How to Speed Up Video Loading on Facebook

Facebook allows videos up to 20 minutes long.
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Waiting while Facebook uploads long videos can be frustrating, but there's really not much you can do to speed up the process. Upload times are usually determined by your Internet connection speed and file size. If you routinely upload videos to your Timeline or page, you may want to explore upgrading to a faster Internet service. If you create your own videos, consider decreasing the size of your video files.

1 Internet Connection Speeds

Broadband cable is generally the fastest type of Internet available for homes, although in some areas you can get even faster fiber option connections. If you already have broadband or fiber optic service, most ISPs offer tier upgrades that include faster upload speeds. Another consideration is the timing of your Facebook uploads. Internet speeds often slow down due to increased use in the late afternoons and evenings, and on holidays and weekends.

2 Decrease File Size

You can often significantly decrease the size of your video files before uploading them to Facebook by reducing the frame size, lowering the resolution or decreasing the frame rate. In addition, video files saved in a lossy compression format such as MPEG-4 and WMV are usually smaller than videos saved in a lossless format such as MOV or AVI. Facebook recommends using the MPEG-4 format for uploads.

Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.