If you’re tired of using iTunes to put videos or movies on your iPhone, then you can stop doing that from now on. Although iTunes is the official iOS device management application developed by Apple, it’s still not the best solution for transferring media files from your computer to your iPhone or iPad.
In this article, I’ll show you three alternative methods I’ve been using to quickly add videos or movies to my iPhone. The best part is, they are completely free to implement. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these methods, and you may find that you don’t have to deal with annoying transfer restrictions of iTunes anymore.
Method 1: Sharing via Wi-Fi
There are various video player apps that include the Wi-Fi Upload feature, but here I’ll show you my favorite one: the VLC for iOS app. This app can be downloaded for free from the App Store. Its “Sharing via Wi-Fi” function will let you wirelessly upload video files to your iOS device using a Web browser from a computer on the same Wi-Fi network.
Here’s how to use “Sharing via Wi-Fi” on VLC for iOS:
Step 1: Connect your iOS device and your computer to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: On your iOS device, launch the VLC app, tap the VLC logo in the top-left corner to reveal the main menu. Then under “Sharing via Wi-Fi”, turn the switch to “ON”.
Step 3: On your computer, launch the web browser and enter the IP address VLC gives you or the friendly URL: http://iPhone.local. Now you should see a web interface that lets you upload videos from your computer.
To add videos, you can simply open a File Explorer window and drag video files and drop into this web interface, or click the “Upload files” button to select files through a prompted-to-select window. Your videos, movies and even subtitle files will be transferred from your computer to the VLC library.
What’s more, VLC for iOS plays all the same file types as the desktop version, including MKV and AVI files. Using this app, you don’t have to struggle to convert your movies to iOS supported video formats and then sync them via iTunes anymore.
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Method 2: Use a cloud storage service
Using a cloud storage service is a simple yet handy way to put videos on your iPhone. If the sizes of your videos are not too large, you can use a cloud storage service like Google Drive, Dropbox,… to store videos or transfer to other devices, including your iPhone and iPad. Simply fire up your favorite browser and register for a cloud service, then start uploading your files.
Afterwards, you can use the app of your chosen cloud service to stream your video/movie files or download them for watching offline. This is also useful for when you want a safe place to save important videos, and it makes it easy to share with friends.
Method 3: iTunes alternatives
This is the method that allows you to put music or videos on your iPhone with the fastest transferring speed. You just need to connect your device to your computer via a cable and these applications will take care of the rest.
Unlike iTunes, using these applications is pretty simple. iOS fans now don’t have to be jealous of Android users as now transferring files to iOS devices is also just a drag-and-drop affair.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use CopyTrans Manager, a free alternative to Apple’s iTunes software. It’s fully compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Before we get started, download and install a free copy of CopyTrans from here.
CopyTrans offers many other free tools for iOS device management but you only need to install the “CopyTrans Manager” package for the purpose of transferring videos & music. When the CopyTrans Control Center appears, install the “CopyTrans Manager” from the list.
Now connect your iOS device to your computer via a USB cable. Click on the Add button to import video/music file into the program’s library. You can also drag and drop files into the program’s interface like I mentioned earlier. To modify the library, you can use other buttons on the toolbar such as “Edit”, “Remove”, “Delete”.
Once done, click “Update”. CopyTrans will start sync data with your iOS device. After transferring successfully, you’ll find your videos in the stock Videos app.