Have you tried sending your favorite videos to an iPhone group only to find that the file received on the other end is barely watchable? If so, you are not alone. Transferring files between Android and iPhone devices is usually seamless, but the two operating systems don't always cooperate as expected. For example, a video file sent from Android to iOS via MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is usually compressed by your mobile carrier.
Although the goal is to reduce file size and make it easier to transfer between devices, compression can distort the quality of your videos and make them unwatchable.
This begs the question: is there a way around the problem? Can you share videos from Android to iPhone without sacrificing quality along the way?
You'll be happy to know that there are several workarounds.
This entry will explain what causes Android to send grainy videos to iPhone devices and discuss several proven solutions that can save the day.
Why are my Android videos blurry when I send them to an iPhone group?
Group messaging is one of the best ways to stay in touch with friends and family. It's a quick and easy way to follow everyone at once without having to switch between messages. Whether it's your family, friends or colleagues, group chats can be used for everything from planning a day to sharing files for fun.
One of the advantages of group messaging is that it works across different mobile devices. For example, you can send your favorite videos – homemade or downloaded – from your Android device to an iPhone group in seconds.
However, group messaging isn't always perfect when sending videos from Android to iOS. The recipient may end up with a blurry file that is impossible to watch, a situation that can be embarrassing and frustrating for the sender.
When this happens, it's easy to point an accusing finger at your camera or blame the anomaly on different screen resolutions. While these are plausible causes, it usually boils down to two issues: compression and pixel density.
When you send a video from your Android device to someone using an iPhone through your MMS app, the system tries to compress the video to make the transfer easier. Although the video is ultimately sent and delivered to the recipient, it may arrive as a blurry, pixelated file that is barely watchable. This also applies to high resolution photos.
(b) Pixel density
To a lesser extent, grainy video can be caused by pixel difference. But what are pixels?
These are the small dots that make up the individual sections of an image or video. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper and clearer the video will be. Android devices and iPhones may have different pixel densities. This means that a video shared from one device to another may not retain its sharpness, clarity, and brightness.
Fortunately, there are several solutions to this problem. You can still send your favorite videos to an iPhone group without losing clarity or sharpness.
Let's see how each solution works.
How to Send Group Videos from Android to iPhone That Are Not Blurry
It's not always easy to share videos with friends on different operating systems. But there are ways to do it without the quality being affected too much. Here are some tips for sending videos from an Android device that won't get blurry when they reach your iPhone users.
Solution 1 – Using a third-party messaging app
Although Google has developed many great apps over the years, it hasn't quite found a solution that matches Apple's iMessage in terms of efficiency and usability.
When you send a multimedia message via Android Message – the official messaging app that comes pre-installed on all Android phones – the file is transferred via your mobile carrier. However, mobile operators still compress files. This can result in a blurry file which is difficult to watch.
In contrast, Apple's proprietary messaging app, iMessage, works on your internet signal. As a result, Apple-to-Apple file transfers can proceed without compromising file quality. Android to Apple transfers, on the other hand, are often hampered by quality issues that can ruin the receiver's viewing experience.
Luckily, third-party developers have bridged the gap and created Android messaging apps that work on your internet signal rather than your cellular network. These include Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, GroupMe and SMS Organizer. Any of these apps can let you send videos to iPhone users without blurring or pixelation.
However, this option only works if the recipients adopt and install these apps on their iPhone devices.
Solution 2 – Use email
Email may be a little old-fashioned, but it's still one of the most secure and reliable tools for sharing information. But why?
People have created many tools to share videos, but only a few can maintain their popularity while keeping the cost to a minimum, such as an email.
To send video from Android to iPhone, you just need an email account and the recipient's address. After sending the email, the recipient will only have to download the video. And the best part? Quality is guaranteed. There is no unnecessary compression or conversion to another format.
Solution 3 – Sending a Google Photos link
Google Photos is a Google product that allows users to store, organize, edit, and share incredible moments in their lives. There are several reasons why you might want to use it for all your video sharing needs.
First, its unlimited storage for photos and videos means you won't have to live in constant fear of losing precious memories if you accidentally delete the original files. Second, Google Photos helps you better manage your videos by using artificial intelligence algorithms to create well-organized albums for easy retrieval.
“With your best videos safely stored in the cloud, all you need is a link to share them with anyone.
Here's how to create a share link for videos in Goggle Photos:
- Open the Google Photos app on your Android device.
- Go to the video you want to share. If you want to share a group, select them all using the long press gesture.
- The content to be shared being already selected, press “share”.
- Tap "Create link".
You can then share this link with anyone you want via text message or another messaging app such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
Although Google Photos may slightly degrade the quality of your videos (especially when you've stored a lot of content), it allows you to save files in their "original resolution", helping you lock in the quality of your best videos. .
Solution 4 – Use Dropbox
Like Google Photos, Dropbox presents an easy and efficient way to store your videos in the cloud and access them whenever you want. It also offers cross-platform sync support for all major operating systems including Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Moreover, it does not degrade the quality of your videos, regardless of the file size.
Here's how to use Dropbox to share your videos with anyone:
- Log into your Dropbox account and upload the videos you want to share.
- After uploading the videos, select all of them, then right-click and select "Share" from the drop-down menu.
- Click on "Create a link". At this point, a link is automatically generated and copied to your clipboard.
You can then share the link via email, chat, or text.
Don't let a grainy video spoil the fun
A grainy video can kill your desire to share your best moments with friends, family, or co-workers. No one wants to receive a new video notification only to find out it's barely watchable.
Although we haven't seen a dedicated app for sharing video content between Android and iPhone yet, there are several third-party tools that can help you get the job done.
If you want to send videos from Android phone to friend's iPhone, you can opt for an app like Google Photos, Dropbox or a third-party messaging app. Or better yet, you can email them a link. All of these options allow seamless transfer of video files without any file conversion, so the original quality is never compromised.
Have you tried sending a video to any iPhone user with one of the tools described in this article? How was it?
Let us know in the comments section below.