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  • Convert videos in any format to iPhone and turn iPhone videos to other formats on Mac.
  • Transfer video files to iPhone/iPad/iOS devices simply with USB Cable.
  • Download videos to iPhone from YouTube or other website by pasting URLs.
  • Versatile toolbox combines Screen Recorder, GIF Maker, Fixing Video Metadata, etc.

iPhone Tips

1. Transfer Tips+
  1. 1.1 How to Upload Videos from iPhone to Computer
  2. 1.2 How to Import Videos From iPhone to Mac
  3. 1.3 Import Videos From iPhone to PC
  4. 1.4 How to Transfer Videos From Mac to iPhone
  5. 1.5 Share Video iPhone
  6. 1.6 Mail Drop iPhone
  7. 1.7 Convert iPhone to Android
  8. 1.8 how to send video from android to iphone
  9. 1.9 How to Send Video From iPhone to Android
  10. 1.10 How to Send Video From iPhone Without Losing Quality
  11. 1.11 Import Video to iPhone
  12. 1.12 How to Upload Video to iPhone
  13. 1.13 How to Add Videos to iPhone
  14. 1.14 Transfer MP4 to iPhone
  15. 1.15 How to Transfer GoPro Videos to iPhone
2. Edit Photos on iPhone+
  1. 2.1 How to Compress Photos on iPhone
  2. 2.2 Reduce Photo Size iPhone
  3. 2.3 How to Reduce Picture File Size on iPhone
  4. 2.4 How to Shrink a Photo on iPhone
  5. 2.5 How to Resize a Picture on iPhone
  6. 2.6 How to Rotate a Video on iPhone
  7. 2.7 Rotate Image iPhone
  8. 2.8 Resize Photo iPhone
3. Edit Videos on iPhone+
  1. 3.1 iPhone Video Format
  2. 3.2 iPhone Supported Video Formats
  3. 3.3 Reduce Video Size iPhone
  4. 3.4 Resize video iphone
  5. 3.5 How to Trim a Video on iPhone
  6. 3.6 How to Clip a Video on iPhone
  7. 3.7 How to Crop a Video on iPhone
  8. 3.8 How to Crop a Video on iPhone with/without iMovie
  9. 3.9 iPhone Video Upside Down
  10. 3.10 Change Video Orientation iPhone
  11. 3.11 Time Lapse iPhone
  12. 3.12 How to Speed Up Video on iPhone
  13. 3.13 Zoom Video iPhone
  14. 3.14 How to Merge Videos on iPhone
  15. 3.15 How to Brighten a Video on iPhone
  16. 3.16 Play MKV on iPhone
  17. 3.17 How to Play Videos on iPhone
  18. 3.18 Screen Record iPhone
  19. 3.19 Record Audio on iPhone
  20. 3.20 Remove Audio from Video iPhone
  21. 3.22 How to Remove Sound from iPhone Video
  22. 3.24 iPhone Subtitles
4. Convert Video to iPhone+
  1. 4.1 Free Video to iPhone Converter
  2. 4.2 iPhone Video Converter
  3. 4.3 Download Instagram Video iPhone
  4. 4.6 Convert Video to Audio iPhone
5. Other Tips+
  1. 5.1 iPhone Video Player
  2. 5.2 Videos not Playing on iPhone
  3. 5.3 Rotate iPhone Video on PC
  4. 5.4 Play MP4 on iPad
  5. 5.5 Compress Video on iPad
  6. 5.6 Mac Doesn t Recognize iPhone
  7. 5.7 no sound on iPhone video
  8. 5.8 How to Download Video From Google Drive to iPhone
  9. 5.9 How to Post on Instagram From iPhone

What Video Formats are Supported by iPhone

by Christine Smith • 2024-06-18 18:07:27 • Proven solutions

While using your iOS Device, have you ever wondered what video file format does iPhone use? If yes, you are in the right place. Honestly, iOS devices (and even Mac computers) could be a bit daunting when used for the first time, especially if you’re coming from a Windows background. Although the interface is intuitive and the performance is smooth, it is not easy to have an MP4 or MP3 file on your iPhone or iPad unless you buy it from iTunes Store.

Also, even if you have used iTunes to add a video file to your iOS Device’s library, it may not necessarily play on your smartphone, and you would need a decent tool to convert the media to any of the iPhone supported video formats before you can enjoy watching it. This is where all the parts and sections are given below come into the picture.

Part 1. What Video and Audio Formats Does iPhone Support

At the time of this writing, all iPhone compatible video formats are in *.MP4, *.MOV, *.M4V file extensions. As for iPhone audio format, *.MP3, *.AAC, Protected AAC, and also *.MP3 and *.M4A (in Apple Lossless) extensions are supported by these smartphones. In addition to this, the latest models of iPhones such as iPhone X, Xs, and above also support High-Efficiency Video Coding () in (or MPEG-H) formats with *.MP4 file extensions.

Part 2. How to Play Unsupported Video and Audio Formats on iPhone in Simple Steps

If your iPhone refuses to support or even recognize any media file that you import to its storage, you are left with no option other than converting the file to any of the iPhone supported video formats. Although there are many online and offline media file converters available in the market, the best among all those is Wondershare UniConverter due to its efficiency, simple UI, and also because it is capable of accepting and converting files of almost all formats to any other relevant format without any hassle or hindrance.

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  • Supported OS: macOS 11 Big Sur, 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.
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You can follow steps given below to convert video files to iPhone compatible video formats using Wondershare UniConverter:

Video Tutorial: Wondershare UniConverter - Convert Video to iPhone Supported Video Formats

Step 1 Click Add Files and Import an Unrecognized Video.

Start Wondershare UniConverter on your Windows or Mac PC (Windows 10 is used here), navigate to and select the unrecognized video, and click Open.

add files to wondershare uniconverter

Step 2 Select Device and Modify the Video

Once the video is imported to Wondershare UniConverter, click on the Setting icon, select Device from the top, ensure that Apple is selected in the left pane, and select your iPhone model from the right.

select device and modify the video

Step 3 Select an Output Folder and Convert the Video

Back on the main interface, select an output folder from the bottom, and click Convert to convert the clip to iPhone video format.

select an output folder


Users who are new to the Apple platform and/or iOS Devices may find it a bit challenging to play media files on their smartphone or iPad as they might not know what video formats can iPhone play. If you are one of them, you can try the above discussed iPhone app for conversion or to extract the soundtrack and convert the file to iPhone audio format in order to add it to your audio playlist.

Nevertheless, nothing can compete for the efficiency of a computer application like Wondershare UniConverter that is specially designed for converting unsupported media files to iPhone compatible video formats.

* Some of the above codec formats may need to be supported by system.
Christine Smith

Christine Smith

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