How to Put Movies Onto an iPhone From a Mac

by Joshua Mcgee
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If you've ever had to wait at a doctor's office, DMV or an airplane terminal, you know how incredibly boring it can become. If you own an iPhone, you no longer have to suffer through these boring wait times. Apple makes it simple to add movies from your Mac to your iPhone via iTunes so that you will be able to watch your movies no matter where you are.

Step 1

Make sure the video file is compatible with the iPhone. The iPhone will only play movies that are in the following formats: M4V, MP4 and MOV.

Step 2

Connect your iPhone to the Mac and open iTunes.

Step 3

Select "Add to Library" from the "File" menu in iTunes.

Step 4

Navigate to the desired movie and click "Open." The movie will be added to the Movies library in iTunes.

Step 5

Click your iPhone under "Devices."

Step 6

Click the "Movies" tab within your iPhone syncing options.

Step 7

Click to check the box next to "Sync Movies."

Step 8

Check the box of each movie in the "Movies" section that you want to add to your iPhone.

Click "Apply" to begin syncing your iPhone with iTunes.


  • If the movie you want to import is not in the correct file format, first make sure that you are allowed to add the movie to your iPhone per copyright compliance. Then use a video file converter, many of which you can download from Apple's download site for free, to convert the file to an acceptable format.


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About the Author

Josh McGee graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in English, professional and technical communication, and a minor in marketing. He has worked as a technical writer and illustrator for two large manufacturing companies, ICON Health and Fitness and Cover-Pools Incorporated. He is currently employed full-time for the latter.

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