How to send high-quality videos from Google Messages

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Google Messages does not directly offer a method to share high-quality videos. However, there is a smart workaround built into the app that costs you nothing. All you need to ensure is that the sender and receiver both have a Google Photos account. 

If you can't see the in Messages feature just yet, hold your horses and be patient, because Google is still in the midst of rolling out the feature to all users. Here's how you can share high-quality video clips from Google Messages.

How to send high-quality videos from Google Messages

1. Open Google Messages on your phone.

2. Tap on your profile picture in the upper-right corner.

3. Select Messages settings.

4. Head into Google Photos under your Messages settings.

5. Enable the toggle next to Always send videos by link in text (SMS/MMS).

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6. Start a conversation with someone in Google messages.

7. Tap the photos and videos icon in the bottom-left corner of Messages.

8. Select a high-quality video that you want to send.

9. Tap Google Photos link instead of the usual low-quality video option.

10. Hit the send button.

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Once you've sent the Google Photos link, the recipient will be able to open it and view the video clip in high quality. Naturally, both the sender and the receiver need to have a Photos account. There's one more important step to follow. Make sure that the video you share is uploaded to your Google Photos cloud storage, otherwise the link will not show up.

Improve your Messages experience

Google Messages may not be able send blue bubbles to iPhone users, but using RCS still enables some fantastic features on the messaging app.

Google has been working hard to improve its Messages app. We've been seeing regular updates that add functionality to the app, such as the ability to preview YouTube videos without leaving Google Messages, reminders for friends' birthdays, and high-quality video sharing via Photos.

There's a lot to explore within Google Messages. Right off the bat, we recommend picking up some of the best tips and tricks to learn the ins and outs of Messages. Play around with the features and you'll find handy shortcuts such as scheduling texts, starring important messages, and more.

Namerah Saud Fatmi
Senior Editor — Accessories

Namerah enjoys geeking out over accessories, gadgets, and all sorts of smart tech. She spends her time guzzling coffee, writing, casual gaming, and cuddling with her furry best friends. Find her on Twitter @NamerahS.