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How can you play H.265 videos on your iPhone?

Try putting h.265 file onto iPad or iPhone with iTunes, and this is what you’ll get:


As resolute as it is – it’s not completely true. Because there is a way to convert h.265 movies to your iPad or iPhone. And I’m not talking here only about last models. It’s possible for all of the iPhone and iPad generations (provided they’re running on iOS 5 and higher).

But before we get any further than this, let me give you a little backstory:

H.265 (aka Higher Efficiency Video Coding) is a new video codec introduced in 2013. Video encoded with HEVC keeps same quality rate, while the bit rate stays lower. Which means it takes twice less of the storage space. Win-win situation.

By taking a closer look at the graph below, you’ll see that HEVC uses significantly smaller bit rate than its forerunners (MPEG-2 and AVC).


Currently, the standard is H.264 or Advanced Video Coding (AVC). And be sure – while back it revolutionized the whole media industry.

Almost all movies, TV shows, documentaries, cartoons you stream or download every day – are encoded with h.264 codec.

But this doesn’t work for 4K videos or for films with higher frame rate. Their resolutions are so high, that the files are just too large.

And because of their ‘bulkiness’, 4K videos are quite rare. They aren’t streamed on the web or on TV channels. For regular users it’s difficult even to upload such video on YouTube or on Facebook. Think of it – one minute of 4K video that you can shoot with an iPhone 6S takes up whopping 375 MB.

However, when encoded with h.265, it takes much less space, while the quality stays the same.

Some streaming services already start to adopt new video coding standard. For the time being, Netflix is streaming UHD content encoded with HEVC. According to some predictions, once iTunes takes over 4K content, h.265 will be prevailing. 
 Seems like we’re on the verge of a new breakthrough in media industry, huh?

How to Put h.265 movies on iPhone?

And now let’s get back to the part where we started – you still can’t transfer h.265 video to iPhone with iTunes.

But you can convert it to AVC quite swimmingly using WALTR app. And later on you will play it back from your default media player. In case you are not acquainted with the application, follow these 3 steps below:

1. Download WALTR.

2. Plug in your iPhone or iPad to your computer.


To prove that the workaround is working for any iOS 5 device and higher, we’ll be using an original iPad running on iOS 5.1.

3. Drop your h.265 movie into the app.


In a second you’ll be able to enjoy it on your device’s screen.


Head to the Home Videos folder and open your video.

Bottom Line

Here we showed you how you can bypass one more iTunes impediment and play your h.265 movies on iPhone.

In the end, when do you think we’ll finally take advantage of a new coding standard? Share your thoughts in the comments!