Updated: 4 January 2017

How to Play AVI video on iPhone and iPad

To play AVI video files on iPhone & iPad natively you just have to use this breakthrough solution that’s in this detailed article.

Josh Brown


For those who are still thinking that iTunes is ‘All-In-One’ solution to managing your iPhone – think again. If you’re looking for a way to play AVI on iPhone and iPad then iTunes will not let you sync it.

This quick article will get you playing your high-quality AVI movies natively on the iPhone and iPad without worrying about converting or syncing.

BE AWARE* This is possible not only on Mac OS X computers. Even if you’re using a PC, we've developed the windows version of WALTR.  So this awesome solution for Mac also applies for Windows OS users – keep on reading :)

Also interesting: How to play MKV video files on iPad

Video Guide: How to Play AVIs on iPhone & iPad

Before going any further have a look at this screencast tutorial here: 

Here’s How to Play AVI Video Files on iPhone/iPad in 3 Steps:

In the sequence of just three steps we'll demonstrate the easiest & fastest way to fill up your iThingy with any media you like. If you own AVI, MKV, MP4, WMA, HEVC movies or music in any format, don't hesitate and try the whole thing out. In this exact post we'll show how to play AVI on iPhone and iPad.

Step 1. Download WALTR 2 for free. And install it.

You will need to download the app WALTR 2 to proceed. The download is free so there is no need to worry about any strings being attached. 

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WALTR 2 is compatible with both Windows & Mac, so go ahead and install it. It will take you no more than 17 seconds.

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The  Round-up of most vital features of WALTR 2:
  • Import AVI files into iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch without converting.
  • Play files directly from the devices native Video player.
  • No need to launch iTunes for syncing.
  • Drag & Drop optimized. Drop the file and its on your iPad!
  • 24/7 Phone + E-mail support.

I assume you're already hooked by this time, but there are some more groovy features to come:

  • Ebooks Support: PDFs and ePubs will be transferred directly to your iBooks.app
  • WiFI Connectivity! Get all your files to your device without touching cords
  • Support of ALL music & video formats you can find on the web!

Step 2. Launch WALTR 2 & connect your device.

After successfully installing WALTR, simply launch it and connect the device via USB. For this tutorial, I will be using an iPod touch (the scheme remains absolutely the same for any iOS device). 

WALTR will let you play AVI on iPad easily

If you wish to transfer your AVI file to iPhone over WiFI, click on the settings wheel and select 'Enable WIFI connctivity'. But be aware, this feature is still in beta. 

how to enable WIFI connectivity within WALTR 2

Step 3. Drag the desired AVI file & drop it into WALTR 2.

WALTR will recognise your device if it is supported, you will be prompt with a drop-zone window asking you to drop ANY file that you want to be imported into the device. Locate your movie in the AVI format and put into WALTR – simply drag & drop. 

WALTR 2 is transferring AVI to iPhone

…you’re finished!

The progress bar will indicate when the file has been successfully imported into your iPad. Now, just open the native Video player app and enjoy your high-quality AVI movies! 

transfer AVI to iPhone, using WALTR 2

Please understand, this is a very unique & powerful tool. Because it doesn’t make you worry about knowing the correct formatting details or codecs for proper playback on your device. 

You don’t even have to think about any extra steps like opening iTunes, loading the movie into your library and then syncing it. WALTR 2 does all the dirty work for you. It automatically uploads video & audio files in formats such as AVI, MKV, FLAC, APE, MP3, MP4 & many many more in the Best quality that your iOS device can handle.

In conclusion

Instead of the old fashioned way to play Apple’s unsupported video files using extra 3rd-party iOS apps, we decided to take the extra hassle away and at the same time break the format barrier, which iPhones & iPads have. With WALTR 2, all you do is drag ANY file in ANY format into the drop-zone window and it will be automatically available for native playback in the ‘Music’ or ‘Videos’ app.

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