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How to Convert AVI/MP4/MKV/WMV/DIVX/FLV to iPhone (5s/5c/5 Included)

If you can't play movies on iPhone, you need to care about 3 things, the iPhone supported video formats, video encoders, and iPhone technical specifications. If one of the 3 doesn't match with your iPhone, you can't play a video successfully on iPhone. This article notices this point and offer simple solutions to your iPhone video playback issue with some professional video converters.

Part 1: 3 Online iPhone Video Converters

1. Free Online Video Converter (Online video converter)

You can use the free online video converter below. It converts videos to almost any format.

2. Online-convert (Online video converter)

You can use Online-convert to free convert files online. The advantage of using an online iPhone video converter is that you don't need to install a third-party software on your computer, and can get real information very conveniently. However, its conversion speed can't be compared with a desktop video converter. It can take you hours to finish converting a large file.

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3. Zamzar (Online video converter)

Zamzar is a very popular online iPhone video converter. You can just import your file, and then set output formats as iPhone, or MP4 and MOV. Finally, you can start to convert. One thing you need to know is that your source file should be less than 100 MB and the conversion speed can be very slow.

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Part 2: Workaround - 8 Desktop Video Converters to Convert Any Video on Mac/Windows to iPhone Video Formats

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1. Handbrake (Windows & Mac)

To convert movies to iPhone, you can get started with Handbrake by choosing an optimized preset for iPhone, or just set the output format as MP4, H.264 or MPEG-4. Then you can enjoy high quality conversion at fast speed.

This iPhone video converter supports converting videos to MP4(.M4V) and .MKV. And the supported video encoders are H.264(x264), MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 (libav), etc. You can easily convert any video to iPhone (iPhone 5s/5c/5 Included) on Mac and Windows.

2. Video Converter Ultimate (Windows & Mac)

It is a professional and complete video conversion toolbox with the function of converting, editing, downloading, burning DVD, recording and more. Key features are:

  • Convert AVI, MP4, MOV, MPG, MKV, WMV, Divx and more to iPhone (iPhone 5s/5c/5 Included).
  • Optimized presets for Apple devices with different iPhone and iPad models, like iPhone 5(s), iPhone 4, iPad Air, etc.
  • Edit videos like QuickTime Pro by trimming, cropping, rotating, adding effects, etc.
  • Download videos from Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, etc at fastest speed.
  • Transfer the converted files via WiFi.

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3. MPEG StreamClip (Windows & Mac)

MPEG StreamClip is a cross-platform iPhone video converter, player, and editor for both Windows and Mac. You can use it to convert MPEG, VOB, MOD, MOV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2T, and more to your iPhone (include 5s/5c/5) supported formats with the built-in presets. Besides, you can use this iPhone video converter to edit your video with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Trim. Another thing is that MPEG StreamClip also lets you download videos from YouTube and Google.

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4. Wondershare Video Converter Free (Windows & Mac)

Video Converter Free is another iPhone video converter with broad format support. You can use it to convert almost any file to your iPhone for better playback experience. For example, you can convert AVI to iPhone, MP4 to iPhone, MKV to iPhone, MOV to iPhone, WMV to iPhone, Divx to iPhone, MPG to iPhone, VOB to iPhone and more. Also it lets you enhance videos with the rich video editing functions.

5. iSquint (Mac)

Just import any of your videos like AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, and VOB to this iPhone (include 5s/5c/5) video converter, and then select the option "Optimized for iPod", and then click the "Convert" button. You can finish the video conversion in a quick process. Also this iPhone video converter supports batch video coversion.

Supported formats: .mov .mp4 .avi .dv .mpg .vob .3gp .asf .wmv .flv .m4v

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6. AVS Video Converter (Windows)

You can benefit a lot from this powerful iPhone video converter. It lets you convert AVI to iPhone, MP4 to iPhone, MOV to iPhone, WMV to iPhone, MKV to iPhone, MPG to iPhone, VOB to iPhone, M4V to iPhone, WAV to iPhone, WMA to iPhone, etc. Also you can convert your videos to devices with the optimized presets like iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Also it has other features. You can use it to manage HD-Camera videos by converting it to any of your desired formats, create DVDs, and share your videos to web, etc.


7. Freemake Video Converter (Windows)

Freemake video converter has a very clear and simple interface. It supports converting videos to different formats and devices. You can import 200+ input formats, video, audio, DVD, or photo to this iPhone video converter. And then you can convert your video files to iPod, iPhone, iPad, PSP or Android. Also you can use it to edit videos, download videos or make photo slideshow.

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8. Format Factory (Windows)

It is a very popular iPhone video converter among many Windows users. It can convert all your video and audio files to mobile device (iPhone, iPad, or Android), console (PS3, Xbox 360 and PSP) or burning DVD for playback on a bigger screen. It converts all your MP4, FLV, AVI, MKV, M4V, WAV, MP3, WMA, etc files to iPhone. All major formats supported. Also it lets you split music from movies.

Part 3: iPhone Supported Files


I. Supported iPhone Video Files

iPhone Supported Video Formast MOV, MP4, M4V
iPhone Unsupported Video Formats AVI, FLV, MPG, MPEG, WMV, 3GP, VOB, MTS, MKV, 3G2, 3GPP, TS, TP, TRP, M2TS, DV, MOD, ASF, DAT, F4V, RM, RMVB, Divx, OGV, VRO, MXF.
iPhone Supported Video Encoders H.264, MPEG-4
iPhone Supported Technical Specifications
  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1
    Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo
  • MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile
    Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo

  • The input video files supported for playback on your different iPhones such as iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, and 4 are as listed below:

    • M4V, MP4 and MOV containers with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec,
    • M4V, MP4 and MOV containers with MPEG-4 video codec and AAC audio codec,
    • AVI containers with the M-JPEG video codec and PCM audio codec,
    • AVI containers with the M-JPEG video codec and ulaw audio codec.

    II. Best Video Setting for Different Models of iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, and 4

    The MP4 container with the H.264 video codec and AAC codec is the best video setting. Please find more details to the other settings as follow:

    Video Settings

    Encoder: H264
    Resolution: 1136*640 (for iPhone 5S/5C/5), 960*640(for iPhone 4S/4)
    Frame Rate: 30 fps
    Bit Rate: 2500 kbps

    Audio Settings

    Encoder: AAC
    Channel: 2
    Sample Rate: 48000Hz
    Bit Rate: 128 kbps

    If your video isn't iPhone supported or you're unsure of the best video setting for your iPhone (5S/5/4S/4 included), you can use a video converter to solve your problem. With the video converter below, you can simply select the preset output format for your device without having to adjust the video's setting manually.

    Part 4: FAQs about Playing Videos on iPhone (include 5s/5c/5)


    1. Why can't I watch movies (MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, M4V, FLV, MPG, etc.) on iPhone

    iPhone supports video in MP4, MOV, M4V formats in H.264, or MPEG-4 codec. If your movie is in iPhone supported format, it may still not be played by iPhone. The iPhone technical specifications also need to be considered. You can use an iPhone video converter with the output presets to easily convert video to iPhone (iPhone 5s/5c/5 Included) on Mac and Windows.

    2. Why can't I watch video with web browser (Safari, Chrome, or Firefox) on iPad

    Most videos embedded in web are flash videos. iPhone doesn't support playing flash video. But you can use some Flash Player Browsers to watch flash videos, such as Puffin browser, Photon Flash player, or Skyfire web browser.

    3. Can't play YouTube video at 360p or 480p

    iPhone supports playing videos at 720p. You can set the preferred video quality to 720p under the video playback settings.

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