[Solved] AirDrop Video not in Camera Roll

What can you do if AirDrop video not in Camera Roll? You can try three solutions mentioned in this guide. Optionally, an AirDrop alternative is also available in this guide.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Where did airdrop video go?

I just airdropped a mp4 video from my iPad to my iPhone 6 via AirDrop and everything went as normal. But now I can’t see the video anywhere on my iPhone. Any idea I can find out where it went? Could it be taking up room on the storage and be hidden?

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It is astonishing that how fast the AirDrop process takes. Once it is activated, that actual sending of the file usually takes no more than a few seconds. However, the function does not always work as perfectly as you expected. You may encounter the issue that AirDrop video is not in Camera Roll, but it takes up the storage space of your iPhone. Keep reading this guide, and try fixing it with the solutions mentioned below.

Part 1. Where to find AirDrop files on iPhone

If you can’t find AirDrop files like photos or videos on iPhone, you may need to figure out where AirDrop files will be saved. Generally speaking, when you accept AirDrop files on your iPhone, they will go to the app associated with the file type.

• For other file types: After receiving an AirDrop file from somebody, your iPhone will ask you with a pull-up menu which application you want to open the file with. It will be saved in a folder of the app later.
• For videos and photos: Both file types will be automatically deposited into the Photos app.

Tip: The AirDrop video will be placed within your videos depending on when the video was taken. Therefore, it will require some digging back to the date of the original shot.

Part 2. 3 solutions to fix AirDrop video not in Camera Roll

Is AirDrop video still not showing up? you can try to transfer the video again. Be aware that the AirDrop video will not appear in Camera Roll unless the transfer is completed. If the process failed again, try the three solutions mentioned below.

Check relative settings

Chances are that your AirDrop failed to save items because you set up it wrongly. Please check the settings below to see if your issue can be solved.

AirDrop receiving settings
By default, your AirDrop setup will be set to receive files from “Contacts Only”. however, if you haven’t saved each other’s contact info using the phone number or email address, you cannot receive videos let alone find them in Camera Roll.

To adjust receiving settings, go to Control Center > Hard press the wireless control box to open AirDrop > Choose Everyone instead. Perform the same steps on both iPhones.

Access AirDrop

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
To airdrop videos from iPhone to iPhone, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both iPhones need to be enabled so that they can be discovered by each other.

A short range within two iPhones is also needed during the transferring process. The AirDrop video will not show up in Camera Roll when the task be aborted due to the distance between the two iPhones exceeds a certain range.

Check the format of the videos

Your iPhone works only with .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file for videos. For other types of video, iPhone will prompt you which app to open this file. It’s also possible that you can’t find AirDrop videos on iPhone because the video will be placed in the system temporary folder and will be deleted automatically after restarting the device.

Force restart your iPhone

Even though force restarting iPhones may seem to be useless, it is one of the easiest solutions to fix unclear software issues, including ones that might cause AirDrop video not in Camera Roll.

The way to force restart iPhone differs from the types, you can follow the instructions below to make it.

• iPhone 8 and later: Press the Volume + button and release it quickly. Press the Volume - button and release it quickly. Press the Power button for seconds until the Apple logo appears.
• iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press both the Power button and Volume - button for seconds until the Apple logo appears.
• iPhone 6s or earlier: Press both the Power button and the Home button for seconds until you see the Apple logo.

Hard Reset iPhone

You can try to airdrop videos again after restarting iPhone. To make things simpler, the AirDrop alternative proves to be the better choice to transfer files between iDevices.

Part 3. Recommend: Share videos between iOS devices with AirDrop alternatives

AirDrop can only help you transfer videos stored in the Photos app. Other types of videos such as home videos, movies, music videos cannot be shared via AirDrop. Here recommend you AirDrop alternatives to transfer files between iOS devices without effort.

How to share videos between iOS devices with FoneTool

What if the videos have been transferred to the target iDevice but you cannot locate them. It is highly suggested you FoneTool, a powerful transfer tool for iOS to scan the vidoes on the target device or share videos between two devices again.

✓ No data loss. It can transfer videos in any size without compromising video quality. It also helps you find hidden videos on iPhone.
✓ Fast transfer speed. Compared with its WiFi and Bluetooth counterparts, the USB connection promises you a faster speed to transfer files.
✓ Types of transfer function. FoneTool supports iPhone to iPhone/iPad transfer, iPhone to computer transfer, and vice versa.

Download FoneTool to your computer, and follow the steps to transfer videos to iPhone Camera Roll again or find the hidden videos and transfer them back to Camera roll.

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Step 1. Transfer videos to computer
1. Run FoneTool on your computer > Connect the source iPhone to computer with USB.

2. Click Phone Transfer on the homepage > Click iPhone to PC > Click the + icon to select the videos you need > Click OK to continue.

Choose Videos

Step 3. Choose a storage path as you like from Transfer Settings > Click Start Transfer to save them to computer.


When the task is completed, you can follow the steps below to share these files with others at any time you like.

Step 2. Transfer videos to target iPhone
1. Unplug the source iPhone and plug the target iPhone into computer > Click PC to iPhone option.

Trasnfer To iPhone

2. Click the + icon > Choose the videos you want to transfer > Click Open to continue.

Choose Videos

Step 3. Click Start Transfer if you have chosen all you want.

Transfer To Photos

How to share videos between iOS devices wirelessly with FoneTool app

The AirDrop alternative - FoneTool app helps you transfer videos between iOS devices. What makes the FoneTool app different from AirDrop is that you can transfer multiple files at a time. Scan the QR code below to download the app from the App Store. Let's take sharing videos from iPhone to iPhone with FoneTool app as an example.

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 Step 1. Place the both iPhone close with each other > Enable Wi-Fi on both of the iPhone > Go to Connect Device in the FoneTool app > Tap the device name to establish a connection.

Connect iPhone

Step 2. On the source iPhone, tap Videos to preview and select the videos you'd like to share > Tap Send to start sharing.

Tap Send

Step 3. On the target device, receive the videos, and you can go to the Photos app to check the files.


That’s all for AirDrop video not in Camera Roll. Generally speaking, if you can’t find AirDrop video in Camera Roll on iPhone after trying solutions mentioned in this guide, you may need to contact Apple for help. Alternatively, you can try to find the invisible videos on your own or transfer videos again with the tool - FoneTool.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.