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How to Transfer MP4 to iPad/iPhone without iTunes

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Roy Gallagher, customer of FonePaw, shares his experience on transferring MP4 videos to iPad without using iTunes:

As an Apple fans and movie lover, I'm glad to say something about how to transfer MP4 movies to iPad or iPhone. I think my experience may bring you some light on this issue since I just get rid of the MP4 transferring morass between my iPad Air and a Windows computer.

I spent lots of money on iTunes store for purchasing movies. Now, I want to transfer some MP4 videos stored on my computer to my iPad for saving money. I have heard some complain that using iTunes to sync MP4 files to iPad is slow and a bit complicate. I have tried that and can't agree more. The long process is an ordeal.

The good news is that I found an easy way to upload MP4 files to iPad/iPhone without iTunes. People who are sick of iTunes but love movies may take a try. Here we go.

Well, I have found many iPhone transfer program via Google. By testing some of them, I choose FonePaw DoTrans. It doesn't mean that other programs are useless; I can just tell that FonePaw DoTrans for iOS satisfies me for it can copy MP4 movies to iPad from PC easily and quickly.

1. Download and install FonePaw iOS Transfer on your Windows or Mac based computer.

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2. Connect your iPad or iPhone to computer

After you open the program, connect your iPad or iPhone to the computer. I'm using iPad Air, but the customer support lady from FonePaw tells me that this program also supports all other iPad and iPhone models, such as iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad 2, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus and more.

Connect Your iPad or iPhone

3. Import MP4 from PC to iPad

In the left panel, navigate to "Video", which includes Movies, Home Videos, TV shows, MV, Podcasts, iTunes . Then, click "Add" on the top right of the interface. Browser the MP4 videos and movies on your computer, then select those you want to upload to your device. After clicking "Open", the program will start transferring MP4 to iPad immediately.

Transfer MP4 from PC to iPad

There will come with a pop-up telling you the adding process and when it finishes, you will gain a note "Add 1 video to device successfully!".

Finish Adding Videos


Bonus: I tried to add the videos download from YouTube in FLV format to my iPad Air. This program recognizes the incompatible videos I add and helps to convert them to iPad/iPhone supported formats. Surprise!

Convert Video Format

Have this solved your problem on coping videos from computer to iOS devices? If you know better way to transfer MP4/FLV/AVI/MKV videos to iPad or iPhone, why not share your experience like me? 

Thanks for reading. – By Roy Gallagher

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