How to Transfer Video from iPhone to Mac (MacBook Air/Pro, iMac) in 5 Ways

Posted by Lila to iPhone Management | July 7, 2016

How to transfer video from iPhone to MacBook/iMac? This article introduces the top 5 ways to import video from iPhone to Mac (macOS Sierra), helping you backup iPhone videos and free up space on iPhone with ease.

The HD/4K video shots and movies can easily occupy an iPhone, even for 256GB in iPhone 7/6/SE. Running short of storage continues to be a thorny problem for most iPhone users. What springs to your mind first may be deleting videos or photos. But there're better ways to free up your iPhone storage space that don't necessarily involving deleting your precious memories, such as transferring video from iPhone to Mac. In this tutorial, you will learn how to move video from iPhone (iOS 10) to Mac (macOS Sierra) with 5 simply methods. Let's check them one by one below.

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Method 1. How to Transfer Video from iPhone to Mac in the Fastest Way

MacX MediaTrans, an easy-to-use iPhone manager delivers an all-in-one solution to transfer music, photos and videos between iOS devices and computers. This iPhone to Mac video transfer software allows you to import HD/4K videos shot, recordings, clips, movies from iPhone 7/6/SE/6S etc to Mac computer (2016 MacBook, MacBook Pro/Air, or iMac 4K 5K Retina etc) by simply drag and drop. It provides the fastest speed to copy videos from iPhone to Mac (macOS Sierra incl.) with Intel QSV tech support, including purchased DRM videos, or common 4K, HD 1080P/720P videos. If you intend to watch your iPhone videos purchased from iTunes on Mac without Apple ID logins, go straight to transfer them to Mac since the iOS transfer can remove the videos' DRM protections.

In addition to the ability to move iOS 10 iPhone videos to Mac/PC, it also import videos from Mac to iPhone. The best part is, it automactically covnert videos to the perfect formats and sizes for iPhone, so that users can freely add any videos to iPhone directly without worrying about incompatibility issues.

Step 1: Download and launch this iPhone video manager for Mac. It supports macOS Sierra/El Capitan and earlier.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to Mac 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 3: Click on "Video" button on the main interface to enter into iPhone video list. Check the videos you want to transfer from iPhone to Mac.

Step 4: After you select the videos, click "Export". Then the videos will be transferred from iPhone to MacBook/iMac 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.

Method 2. How to Transfer Video from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto

iPhoto also provides an easy way to transfer videos from iPhone to Mac (MacBook Air/Pro, iMac etc). It supports videos transfer from iPhone camera roll to Mac. 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 from iPhone to Mac.

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Method 3: How to Copy Video from iPhone to Mac with Image Capture

Like iPhoto, many built-in apps on Mac can move videos from iPhone to Mac. If you have installed Image Capture, you have a fast and easy way to transfer iPhone video shot to 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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Method 4: How to Import Video from iPhone to Mac with iMovie

This method is often ignored by most users´╝Ü iMovie. While it is well known as a video editing tool, it also features the ability to import videos from iPhone to Mac. With iMovie, you can also transfer videos from iPhone to Mac computer 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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Method 5: How to Move Video from iPhone to Mac with Email

The last method to transfer videos from iPhone to MacBook/iMac is to send the video to your email account and download them to computer. This method applies to videos in small size.

If you don't have a large-size video to transfer from iPhone to Mac, 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.

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