How to transfer videos from iPhone to iPad [iOS 101]

So you’ve captured some great video using your iPhone, but that little display just isn’t providing you with the sort of screen real estate that would do justice for editing together a final movie. No worries, you have an iPad. But wait, those videos are still on your iPhone. How the heck do you get them from one to the other?

Fortunately, Apple provides several easy — if not completely obvious — ways to share your captured video files between devices.

How to transfer video files using PC/Mac sync

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The first method of transferring video from iPhone to iPad (or vice versa) is what we will call the “wired” method. Simply, it involves transferring your video files from an iPhone to your Mac or Windows PC and then syncing them to an iPad.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac/PC
  2. Transfer video files to your Mac or PC. Apple’s support site details a number of methods for doing so depending on operating system
  3. Disconnect iPhone and connect iPad
  4. Open iTunes and navigate to your iPad using the Device (it should say iPad) button in the upper right corner
  5. Navigate to the Photos tab
  6. Check Sync Photos from (you will need to select the application or folder containing the video files you wish to sync)
  7. Check Include videos
  8. Click Apply in the lower lefthand corner to sync video files

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How to transfer video files using AirDrop

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In iOS 7, Apple has made it easy to facilitate device-to-device transfers using AirDrop. This “wireless” method is ideal for those not wishing to deal with the hassle of a middle man (AKA your Mac or PC).

  1. Enable AirDrop on both your iPhone and iPad by opening Control Center (swipe up from the bottom of the screen) and tapping AirDrop. Choose to share only with contacts or with everyone (both should work for this purpose)
  2. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and navigate to the video you wish to transfer
  3. Select the video or videos to transfer and tap the Share button in the lower left corner
  4. Tap the name of your iPad from the AirDrop contact menu (device names will be organized by contact name). If you have just turned on AirDrop, you may need to wait a few seconds for contacts to populate.
  5. Confirm video transfer by checking the Photos app on your iPad. Longer videos will take more time to transfer than shorter clips

Transfer using third-party app

There is yet one more possibility if you wish to share video between devices. Popular cloud sharing apps like Dropbox and Google Drive allow you to upload video from your iPhone to a hosted folder that can be accessed from your iPad.

Apple’s iCloud offers similar functionality, but it won’t be useful if you wish to edit clips once transferred. Videos uploaded to iCloud are limited to read-only access when viewed on an iPad.


If the purpose of transferring files was to edit on a larger display, the final compiled clip can be shared back to your iPhone using the same methods above. Simply reverse the process and enjoy viewing on any device you choose.