How to bypass the outgoing video size limit in Messages

By , May 13, 2013

unlimited message tweak

Have you ever noticed that, by default, you can’t send videos from the Messages app longer than three and a half minutes? It’s a precautionary thing, so users don’t unknowingly eat up their monthly data allotments by sending large clips.

But some folks out there still have unlimited data plans, and would like to be able to send longer videos via a text or iMessage. And for those of you who fall into that category, we’ve come across a few easy workarounds to that size limit…

As usual, those easy workarounds come in the form of jailbreak tweaks: Carrier Unlimited Media Send and iMessage Unlimited Media Send. They’re essentially the same tweak, just with different purposes; one for SMS and one for iMessage.

Neither of them have a Home screen icon or options to configure. They just go into effect once downloaded, and stay that way until you uninstall them. That’s a good thing for tweaks like this, so they don’t clutter up your Settings app.

I tested iMessage Unlimited Media Send, and found it to work as advertised. Before installing the package, I was able to send a video that was 2 minutes and 50 seconds long, but not 4 minutes. And after, I could send the 4 minute video no problem.

The only real issue I see with the two tweaks is data usage. I’m fortunate enough to still have an unlimited data plan. But for those who don’t, the megabytes can add up quickly when there isn’t any kind of roadblock holding you back.

Anyway, if you’d like to try out Carrier Unlimited Media Send or iMessage Unlimited Media Send, you can find them both in Cydia, in the ModMyi repo, for free.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.sims.526 Eric Sims

    Cool tweak!

  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    well that wouldn’t be fair for Apple. And imagine how it would affect the other person when a 2 hour video is downloaded on their* device.

    • http://twitter.com/patrickw1995 Patrick

      their* not there

      • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

        thanks… always miss that

      • planetcoalition

        I thought you would have retorted. The world needs more people like you.

      • http://twitter.com/patrickw1995 Patrick

        i’m giving you thumbs up for bothering to change the mistake:)

    • Ron McLaughlin

      you could always send them a text and say “Hey, let me know when you are on wifi, I have a awesome 7 min video to send you”. I love this! I hate having to shorten my videos and leave out good stuff!

  • http://twitter.com/ZacHack Zac Ramirez

    the new lambo looks like a fighter jet

  • http://twitter.com/ZacHack Zac Ramirez

    lol ricky bobby

  • pegger1

    You might want to know the situation of your target audience before sending them a full length feature film.

  • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Does this work for files too sent with Send Any?

  • Keith S

    didn’t work for me

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

    This tweak is useful but I have a suggestion: add either a kill switch to enable or disable on demand or just add a flag where the user would be asked whether to send the full video/file or trim it at will. A real life example would be I may want to send a video via iMessage to someone who doesn’t have an unlimited data plan or maybe the receiver is on a slow connection. Or maybe I just want my video to be sent faster instead of sending a 150MB video. There is still space for improvement on these tweaks, however good job overall.

  • marcus1324

    This actually came out a little while ago like days or maybe a week. It’s an amazing tweak though.

  • John

    Sent a 4 minute video and it was very distorted.

    • Ron McLaughlin

      try sending over wifi

      • John

        still distorted :(

    • therealjjohnson

      I think the person receiving the video has to be on wifi too or it will download from their in over 3G and be distorted. me an a buddy tried a few vids back and forth and noticed this

  • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

    Indeed useful

  • ManUTD

    Anything like this for the whatsapp restriction?

  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    If your sending a video from imessage to imessage it will appear as if the length has been cut but the entire message will indeed go through.

  • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

    yikes – keep in mind the people you’re sending to might not have unlimited data. Unlike email, I think message data auto-downloads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/werner.jimenez.9 Werner Jimenez

    Nice, Now I just need a tweak that allow me to send HD videos. Any suggestions?

  • charlie feathers

    Does anyone know if there are any issues when installing both the carrier and iMessage versions or do we have to chose one or the other?