How to Transfer a Video From a Mac to an iPhone (4 Steps)

by Paul Kemp
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Apple's iPhone allows users to add and watch videos, including movies and television shows from their own collections, on the phone's display. Before transferring your videos from your Mac to your iPhone, you must add the video files to your iTunes library. Once you have added your videos to iTunes, you can sync them to your iPhone and watch them anywhere.

Step 1

Open iTunes.

Step 2

Open "Finder" in the dock and locate the video file you want to transfer from your Mac to your iPhone.

Step 3

Click and drag the video file from the Finder window to the "Library" column of iTunes and wait for the progress bar atop the iTunes window to complete.

Connect the iPhone to your Mac using the USB cord and wait for it to appear in the "Devices" column of iTunes. Click and drag your video from the "Movies" portion of your library to the icon for your iPhone under "Devices." The movie will be added to your iPhone.


  • There are a number of free video conversion software options available for users who need to convert their video files to be compatible with iTunes and iPhone (see Resources).

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About the Author

Paul Kemp is a writer and former political junkie. He has written copy for university publications and professional organizations. He is currently working on a book and screenplay about his time on the campaign trail during the 2008 election and teaches test prep classes.

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