I recorded a slow motion video on my iPhone and I can play it back on my phone just fine (with the slow-motion effect), but when I text the video to someone who has an Android phone, they don't see the slow-motion effect. Do I need to purchase another application to send a slow motion video to a non-iOS user or sharing slow-mo videos with the slow-mo effect supported out of the box with iPhone 6 (running iOS 8)?

  • Does the other person also have an iphone with slomo? Out of the box I'd think this will only work on apple devices that support it, eg not Android. If you want to send it with the slomo effect see below: you'll have to export it to iMovie to make it a video you can send to other people. Sep 24, 2016 at 14:06
  • Really detailed answer down below.
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    Sep 26, 2016 at 21:15
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I think you need to open it in iMovie and then export it.


Share with an iOS/macOS user

To share a slow-motion video with another Apple device, just use the Messages app and ensure you're sending the message as an iMessage (that means blue bubbles, not green ones). If the video sends as a text message, the slow-mo effect might be lost, so ensure both users have iMessage turned on.

Share with an Android/Windows/Chrome OS user

To share a slow-mo video to an Android/Windows user via MMS or another service, you'll need to export it to iMovie like Brad mentioned. Here's how to do that:

  1. Take your slow-mo video in the camera app.
  2. Open up the iMovie app, which should be preinstalled. Just ask Siri for help.
  3. Go to the Projects tab hit Create Project.
  4. Choose Movie, select your slow-mo video at the top of the photo picker, and hit Create Movie at the bottom. Your slow-mo video will be converted to a standard video (while maintaining the slow-motion effect).
  5. Hit Done in the top-left corner to finish your movie.
  6. Tap the export button (it's the center button of the bottom toolbar) and send your video with the Messages app (or Whatsapp, FB Messenger, whatever).

Using this method, users of non-Apple devices will see your video actually in slow motion.

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    Note: there is a super annoying bug in iMessage that has persisted for years where the sender can’t see the slomotion when you press the play button in iMessage, but the recipient will see it correctly. May 24, 2018 at 3:58

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