Importing .mov files to ios device

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by 617arg, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. 617arg macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2008
    This is a real basic question which I just haven't been able to figure out:

    How can I take a .mov file from my desktop (or multiple files representing "chapters") and get them onto my ios device for viewing.

    I've tried importing them from itunes but that didn't work.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. 5t3f4n macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    You must first enable syncing of movies, like so:


    If it's a video file that iTunes or the Music app on iOS doesn't recognize, you could try using VLC for iOS.
  3. 617arg thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2008
  4. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I've found that the best way to put video files on your iOS device is GoodReader.

    GoodReader lets you use a simple tool on your computer (Goodreader USB) to just drag and drop the videos directly to your device, then you can watch them (and delete them!) from the app. No syncing needed. It can also view images, PDF files, etc...

    I'm not a shill or anything; it really just is the best app on my devices.
  5. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    My iPad is set for manually managing media, so I just drag an mp4 from my PC desktop to the device in iTunes (rather than importing into iTunes and then syncing to the device).
  6. bransoj macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2013
    Wasnt VLC removed from the App Store quite a while ago? Some folk behind VLC decided the way it was developed for iPhones was against their policy or something. Only way you can have it these days was if you managed to download it whilst it was available.

    Could try AVPlayer though which plays all sorts of file types.
  7. 5t3f4n macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    It was, but it was recently re-released on the App Store.

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