Updated: 3 January 2017

2 Quick Ways to Convert MKV to MOV – Perfect for iPhone and iPad

Convert MKV to MOV is quite common once you own an iPhone. Even though MKV videos are very spread you cannot play them back on your iPhone. Here we came up with 2 Ways you can put MKVs on your iOS device. 

Josh Brown


In this article we'll show you how to convert MKV to MOV in 2 absolutely different ways. While first one is made particularly for those, who would love to get MKV for iPad or iPhone playback, the second one is focused on how to convert MKV videos to MOV with Handbrake. 

The Web is filled with Matroska (MKV). Many movies and TV episodes are encoded in this format. This format possesses a number of features that make it quite popular. For example, it's able to hold an infinite amount of subtitle tracks, video, sound, picture in a single file. Matroska is also more adaptable and extensible.

How to Convert MKV to MOV with WALTR (for iPad or iPhone)

The №1 reason why people wish to convert MKV to MOV is that they want to transfer it to iPad or iPhone later on. WALTR is a much more straightforward way to put video in any format on any iOS, provided it's running on iOS 5 and higher.

This is a desktop application, that converts MKV to MOV or any other formats to Apple supported ones and pushes it to your device at the same time. That is – all dirty converting work is done on its own without you worrying about it. 

Here's how it's done in this short video guide:

Step#1 Download WALTR and install it on your PC & Mac.

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The download is free and safe. No worries!

Step#2 Plug-in your device to a computer with USB. 

WALTR will ask you to connect your device. By the way, WALTR 2 is working over WiFI, so if you want to drop files to your iThingy over the air, click on the settings wheel in the bottom of the application and switch on this feature.

To make things a little bit more fun, for our experiment we took an original iPad running on iOS 5!

Step 1, connect your iPad to computer to have it recognized

Step#3 Drop your desired MKV files into the WALTR window.

All you should do is to drag & drop the files you want into the ‘Drag Files Here’ window. It will start converting automatically.

WALTR 2 converts MKV to MOV for iPhone or iPad

Right now WALTR is going to convert your movie into iPhone supported format (that is MOV or MP4) and push it on your device. It's much faster than with Handbrake, because the average transferring speed is approximately 2GB per minute. 

WALTR 2 has just converted MKV to MOV for your iPad playback

Another huge benefit of this method is that you'll get all your files ASAP in the pre-installed Apple Videos. app. This means you won't need to install some dubious third-party software on your device. 

Home videos app on iPad

Other than this, the application has other tasty features, you'd want to check out:

  • Put Music or Movies on iPhone or iPad within just 2 clicks
  • No need to sync your iPhone with iTunes
  • Simplicity and Speed
  • Support of all the legacy iPods (Nano, Shuffle, Classic, Mini)
  • Execcessive Format Coverage. When Apple Supported formats are very limited, with WALTR you can actually put any file in any format to your device. On this table you can see all the supported file extensions by WALTR:

WALTR format coverage

How to Convert MKV to MOV using Handbrake:

Handbrake is a go-to application, once you need to change the file's container. It's been around for a decade now and is still a reliable way to convert videos. 

Handbrake works on Windows and Mac. But in this particular guide, we'll be conducting our conversion on a Mac computer. 

1. Once you have handbrake downloaded and installed – open it. 

2. First off, click on 'Source' button, and select the file you want to convert. 

top bar Handbrake

Let's say, it's a Matroska movie 'Jurassic World'. 

Once you add it, you'll see it written under the heading. 

Then, specify the output settings (e.g. format, file destination, codec)

 Since MOV and MP4 are basically the same thing, we select MP4. 

How to Convert MKV to MOV with Handbrake

The next step is to choose File Destination. Tap on 'Browse' and specify where you want to save the file. 

There are tons of other settings too. You can choose the desirable picture quality, audio tracks, codecs, etc. But if you merely want to change the file's container hit on 'Start' and wait till it's finished. Depending on the file format it can take minutes or even hours. In our case, the 3GB file we had took more than 25 minutes.

Handbrake converts movie to MP4

If this all seems like too much of a hassle, the second way we described below is much clearer, so you can also test it out.

Bottom Line

We showcased two ways how you can convert MKV to MOV for iPhone or iPad. While Handbrake is good for video converting in general, WALTR is designed specifically for those who don't want to waste time on converting settings, codecs and other things that might be confusing for an ordinary user. It's just a clear straightforward way to put anything on any iOS device without hassle of converting or transcoding. It's no more than just a drop-zone, where you put any file and immediately have it saved on your iPhone or iPad.

So, it's up to you to decide what's better. In any case, we'd appreciate any feedback – so please, don't hesitate and let us know what you're thinking of both of the tools.

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