How to Get Videos from iPhone to Computer: A Step-by-Step Guide

Transferring videos from your iPhone to your computer is a simple process that can be done in a few steps. Whether you want to free up space on your phone or just back up your memories, you can accomplish this by using built-in features on your iPhone and computer. Let’s dive into how you can get those precious moments onto your computer with ease.

Step by Step Tutorial: Transferring Videos from iPhone to Computer

Before we start, it’s important to know that these steps will help you move your videos from your iPhone to your computer, so you can save them, edit them, or just keep them safe.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer

Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer you want to transfer videos to.

Once you’ve connected your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable, your phone may ask if you trust this computer – go ahead and tap ‘Trust’. This allows your computer to access your iPhone’s data.

Step 2: Open your photo import tool on your computer

For Mac users, open the Photos app. Windows users can use the Photos app or File Explorer.

On a Mac, the Photos app should open automatically. If it doesn’t, you can find it in your Applications folder or by searching for it. Windows users can search for ‘Photos’ in the start menu or open File Explorer and find their iPhone listed under ‘This PC’.

Step 3: Select the videos you want to transfer

In the import tool, choose the videos you want to transfer from your iPhone to your computer.

Be sure to take a moment to preview the videos you’re selecting to ensure you’re transferring the right ones. This might be a good time to deselect any videos you don’t actually need to transfer.

Step 4: Start the transfer

Click the import or transfer button in your photo import tool to start moving the videos to your computer.

Depending on how many videos you’re transferring, this might take a while. Make sure your iPhone stays connected to the computer until the transfer is complete.

Once the transfer is complete, you’ll be able to access the videos on your computer. You can now edit them, share them, or just keep them stored safely.

Tips for Transferring Videos from iPhone to Computer

  • Make sure your iPhone is unlocked and on the Home screen before you connect it to your computer.
  • If you’re using a Windows computer and iTunes pops up, you can close it – you don’t need it for this process.
  • Consider organizing your videos into albums on your iPhone before transferring, to make the process more streamlined.
  • Always double-check that all videos have been transferred before you delete anything from your iPhone.
  • Keep your iPhone’s software and your computer’s operating system up to date to avoid any transfer issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer videos from iPhone to computer wirelessly?

Yes, you can use services like iCloud or AirDrop (for Mac) to transfer files without a cable.

AirDrop is a quick way to transfer files between Apple devices without using wires. iCloud can be accessed from any computer with internet access, but keep in mind that you only get 5GB of free storage.

What if my computer doesn’t recognize my iPhone?

Make sure your iPhone is unlocked, and you’ve tapped ‘Trust’ on your device. Also, check your USB cable for any damages.

Sometimes, you might need to update the software on your iPhone or computer. If the problem persists, try a different USB port or restart both your iPhone and computer.

Can I transfer videos from iPhone to a computer running an older version of Windows?

Yes, as long as your computer has a USB port and you can access File Explorer, you should be able to transfer videos.

Older versions of Windows might not have the Photos app, but you can always use File Explorer to access your iPhone’s storage and copy videos manually.

Will the quality of my videos decrease once transferred to my computer?

No, the quality of your videos will remain the same after transferring them to your computer.

Just make sure to transfer the original files and not a compressed version. The setting for this can be found in your iPhone’s Photos settings.

How do I transfer videos from iPhone to computer without using a USB cable?

Besides iCloud and AirDrop, you can also use third-party cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox to upload and then download videos on your computer.

Remember that uploading and downloading videos can take a lot of time and might use a lot of your internet data. It’s also a good idea to ensure your privacy settings are secure when using third-party services.


  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Open the Photos app or File Explorer on your computer.
  3. Select the videos you want to transfer.
  4. Start the transfer.


Transferring videos from your iPhone to your computer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right tools and a bit of patience, you can quickly move your memories from your phone to your computer. Whether you’re a Mac or Windows user, the process is straightforward and can be done in just a few steps. So, go ahead and start transferring those videos – your future self will thank you for backing up those precious moments. And remember, if you encounter any hiccups along the way, there’s always a solution at your fingertips. Happy transferring!

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