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

Posted by Lila to iPhone Management | Last Updated on July 10, 2017

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 11) to Mac (macOS High Sierra) with 5 simply methods. Let's check them one by one below.

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# 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, videos, iTunes purchases, ringtones, eBooks, etc. between iOS devices and computers. To be specific, it can:

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

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.

# How to Transfer Video from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto

In addition to the function to copy photos from iPhone to Mac, 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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# 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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# How to Import Video from iPhone to Mac with 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 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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# How to Move Video from iPhone to Mac with 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 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 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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Comparison on the 5 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

10MB limits stands, based on different email services


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.

Easy and convenient;
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

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