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

New iOS 11 supports HEVC (h.265) videos. Now it’s easier than ever to play HEVC videos on iPhone.

Starting from September 2017, iTunes will transfer HEVC videos to any Apple device with iOS 11. But it’s  possible not just for MP4 files – there’s a way to put MKV, AVI movies on your iPhone as well. 

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 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 – iTunes won’t let you put AVI or MKV HEVC videos on your iPhone. 

But you can bypass iTunes quite swimmingly using WALTR 2 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.

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

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 TV.app 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!