Transfer MOV to iPhone Camera Roll from PC/Files App

From this guide, you will know how to move .mov videos from Files app to iPhone Camera Roll. You can also get detailed instructions to transfer .mov from PC to iPhone Camera Roll with or without iTunes.


By Demi / Updated on June 9, 2023

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Mov file from File to Camera Roll

Hi all. I’ve downloaded a 4.3 GB .mov file on my iPhone. I want to move or copy it to my Camera Roll or Photos album in order to keep it accessible. How can I do it? Thanks in advance!

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Downloading MOV files to Camer Roll iPhone 11

I’m trying to transfer MOV files from desktop to iPhone 11 in order to upload to Instagram story. It’s not giving me an option to download to Camera Roll in iPhone 11. Thank you for your help.

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Photos and videos you shot with an iPhone will be automatically saved in the Camera Roll in the Photos app. However, if you download .mov files from a web browser or any apps on your iPhone or computer, you may find it kind of complicated to transfer them to your iPhone Camera Roll.

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To keep the downloaded .mov files accessible wherever you are, you may want to transfer these .mov to iPhone Camera Roll. Keep reading this guide, you will get detailed instructions about how to send .mov videos to iPhone Camera Roll from the Files app or PC.

Part 1. How to move .mov video from Files to iPhone Camera Roll

To move .mov videos from Files to iPhone Camera Roll, you may need to locate .mov videos in the Files app first. Depending on which browser or app you used to download them, the .mov files can be saved in a download file, browser file, or anywhere else. Luckily, you can make use of the spotlight on iPhone to quickly locate them. Follow the steps to make it and move them to iPhone Camera Roll.

Step 1. Swipe down from the middle of the Home screen > Tap the search field and enter the name of the .mov > Tap go to get the file.

Locate MP4 With Spotlight

Step 2. Tap the .mov file, and it will automatically open in iMovie > Go to the Project page of iMovie.

Step 3. Select the .mov video you want to move to iPhone Camera Roll > Tap the Share icon > Save Video > Choose a size to export it to Camera Roll.

Save Video From iMovie To Camera Roll

Optionally, if you don’t want to waste time moving them one by one, you can transfer .mov videos from iPhone to computer, and transfer them back to iPhone Camera Roll at a time with one of the methods introduced below.

Part 2. Transfer .mov to iPhone Camera Roll with iTunes

If the .mov files are saved on a computer, you may think of sending .mov from computer to iPhone Camera Roll with iTunes. Exactly, iTunes can be used to download and purchase media files, it’s also a nice way to export .mov videos to iPhone Camera Roll. Please make sure you have updated iTunes to the latest version on your computer before following the steps below.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable > click the phone icon near the upper left corner.

Step 2. Tap Summary > Option > Turn on the option “Manually manage music and videos” > Click Apply to save the change.

Manually Manage Music And Videos

Step 3. Go to File > Tap Add File to Library to select .mov videos from computer.

Add Files

Step 4. Click Movies > Check Sync Movies to choose the wanted files > Click Apply to start the task.

Select Videos

In case of any unexpected error, you may need this guide to fix iTunes sync greyed out.

Part 3. Transfer .mov file to iPhone Camera Roll without iTunes

If you are seeking solutions to transfer .mov files to iPhone Camera Roll without iTunes, you can try either of the methods below.

Method 1. Transfer .mov to iPhone Camera Roll using FoneTool

On the one hand, FoneTool can be seen as a perfect iTunes alternative. On the other hand, FoneTool outweighs iTunes. It serves as a professional transfer tool for iOS devices.

✓ Simple and fast transfer process. Just within three steps, you can finish transferring .mov from computer to iPhone. It doesn’t take much time, even if you transfer large videos.
✓ No data loss. The fast transfer process doesn’t compress the size of .mov data. There is no harm to the original data on your iPhone, either.
✓ Powerful transfer functions. Besides, computer to iPhone transfer, FoneTool also supports you to transfer from iPhone/iPad to computer, one iPhone/iPad to another transfer.

Free download and install FoneTool to your computer by clicking the icon below. Then, transfer .mov to iPhone Camera Roll using it.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool > Click Phone Transfer  on its homepage > Choose PC to iPhone.

Transfer To iPhone

Step 2. Click the + icon to add .mov videos from your computer > Click Open to continue.

Choose Videos

Step 3. Make sure you have selected all wanted .mov videos > Choose the Photos app as the destination > Click Start Transfer to start the task.

Transfer To Photos

When it is over, you can unplug iPhone from computer and go to Photos app on your iPhone to have a check.

Since videos usually take up much space on iPhone, it can easily cause iPhone storage full. If your iPhone storage is full after the transfer process, you can refer to this post: iPhone Storage Full? Fix it Without Losing Data.

Method 2. Transfer .mov to iPhone Camera Roll using iCloud

If you want to transfer .mov to iPhone Camera Roll wirelessly, iCloud will be a nice try for you. You can manually upload .mov videos to iCloud, and download them to your iPhone. But please note that since you have only 5 GB of storage space for free in iCloud and .mov files can easily run out of it, you may need to pay for extra space to save videos.

On your computer:
Step 1. Open a web browser and go to > Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Click Photos > Click the Upload icon in the upper right corner.

View Photos On iCloud

Step 3. Select the wanted .mov videos from your computer.

On your iPhone: Go to the Settings app > [your name] > Choose iCloud > Photos > Toggle on iCloud Photos to download .mov to your iPhone.

Turn On iCloud Photos


That’s all for the ways to transfer .mov files to iPhone Camera Roll. If the videos have been saved somewhere else on iPhone, you can locate them and move them to iPhone Camera Roll one by one. To send .mov from computer to iPhone Camera Roll, you can utilize iTunes, FoneTool, or iCloud.

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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.