Copy mkv videos from Mac to iPhone using Finder and VLC

Copy or transfer videos(mkv, avi, etc) from your Mac OS to your iPhone, sometimes is quite difficult. But there is a really easy solution that simplifies this recurring task.

We just have to use the new iTunes from Finder on Mac and a video player that has the feature of file sharing, for example VLC media player.

Requirements :

  • VLC media player application already installed in the iPhone. It’s a free application to play video and audio files.
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  • macOS Catalina or any later version.
  • iPhone with the latest version of iOS.


In this example we will copy the video file called “video01.mkv” from a Mac(macOS Catalina 10.15.7) to an iPhone 12 Pro(iOS 14.3).

How to do it

  • Install the VLC application on iPhone.
  • Open a Finder window on Mac.
  • Connect iPhone to computer with a USB cable.
  • Select your device in the Finder(it should be your device name at the Finder left menu).
  • Click the Files tab to see a list of apps that can share files. We will use VLC application.
  • Drag a complete folder or a video file to the VLC application.
  • In Finder, expand the VLC application to see the content.
  • Open the VLC application on the iPhone. And play the video 🙂

Enjoy !!

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Extra notes

If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier or a Windows PC, use iTunes to share files between your computer and your iOS or iPadOS device.

More info :


This article was written by RoberMB

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