Transfer Video from Mac to iPhone/ iPad using iTunes, Airdrop, VLC

Here I discussed mostly all possible ways to Transfer Video from Mac to iPhone, iPad running on any iOS versions (iOS 10, iOS 9). On some accidental conditions we can try any of the below. Different methods required own prerequisite conditions like USB connection between PC or iPhone/ iPad, Same Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Any of the parameter doesn’t work then use next alternate option.

Steps for Transfer Video from Mac to iPhone, iPad using iTunes, Airdrop, VLC

Transfer Video from Mac to iPhone using iTunes Airdrop or VLC or WALTR

Using Airdrop

Airdrop is most easy way to move/ Copy or Share Video files between all the Apple Devices (iPhone/ iPad/ iPod touch). But Airdrop required Bluetooth and Same WiFi network on the both devices from where you want to transfer. Any single condition doesn’t match then Airdrop will not work. So leave this step and go for the next one.

On Mac: Go to the Video. Right click on Video and Click on “Share > AirDrop”.

Use AirDrop on Mac for Transfer Video to iPhone

On iPhone/ iPad: Turn on Airdrop from iOS control center and Allow airdrop access permission to everyone.

Turn on Airdrop on iPhone iPad control center


Using iTunes

iTunes required physical connection between iOS to Mac. Open iTunes on Mac > Drag Video file Under Movie > Find Home Video from Side pane.

Home videos in iTunes

Next connect iPhone to Mac via lightning cable and Go to Movies under iPhone Settings from side pane > Enable Check Box (Sync movies) > Click on Sync button.

Sync Movies from iTunes to your iPhone and iPad

It’s very fast process compare to over the Air (AirDrop, VLC or WALTR)

Read Full Step by Step guide over here: Move Video to PC/ MAC using VLC or iTunes


VLC and WALTR both are free third-party apps available for iOS and Mac/ Windows PC. No Cable, then Try these techniques. Keep installed app on both. You may be experience little bit slow process for big size video it’s hence that whole transfer process done over the air/ WiFi.

For VLC: Open App on iPhone/ iPad > Go to App settings > Turn on Sharing via WiFi. Open same URL in MAC browser and Upload video there.

Turn on VLC web on PC from iOS

Hopefully i covered most probable ways to Transfer Video from Mac to iPhone/ iPad.

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