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How to Transfer Videos from Computer to iPhone

author Emily Watson
date Monday, March 23, 2020

Watching a movie with iPhone XR/XS/X or iPhone 8/7/7 Plus during a long journey sounds good. Many people want to transfer movies, TV Shows, and other videos from PC/Mac to iPhone and enjoy these videos without the limitation of time and place. Now, the question is how to transfer videos from PC to iPhone 5/6/7/8/X/XR/XS.

This article will provide you three ways to copy a video to iPhone. Firstly, you can send a video from computer to iPhone via email. Or you can transfer movies and TV shows from computer to iPhone with FonePaw DoTrans (opens new window). And the third option would be transferring videos from PC to iPhone with iTunes.

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Importing Videos from iPhone to Computer

Solution 1: Send Videos from Computer to iPhone

iPhone cannot work as a portable storage device for you to import videos or photos into iPhone/iPad directly. If you only need to put one or several videos from computer to iPhone, send them via an emails is a good option. Some email providers, for example, iCloud Mail allows you to attachments up to 5 GB.

After sending the videos on computer, you can then pick up your iPhone and download the videos on your iPhone.

Solution 2: Transfer Videos from PC to iPhone Camera Roll without iTunes

You can connect your iPhone and computer and sync videos to iPhone through iTunes. But it would be annoying if iTunes keeps popping up message which says that the old videos which come from other iTunes library will be deleted first.

So what can be a good solution on how to transfer video to iPhone? FonePaw DoTrans (opens new window) is much simple and convenient. There is no size limitation and you can transfer new videos from computer to iPhone without deleting the old ones. This lets you have another option to transfer videos/movies from computer to iPhone except using iTunes. Also, you don't need any file format converter, it will automatically convert the incompatible video files to the formats such as MP4, M4V and MOV files which are compatible with your iPhone.

Before you can move videos from PC/Mac to iPhone, you should download the trial version of FonePaw DoTrans and the following steps would show you the way to transfer videos from computer to iPhone.

1. Connect iPhone to your computer

Run FonePaw DoTrans on your computer and connect iPhone to computer via the USB cable. The software will quickly recognize your iPhone.

Run DoTrans and Connect iPhone via Cable

2. Transfer videos from computer to iPhone

Click "Video" in the left sidebar and then you can see the directories: Movies, Podcasts, TV Shows, Music Videos, iTunes U, etc. on top of the window. Select "Movies". If your Movie Library is empty, the software will offer an "Add Items" button in the middle of the window to help you add video files from computer. Or you can click "Add > Add File/Add Folder" to add videos from PC to iPhone.

Transfer videos from computer to iPhone

When all videos are added to iPhone, you can open the "TV" app on your iPhone to watch them.

Get Transferred Video In iPhone

FonePaw DoTrans makes the video transfer easy to be done. Only several simple steps, you can transfer videos from computer to iPhone in no time. Besides, as some people are also confused about the phone to PC transfer, for example, import videos from iPhone to computer. And you should know that iTunes has not enabled its feature to transfer videos from iPhone to iTunes or computer. So DoTrans can help with the problem. If you want to learn more details about how to save video from iPhone to computer, you can refer to this guide: How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Computer (opens new window).

Solution 3: Get videos from Computer to iPhone with iTunes

iTunes can move videos from computer to iPhone. If it is totally OK for you to get the old videos deleted, you can try to sync videos from computer to iPhone with iTunes.

Step 1. Add videos in computer to iTunes

Start iTunes on your computer. Then, click "File" in the top left corner of the screen and in the drop-down list. Choose either "Add File to Library" (adding one video to iTunes) or "Add Folder to Library" (adding all videos in one folder to iTunes) to add videos to iTunes.

Add Videos to iTunes Library

Step 2. Prepare to import video to iPhone

Connect your iPhone with PC via the USB cable, click on cell phone icon appearing beside Content Menu to enter your iPhone.

Connect iPhone

Step 3. Put video from iTunes to iPhone

Click "Movies" under "Settings" on the left sidebar and tick "Sync Movies" appearing on the main window. Select what you want from videos listed below "Movies" or you can also tick the checkbox "Automatically include movies" to allow iTunes to select videos for you, either selecting all movies or most recent watched/unwatched videos. After choosing the right videos, click "Apply" underneath the window, iTunes will then start transferring videos that you want to your iPhone.

Sync Videos to iPhone

Solution 4: Why Can't I Add Videos to iPhone from PC?

We noticed that many users have a common problem:

"I sent my video on the iPhone to my PC. But when I tried to transfer the video back, it doesn't work."

Well, there is one thing that we should be noticed: copying or moving from iPhone to computer is a one-way transmission. It would not work the other way around. To copy videos to iPhone from PC, you can try FonePaw DoTrans, iTunes or the next method that we are going to introduce: Dropbox.

Solution 5: Get Videos from PC to iPhone without Cable

Sometimes when you need to transfer videos from computer to iPhone but your USB cable is not at hand, then what should you do? Dropbox would be a good alternative for you to transfer videos wirelessly.

Step 1. Go to

Create a new account. If you already have the dropbox account, just sign in with it.

Sign up Dropbox

Step 2. Upload files

Click the "+" icon and create a new folder > Upload files. Upload your videos in the browser window.

Upload Files

Step 3. Save the videos

On your iPhone, open the Dropbox app and download the videos you've uploaded.

Save Videos in Dropbox

Above is the whole guide to transfer videos from PC/Mac to iPhone. If you have any problem when following the steps, please leave us a message on the comment box below!

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