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Can You Embed Videos in Outlook Emails?

Bethany Stachenfeld, Co-founder & CEO
August 26 2021

Recent video marketing statistics have shown that video emails drive more than 300% more email engagement. Videos bring a email to life in a whole new way, adding personalization, visualizations, and context far beyond text alone. Yet, Outlook consistently shows up on the list of email platforms that do NOT support video

So 400 million Outlook users are left wondering...

Can I embed a video in an Outlook Email?

And the answer is.... Sometimes. You can embed videos in Outlook under certain conditions. This is what you should keep in mind:

  1. Only Outlook for Mac supports embedded videos in-line. But even here, Outlook makes it a bit tricky for recipients to watch. Apple Outlook users have to know to right click on the video, and then click “play video.” If they just click on the video normally, nothing will happen. 
  2. Outlook for Windows, iOS, Android, and Outlook.com do NOT support embedded video -- and often not even animated images. Non-Mac users users cannot watch a video in their Outlook emails. And worse, they often cannot render a GIF properly. A common alternative to sharing embedded videos is to share GIF previews, and then link to a landing page where the viewer can watch the video in browser. However, because Outlook for Windows does not support GIFs, sending Outlook users videos with GIF previews will also create a bad experience.
  3. So, you should insert videos in Outlook as static image previews. If you use a still image (i.e. a picture of your video), then your recipient can see the image, and click on the video to watch it in their browser. This is the best video email experience for Outlook users. 
  4. It DOES matter if your recipient uses Outlook. Even if you use Gmail, you want to use an image preview of your video if you believe your recipient might be using Outlook.  

That being said, if you are determined to embed a video in Outlook so it plays in-line, it is possible (for Outlook for Mac at least). You just have to set a series of fallbacks, so viewers will have the best experience for the email client they are using. For more detail here, read this article on how to embed videos into Outlook emails 

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