How to Import Videos From an iPhone to a Mac

By Bennett Gavrish

Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • iPhone

  • iPhone USB cable

  • Mac running OS X 10.5 or later

You can connect your iPhone to your computer to transfer video files.
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The Apple iPhone features a rear-facing camera that is capable of capturing high-definition video. Videos that you record with your iPhone can be replayed on the device or transferred to your desktop or laptop computer. Mac owners can use Image Capture, a software program, to import video files from an iPhone to a specific folder on their computer. Image Capture is one of the applications included with the Mac OS X operating system.

Connect your iPhone to your Mac computer using an iPhone USB transfer cable.

Click on the "Finder" icon in the desktop to open a new Finder window.

Navigate to the "Applications" folder in the "Places" list on the left side of the window.

Double-click on the icon labeled "Image Capture." Wait for the program to launch and recognize your iPhone.

Open the "Download To" menu in the pop-up window that appears and choose the location on your Mac's hard drive where you want to store the videos on your iPhone.

Press the "Download All" button to import all the video files from your iPhone onto your Mac computer.