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Wanting a video on an iPhone without having a way to go about it can be disappointing. This feeling does not have to last, though, as this article explains how to put videos on iPhone. This write-up explains simple procedures on ways to upload videos to iPhone even without iTunes.  Read along.

Ways to Put Videos on iPhone

In a bid to stand out, iPhone makers used a different Operating System (OS)(1) for their clients. Unfortunately, while the outstanding OS makes their product unique, it creates issues when trying to complete daily tasks like moving video files from the computer to the iPhone. Fortunately, there are proven ways around this little dilemma.

There are various ways to upload or sync videos to iPhone. The method to use is mainly dependent on the storage the video is to be transferred from, and as with most files, videos can either be stored online or offline. Before other methods are discussed, it is only normal to point out the homegrown initiative of iPhone manufacturers (how to add videos to iPhone using iTunes)   

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Method 1: Use of iTunes

This method is coming first because this platform is from Apple, and it is automatically present on iPhones and MacBooks. To add videos to iPhone using iTunes, follow these steps.

Step 1: Connect iPhone to the computer using a compatible cable

Step 2: Launch iTunes application on the computer if  it does not launch automatically

Step 3: Select File (or Folder) and then select Add To Library.

Step 4: Find and select a video(s) and then select open.

Step 5: Open iPhone and select movies 

Step 7: Check the Sync Movies box

Step 8: Select videos previously added to the iTunes Library, then select  Apply/Sync. The video(s) are now the iPhone.   

Although the use of iTunes can help sync videos to iPhones quickly, it has some drawbacks.

  1. Videos have to be moved into the iTunes app before they can be synced to the iPhone.
  2. Deleting a video from any of the synced devices will automatically delete the video on the other device
  3. iTunes app does not work well on other PCs aside from the MacBook.
  4. The iTunes app does not recognize a lot of video formats.

Method 2: Use of Airdrop

This method is one of the best options to move videos from a MacBook to an iPhone. Files that are airdropped can be opened on the iPhone with an application. Follow the following steps to use this method.

Step 1: Select and open finder on the MacBook

Step 2: Find the left sidebar and select airdrop. Another way is to select Go and then Airdrop from the sidebar.

Step 3: Turn on BlueTooth on the MacBook if it’s not on automatically.

Step 4: Make sure the iPhone Bluetooth is on for connectivity. 

Step 5: Drag and drop video files to the iPhone device

In cases where any iPhone application can not process the video file format, you will not be able to move the video files. So, it is advised to have an app that can process all video files formats on the iPhone.

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The method of transferring video files to an iPhone to be adopted by an individual should be influenced by factors such as the size of the video file, network access, and the use of a PC or Mac. While every method is suitable on its own, the techniques work better in different circumstances.

Method 3: Using The Cloud

Getting video files from the cloud(2) is straightforward. The use of cloud storage to move video files is dependent on the internet services and network provider being used. Because video files are the heaviest of media files, upload and download can take a while to complete. Follow the next steps to move videos to the iPhone using the cloud

Step 1: Upload video from PC/Mac to a cloud of choice

Step 2: Open the cloud of choice on the iPhone

Step 3: Download video files to the iPhone  

Cloud storage provides a limited amount of storage space compared to other forms of storing files. On the other hand, files in the cloud are safe from physical accidents, although they are still susceptible to unwanted invasions. 

Method 4: The Use of a Third Party Application

To upload videos to iPhone should not be limited to those with a MacBook only. A third-party application is the safest bet for people who want to know how to put videos on iPhone from PC. Third-party apps also work well with MacBooks. In addition, the use of third-party applications creates an interface that is compatible with Windows and Apple OS. To use this method, take the following steps.

Step 1: Install and launch the preferred third-party app on the computer

Step 2: Connect iPhone to PC with a compatible USB cord. Some third-party applications allow a wireless transfer.

Step 3: Select the video file you want to move to the iPhone. Or find the video file from the PC’s Windows explorer.

Step 4: Wait a moment while the third-party app works to put videos on iPhone from PC.

F. A. Q

Any of the methods discussed will adequately move the video files to the iPhone. However, you should consider storage space, size of the video file, and type of PC  before opting for any method

Yes, you can. Third-party applications are handy for individuals who do not have access to a MacBook, although it works efficiently with a MacBook.


Learning how to put videos on iPhone is straightforward. Any of the methods discussed previously can be used to effectively transfer videos to the iPhone. Most importantly, the size of the video file, video file format, use of PC or Mac should be considered before opting for a transfer mode. Adding videos to the iPhone has never been easier. 

Do you have another way of moving video files to the iPhone? What is your preferred method of video file transfer to iPhone? Talk to us in the comments.


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