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How to Transfer Video from Laptop to iPhone?

Alice MJ

Apr 17, 2023 • Filed to: Manage Device Data • Proven solutions

You’re bored enough but can’t get any source to kill your time. Wait! How about your Smartphone? They are your companions in every situation and time. Just open your phone, watch a movie, TV show, and listen to your favorite music.

But it sucks when you’ve less memory in your phone to carry big movies and your favorite musical albums in it. Especially, iPhones are cursed with less memory. Now if you’re having an iPhone you may get my point.

Now, is there any way to cater to this less memory issue. Yes, you can transfer video from laptop to iPhone. And be it a long trip or your off or just enjoy your favorite entertainment source.

In this piece, we’re going to show you methods to transfer or access your media files from your laptop.

Just before starting the article check out the claim on which this post actually works. Here you go,

  • Supported iPhone: iPhone 5/5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s (Plus), iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR
  • Supported Computer/Laptop: Windows XP/7/8/10, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac

Part One: How to Transfer Video from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes.

Transferring data from your iTunes data is considered as the traditional way, but it lets you have any data from your iTunes data backup anytime.

Here you go with the step-guide to do it,

Step 1: First, you’ve to open your iTunes account on your Mac or PC.

Step 2: Then, connect your Apple device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) by using a USB cable to your computer.

Step 3: Click your device in iTunes.


Step 4: Look for the left sidebar and choose the file sharing option from there.

Itunes interface

Step 5: It's time to select an app to check out which files are actually available for sharing in that app on your device. If you are unable to see any file sharing option then it means your device doesn’t have any file- sharing application.

Itunes interface of file sharing

Most probably iTunes might be the first option to strike in your mind but there is some restriction that you should pay attention to,

  • The previous videos on iPhone will be wiped and instead by the new items.
  • Some iDevice incompatible videos cannot be synced or played on your iPhone or iPad like AVI, WMA, or WKV.
  • The single-way syncing mode will not allow you to transfer videos back to the laptop.

Part Two: How to Transfer Video from Laptop to iPhone without iTunes.

Trying out above mentioned methods can be a little complicated to learn and practice. If you’re looking for a more easy but equally powerful way to transfer videos from PC to iPhone, then Dr.Fone- Phone Manager (iOS) which allows you to transfer photos, music, videos, contacts, messages, etc. between your iPhone and computer directly.

Here you go with the step-guide to do it,

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Step 1. To start with, install Dr.Fone on your Mac or Windows PC and launch it. Select the "Phone Manager" module from the home screen to commence the process.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the system using an authentic cable. If you get the “Trust This Computer” prompt, then simply accept it by tapping the “Trust” option.

Step 3. In no time, your iPhone would automatically be detected by the application. Now, instead of choosing any shortcut, go to the Videos tab.

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Step 4. This will display all the videos that are already stored on your devices. They will further be divided into different categories that you can visit from the left panel.

Step 5. To transfer video from PC to iPhone, go to the Import option from the toolbar. From here, you can choose to import a file or an entire folder.

export iPhone videos to pc

Step 6. Just click on either “Add File” or “Add Folder” option to launch a browser window. Simply go to the location where your videos are saved and open them.

transfer videos to iphone on mac

In this way, your selected videos will automatically be moved to your iPhone. That’s it! By following this simple approach, you can learn how to transfer videos from computer to iPhone directly.

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Part Three: How to Transfer Video from Laptop to iPhone using Cloud Sync Tools

iCloud Drive

When it comes to accessing files from the backup storage then iCloud service from Apple is considered the most secure way to do it. No matter what Apple device (Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod) you’re using, keep your documents and media files up to date and use it whenever & wherever you need it.

Here you go with the steps to access iCloud service on different platforms,

  • By using a trusted and supported browser you can always log in your iCloud service from iCloud.com by entering your Apple ID.
  • On your Mac, go to iCloud drive. If you can’t see it on your interface then you can find it using the finder tool.
  • On iOS 11 or iPadOS, you can always access iCloud from the files app.
  • On iOS 9 or iOS 10, you can access them from the iCloud Drive app.
  • On your PC with Windows 7 or later and iCloud for Windows, you can go to iCloud Drive in File Explorer.


If you wish to transfer videos from PC to iPhone over the air, then Dropbox is the best option. IT will allow you to transfer your data wirelessly. The only restriction is you get a limited amount of space. If you are willing to transfer bulk content then it is not a good option.

Follow to below-given steps to do it.

Step 1. Firstly, you’ve to log in to your account by visiting www.dropbox.com.If you don't have an account, then you can also create a new one.

Dropbox log in interface

Step 2. Secondly, you have to create a new folder by clicking the “+” icon. Now a browser window will open where you can upload your videos. You can also drag & drop the videos that you wish to save to dropbox.

Dropbox upload files

Step 3. After following the above-mentioned step now, you need to launch the Dropbox app on your iPhone and visit the same folder that you’d created earlier. If you don’t have the app, then get it from the App Store.

Step 4. Afterward, simply select the video and save it on your device.

Dropbox save files

Comparison between these two methods

iCloud Drive DropBox

Storage capacity: It works with the tier storage system of iCloud and offers four different plans 50GB, 200GB, 1TB and 2TB with the price range of $0.99, $2.99, $10.00 respectively.

But iCloud also offers 5GB of free space for its users.

Storage Capacity: It is a wireless system of transferring files between Mac PC to other Apple device and also offers four different plans

  • Basic- 2GB
  • Pro- 1TB
  • Business- Unlimited
  • Enterprise- Unlimited

However, the basic pack is free for Apple users.

Syncing compatibility: Though it is specially designed for apple services, it can also be used for Windows OS.

  • Mac: Yosemite and higher
  • Windows: Windows 7 and higher

The sad part is syncing doesn’t perform incrementally and throttle sync speeds, which can become an issue while working with large files

Syncing compatibility: Drop-box offers extraordinary service in keeping your file up to date with its syncing facility.

Supported desktop platforms include:

  • Mac: Snow Leopard and higher
  • Windows: Vista and higher
  • Linux distros far and wide

Mobile supported is offered for:

  • iPhone/iPad: iOS 8 and higher
  • Android: OS 4.1 and higher
  • Windows Phone: 8.0 and higher
iCloud storage is not made to share on the internet due to security reasons Dropbox is a very good online collaboration tool. you can share its data with a simple link.
Like Dropbox, iCloud protects your data as it travels between device and data center with a secure TLS/SSL tunnel using 128-bit AES. Dropbox follows the industry standard by protecting in-transit files with TLS/SSL encryption. Files traveling through this secure tunnel are encrypted with 128-bit AES.


Files sharing and accessing the iPhone wasn’t always an easy task. iPhones were designed to be more secure, durable, and efficient. The above-mentioned methods to transfer docs and media files are the best possible ways to practice. If you’re known to iCloud, iTunes, and Dropbox tools then it's more than sharing and transferring the media files. But if you’re not a technical goof and don’t want to waste your time in understanding their concept then you can always use dr.fone to manage your iOS or as well as android devices.

We hope that this article has satisfied your needs and provides you a solution. Don’t forget to share your feedback down below in the comment box.

Alice MJ

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