark? Can't I just compress a video to send it in Gmail?

In theory, compressing a video sounds like a good solution. In real life, a couple of drawbacks make it less than ideal. For one, you have to download extra software to compress video files. You also have to hope that the recipient of your email has a way to unpack the video later.

Secondly, when you compress a video file, you lose important quality. The video ends up looking like a grainy facsimile of the original. This can ruin an important recording you worked hard on.

Sendspark solves both problems. Videos sent are easy to record and upload in seconds - and they’re HD by default. No grainy images, no compression, and no sending over large files.

6. What are some benefits of sending a video in Gmail?

The three main benefits of adding videos to Gmail messages are…

  • Boost Your Engagement! Did you know that using a thumbnail image of your video in Gmail can bump up audience engagement by over 42%?! Videos are the perfect medium for getting the attention of your customer. Depending on the industry, about 75% of people decide to buy after watching a video! Sendspark helps you send videos in Gmail in 3 easy steps.

  • People relate better to video content. Did you know that over 90% of consumers prefer to learn about a product/service through video? Using Sendspark to send a video in Gmail is the perfect way to give your customers exactly what they want!

  • Sending a video in Gmail saves time! It saves time for both you and your customer. Sendspark makes it easy to avoid downloading extra software or needing to compress your videos. In seconds you can send a video in Gmail using Sendspark to host your video and generate a link.

More Questions about Sending Videos in Gmail?

Let us know and we'll be happy to help!

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