Playing MKV on iPad is tricky, as Apple made this format "officially" unsupported. Nevertheless, there is quick workaround to put MKV movies on iPad.
Let's cut to the chase. Can iPad play MKV? No. At least not without help.
There are plenty of third-party players inside the AppStore that will help you play MKV on iPad, but not natively, which sucks. Playing videos natively is always more convenient simply because Apple's native apps in most cases are great performers.
In this article, I'll share with you the simplest way to play MKV on iPad or iPhone without using iTunes.
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To transfer MKV to iPad, we will be using a tool called WALTR 2.
WALTR 2 is a file transfer app for macOS and Windows that supports all generations of Apple devices. The Drag & Drop mechanic makes WALTR 2 incredibly easy to use and it's built-in converter will allow you to play almost any kind of file on your iPad, iPhone or iPod.
Check out what MacRumors had to say about WALTR 2.
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.
Now, let's get to the process.
How to Play MKV on iPad Natively:
Step 1. Download WALTR 2 & Install it on your Mac or PC.
Let's begin by downloading WALTR 2. You can do it by clicking the direct download button below.
Latest Version: 2.6.25, 13 December 2019
Latest Version: 2.7.19, 14 November 2019
After downloading the .dmg file, open it and install Waltr.app into your "Applications" folder. If you're on a PC, simply launch the installation file, and go through the quick setup process.
Step 2. Launch WALTR 2 & connect the iPad to your Mac or PC.
After connecting your 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 2 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 movie and drop it 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.
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 third-party movie apps for iPads. No pop-up ads or crashes. You may now natively play MKV on iPad using nothing more but your default movie player!
What are iPad Video Formats?
Now that you know how to put MKV files on iPad, let me do a quick run-through iPad video formats. iPad supports some of the most common formats, which include MP4, M4V, MOV, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG.
M4V is a video format for iPad and iPhone that has been developed by Apple to support many of its products. MP4 is one of the most popular video formats out there. Both stated formats share plenty of similarities with MKV.
.MKV is massively used for ripping a high-quality movie files. Unfortunately, users encounter the issue where this format is not as extensively supported as other formats.
Even though MKV has less compatibility, we consider it to be "better" as an all-around source.
WALTR 2 is the best help you can get if you want to watch videos on iPad that originally use the MKV format. The simplicity of the process speaks for itself.
There is no need to worry about the format anymore, because WALTR 2 will do everything to make sure, you've got your movie in your device.
Go try this out, there are no strings attached!