How to Play MKV on iPad (The Hottest way of 2020!)

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Julia Nash Mar 17, 2020

Playing MKV on iPad is tricky, as Apple made this format ‘officially’ unsupported. Nevertheless, there is quick workaround to put MKV movies on iPad.

Of course, there are so many 3rd party apps inside the AppStore that can probably play MKV on iPad. But isn’t that just not right, when you can’t watch MKVs on your iPad – natively?

This article will show you an extremely simple way to play MKV on iPad or iPhone without using iTunes. MKV movies that we download from the web – are in absolutely stunning quality + they hold great sound & subtitles. All in one format.

Here’s how to bypass iTunes with the new solution – WALTR:

Before we continue, make sure you’re reading this from your MacOS or Windows computer. This shockingly easy solution is available for both operating systems. And if you’re still skeptical about WALTR, here’s iMore reviewing WALTR for Mac saying “Waltr for Mac lets you drag-and-drop Flash video files and more onto your iPhone”.

Now that you’re pumped – read on to learn how to play MKV video files on iPad:

How to Play MKV on iPad Natively:

Step 1. Download WALTR 2 & Install it on your Mac or PC.

WALTR provides a free download, so there’s no need to worry about paying for something you still haven’t tested.

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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After downloading the .dmg file, open it and install into your ‘Applications’ folder. If you’re on a PC, simply launch the installation file, and go through the quick setup process.

In case, you’re wondering “What the hell is WALTR?”, let me give you a quick overview:

WALTR is a one-of-a-kind Mac OS application that allows you to import and play MKV video files on iPad directly from your default iOS video app.

It’s the king of .mkv to iPad converters simply because it doesn’t actually make you worry about converting nor does it make you sync the iPad via iTunes. All you do is drag and drop the movie – and it’s there. That’s it!

Other essential features that WALTR holds:

  • Transfer MKV, AVI, MP4 for Natural playback of iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

  • Drag & drop solution. (It doesn’t get easier than this!)

  • Imported files appear directly in the native Videos app.

  • No need to launch iTunes for sync. WALTR does the dirty work for you.

  • The app name was inspired by Walter White from Breaking Bad.

Step 2. Launch WALTR 2 & connect the iPad to your Mac or PC.

After connecting your lovely iPad, the app will recognize it and prompt with a pop-up window asking you to drop ANY media file into the drop-zone.

WALTR can take any file and even multiple formats at the same time.

Step 3. Drop MKV movie into WALTR & sit back.

Locate your desired MKV movies and drop them into WALTR. You may also drop multiple files that Apple doesn’t naturally support.

WALTR will still sync them into your iPad for natural playback. In the highest quality possible. Cool, huh?

After dropping the files, the progress will automatically start. You can sit back and wait for WALTR to do the dirty work for you.

It will pick up the best conversion settings (if needed) for the best quality your device can play. Simultaneously it will sync your iPad without even having you touch iTunes. When WALTR transfers your file successfully, you will be notified with a ‘pleasant’ message.


It’s that simple! Just drag & drop. Nothing else. No 3rd party apps. You may now natively play MKV on iPad using nothing more but your default movie player!

UPD: WALTR got absolutely revamped, now it adds the support for even more video & music formats. In addition, it also able to push media to your Apple device absolutely cable-free.

If your device and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network, you can easily establish wireless connection between the two and move your MKV files to iPad over the air. And one of the most long-awaited features – ePubs & PDFs support is also enabled!

In conclusion

.MKV is massively used for ripping high-quality movie file. But, users encounter the issue where this format is not as extensively supported as other formats.

MKV has less compatibility, but we consider it to be “better” as an all-around source. In case the source is a Blu-Ray and when blended down to 720p, then it works as an MP4 (but it requires an extra step of conversion to play MKV on iPad. While WALTR doesn’t put you through them).

WALTR is ideal for you if you were out of chance in ripping BD movies into Apple’s compatible format – MP4. For example, we had issues when Handbrake consistently resulted beyond one chapter roughly in an unplayable file.This was with multiple Macintosh computers.

MKV a.k.a Matroska is an ideal container format for video preservation that is a long time, whereas different limited file formats that are commercial – come and go. This movie file format has existed since 2002, and due to its flexibility, it will probably outlive the majority of the other containers we’re using today. MKV can hold any video or audio format. It will never make you transcode the original video and audio. And this is the biggest difference between all the others and Matroska.

Either way, the solution presented above lets you play MKV on iPad with little to no efforts. Go try this out, there are no strings attached!

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 & MAC OS Windows