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How to Move or Import Video Onto Your iPhone

by Dan Petrik
May 29, 2017

Is your iCloud account full, and you want to add videos to your camera roll?  Below are a few ways to help get that video off your computer or other devices and onto your Camera Roll.

The three best ways we have found are:

  1. Emailing the video file to yourself (works best with small files)
  2. Using Apple's AirDrop (requires other Apple products)
  3. Use a file share service (we recommend Dropbox) 

Email:

The first and most simple solution is to attach the video file to an email, and open the email on your iOS device.
 
Then, save the file on your iOS device.  The only issue with this method is the size limit of attachments to emails.  
 
If the file is too large it will not be able to attach.  For small, quick clips this is a great solution but will not work for large video files.
 

Apple AirDrop:

The second method will need an Apple computer/laptop and using AirDrop to send the files to your device.  
 
Airdrop will allow you to share videos and other files between your Mac products.
 
To start using Airdrop, begin by enabling it on your iOS device you want to send the file too.  
 
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the home screen settings. In the lower left you will see “AirDrop” tap on that.

 airdrop receiving

A list will appear allowing you to choose who you want to AirDrop with. I recommend selecting the option of everyone.

airdrop receiving everyone

Next on your Mac open a new Finder window.  In the upper left you will see where it says AirDrop, click there.
 

AirDrop Finder window

After a second or two, the iOS device you enabled AirDrop on will show up in the area to the right.
 

AirDrop Find your device

All you have to do is choose the file from your computer and drag it over to the icon of your iOS device.  On your device you will get a notification asking if you want to accept the file or not, tap on “Accept”.

Accept AirDrop

The file will now save to your device and be available on your camera roll. Ready for use in your next production.


Dropbox:

Not everyone has a Mac computer or laptop.  This is where file sharing services come in handy.  There are many different services out there. The one I find easiest to work with for video transfer is Dropbox.
 
Here are the steps to help get video files from a computer to an iOS device’s camera roll using Dropbox.
 
First thing you will need to do is open the Dropbox website and create an account if you don’t already have one.  You can also download their desktop application if you want. For this example we will be using the website.
 
From your Dropbox account, right click to reveal a menu which will allow you to create folders. This is helpful if you wish to stay more organized, as well as upload files.  Clicking “Upload” is where we want to start to get our files on an iOS device.

Upload to Dropbox

Next click where it says “Choose files”.

Dropbox Choose file

This will bring up a window where you can navigate through your computer’s files to find the video clip you wish to upload.  Once you have found the clip you want to upload, select it and click “Open” in the lower right of the window.

Open file to upload to dropbox

The file will now begin to upload to your Dropbox account.  

Uploading to Dropbox

The file will show up on your account when once it finished uploading.

Files Uploaded to Dropbox

When the file finishes uploading we are ready to move over to our iOS device and download it there. The first thing you will have to do is head over to the App Store and download the Dropbox app. Once the app download is complete, tap the Dropbox icon on the iOS device.

Dropbox app on iPad

Since we already setup our account on the computer, choose “Sign In” at the bottom and enter your login information.

Sign in to Dropbox

Now that we have signed into our account, you will see a list of our uploaded files on the left. Tap on the one you want to save to the camera roll.

Download video from Dropbox

Next in the very upper right corner you will see an icon that looks like three dots, tap on that.

Additional settings in Dropbox app

Choose “Export” from the drop down menu.

Export video from dropbox to camera roll

From here we will want to select “Save Video” located towards the bottom left of the drop down menu.

Save video to Camera Roll

A pop up will appear saying “Exporting.” Once the process finishes, your video will be available offline on the camera roll of your iOS device.
 
If you need help adding videos from your camera roll into Switcher Studio, check out our tutorial here.

 

About the Author

Dan Petrik

Dan is Switcher's customer success manager and a co-founder of the company. He is a live video expert, helping companies like Golf Channel and Korbel create amazing livestreams with Switcher. Prior to co-founding Switcher, Dan spent 4 years working at an agency that helped businesses create and stream live video.

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