How to Quickly Transfer Videos from PC to iPhone in 3 Easy Ways

Published by: Natali Solovyova

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

So you got your favorite TV series on your hard disk. But how to easily transfer videos from PC to iPhone?

Here are the top-3 ways how to move video from computer to iPhone!

1) iTunes

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Well, iTunes can handle the task. The process though is long and can take on your nerves when you’re in a hurry. And I won’t even like to remind you of the situation when you come across videos incompatible for iPhone.

Your iPhone can play MOV and MP4 videos pretty well, but asking it to play MKV, FLV or WMV is out of the question. And you can face problems playing even AVI files. Although the AVI, MOV and MP4 formats are officially supported, the problem lies in the video codecs.

Video processing programs use different types of encoding to compile the audio and graphics data into the video. And the iPhones and iPads don’t support all those encodings used.

Let’s not get into the technical details for now. Read below how to transfer video from computer to iPhone!

When syncing content from your PC to an Apple device, iTunes is the one-stop place. Organize your movies and music in a single place and if you need more, buy it from the store there.

Buy it, sync, and you will see the newly bought entertainment on your iPhone.

And when you have to send videos stored in PC to your iPhone, add it to the iTunes library. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Make sure the video is iPhone-compatible

As mentioned earlier, iPhone has problems playing some of the video formats. Moreover, there are other formats like MKV and WMV which your beloved Apple device won’t play at all.

So, before I tell you how to add video to iPhone using iTunes, convert the video to iPhone video format. You would need a third-party iPhone video converter for the job. But what should be the converted video format?

iPhones can play most MP4 videos without problems. So, convert your movie or TV show files to MP4, and you should be alright.

Step 2. Import the video to iTunes

Now that you have the video, open your iTunes movies library and drag and drop the file there. If it’s a video from TV series, add it to the library of TV shows.

Step 3. Sync your iPhone with iTunes

Next, connect your iPhone with the USB cable and sync. When the syncing process completes, you will find the movie along with the related metadata in the default video app of iPhone. The TV show episodes too will appear in a separate category for you to play.

2) WALTR 2

WALTR 2 for Windows

OK, you now know how to transfer video from PC to iPhone in the Apple way. However, no matter how cool the iPhone is, some of us don’t feel comfortable working with different applications just to watch a video.

So there is an alternative, an easy one – and it's WALTR 2. This is a Softorino developed app for a Mac or PC to quickly and easily transfer music, videos and docs to any Apple device. Moreover, it doesn't even require iTunes sync.

How does WALTR work? Here are 4 simple steps to move videos from a computer to iPhone:

Step 1. Download and Install

The WALTR 2 is available for download from Softorino’s website, and you can install it on your Mac or Windows PC. After installation, the app opens, asking you to connect your Apple device.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone

Connect your iPhone and transfer videos from your PC to iPhone

You can use the Wi-Fi connectivity mode or your USB cable to connect with WALTR 2. But just for the first time, use your USB cable. From the next time, you can use the Wi-Fi for the transfers. But make sure to connect both your devices to the same network.

Upon successful connectivity, the process is as easy as 1… That’s it!

Step 3. Transfer video to iPhone

Drag and drop a video into WALTR and wait for few seconds

You can drag and drop the video in the open window regardless of its format. Whether your video is in MKV, MP4, AVI or MOV, WALTR 2 will make the file compatible with iPhone and start the transfer.

And FYI, you can also use WALTR 2 to send music, ringtones and eBooks to your Apple device.

Step 4. Now… Play!

Watch your videos on iPhone in the default Movies/TV app

After transfer, you can see your video in the default Videos/TV app. WALTR 2 comes with Video Content Detection to add related metadata and can differentiate between TV shows and movies.

Copy the subtitles file (SRT or ASS) along with the video and they too will show up upon playback.

Just remember that the videos and the accompanying subtitles should have the same filename.

3) Dropbox

Another easy way to transfer videos to iPhone and iPad without iTunes is to knock at Dropbox.com.

If you aren’t familiar with Dropbox, it’s a cloud storage service. You can use it to store your files online and share them with others. And it’s also an easy way to share file across your signed-in devices. Let’s see how.

Step 1. Sign into Dropbox

Dropbox

Dropbox is available to use through the browser, or you can download the PC software for quick access. Sign into your account or create a new one.

Step 2. Upload your video

If you use Dropbox’s browser interface, click on Upload and then select the video you want to transfer. By the way, in the Dropbox PC app, you can drag and drop the file, and the upload starts. Now, wait.

Depending on the file size and the Internet speed, the video will take some time to upload. Dropbox provides you with 2 GB of storage for free. If you need more, you always have the option to pay them.

Once the upload is complete, unlock your iPhone.

Step 3. Download the video

Download Dropbox from the App Store if you don’t have it in your device. Then, sign into the same account as in the first step. Allow it a few seconds, and you will then see the video you just uploaded from your PC.

Well, export it to your device.

Step 4. Play

Open your video player software, and you can find the video there.

Copying a video to iPhone, the Dropbox way, isn’t the fastest one but it still is simpler than doing it through iTunes. You don’t have to carry the USB cable with you always. The video file, however, needs to be converted to an iPhone supported format, before uploading it to Dropbox.

In conclusion

The iPhone may be a well-built product, but it has some shortcomings. You can’t play all the video files properly even if they are in a common format like MKV or AVI. But now you know how to copy videos to iPhone and play them back on your device.

iTunes isn’t the only way, and there are iTunes alternatives which does the job. And also, let you watch the videos with ease. You can either transfer converted videos with iTunes or convert and add videos in a single go with WALTR 2.

Or drag and drop the videos in the box – Dropbox – and get them in your Apple device over the air. Whatever method you feel comfortable with, the result is the same. You have the video in your iPhone or iPad, ready for playback.

Sort out your playlist, schedule your binge-watch time and start watching your favorite TV shows and movies anywhere you are.

Natali Solovyova
Natali Solovyova

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