Where Are iPhone Movies Stored?

By Rebecca Mecomber

Third-party iPhone apps can play videos in formats other than MP4.
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More than just a cell phone, MP3 player and portable computer, the iPhone also stores and plays movies you have purchased and rented from the iTunes or recorded on the phone. Although purchased movies come through the iTunes Store app, the iPhone stores movies in a separate app.

Purchased and Rental Movies

As your movie is downloading, you can view its progress in the iTunes app. Tap the icon on the home screen and tap the "More" tab. Tap "Downloads" to view the download progress and estimated time of completion. To view your downloaded and rental movies, tap the "Videos" app on the home screen. Tap the movie to view it.


Videos you have shot through the iPhone's video camera are stored within the phone's Camera Roll. To access these videos, tap the "Photos" icon. Tap "Camera Roll" and scroll down through the images. Videos are indicated by a small video camera icon and a digital time readout showing the video's length.

On Your Computer

When you connect your iPhone to your computer and sync your phone with iTunes, your data is transferred to your account on iTunes. Click your device in iTunes and then click the "Movies" tab to view movies you have purchased or rented. To import movies from your iPhone to your computer, click "Computer" on your Windows tiled desktop or double-click the icon in the File Explorer folder. Right-click your iPhone in the list under Portable Devices and select "Import pictures and videos" from the menu.

Product Compatibility

The information in this article pertains to iOS 6.1.2. Information for other software versions may vary.