How to Add Videos to iTunes from PC/on iPhone

Want to add videos to iTunes but do not know how? This guide will show you how to add videos to iTunes from your computer, external hard drive or iPhone.


By Lena / Updated on May 31, 2024

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iTunes is a great media management tool to manage video libraries. You can sort your videos so that you can easily find the one you want to watch. In addition, once the videos are in iTunes library, you can choose to sync them to iPhone and iPad. It’s not difficult to add videos to iTunes but make sure that your video format is right.

Add Videos to iTunes

iTunes only supports MP4, M4V and MOV formats. If the video you want to add to iTunes is not an compatible format (AVI, MKV, WMV), you should first try to convert the video to a compatible one. Otherwise, you will not be able to add it to iTunes library. You can let video conversion tools like Adapter help you convert your video file.

You want to add downloaded movies to iTunes probably because you want to add downloaded movies to iPhone/iPad. In this case, you can go to Part 2 to get a quick solution.

Part 1. How to Add Videos to iTunes from PC

iTunes is a great media player, if you want to watch movies on iTunes, you can follow the steps below to add movies to iTunes Library. In addition, you can also choose to add downloaded movies to iPhone/iPad, so that you can enjoy the movie outdoors.

How to Add Videos to iTunes from Your Computer

1. Open iTunes on your computer. It’s recommended to update iTunes to the latest version to avoid can’t add videos to iTunes problem and also ensure the best playback experience.

2. Click File menu > Choose Add File to Library... or Add Folder to Library... > Select video files or folder containing video files to add videos to iTunes from your computer.

Add File to Library

Note: If you want to add movies from external hard drive, simply connect external hard drive to computer and choose the videos you need.

How to Watch iTunes Movies on iPhone/iPad

→ Find the added videos in iTunes: 

● iTunes 11 and later versions: videos and movies not purchased from iTunes will be added to Home Videos under Movies.
● Previous versions: you can find your non-purchased videos and movies in My Videos under Movies.

→ If you want to transfer videos from iTunes to iPhone/iPad, here are the detailed steps.

1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to computer.

2. Drag the video onto your iPhone or iPad.

Drag Video to Device

→ If it says you cannot copy video to your device, try to convert the video to a proper version.

1. Click the video you want to transfer to iPhone/iPad.

2. Click File > Choose Convert > Choose Create iPod or iPhone Version or Create iPad or Apple TV Version > Then you will see the new version of the video in the Home Videos list.


On your iPhone or iPad, open the TV app (The TV app has replaced the older Videos app) and tap Home Videos to find the videos. Now you and enjoy movies on iPhone or iPad.

Part 2. How to Add Downloaded Videos to iPad/iPhone Quickly

iTunes can help you add downloaded videos to iPhone and iPad. However, it’s kind of time-consuming, you should first add downloaded videos to iTunes and then sync them to iPhone or iPad. Actually, there’s a quick solution - let FoneTool help you make it.

FoneTool is one professional iOS data management tool for Windows users, which supports data transfer between computer and iPhone/iPad, between iPhone and another iPhone/iPad. You can let it help you transfer videos in any size without compromising video quality.

How to Add Downloaded Videos to iPhone

1. Download, install and launch FoneTool.

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2. Connect iPhone or iPad to computer.

3. On the home interface, choose Transfer to iPhone option.

Transfer to iPhone

4. Click the + to browse and choose your videos from computer, external hard drive or USB flash drive.

Choose Videos

5. You can choose to save your videos to Videos, Music or Photos app, here you can choose Videos and your movies will be saved in TV (Videos) app > Click Transfer to add downloaded videos to iPhone.

Transfer to Videos

When the transfer is complete, you can go to TV (Videos) app on iPhone and watch the movie.

Part 3. How to Add Videos to iTunes on iPhone/iPad

If you want to add videos to iTunes from iPhone, you can first transfer videos from iPhone to computer via FoneTool and then add them to iTunes Library.

Step 1. Transfer Videos from iPhone/iPad to Computer

FoneTool can help you transfer any type of videos: photo videos, music videos, or movies. It’s able to transfer purchased and non-purchased files and it’s no problem to transfer large videos from iPhone to PC. You can let the Transfer to Computer tool help you export videos to computer.

Transfer to Computer

Step 2. Add Videos to iTunes Library

After you have transferred videos from iPhone/iPad to computer, you can open iTunes and add these videos to iTunes Library. You can refer to Part1 for the detailed steps.

Final Words

That’s all about how to add videos to iTunes from PC or iPhone. The videos will be saved in Home Videos and you can sync the videos to iPhone and iPad.

If you want to add videos to iPhone/iPad directly, FoneTool can do you a favor. Besides videos, you can also let it help you transfer photos, videos, contacts and more. Go download FoneTool and discover more.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.