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How to Transfer Videos from PC to iPhone (and iPhone to Windows!)

How to Transfer Videos from PC to iPhone (and iPhone to Windows!)

– Are you wondering how to transfer videos from your PC to an iPhone
or how to transfer videos back to your Windows PC from an iPhone? On this video, we’re gonna run through a few quick and easy ways to do both. (joyful melody) – Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video where we help you amplify your business and brand with video. If you’re new here, make sure you click that subscribe button and all the links to everything
I mention in this video you can find linked in
the description box below. So let’s jump into it. Now whether you have shot
your videos on your iPhone or iPad and you want
to edit them on your PC or you’ve got the footage
saved from your camera on your Windows computer, but you wanna edit them on your iPhone, the process to actually
import or transfer the files between your PC and your iPhone or iPad is unfortunately not as
seamless as you might hope. The good news is that there are actually a few easy ways to do it. So in this video we’re gonna
run through the options that I’d recommend
that’ll have you covered no matter what your circumstances. Just a heads up that there are actually a couple of different options that we’re gonna cover off here and you might find that one of them works particularly well with your workflow, so I definitely suggest
sticking around to see all the different options available before you jump off
and put it into action. Okay, so we’re gonna start off with getting your files off
your phone or your iPad and onto your computer. So the first wat we’re gonna
look at is using the cable that came with your phone. So you wanna plug your phone
using the lightning cable into a USB port on your computer. Now, it may pop up straight away saying that you need to trust
or authorize the device, so make sure that you accept that, then all you need to do is
open up a Explorer window and come over to this PC, and then you can open
up there Apple iPhone. So double click on that. Internal storage. DCIM, 100 Apple. And here are all your photos
and video files on the phone. So, to get them off, all you need to do is select the ones that you want and you can just drag them
into the folder that you want or drag them somewhere like your desktop and they’ll start to copy off. So really straightforward. If you don’t have your cable with you or you wanna transfer them off using wifi, then if you go to the app store and install the VLC for mobile app. With that app installed, you just wanna open up then the photos app and hit select and pick
the photos or the videos that you wanna transfer to your computer. So just tap on the ones that you want. Let’s press these five. Then we’ll go share
down in the bottom left, and here you wanna pick save to files. Go through and prepare your
files to copy them over, and then you’ll just
wanna pick the VLC folder and choose add. That shouldn’t take long at all ’cause it’s just copying
the filed internally into that VLC app. So now when we go back to the VLC app, you can see that we’ve got these files here in it ready to go. So now that you’ve got
your files in there, you do wanna turn on one more setting so that we access those from the computer. So let’s go back up to that marker cone there in top left hand corner and make sure that sharing
via wifi is selected. You’ll see that it’s
got a web address there., that might be different depending on your actual network setup. What you wanna do is
type out that web address into your desktop computer. Now both your computer and your phone will need to be on the same network, but they don’t necessarily
need to be connected via wifi. So your computer, if it doesn’t have wifi, this is still gonna
work as long as the two are connected to the same network. So if I open up my web browser, I will then type in that address, and that’ll open up that app
on our phone as a website, but we can directly
interact with our phone. You see we’ve got the option here to download those files that are in there. So then it’s just a matter of picking the files that we want. So this one here, it’ll start to play but we can pause it. Let me just right click
and choose save video as, and we can choose where
we want to save it to, so maybe here just under downloads, hit save, and that’s
gonna happen pretty quick because it’s not going over the internet, it’s just talking direct to your phone So if we open up Downloads now, there’s the file there. So that’s how easy it is to get your files and photos and things
off your iPad or iPhone and onto your Windows computer. Now to get the files back the other way, the process is pretty similar, but depending on the app that
you wanna use these files in, the process can be a little bit different. So the first method I’m gonna
show you is using iTunes. Now for this method, you will need to have your
phone connected to your computer again, with the USB to lightning cable that came with the phone. So once you’ve plugged in
your phone, open up iTunes. Now you may need to grant access or give permission to your phone again to allow it to connect. And what you wanna do is click this little picture of a phone here. Then you wanna come down to file sharing and you can see here that we’ve got a heap of different apps. DJI Go, iMovie, Fronto,
all of these apps here will have something to
do with video or photo and editing and playback. So these apps here you can actually directly import the files straight to those apps for use in it. So all we need to do is either
pick the app that you want, so for us, we’ll just pick iMovie. So you can either then drag and drop your files into this window or you can click add file here. But our files are right
here on the desktop, so let’s just grab these files here and drag them over to this area. You can see when we let go, the files start copying
over automatically. So this will work with any
audio files, video files, or any photos or anything
that you want to use in your iMovie app. So once the files are on the actual phone, we’ll jump back over to the phone, open up iMovie, and then down
in the bottom left hand corner you’ll see this download or import button, so press on that. Then select iTunes down in the bottom, and we’ve got the import five files. So when we press that, it’s going to bring those five files in that we just imported from the computer and drop them into a new iMovie project. And you can see that it’s
even created a timeline there with all of those clips ready to go in it. So that’s how you can import your files directly into an individual app. So the same would apply
if you want your files in Lumafusion to edit your videos in that. So now if you wanna transfer your files back to your phone over
the network or over wifi, then the process is
almost exactly the same that we ran through earlier using VLC. So make sure you’ve got the VLC
app installed on your phone, open up VLC, click the little cone in the top left hand corner, and make sure that sharing
via wifi is enabled. Then over on your computer, you wanna open up your web browser and type in that same number. And then to send your
files over to the phone, you can just drag and drop
them into the window here, or you can come up here to the plus button to pick them manually. So we’ve got them here on the desktop, let’s just select these files and drag them onto the window here. You can see that they are
transferring over wirelessly. Again, your computer
and your phone will need to be connected to the same network. So now, back on the
phone inside the VLC app, we can see that we’ve
got those files there that are now on our phone, but they’re still inside the VLC app. So in order to use them in any other app, we need to save them out. So if you press edit in
the top right hand corner, select all the files
that you wanna use there, you can just press select all at the top, and then down in the
bottom left hand corner, you can see the share
button or the export button. So if we press on that, then we either get to choose to drop them directly into the apps
that we wanna use them in, like you’ve got there copy to LumaFusion, copy to iMovie, and then
they’ll be able to be accessed inside of those apps. Or if you just want them
into the photos app, then you can just press save five videos, ’cause we’ve got five videos selected, which is in the bottom left hand corner. Then just hit okay to give VLC permission to copy the files into
your photos and it’s done. The third option is to use
a cloud based platform. Could be iCloud, it could be Google Drive, it could be Dropbox, but the idea is that you share your files
out to one of those platforms and upload your files to the cloud, and then on your phone or your iPad, you open up that app for that service and you download those
files back to your device. The biggest downside
with this method, though, is obviously your internet bandwidth. If you’re gonna be moving
large files up to the cloud and then downloading
them back to your device, it could take a really long time. So depending on your workflow, type of videos you’re creating, and how you’re actually
shooting your videos, this might be the method for you. Okay, so those are my top recommended ways for transferring your files
between your iPhone and your PC. Now if you are looking to
edit your videos faster, then check out the video
linked on screen now with our entire video editing process, step by step, to help you edit
in the most efficient way. And if you’re interested in editing videos on your IOS device, then check out the other video where we cover off our
top recommended apps. I’ll see you soon.

100 thoughts on “How to Transfer Videos from PC to iPhone (and iPhone to Windows!)”

  1. ooo yeah u forgot to tell that imovie not suporting vertical vids… a pretty big thing to not mention….

  2. DUDE! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm starting a YouTube career and have been editing vids on my phone, and had NO idea how to transport OBS files to my phone. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  3. Well if you want something easier, you can just get google photos on your phone and make sure it shows up there. Then check on the pc's google photos and it should be there.

  4. Ok the only question I have is do you need a specific cable to do the first one to get stuff from your phone to your laptop? Please reply!

  5. when i try to put my video into premiere pro it keeps saying that the file has no video or audio? why is that? HELP! lol

  6. I have an Iphone Xs and I plugged it into my USB port with the cable and opened my file explorer. It didn't find the iphone device. Any help would be appreciated. Thankks a lot.

  7. Here, I have a windows computer (hp) logo.

    Plug your CHARGER into the computer usb. Then there will be a screen that pops up. “Apple IPhone “

    Click it. A screen will pop up.

    Go down and click the photo and videos import.

    Then look at your phone and your phone will something like

    “Allow this device to have ( or whatever) your videos and pictures. Click accept for yes idk

    Then there you go. You have your photos and videos.

    It sounds complicating but it really isn’t

    Your welcome

  8. LIFE SAVER REAL HERO . I was searching for an hours how to transfer 2 videos of mine. Thank you so much brother

  9. or just use mega. if u use the same account u can upload stuff from your phone to mega then go to mega on your laptop/computer the download it from there.

  10. I did the same steps but the VLC app doesn’t say Save Video for me and I’m trying so hard to save it in iCloud and stuff like that it it still doesn’t work please help me 🙁

  11. 2 thumbs up for this tutorial and it’s absolutely true and easy! In fact, i am using it now every time i transfer files from pc to iphone and vice versa!!’ Well done!

  12. I cant put any videos/pictures to my iphone from desktop but i can put my pictues/videos to desktop… any help??

  13. If your iPad is having issues then is it safe to import videos to your computer or the other way around?


  14. all my photos and videos are there showing on my laptop apart from the one I want , the one that's the largest file and 30 mins long. Its nowhere to be found !? Ive tried icloud transfer download. Ive tried uploading straight from my phone to youtube. Nothing works ! any help?

  15. I did step by step but my share button never highlighted in order for me to transfer my videos.. any advice?

  16. Hey I tried using the cable to transfer slow motion videos onto my computer the first step you showed. I can transfer the video into my computer but the video is no more slomo . The video lags. Any help?

  17. Heey –   u seem to know what u re talking about   —   can u plz help me .  i got a 32 min long video on my iphone that i want to send to my pc to put on youtube  — when i Connect iphone to pc —   all videos on iphone is showing but not this one —   is it too long ?? i can play it on iphone    but it dont show up in the 100 file ?????   pls

  18. Jeez…I edited my video on iMovie on the Mac, posted it on TransferBigFiles, couldn't download it directly to iPhone from there so I had to find your video, connect iTunes, open the imovie app, drag the video over, start a project, THEN and ONLY THEN could I save that video to my photos, then on to Instragram, Twitter, etc. Holy shit. Steve Jobs would be rolling in his grave. But yeah, big thanks for this video. It is INSANE that this video has to exist, but whatever I guess.

  19. Been looking ardently for a way to get my videos from the pc to the iphone then photos for use on instagram and you hit the nail dead center. Your instructions were great and they worked!

  20. omg thanks so much, im starting my first video and this so helped as i dont want to edit on computer, thanks alot <3 i subbed, very helpful

  21. DUDE you just saved my youtube career if it wasnt for this video i would never be able to move files from my chromebook to my iphone because on my chromebook editors dont work and it works on my iphone tthanks to you i can now edit my videos from my chromebook you earnt yourself a sub and a like!

  22. I haven’t got any games, pics, videos, except this sr of a game which is around 40, 45 mins, and when I try drag it into the folder thing, it says “there’s not enough free space available” emm?

  23. I’m doing pc to iPhone with the wire straight to VLC and they downloaded to vlc but vlc doesn’t let me press the share/ export button

  24. The VLC method is horrendous for large files. It takes the iPhone forever to copy a file. Use Google drive for anything under 15gb. I have an adobe cloud subscription but for some reason Adobe is retarded and has a 5gb file cap for anything you upload even though I have 100 gb total space. If only my adobe subscription was actually useful.

  25. Thank you so much. I have a trip coming up, and usually spend a couple of days trying to do this through iTunes alone, without using the apps.

  26. 6:17 Helllppp please mine doesent load when i type the url and what exactly do you mean by network?! Hellllllpppppp ppllleeeaaasseeee

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