4 Easy Methods to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Mac

Hey, there you! The passionate iPhone vlogger! This is an article for you if you want to know how you can transfer your vlogs to Mac for editing. Or, even if you’re simply here to know how to import the videos in your iPhone to Mac to free up your phone storage space or backup your precious live memories.

Listed below are the four easiest methods to import videos from iPhone to Mac.

Method 1: Export using Image Capture

Image Capture is a built-in application on Mac (OS X or Mac OS) that enables us to upload pictures and movies from digital cameras or other devices such as scanners, iPads, or iPhones which are either connected directly to Mac or the network. The benefit of Image Capture is that you can transfer multiple images faster but also easily and safely. Follow the steps for hassle-free video transferring from your iPhone to Mac.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac via a Lightning-to-USB cable or with a cable coming with a suitable adapter if you’re using a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air.

Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and launch the Image Capture app by navigating: Applications > Image Capture.

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Step 3. Select the device name of your iPhone from the left sidebar on the window.

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The pane on the right of the window displays all HEIC and MOV files stored on your device.

Step 4. Select the videos you want to share and drag them from the Image Capture window on to your desktop. Or, select the videos you want to share and select a destination folder from the ‘Import To’ drop-down menu and click on ‘Import’ (or click ‘Import All’ to import all the videos to the destination folder).

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Alert! Error 9937: If you experience this error, upgrade your iPhone to iOS 11 or above and, upgrade your Mac to macOS High Sierra or above to view, edit, or transfer HEIF or HEVC media captured with an iOS device.

Method 2: Export using the Photos app

There is another built-in app on Mac to import videos: The Photos app. This is the most favourite app among many to transfer videos. To begin the steps, connect your iPhone to Mac and unlock the phone. (If you see a prompt on your iPhone asking whether to ‘Trust This Computer’, tap Trust to continue). Then follow the steps below.

Step 1: Launch the Photos app.

Step 2: Select the device name of your iPhone from the left pane of the window.

Step 3. Select the videos you want to import and click ‘Import Selected’ or select ‘Import All’ to import all the videos, including photos to your Mac.

Now, you have successfully imported the selected videos to your Mac.

Method 3: Airdrop videos to Mac

To Airdrop videos from iPhone to Mac,

  1. Your iPhone must be running on iOS 7 or later, and
  2. Your Mac OS needs to be from 2012 or later (excluding mid-2012 MacBook Pro) and must be running OS X Yosemite or later.

Step 1: Enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your iPhone and tap on ‘AirDrop’ on the same app drawer.

Step 2: Select either ‘Contacts Only’ (only if you have previously connected your iPhone to your Mac) or ‘Everyone’ from the pop-up menu to turn on AirDrop.

Step 3: On your Mac, Launch Finder > Go > AirDrop. Then set ‘Contacts Only’ or ‘Everyone’ reciprocating the selected option on your iPhone.

Step 4: On your iPhone, select the video you want to export and tap the ‘Share’ button on the left corner of the bottom bar of the screen.

Step 5: Select ‘AirDrop’ > [Your Mac’s Name].

Step 6: On your Mac, click ‘Accept’ on the pop-up message box and you can see the download progress of the video from the top-right corner of your Mac screen.

Once the transfer is completed, go to ‘Downloads’ to view the exported video on your Mac.

The major drawback of using AirDrop to video transfer is that it only best suits for sharing a single video. Also, if your video is lengthy or has a large file size,  it would be a tedious and time-consuming task to AirDrop videos. AirDrop modifies the original metadata linked to your video at its transfer to Mac. So, if you’re interested in keeping the file metadata unmodified for purposes such as easy sorting of your videos, then AirDrop isn’t the choice for you.

Method 4: Export using Simple Transfer app

There are so many third-party apps out in the App Store to help transfer videos from iPhone to Mac. But, if you’re a content creator or a vlogger who records videos on high resolutions such as 4k and want to edit the footage on your Mac while preserving the original video quality and need to transfer file metadata along with the video, then Simple Transfer is the best app for your requirement. It is free, unlike most of the other transfer apps, and also a safe way to transfer your private videos as the files will only be shared through your local Wi-Fi network. The only limitation in the free version of Simple Transfer is that it only allows you to transfer the top 50 items of each album, which I feel like manageable compared against its benefits.

To follow this method, your iPhone and Mac must enable Wi-Fi and should be on the same Wi-Fi network to transfer videos. Then follow the below steps.

Step 1: Download the Simple Transfer app from the App Store to your iPhone and launch the app.

Step 2: Open a web browser on your Mac and access the URL from the browser, provided by Simple Transfer on iPhone.

Step 3: Click and select the name of your iPhone from the list of devices appearing on the home screen of the Simple Transfer desktop app.

Step 4: Enter the verification code sent to your iPhone on the pop-up window on the Mac.

Now you can view all your albums including videos on iPhone from your Mac.

Step 5: Select a video or Shift+Click and select multiple videos you need to transfer to Mac.

Step 6: Click the Download button on the top right corner of the screen.

Step 7: Enter the path of the destination folder for your videos and select a video format on the pop-up window.

Step 8: Click Download.

So, your videos will be safely and quickly downloaded to the designated folder.

Conclusion – How to transfer videos from iPhone to Mac

However, there are many other options out there to transfer videos from iPhone to Mac such as emailing or using Google Drive or Dropbox which are old-school methods and advanced methods such as exporting using the Preview app. But the above described four methods are the most efficient and the easiest methods anybody can follow.

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