How to Send Videos from Laptop to iPhone iPad

How to copy a video from your laptop to iPhone? iTunes failed to sync movies to your iPhone and don’t know how? Read this guide to get two ways in minutes.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Aug. 27, 2020
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AnyTrans is a full-way iPhone file transfer. Download it to try it for free, and then read this post to learn how to use it to copy videos and more from laptop to iPhone iPad.

Question: “I want to transfer videos from laptop to my newly bought iPhone, but after trying to use iTunes, can’t sync, what can I do to solve this issue and copy files to my device? “

When we go out for a long trip, we’d like to import some movies/videos to the iPhone or iPad for killing time. iTunes might be the first option that comes to your mind, but you should know that there are some restrictions on it:

  • The previous videos on iPhone will be wiped and instead by the new items.
  • Some iDevice incompatible videos cannot be synced or played on your iPhone or iPad like AVI, WMA, or WKV.
  • The single-way syncing mode will not allow you to transfer videos back to the laptop.

Need a video converter to convert your AVI, WMA, or WKV videos into the format that can be played on your iPhone or iPad devices? FlexClip video converter makes it easy. Simply choose the video files on your laptop, and in a few clicks, you will convert videos into the desired format.

In this guide, we will first show you the typical way of how to copy videos from laptop your iPhone with iTunes, and in the end, we also show you how to do that without iTunes (with an iTunes alternative).

Before we start, we need to claim that this post works for all kinds of iPhones and computers.

  • Supported iPhone: iPhone 5/5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s (Plus), iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR
  • Supported Computer/Laptop: Windows XP/7/8/10, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac

Part 1. How to Transfer Videos from Laptop to iPhone via iTunes

iTunes is the officially recommended tool for Apple users to manage media data. You can also purchase movies and TV series through iTunes. To transfer iTunes purchased videos to iPhone, you just need to sync iTunes videos with your iPhone or directly download the video from iTunes Store on iPhone. Here we will focus more on how to transfer the videos stored on your computer to iPhone with iTunes. Let’s check the detailed steps:

Step 1. Download the latest version of iTunes and open it > Plug in your iPhone.

Step 2. Click the Device tab > Summary > Select Manually manage music and videos in Options > Click on Apply.

Step 3. Click on File > Choose Add to Library… > Select the videos you want to sync.

Step 4. Choose Movies > Select Sync Movies > Click on Apply to put movies on iPhone.

Transfer Videos to iPhone with iTunes

Transfer Videos to iPhone with iTunes

Part 2. How to Transfer Videos from PC to iPhone via AnyTrans

AnyTrans is said to be the most powerful iTunes alternative program that makes syncing data easy and quick. It manages to transfer videos from laptop to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch without erasing data. You won’t need to worry that the videos cannot be added or played on your iDevice for it automatically convert the videos (AVI, WMA, MKV, FLV, etc.) to iPhone supported format.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans, install and run it on the laptop. Connect your iPhone to your computer. Choose Device Manager to manage your iPhone content by category.

Manage iPhone in AnyTrans - Step 1

Manage iPhone in AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. Click Videos > Select Movies/Home Videos/TV Shows or other folders.

Select Movies in AnyTrans - Step 2

Select Movies in AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3. Click “+” at the upper-right menu bar. Select videos and click “Open” to transfer all selected videos from laptop to iPhone.

Add Videos in AnyTrans - Step 3

Add Videos in AnyTrans – Step 3

By using the menu bar just like the screenshot shows at the top-right corner, you can also delete unwanted videos, transfer videos to iTunes, transfer iPhone videos to computer and even to another iOS device.

Also Read: How to Add Ringtones to iPhone >

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Videos from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly

If there is no USB cable available or your iPhone cannot be recognized by your computer, then you can try the AnyTrans app on your iPhone to transfer videos from laptop to iPhone wirelessly.

Before we start, please make sure:

  • Install AnyTrans App on your iPhone.
  • Make sure your iPhone and laptop are connected to the same Wi-Fi, and cellular data would not work in the following steps.

If you have done all mentioned above, here we go to the detailed steps:

Step 1. On your computer: Go to anytrans.io and you will see a QR Code.

How to Transfer Videos from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 1

How to Transfer Videos from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 1

Step 2. On your iPhone: Open AnyTrans app, and tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your computer.

How to Transfer Videos from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 2

How to Transfer Videos from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. Then all your iPhone videos will show up on your computer. Select the videos you want to transfer and click on “Upload” button to transfer videos from computer to iPhone wirelessly.

How to Transfer Videos from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 3

How to Transfer Videos from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 3

Part 3. Transfer Videos from Laptop to iPhone with Cloud Drive

Thanks to the development of cloud technology, now we have more options to store as well as transfer content. To transfer videos from laptop to iPhone, we could also seek help from the cloud drive. Here we will take Dropbox as an example to show you how to do it wirelessly.

Step 1. Open any web browser and navigate to the Dropbox site.

Step 2. Sign to the Dropbox account by entering the login credential. If you don’t have one, create it firstly by clicking on the “Sign up” button.

Step 3. Click on the “Upload Files” in the top right corner of the screen.

Upload Videos from Your Laptop

Upload Videos from Your Laptop

Step 4. A popup will appear for you to choose what you want to add to Dropbox. Select the videos you need and hit the “Open” option to upload to Dropbox. You can also drag and drop the file on the Dropbox web interface to upload videos to Dropbox.

Step 5. Download the Dropbox app on your iPhone and log in with the same account. Now you could check the videos you have uploaded on your iPhone.

The Bottom Line

If you have downloaded AnyTrans and followed all steps above, after transferring, you could find videos on your iPhone Videos app. As you can see, it is very simple to use AnyTrans transfer videos or movies from laptop to iPhone.

AnyTrans also guarantees you 100% Safe & Security. During this process, all the contents on your iPhone will be kept safe, and you won’t lose any data or file.

Welcome any comments about how to transfer iPhone videos without iTunes. If this guide helped you, please share it with the people around you.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.