How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to PC/Mac

Can’t find an effective way on how to get video from iPhone to computer or how to transfer videos from iPhone to computer? This guide offers 3 methods to help you transfer videos from iPhone to PC or Mac with ease.

Roger Smith Posted on: Jan. 02, 2018, Last Updated: Oct. 31, 2019

In general, you have two kinds of videos saved on your iPhone: one is imported by iTunes and the other is shot by your iPhone camera. If your iOS device is running out of space, you can copy the videos to your computer or an external hard drive to reclaim more storage space.

How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to PC

How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to PC

In this guide, we are going to share you the ways to transfer videos, photo videos/recordings from your iPhone to your PC/Mac computer. This guide covers almost all possible ways that are available to copy videos to computer. You can go through all these methods firstly, and then choose the one you prefer to do the task.

Part 1. How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to PC/Mac

All methods shared in this part can be used to copy videos from iPhone to PC as well as to Mac computer.

Method 1. How to Get Videos from iPhone to Computer Using iCloud Photos

With Apple’s iCloud Photos feature, you can access your videos and photos from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, on iCloud.com, and your PC. If you have enabled this feature on your iOS device, the photos and videos will be automatically added to iCloud Photos. Now, let’s check the steps to import videos from your iPhone to your PC or Mac computer.

Step 1. Set up iCloud on both your iOS device and computer and signed in with the same iCloud account.

Step 2. Connect your device to a stable Wi-Fi network.

Step 3. Turn on iCloud Photos on your devices:

On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud. Click the Options button next to Photos, then select iCloud Photos.

On your PC, download iCloud for Windows and follow the steps to set up iCloud Photos on your PC > Tap Done, and then click Apply. You can go to This PCiCloud Photos > Downloads to access all the new photos from videos from your iPhone.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, then turn on iCloud Photos.

Turn on iCloud Photos on iPhone

Turn on iCloud Photos on iPhone

Now, all the photos and videos on your iPhone can be viewed on your Mac or PC computer. If you’ve synced photos to your iOS device from iTunes before you turn on iCloud Photos feature, then you’ll get a message “Photos and Videos Synced from iTunes will be Removed.” In this case, the photos and videos that you synced from your computer will be deleted from your device.

Method 2. Import Videos from iPhone to Computer Using AnyTrans

If you get a new computer and rebuild the iTunes library, then you will find no way to transfer these videos back to computer unless you find a dedicated iPhone Transfer software like AnyTrans for iOS. No matter it is the video you synced from iTunes or video you take with your iPhone camera, AnyTrans for iOS will help you get the best way on how to get video from iPhone to computer.

AnyTrans – iPhone Videos Transfer

  • Transfer at a fast speed, saving much of your precious time.
  • Transfer all videos like movies, videos, photo videos, etc.
  • No harm to videos and will be kept in original resolution.
  • Work well with all iPhone models as well as OS systems.

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & SafeOption 1. How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Computer Selectively

Step 1: Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer and run it > Connect your iOS device to the computer via a USB cable > Click on “Device Manager” mode, and then choose the “Videos” option.

How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Computer – Step 1

How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Computer – Step 1

Step 2: Choose the category stores the videos you want to move > Select the videos you need > Click on “To Computer” button at the top-right corner to start transferring.

How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Computer – Step 2

How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Computer – Step 2

If you would like to move all the videos on your iPhone to the computer at once, just follow the step below to make it. Step 1 is the same as above. Then, check the “Select All” button > Click on the “To Computer” button to start transferring iPhone videos to your computer.

How to Transfer All Videos from iPhone to Computer at Once

How to Transfer All Videos from iPhone to Computer at Once

Here we have prepared a video to demonstrate how to transfer your iPhone videos to the computer with AnyTrans. Watch this video and follow the detailed steps below to have a try.

Part 2. Upload Videos from iPhone to PC

Similar to transferring photos from iPhone to computer, you can do the same with video recordings. Here we will share you some possible ways to copy iPhone videos to your Windows PC (Windows 10/9/8/7).

Method 1. Import Videos from iPhone to Windows 7 Using AutoPlay

The AutoPlay feature in Windows 7 allows users to import pictures and videos from smartphones to PC.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC and AutoPlay will show up automatically.

Step 2: In the AutoPlay window, click on the Import pictures and videos.

Transfer Videos from iPhone to PC with AutoPlay

Transfer Videos from iPhone to PC with AutoPlay

Step 3: In the Import Settings, choose or create a folder to save the videos you’d like to transfer.

Step 4: Select the videos you want to import. Then click Import to begin transferring videos from your iPhone to PC.

Method 2. Import Videos to PC with Windows 10 Photos App

Windows 10 Photos app makes it quite easy to import photos and videos from your phone to your computer. Here are the detailed steps on how you can upload photos from an iOS device to Windows 10 computer.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone iPad or iPod touch to the Windows PC via a USB cable.

Step 2: In the search box on the taskbar, type photos and click on the Photos app.

Import Videos with Windows Photos App

Import Videos with Windows Photos App

Step 3: Select Import and follow the instructions to import From a folder or From a USB device.
Step 4: Select the photos and videos you want to transfer, then click Import Selected.

Method 3. Import Videos to PC with Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer in Windows 7 is now called File Explorer in Windows 10. With the Windows Explorer, you can view and extract the photos, videos, music, and documents from your device.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to PC with a USB cable.

Step 2: Open This PC and find your iPhone. Right-click your device name and then choose Import pictures and videos.

For Windows 10 users: Click Start > File Explorer > This PC. You should see the camera appear under Devices. Right-click it, then click Import pictures and videos.

Copy Videos from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer - Step 2

Image Credit: Microsoft Community
Copy Videos from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer – Step 2

Step 3: Choose Review, organize, and group items to import, then tap on Next to continue.

Step 4: Check the videos you want to copy to your PC and click Import to start transferring the selected videos.

Copy Videos from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer - Step 4

Image Credit: Microsoft Community
Copy Videos from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer – Step 4

Actually, for Windows users, you can also upload videos by going to This PC > [your iPhone name] > Internal Storage > DCIM > 100APPLE  > Copy the videos from your iPhone, and then paste to your PC.

Part 3. How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Mac

To upload videos to your Mac, you also have many options to complete the job. In the following part, we have collected the two common ways to import iPhone videos to your Mac computer.

Method 1. Get Videos off iPhone with Mac Photos App

On a Mac computer, you can use the built-in iPhoto or Photos (Mac OS X 10.10.3 or later) app to import iPhone recordings (Videos taken by camera). Here we will show you how to transfer videos from iPhone to Mac computer with Photos app.

Step 1: Open Photos app on your Mac. Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable.

Step 2: Click Import > Find and select photo videos you want to import.

Step 3: Click the Import Selected option to begin the process.

Import iPhone Videos with Mac Photos App

Import iPhone Videos with Mac Photos App

Method 2. Import Videos to Mac Using AirDrop

AirDrop is a nice function that Apple Designed for iOS users to share files like photos, videos, etc. between Apple devices. Follow the steps below to do it.

Step 1: Turn on AirDrop on your Mac.

  • Go to Finder > Go > AirDrop.
  • Turn on Bluetooth and WiFi to enable the AirDrop feature on your Mac.
  • Set the option Allow to be discovered by as Everyone.

Step 2: Turn on AirDrop on your iPhone iPad iPod touch.

  • Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to launch the Control Center.
  • Tap on AirDrop and set your iPhone to be discovered by Everyone.

Step 3: Share videos from iPhone to Mac.

  • Open Photos on your iPhone and select the videos you want to share to your Mac.
  • Open the AirDrop section on your Mac to receive the videos from your iPhone.
  • Click the Share button and click the name of your Mac in the AirDrop section to transfer videos to your Mac.
Import Videos to Mac Using AirDrop

Import Videos to Mac Using AirDrop

Part 4. How to Transfer Videos from Computer to iPhone

One of the most frequently asked questions in our users’ feedback is how they can transfer videos back to their iOS devices. So here we would like to give you a simple introduction on how to transfer videos from PC or Mac computer to iPhone iPad iPod touch. To download videos from computer to iPhone, you can take advantage of iTunes and the cloud service like Dropbox.

Actually, we also specifically wrote an article about this topic, you can refer to this guide to get more details: How to Send Videos from computer to iPhone iPad >

The Bottom Line

If you found this article about how to transfer iPhone videos to computer beneficial, please don’t forget to share it with more people. Any problems in transferring videos from iPhone to computer, welcome to leave them in the Comments Section below.

Actually, AnyTrans for iOS also allows you to transfer videos from iPhone to iPhone/iPad, and other types of files like music, apps, contacts, messages, notes, books, ringtones, etc. Besides videos, it also supports transfer photos from iPhone to computer, to iTunes and the contrary way. Taking a tour with AnyTrans for iOS now >

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.