How to Send Video from iPhone to PC

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With the massive popularity of video sharing today, you've probably received a video or two in the last week, if not more. Videos take up a considerable amount of storage space on your phone and can quickly accumulate. And if you want to email a large video from your phone to access it elsewhere, it usually takes less than 25 megabytes to send.

However, where there is a will, there is always a way. This article will guide you through different methods to transfer video from your iPhone to your PC or Mac.



How to Send Video from iPhone to PC

Your iPhone usually comes with a USB cable as a standard accessory. Using it is a way to connect to your PC. Here's how to transfer videos from your iPhone to Windows and macOS:

the Windows

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable.
  2. Unlock your iPhone, then choose "Trust This Computer" to allow access to your phone's videos if prompted.
  3. In "File Explorer", navigate to "This PC", "(name of your iPhone)", "Internal storage", "DCIM", then "100APPLE". There you will see all your photos and videos from the Photos app.
  4. Now copy or drag the video from your iPhone to your desktop.

Mac

  1. Use your iPhone's USB cable to connect your phone to your Mac.
  2. Unlock your phone and trust your computer if prompted.
  3. Open the "Photos" app on your Mac if it doesn't open automatically.
  4. In the left sidebar of "Photos", select your iPhone.
  5. Select "Import all new videos" or choose a video to transfer to your Mac, then click "Import Selected".
  6. Your video will be imported to your Mac. Click on your iPhone to verify that the transfer was successful.

How to Send Video from iPhone to PC via Bluetooth

Once you've paired your iPhone with your PC or Mac, you can transfer your video via Bluetooth. Follow these steps to share video via Bluetooth:



the Windows

  1. On your PC, click on “Start”, “Settings”, “Devices”, then on “Bluetooth and other devices”.
  2. Select "Send or receive files via Bluetooth".
  3. In "Bluetooth File Transfer", choose "Send Files" and select your PC as the device to send the files to, then click "Next".
  4. Click "Browse", then select the video to send from your iPhone.
  5. Choose "Open", "Next" (to send it), then "Finish".
  6. Your PC may ask you to accept the file.

Mac

With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and “AirDrop” enabled on your iPhone and Mac, you can transfer the video to your Mac via Bluetooth. Here now :

  1. Make sure Bluetooth and "AirDrop" are enabled on your iPhone and Mac.
  2. Open the "Photos" app on your iPhone.
  3. Locate the video you want to transfer, then click the Share icon at the bottom.
  4. Select “AirDrop”.
  5. On your Mac, click "Accept" to accept the video.

How to Send Video from iPhone to PC via WiFi

There are several ways to wirelessly transfer video from your iPhone to your PC and Mac, including via the VLC desktop app and iCloud, respectively.


First, make sure your iPhone and PC or Mac are using the same network connection, then follow these steps:

the Windows

  1. Go to the App Store for the VLC app for iOS, then download and install it on your phone.
  2. Tap the "Photos" app and find the video you want to transfer.
  3. Tap the share icon, then choose "Save to Files", "To My iPhone" and "VLC" to import the video to VLC app.
  4. Open the VLC app and tap the icon on the top left.
  5. Enable the "Share via Wi-Fi" option, then note the IP address displayed.
  6. On your PC, open a browser and enter the IP address.
  7. Your video will appear. Play the video and right-click on the window, then choose "Save Video As" to save it to your computer.

Mac

  1. Enable "iCloud Photos" on your iPhone by going to "Settings", "(your name)", "iCloud", "Photos", and then turning on "iCloud Photos".
  2. On your Mac, click the Apple icon, then choose "System Preferences."
  3. Select "iCloud", then sign in with your Apple ID credentials. If prompted, enter the requested information to complete the verification process.
  4. Next to "Photos", select "Options", then check the "iCloud Photos" option.
  5. Your iPhone photos and videos will be synced to your Mac via Wi-Fi. You can access the video you want through your Mac by opening the "Photos" app.

Move your videos

There are many options available to transfer iPhone videos to your computer or other devices. Some include using a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer, sharing the file via Bluetooth using "AirDrop", and transferring the file wirelessly using apps such as VLC for iOS or iCloud. All methods ensure that your video arrives intact to enjoy through your computer's biggest screen.


Do you use video sharing apps? If so, tell us about them and the types of video content you like to share in the comments section below.

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