How to Embed Video in Outlook Email?

Last Updated on April 23, 2023 by Amit Bansal

When sending a link to an email message, you can embed a video. This is useful because your recipient will be able to watch the video.

But to be able to play the video, Outlook must be able to play it. If you don’t know, Outlook supports many file types for photos, audio, and video, so you can embed them in your email message, but the video player that Outlook uses is the QuickTime Player.


In the past, the email clients such as Outlook and Outlook Express supported embedded videos in emails.

But, since these email clients have been targeted by malware and virus attacks, they discontinued video support.

Today there is only a small handful of email clients that allow you to view videos embedded in emails.

Microsoft Outlook (including versions 2007, 2010, 2013, and above) does not support embedding video in email.

So, if you want to send a video to your colleagues/clients, you must upload it somewhere online, and then paste the URL of the video into an email.

Let’s Begin

Technically, there is no such thing as “Embed Video in Outlook Email“, It’s an illusion, Embed Video in Outlook Email technically reveals two meanings, the first video didn’t have a link, or it’s a link-based video.

Microsoft Outlook application (versions including 2007, 2010, 2013, and above) does not support embedding video in emails.

There are a few methods available, you can easily embed video in your email message body.

  • Embed a video in Outlook emails by linking it to a picture
  • Add video to Outlook emails by inserting it as an attachment (a common method).

Here in this article, I will walk you through the step-by-step methods to make this happen.

How To Embed Video in Outlook using Image?

In a normal state copy any YouTube video and pasting it into your message body, helps you send the link to your recipient, but it’s not considered embedded. Follow these steps:

  • Open Outlook >> Insert Thumbnail Image and add a hyperlink to it.
  • Go to insert >> Click Pictures >> This Device
Add Hyperlink to Image in Outlook

Once your image is set, click the right mouse button to add Hyperlink to the image.

How to hyperlink images in Outlook

Insert Hyperlink window pops up, which consists of multiple keys the user got confused about it, but it’s quite simple.

Click on the Existing file or web page from the left portion of the window, and enter the desired video link for your hyperlink image, in the Address field:

existing file and web page

Click ok to finish, and the receiver easily clicks on the image and reaches the desired video.

Apart from this, you can also use the GIF of your video, which is up to 20-30 seconds vision like the video to your reader, & to check out the entire video clicks the link imposed in it.

Send video (commonly .mp4 format) to Outlook emails by inserting it as an attachment

The most common method to send video through Outlook email message as an attachment, Outlook restricts the user to adding videos up to (20MB) in size.

Open Outlook and creates your email message, Go to Attach File in the Include section.

attach image in outlook

you may have a few recent items in the list to add directly as an attachment or click Browse this PC to find your desired file from your computer.

After the attachment, it looks like this:

attachment outlook

If the output video is still too large, then you can try a separate set of compression settings.

Insert Or Copy/Paste the Web Page in the Email Body of the Outlook

Apart from the above two options, you can simply copy the YouTube URL and paste it into your message body, it will come through as a clickable link along with a thumbnail of the video displayed.

Embed Video in Outlook Web

Embedding a video in (OWA) is quite different, you simply need to copy and paste your YouTube URL and the video thumbnail appears.

Go to Outlook online version (, Click on New message, and type the email address that you want to send the email to in the To box.

Embed Video in Outlook Web

Copy and paste your YouTube URL and the video thumbnail appears, your recipient directly plays the video in their mailbox.

Now you can remove the URL address and type your message content, you can’t lose the thumbnail video once you remove the URL address.

This copy-paste method is not designed for Outlook applications, it doesn’t show the thumbnail, and you need to add a video using an image, as explained above.

Above are a few examples of Embed Video in Outlook Email.

Final Words

In conclusion, Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular email clients in the world and has features beyond the basics of email.

There are several ways to embed videos in Outlook email. However, the most common method is to use video embedding tools. I hope you find this article useful and helpful.

In summary, there’s no way to embed video in an email without Outlook. And while there are a few diverse ways to accomplish the task, they all require a certain level of technical savvy.

You’ll want to be sure to preview the video with your intended recipient to make sure it’s the right choice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you embed an mp4 in an email?

You can’t stream a video from YouTube or Vimeo like you can with a website. You need to send the video file in the email, which is the same as sending a static image or GIF.

This means you need to host the video on your content distribution network or company servers before sending it to your email recipients.

Does Outlook support embedded video?

There are several reasons why Outlook does not support playing videos directly in an email message.

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Amit Bansal

Hello, my name is Amit Kumar Bansal, and I am the founder of Through this blog, I focus on Microsoft Outlook, offering insightful and informative content. Additionally, I produce educational videos on YouTube to further enhance the understanding of my audience. visit my YouTube Channel

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