How to Transfer Video From Your iPhone to a Flashdrive

by Laurel Storm
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The Internet isn't the answer to everything, especially when it comes to transferring large files such as videos. If all you need is get one small video off your iPhone, you might as well email it to its intended recipient or, failing that, to yourself. If you have a number of videos of varying sizes, though, copying them to a flash drive through your computer will be faster and more efficient by far.

Step 1

Connect your flash drive to your computer. If you have iTunes open, close it before proceeding. If your iPhone is protected with a passcode lock, switch the screen on and enter the passcode before proceeding.

Step 2

Hold "Shift" and connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable. Holding "Shift" forces Windows to display the AutoPlay prompt regardless of your AutoPlay settings.

Step 3

Click "Open Device to View Files." This opens a File Explorer window displaying all photos and videos on your iPhone.

Step 4

Select the video files you want to transfer to your iPhone. If you want to leave a copy of the videos on the iPhone, press "Ctrl-C" to copy them; if you want to delete the files from the iPhone and transfer them to the flash drive, press "Ctrl-X" to delete them.

Step 5

Navigate to the flash drive using File Explorer and then press "Ctrl-V" to paste them into the folder.

Wait for the file transfer process to complete and then disconnect both your iPhone and the flash drive from your computer.


  • Information in this article applies to Windows 8 and iPhones running iOS 6.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.


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About the Author

Laurel Storm has been writing since 2001, and helping people with technology for far longer than that. Some of her articles have been published in "Messaggero dei Ragazzi", an Italian magazine for teenagers. She holds a Master of Arts in writing for television and new media from the University of Turin.

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