There’s a lot to like about WhatsApp Messenger: its cross-platform support, ability to create groups and share multimedia files. WhatsApp makes it very easy for users to upload and share pictures taken with their phone, but it may not be immediately obvious how to upload YouTube videos to share them with your friends and family members. This short article will teach you two ways that will enable you to easily share YouTube content under all circumstances.
Method 1: Direct Sharing
The most straightforward way how to share a YouTube video on WhatsApp is to post the URL link to your conversation window. The biggest advantage of this approach is that you and your partner will save data and time. This is what you need to do:
- Open the video you want to share on YouTube.
- Click on the share link located under the video.
- You will be presented with various share options; choose the one that lets you copy the URL to the clipboard.
- Head over to your WhatsApp conversation window and paste the link that you’ve just copied.
- Send the message with the link.
WhatsApp will automatically recognize the content of the link and give your conversation partner a small preview of its content. Alternatively, you can just share directly to WhatsApp. Just be aware that you particular operating system might not support this option.
Method 2: Indirect Sharing
Sometimes you may have problems accessing YouTube directly. Perhaps your school or company is blocking access to it, and you still want to share the video with your friends on WhatsApp. In such case, we recommend you download the video to your device and upload it like you would any other video.
You can use an online video downloader such as ClipConverter, or you can use a dedicated application or software like TubeMate YouTube Downloader. All you have to do is copy and paste the video’s URL and your downloader will do everything for you.
The only think you should keep in mind is that WhatsApp limits the size of video recordings to 16MB. For this reason, it’s best to keep the quality down to 240p or 144p. If your video is too large, you could upload it do a cloud storage solution such as Dropbox or Google Drive and simply share the link to the uploaded file. This method lets you completely bypass YouTube and any potential restrictions that you could otherwise encounter.