Did you record a cute or meaningful video on your iPhone that you want to store on your computer? Well, then we got something for you! Down below, we’ve broken down 6 FREE methods that you can use in order to transfer videos from your iPhone to your PC. We even made sure to include quite a bit of variety in our listing — so that you can learn how transfers work based on different programs and tools.
For our first recommended method, we have the iMusic data transfer software. With this, you can automatically and manually move your videos from your iPhone to your PC. The automatic method (which is what we’ll be showing below.) Will allow you to transfer videos from your iPhone by automatically transferring it to your iTunes library. If you want to move the video directly to your computer, then there’s always the manual method (which will allow you to drag-n-drop items from your Device’s Video library onto your desktop.) Either way, this is one of the most intuitive and helpful methods of getting your video from your iPhone to your computer.
To start, you need to make sure that your iOS device has been attached to your computer. Then, download and install the FREE version of iMusic. Once you’ve got those two things settled, you need to launch iMusic and then move immediately to the DEVICE page.
On there, you should be able to see instructions as to how to proceed, and then the menu will appear as follows (refer to the image below.)On this page, you need to press the Transfer Music to iTunes option so that you can move your music to the iTunes on your computer.
Next, iMusic needs your permission to start scanning the contents of your iPhone and your iTunes library (so that it doesn’t transfer any duplicates.) Just click the Start button to proceed.
On that same windows pop-up, once the files have been scanned. You need to make sure that the Movies option (1) is ticked so that the video that you want to transfer is moved. Then, you can select the Copy to iTunes button (2) so that your video is moved to your iTunes library!
If you don’t want to transfer your videos to your iTunes library, and instead want to export it directly to your PC, then you can do the following:
If you use this method instead of the first one, we demonstrated, you can choose where you want your video to go (be it in your desktop, a specific folder, etc.)
For this next portion, we’re going to be going old school by teaching you the basics on how you can use the built-in tool offered by Windows 7 in order to transfer videos from your iPhone to your computer! We won’t be going all that in depth for this one, as it is fairly basic. However, you should know that this only works for videos that you capture with your camera roll — anything else will not be transferred completely.
To access the videos on your phone with Windows 7, you need to go to “Computer” on the windows explorer. There, you should be able to see the list of drivers and devices connected to your PC. By right-clicking on your phone and then selecting the Open option, you should be able to search the available folders for the video that you want to transfer!
For this next portion, almost as a bonus. We’re going to be showing you how you can do practically the same thing you can do on the Windows 7. Except, this time, we’re going to be using file explorer on the Windows 10 instead! Again, this should work for videos on your camera roll. If you have videos held elsewhere, then it cannot be transferred through this method.
The difference between the Windows 7 version and the Windows 10 version is that you have to click the This PC tab in order to be able to access your connected drives and devices. On there, you should be able to find your iPhone — which you need to select in order to get access to the videos on your camera roll.
The inconvenient thing about this is that you will have to search the available folders for your video. For example, ours was under iPhone > Internal Storage > DCIM > 100APPLE. However, you might have to look in the other folders to find the exact video that you want. Once you do find your program, you can drag-n-drop it to your desktop for easy access!
Now, if you’re not a Windows user yourself. Then you can use the iPhoto software built-into Mac OS computers instead. This is a fairly basic process as well. Although, again, this will only work on photos/videos that are on your camera roll. If you have the video that you want to transfer stored elsewhere, then this method will not work for you.
If you have your iPhone connected to your Mac, you can open up your camera roll through iPhoto (as shown below.) On here, all you need to do is locate the video that you want, select it, and then click the Import Selected option in order to completely transfer the selected video to your desktop.
For this next portion, we’re going to be going through another method of uploading videos from your iPhone to a Mac computer. This one will be through the iCloud Photo Library. Again, this is primarily for photos and videos that you have stored on your camera roll — anything outside of it will not work or even be remotely helpful. The process of this will start on your iPhone as well. So, get that out first!
In order to be able to transfer the items on your camera roll to your iCloud photo library, you need to change your iCloud Photos Settings. Which you can do by opening up Settings, selecting the iCloud settings, and then clicking the Photos iCloud settings (as shown in the image below.)
Under photo settings, you need to make sure that you have the iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream option toggled on! If you do, a message box should appear on your screen saying that it is “Turning On.”
Now, moving onto your Mac. Open up the iCloud tool, and go to your iCloud preference settings. On there, you need to turn on iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing! Having these on should make it so that your entire photo stream (from your iPhone) will automatically be transferred to your computer via the iCloud photo sharing feature. Make sure to click Done in order to confirm your settings changes!
For the last method that we’re going to be demonstrating for you today, we have MobiMover. This is a lot like iMusic, although it has a more specified use. Because, unlike iMusic, this is primarily a transfer software only (it doesn’t have as many extra features.) Nevertheless, it is pretty helpful when it comes to transferring videos from iPhone to PC. Because, unlike the last four methods that we discussed just now, it will work for videos outside from what’s on your camera roll.
You’ll need to have the EaseUS MobiMover installed to your PC in order to start — it is FREE (to start.) So, you can try it out at first if you want. Once the program has been launched, click the iDevice to PC option in order to start transferring.
For this next portion, you just need to make sure that you have your iPhone chosen as the transferee. Then, make sure that the Video category is ticked. If that is the case, you can click the Transfer button at the bottom of the interface and MobiMover will start automatically start moving your videos for you.
Conclusion: All the options we mentioned above, can and will work for you. However, if you want an easy method that you can use intuitively (without having to worry about what you can transfer and how you can transfer it), we ultimately recommend the iMusic software. Which is, unlike the other available options, a professional program created for even the utmost of beginners!