2 Ways to Transfer Video from Mac to iPhone

By Rico Rodriguez to iPhone Management | Last Updated on Sep 13, 2023

MacBook or iMac Retina definitely gives you a better visual effect on watching videos in terms of bigger and clearer screen display. Yet, when it comes to portability, it seems that iPhone is even preferable. So if you have some awesome videos stored on your Mac and want to copy them from Mac to your iPhone to enjoy whenever you like, you need to know how to transfer video from Mac to iPhone easily and quickly.

Generally, Apple allows you to make it done with iTunes, but new users ofen struggle with it for its complexity and notorious limits like erasing original video on Mac, accepting for iTunes purchased videos only, and asking for computer authorization etc. Anyway, it does help. But there is an alternative to transfer Mac videos to iPhone without such limits. Here we will illustrate how to transfer videos from Mac to iPhone with and without iTunes.

How to Transfer Video from Mac to iPhone without iTunes?

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Solution 1: Transfer Video from Mac to iPhone without iTunes

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Meanwhile, it supports to import videos in whatever formats to iPhone. Even though you transfer MKV to iPhone or AVI to iPhone from Mac, it still supports you to smoothly transfer movies from Mac to iPhone with its built-in Video Convert feature to 1-click convert MKV AVI to iPhone supported formats. That's why this iPhone video transfer app makes sense when you mention transfer any video from Mac to iPhone iOS device.

How to Import Videos from MacBook iMac to iPhone without iTunes

Step 1

Free Download MacX MediaTrans on Your Mac

Free download MacX MediaTrans video transfer on Mac and then launch it. Next, connect your iPhone to your Mac computer with a USB cable.

Note: You'll be noted with a hint to Trust this computer as you plug in your iPhone to computer. Just select "Trust this computer" on iPhone to get an access of your iPhone data.

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Step 2

Import Videos from Mac to iPhone

Click Video icon to get the iPhone video library by categories: Home Video, Video Recorded, Movies, etc. Select Home Video as an example, click Add Video button, and there pops up a window for video importing. Select your target videos and press Done button to import them from Mac to iPhone.

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Step 3

Sync the New Added Videos to Your iPhone

As the videos imported, they will be marked with a New tag, as well as a grey delete icon that allows you to cancel the importing separately.

Some videos may be labeled with "Unsupported format" & "Convert" notices, which means the Mac videos are the iPhone incompatible video formats. But no biggie! You just need to 1-click on "Convert" and then the videos will be automatically converted to iPhone-friendly MP4, MOV, H264 formats. Plus, with smart auto video rotating feature, this iPhone transfer program can auto rotate iPhone video to perfectly fit iPhone screen.

If you're sure these are teh videos to be transferred, click Sync button on the lower right corner to make your videos finally transferred to your iPhone.

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Solution 2: Sync Video from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

Different strokes for different folks. If you are more inclined to use iTunes to transfer MP4 to iPhone or MOV to iPhone camera roll, then read on the following easy-to-catch tutorial.

Step 1: Add Videos to iTunes Library

Launch iTunes (the latest version), and click iTunes Files menu on the right side of the little Apple logo on the top left, choose Add to Library to browse your videos stored on Mac and choose the target ones to add to iTunes Library.

If you can't load movies or videos to iTunes library, check here for effective solutions.

Add videos to iTunes Library

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to Mac

Connect your iPhone to your MacBook or iMac with a USB cable. Click iTunes View menu, and Show Sidebar. Then you can see your iPhone is under DEVICES in the sidebar by default. Click your iPhone. And then on the left side of window, you can see the Movies tab.

Step 3: Sync Videos from Mac to iPhone

Click the Movies tab on the left sidebar. Check the option of Sync Movies, then you can see that the videos you've added to in iTunes Library in #Step1 appearing in the Movies area. Opt the needed ones and click Sync button at the lower right corner to apply it to iPhone.


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