How to Transfer Video from iPhone to Mac (MacBook Air/Pro, iMac) in 6 Ways

By Alice Yang to iPhone Management | Last Updated on September 22, 2020

How to transfer video from iPhone to MacBook/iMac? This article introduces the top 6 ways to import large 4K/HD videos from iPhone to your Mac computer for free storage saving, backup, posting online, editing or other uses.

Video shots and movies, especially 4K UHD content, can easily occupy an iPhone, even 512GB iPhones. A minute of 4K video at 60fps is approximately 400MB, and the average size of a 4K movie is about 100GB. Running short of storage continues to be a thorny problem for iPhone users particularly for those with less memory. There are also times you want to make a copy of your memories on bigger Mac screen, upgrade iPhone to iOS 14 or new iPhone 12, and free up space, etc. Rather than deleting your videos to free up iPhone storage space or run into iTunes errors when syncing your videos to your computer for backup purpose or better viewing experience, why not follow the 6 methods below and transfer your video from iPhone to Mac! Let's check them one by one below.

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Follow guide below to use MacX MediaTrans to easily and quickly transfer iPhone videos, slow-mo, time-lapse recordings, movies, TV shows, music videos, etc. to Mac without iTunes syncing.

Download and launch this iPhone manager for Mac. It supports iPhone 12 and earlier running iOS 14/13, as well as macOS 11 Big Sur and earlier.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable and then disable iTunes Auto Sync by following the instructions on the prompted window.

Note: Turning off iTunes sync is optional, but we strongly suggest you to do it in order to keep your iPhone data from getting erased.

Step 2: Click on the "Video" button on the main interface to open the Video window.

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Step 3: On the left side of the Video window, you should see all the video content on your iPhone, covering Video Recorded, TV Shows, Movies, Music Video, etc. Click the type of video, and select video files you want to transfer from iPhone to Mac from the list.

Step 4: Click the "Export" button at the top menu bar. Then the videos will be transferred from iDevice to your Mac computer in a flash.

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After you transfer the 4K/HD videos from iPhone to Mac, you may add new contents to mobiles by click Add Video button. When you import videos to iPhone from Mac computer, this software will automatically convert incomptible files into iPhone supported formats, resolutions, sizes and orientation.

#2 iPhoto

In addition to the function to copy iPhone photos to Mac, iPhoto also provides an easy way to transfer videos from iDevice to Mac (MacBook Air/Pro, iMac etc). It is a built-in app, so that no extra software is required. Besides, iPhoto supports most common video file formats.

1. Connect iPhone to Mac computer via USB cable.
2. Open "iPhoto" and find your iPhone under Devices.
3. Now you can see the photos and videos on your iPhone. Click "Import Photos" to transfer all videos, or click "Import Selected" to transfer the selected videos from iPhone to Mac.
4. Switch to "Last Import" and click "Edit". Select All and click Edit.
5. Now click "Copy" and copy all the videos imported from iPhone. Go "Finder" and click "Edit".
6. Simply press "Paste" and videos are imported to Mac.

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#3 Image Capture

Like iPhoto, many built-in apps on Mac can move videos from iOS devices to Mac without iTunes. If you have installed Image Capture, you have a fast and easy way to transfer iPhone video shot to your macOS computer.

1. Connect iPhone to Mac via USB cable and launch Image Capture. Now you can see a list of the photos and videos in your iPhone camera roll.

2. Select the videos you'd like to move to Mac and then click "Import". You can transfer multiple videos with Command key. To import all videos from iPhone to Mac, simply click "Import All" button.

3. Now a window will pop up specifying the folder on Mac to save the iPhone videos. You can select the destination. Then click "Import“ and the selected videos will be transferred.

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#4 iMovie

This method is often ignored by most users: iMovie. While it is well known as a video editing tool, it also features the ability toimport videos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes. With iMovie, you can achieve this in a few clicks.

1. Connect iPhone to Mac computer via cable. Open iMovie app on Mac.
2. Click "File" and select "Import from Camera". Then your iPhone will be detected.
3. Select the videos you'd like to import to Mac from the list.
4. Click "File" and then "New Project". Drag and drop the videos and click "Share".
5. Click "Export Movies" and the videos will be moved from iPhone to Mac now.

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#5 Email

The last method is to send the video to your email account and download them to computer. This method applies to videos in small size. If you want to transfer a movie from iPhone iPad to Mac, or 4k videos from iPhone to Mac this way, it will take a lot of time.

If you don't have a large-size video on iPhone to transfer to Mac without cable, sending an short video message via Apple Email app is also a way to go. This is the easiest way to import videos from iPhone to Mac. The biggest problem using email has strict size limit, which HD videos can easily cross. In other words, this method is not suitable for HD/4K video transfer. Besides, some Email apps may have requirements on the file format.

Max video file size you can send via email

Gmail: 25MB
Outlook: 20M
Yahoo Mail: 20MB
AOL Mail: 25MB
20MB = a 2 min 40s MP4 1280x720p footage (overall bit rate 1043 kb/s)

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#6 AirDrop

Apple's AirDrop offers a faster and easier way to copy iPhone video files to Mac wirelessly without cable than sharing via email. And large 4K UHD videos or longer videos can be sent too. Use steps below to give it a shot.

1. Find where the video you'd like to share to Mac locate, and open it. You can tap Select and choose multiple video files on iPhone to transfer.
2. Tap the Share icon. After a few seconds, you should see the Mac computer icon, just tap on that icon.
3. The transferred video from iPhone will download to the Downloads folder.

Tips: before you AirDrop videos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly, make sure the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled. Your Mac is required to use OS X Yosemite or later, and iPhone iOS 7 or later. Sometimes, AirDrop not working on iOS 14/13/12/11/10 issue is quite annoying.

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Comparison on the 6 Methods to Transfer Video from iPhone to Mac

Surely you can try all the ways above, but if you want to have a quick choice, you may check the table below. To help you decide which method suits you best, below is a comparison on the most concerned factors when users searching for the best way to import video from iPhone to MacBook Pro/Air/mini...

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Image Capture




Transfer speed

Fast, instant speed for video syncing

Slow in many cases



Slow, heavily depends on the internet


Supported Video Size

No limit

No limit

No limit

No limit

20-25MB limits stands

No limit


4K, HD, SD

4K, HD, SD

4K, HD, SD

4K, HD, SD


4K, HD, SD


Drag and drop click;
Fast for massive or UHD videos;
Support any video format; Support iTunes DRM files.

Easy and convenient.

Easy and convenient.

Convenient videos sharing.

Send to any computer.



Not free

Slow in many cases;
Video format limits;
It's discontinued.

Video format limits

Complicated; Video format limits (mp4, mov, mpeg2, avchd, dv&hdv)

Size limits;
speed variables

Require Wi-Fi
Failed to work occasionally

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