Why Texted Videos Look Better on iPhone Than Android

If you switch from iOS to Android and send or receive video messages, you probably had to accept a harsh reality: video messages look terrible on Android. Let’s take a look at why this happens, and ways to combat the problem.


Why Does This Happen?

When you send a message from iPhone to iPhone, it doesn’t send over standard MMS like other platforms—it sends over Apple’s iMessage system. This is something you don’t have to think about, as it happens passively in the background on the phone.

So your phone knows if the other person is also using an iPhone and sends the message over iMessage. If iMessage isn’t available—like if you’re sending a message to an Android user, for example—the iPhone defaults back to using a standard text message (SMS) or multimedia message (MMS). You know the coveted “blue bubble?” That means your messages are being sent over iMessage. A green bubble denotes a standard text message.

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