How to Put Videos or Movies on iPhone & iPad

What method are you using to put videos and movies on your iPhone? Still the traditional way using iTunes? Well, although iTunes is the official iOS device management software developed by Apple, it’s not the best solution for transferring media files from your computer to your iPhone or iPad.

I find myself usually watching movies on my iPad rather than the computer. Therefore, I always hunt for a way to add movies and videos to my iOS devices with as less hassle as possible. And that’s the reason why this article became into existence. I’ve tried all the possible methods and put the best ones altogether in this article. Hopefully, you can learn some new tips after reading it.

Take some time to familiarize yourself with these methods, and you may find that you don’t have to deal with the annoying aspects of iTunes anymore. If you still want to use iTunes, I’ll also show how to make use of it properly as well.

1) Put videos on iPhone & iPad 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.

VLC for iOS can play all your movies and shows in most formats directly without conversion, including MKV and AVI files. The app also lets you synchronize media using Cloud services or direct downloads from the web.

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”. As soon as you turn this on, you’ll see two web addresses appear beneath it. Take note of them.

Put Videos on iPhone using VLC

Step 3: On your computer, launch the web browser and go to either of the two web addresses VLC gave you above. Once the web page is loaded, you should see a web interface that lets you upload videos from your computer.

PUt videos on iPhone using VLC app

To add videos, you can simply open a File Explorer window and drag video files and drop onto this web interface, or click the “+” button at the top right 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.

TIP: You can also use iTunes to put movie files onto the VLC app as well. Note that I’m talking about using iTunes to add movies to the VLC app and your files will be stored and played within the app only, not the core library of iOS. Therefore, it’s quicker and no conversion needed. I recommend taking advantage of this feature if your Wi-Fi network is not available, or not reliable enough.

Just hook up your iPhone or iPad to the computer, launch iTunes, click the Phone icon to select your device. Next, select Apps on the sidebar, scroll down to the “File Sharing” section, select VLC from the app list, and then drag and drop your movie files onto the VLC Documents area. Finally, click “Sync” to start transferring files to your iPhone.

VLC iTunes

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.

3) iTunes alternatives: add videos without iTunes

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 Manager

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.

4) Manually put videos on iPhone & iPad using iTunes

With iTunes, you can manage the content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod by manually syncing specific items to your device, including music, videos, ebook, etc. However, you need to convert your video/movie files to supported media formats (H.264, MP4, M4V, MOV, MPEG-4, and M-JPEG) before syncing.

Step 1: Connect your device to your computer, then launch iTunes.

Step 2: On your computer, find the video or movie file you want to add to your device. Then drag and drop the file onto your iOS device’s section in the left sidebar of iTunes.

Manually add videos to iPhone using iTunes

Step 3: Wait for iTunes to sync your videos. After the video is added, you’ll find it in the Videos app on your iOS device.


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