How to Play MKV on iPhone Without Converting – NEW! [2020]

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Julia Nash May 13, 2020

MKV (Matroska) is the most common video container on the web. But is it possible to play MKV on iPhone – without converting? Oh yes! This guide will show you the shortest way.

You want to watch a movie but you’re away from your computer/TV. What will you do?

Of course, you will turn to your smartphone, hoping that it will provide same high definition viewing experience.

Chances are that you have an iPhone and that movie file has an .mkv file extension. Now you have to transfer your MKV to iPhone. This is when the problems begin.

Can iPhone play MKV or AVI?

iPhone supports neither MKV nor AVI files.

The most spread solution to this problem is to find some third-party app on the AppStore that will play or convert your file to some format that Videos/TV app knows how to play.

Alternatively, you can also use WALTR – class macOS and Windows app for transferring your MKV files into iPhones. Make sure to watch this quick screencast video to see WALTR in action:

The versatility of iPhone might come up as a topic to discuss at this point since its stock apps don’t support this popular format, but that’s not what we are concerned about now. We want you to watch the movie and leave all the technical things to Softorino developers.

How to Transfer MKV files to iPhone using WALTR

We present you with the opportunity to skip all the boring stuff and just get to the movie. Opportunity to play MKV on iPhone without converting.

Play MKV on iPhone without converting

With WALTR 2, your iPhone will play an MKV video, either from Videos or iOS TV app. The advantage over iTunes here is obvious. What you will get with WALTR 2 is a simple user interface that will do what is necessary for you to play .mkv on iPhone.

Here is the guide that you’ll have to follow in order to transfer your movie to iPhone and play it successfully.

Step 1. Download WALTR 2.

First things first, WALTR 2 is what you need. You can get it on our website. After the installation is complete, start the app. On-boarding video is there to welcome you to WALTR world.

Requirements: macOS 10.9 and higher
Latest Version: 2.6.25, 13 December 2019
Requirements: Windows 8 and higher
Latest Version: 2.7.19, 14 November 2019
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Next, you will get the message to connect your iPhone via USB. After you do that, you are ready to transfer the file. This is how your display will look like after you plugged your device in.

WALTR 2 helps to convert MKV to iPhone

Connect your iPhone to a computer. WALTR’s interface should then look like this

Step 2. Drop your .mkv file into WALTR 2.

This step is obvious. Find the MKV file in your filesystem (by navigating to the folder manually and doing drag-and-drop or selecting files by ‘Select Files…’ option).

Here is an example.

Here's how you can transfer MKV to iPhone

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Here I transferred video file with .mkv extension and the program is checking my file. Depending on the file’s size, the transfer process might take few seconds and then you get the following screen:

WALTR 2 Transfer Complete

The movie will land on your iDevice in seconds!

This tells you that transfer is now completed. You can find your movie in the Videos/TV app on your iPhone.

Bottom Line

As a conclusion, let’s acknowledge the easiness of use here. How many clicks did whole this process take? Well, fewer than it would take to convert it on the computer and then transfer it to iPhone. So, that’s how you can play MKV on iPhone. Human-Computer Interaction at its finest, you’ll agree!

Julia Nash
Julia Nash

Apple junkie at Softorino

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With WALTR 2, you can wirelessly drag-and-drop any Music, Ringtones, Videos, PDF & ePUB files into iPhone, iPad or iPod without iTunes (Even files that aren’t supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV).


Fully supports: MAC OS macOS & Windows Windows