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How to Add Longer Videos to Facebook Messenger Story

Facebook Messenger has a 26 second limit for videos posted to stories.

Hence, if you’re posting a long video to your Facebook Messenger Story, you might get an error.

The error message you’ll get is the “Video is Too Long” error.

Here’s the full error message, “Video is Too Long. Please select a smaller clip from this video”.

You’ll then need to trim the video so you can post it.

However, if you’re looking to upload the full video to your Facebook Messenger Story, you can’t trim it.

Otherwise, only part of the video will be uploaded.

Fortunately, there is a way to bypass the size limit so that you can upload a full-length video.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to add longer videos to your Facebook Messenger Story.

How to add longer videos to Facebook Messenger story

Video is too long Facebook Messenger

To add longer videos to your Facebook Messenger story, you need to first tap on the “Camera” option.

Then, navigate to your gallery and select the video that you want to upload.

Lastly, tap on “Add to story” to upload the video.

Typically, when you’re looking to upload a video to your story, you’d select the video that you want to upload via the “Add to story” page.

The “Add to story” page contains your recent photos and videos.

The page also has a “Camera” and a “Text” option.

Instead of uploading the video via the “Add to story” page, you need to tap on the “Camera” option.

Then, visit your gallery via the camera and select the video that you want to upload there.

If you use this method to upload stories, you’ll be able to bypass the video size limit.

Here’s how you can add longer videos to your Facebook Messenger Story:

  1. Add a new story & tap on “Camera”
  2. Select the video from your gallery
  3. Tap on “Add to story”

1. Add a new story & tap on “Camera”

Facebook messenger add to story

To begin with, open Facebook Messenger.

Once you’re on Facebook Messenger, tap on the “People” icon.

On the “People” page, you’ll see a couple of tabs on the top navigation bar.

This includes the “Active” tab and the “Stories” tab.

Tap on “Stories” to open the “Stories” tab.

On the “Stories” tab, you’ll see all of your friends’ stories.

Tap on the “Add to story” card to add a story.

How to add longer videos to Facebook Messenger story

After you’ve tapped on “Add to story”, you’ll land on the “Add to story” page.

On the “Add to story” page, you’ll see your recent photos and videos.

Typically, if you’re looking to add a story, you’d select one of the videos from here.

However, you won’t be able to upload longer videos if you do this as you’ll get the “Video is Too Long” error.

Instead of uploading a video via the “Add to story” page, you need to upload it via the camera option.

The “Add to story” page contains a couple of options including “Camera” and “Text”.

Tap on the “Camera” option to open your camera.

2. Select the video from your gallery

Facebook messenger photo gallery

After you’ve tapped on the “Camera” option, your camera will open.

On your camera, you’ll see a “Gallery” icon.

Tap on the “Gallery” icon to open your gallery.

Keep in mind that need to have the video saved in your gallery before you can upload it.

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After you’ve tapped on the “Gallery” icon, your gallery will open.

In your gallery, you’ll see all of your recent photos and videos.

You can switch albums by tapping on “Albums”.

Now that you’re in your gallery, you need to navigate to the video that you want to add to your Facebook Messenger story.

If you don’t have the video in your gallery, you need to save it in it first.

Once you’ve found the video that you want to upload, tap on it to upload it.

3. Tap on “Add to story”

Facebook messenger add to story button

After you’ve tapped on the video that you want to upload, the editing screen will open.

On the editing screen, you can edit the video by drawing, adding text, and more.

You might have also noticed that the “Video is Too Long” error is not showing up.

As a result, you don’t need to trim the video to post it.

This is because when you’re uploading a video via the “Camera” option, you’ll be able to upload longer videos.

Tap on “Add to story” to add the video to your Facebook Messenger Story.

After you’ve tapped on “Add to story”, the video will begin uploading.

Once the video is uploaded, you’ll be able to watch it by tapping on it.

When you tap on the video, it’ll be played in full.

You’ve learned how to upload longer videos to your Facebook Messenger story!

Conclusion

Adding long videos to your Facebook Messenger story can be difficult.

This is because Facebook Messenger rejects videos that are too long in duration.

As a result, you’ll get the “Video is Too Long” error.

However, this only happens when you’re uploading a video directly from the “Add to story” page.

If you were to upload a video from your gallery via the “Camera” option, the error will not show up.

This is a neat trick to bypass the “Video is Too Long” error.

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