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iPhone Video Formats: Learn What Video Formats Does iPhone Support

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2020-03-18 / Update for  iPhone Tips

iPhone is a popular choice for many mobile users. However, besides its enchanting features, there are specific issues every user faces. One of them is, not all of video formats supported by iPhone.

However, it's not an issue anymore. Because in this article, we will give you detail info regarding formats iPhone supported. And how you can see other format videos on your iPhone.

Part 1: What Video Formats Does iPhone Supports?

I am sure all iPhone users knew that iOS supported only certain types of video formats. Thus, iPhone supported video formats includes:

  • H.264 video up to 1080 having 60 frames/ second. Moreover, it comes with a high profile level 4.2 along with AAC-LC audio to 160Kbps, 48kHZ, and stereo audio in mv4, mov, and mp4 file format.
  • Motion JPEG, which is up to 35Mbps and 1280 by 720 pixels. Whereas it has 30frames/ second, ulaw audio, and PCM stereo audio in avi file format.
  • Lastly, MPEG-4 video which is up to 2.5 Mbps and 640 by 680 pixels. Besides, it supports 30 frames/ second, simple profile with AAC-LC audio of 160Kbps having 48kHz and stereo audio in mp4, mv4, and mov file format.

Part 2: What Kinds of Videos Cannot Be Played on iPhone?

As we said, there are not many iPhone compatible video formats. Therefore apart from those video formats mentioned above, all other formats cannot be played on iPhone. Thus video format cannot be played on the iPhone includes:

  • iPhone cannot support window media files. These include WTV, WMV, ASF, AVI, MKV, MPG, etc.
  • Any FLV video which is downloaded from YouTube cannot get support from the iPhone.
  • When the iPhone is in sync with Mp4, MOV, or M4V using iTunes to iPhone, it cannot play the iPhone supported video format.
  • iPhone never plays camcorder recorded video, including MPEG-2, MTS, MPEG-1, DV, etc.

Part 3: How to Play All Kinds of Videos on iPhone

Are you looking for methods to play a video on the iPhone? As mentioned above, there are specific iPhone supported video formats. Therefore your video must be in one of MOV, MP4, or M4V format as these are the only iPhone compatible video formats.

However, this section is trying to explain ways through which once can play videos in their iPhones. These are:

Step 1: Convert Video Formats

If your video is not in the video format for iPhone, then don't worry. Use an iPhone 11/8/X/7/6 video format converter to convert videos into your iPhone 6s video format. Here is a list of 6 best iPhone video converter:

1. Handbrake

Handbrake is the first name on our list. The main reason we have included it is because it is a powerful video converter for Windows/macOS/Linux. It comes with in-built presets for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Android phones.

To convert video into iPhone video formats, select either your file or enter the URL of the video. And then press the submit button and you are done to have an iPhone 6 video formats.

Pic.- Handbrake


  • Uses for the conversion of all formats of videos
  • Quick conversion
  • Utilitarian design
  • Support multi-platforms
  • Doesn’t contain much space and easy to install


  • Only use for the conversion to MP4 and MKV formats
  • Not easy to use
  • Confusing interface due to the availability of several configuration options

2. Video Converter for iPhone

Using Video Converter for iPhone, one can easily convert video format to open them on the iPhone. It is considered as the fastest video converter app for iPhones. Besides, it can convert videos of all formats.

Moreover, it allows its users to reduce the size of the video up to 70 percent. It can convert files within 15 seconds.

video converter for iphone
Pic.- Video Converter for iPhone


  • A simple interface and easy to use
  • Ability to open files from emails
  • Support import of files from SkyDrive
  • Fast and speedy conversion


  • Not compatible for iOS available before iOS 7
  • Rated 2.8 out of 5 by customer

3. iConv

Due to its easy, simple, and clean interface, iConv is one of the best iPhone video format converters. It supports conversion to WMV, Rmvb, avi, and MPEG/mpg. Apart from video files, it can also convert audio files for iPhone supported format.

Among its several amazing features, one is its batch mode, which helps to support more than one video format.

Pic.- iConv


  • It can convert files without using a network
  • Support conversion of audio, video, images and pdf files
  • Customization option for video conversion


  • Faces hanging issues as reported by several users
  • You need to make an in-app purchase for using advance features

4. PlayerXtreme Media Player

Although it is not a video converter app for the iPhone. However, it can support all popular and not so popular videos format. It is created by 'Xtreme media works,' and its size is 132.8 MB.

Users can add passwords to the files for security. Besides, its other popular features include language subtitles, audio control, gesture support, and much more. Users rated it 4.5 out of 5.

playerxtreme media player
Pic.- PlayerXtreme Media Player


  • Comes with fast forward and backward playback option
  • Support high definition playback in all file formats
  • Increase volume up to 3 times


  • Only compatible with iOS 9 and later versions
  • Premium version is not free

5. MConverter Medias Converter

MConverter Medias Converter is an amazing video converter created by ‘Bill Santiago.’ It can convert files of all formats into video formats for the iPhone. It is considered as the best video converter for iPhone 6.

Recently it is updated and can offer additional features including size reduction, video trimming, set file parameters, and play video in a different mode. The size of this application is 30.6 MB. For the use of this app, iOS 5 is the minimum requirement.

mconverter medias converter
Pic.- MConverter Medias Converter


  • Convert video of any size
  • Also supported videos of camera roll
  • Comes with an option of resume


  • Only support the English language
  • No customer feedback to see its issues

6. File Converter Free

Developed by 'Ice Cold Apps,' File Converter Free can convert any kind of files in iPhone supported format. It can convert video, audio, images, and many others into iPhone video formats.

For the conversion of a file, it is first transferred into cloud storage and is then converted.

file converter free
Pic.- File Converter Free


  • You can save files in iTunes after conversion
  • Through emails, files can be shared
  • Trim or crop files during the conversion


  • Only supported the English language
  • After the first conversion, you need to buy it
  • Size of application is 2.1 MB only

Step 2: Add Converted Video to iPhone Use Tenorshare iCareFone

Tenorshare iCareFone helps iOS users to manage eight different types of files, including videos, audios, photos, contact, and apps. It helps to improve iOS devices' performance.

  • The first step involves downloading of Tenorshare iCareFone app on your iPhone and connect with the device.

  • Then enter a password for safe detection and select the 'Manage' button once it is connected from the menu.

    click manage
    Pic1.- Click Manage
  • From a connected device, click on Photos and import option, then select the file you want.

    select files
    Pic2.- Select files
  • You can choose to install the iCareFone app or not, if you don't want to install it, just click on Fast Import.

    fast import
    Pic3.- Choose Fast Import
  • Wait for some time, the process will be finished soon.

Note: if you don't intall the iCarFone app, the files you added can not be deleted by your device, you need to use iCareFone to delete them.


I am sure now you get a detailed idea of how to convert videos into iPhone compatible format. You can either use converting apps and software or Tenorshare iCareFone.

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