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iPhone Video Formats - How to Fix Video Not Supported on iPhone Issue

Author by Michelle

Updated at June 7, 2022

For iPhone users, it is necessary to have some knowledge of the video formats supported by iPhone. For one thing, getting familiar with these formats gives you an idea of which format is ideal for your video henceforth. For another, it could serve as a factor to determine a reason for the video-not-playing problem. Follow this article to know these iPhone video formats and ready to convert the unsupported format to a fitting one using this professional video converter below:

iPhone has limited capacity to perform any kind of video due to the supported Apple video formats. So we would often get stuck in a situation where a notice pops up saying that the video can't be played on the iPhone device. To solve this matter, we should first get to know the video format that iPhone accepts before getting the right antidote.

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Part 1. iPhone Supported Video Formats

Video Formats Supported by iPhone

Supported iPhone video formats:

Apple ProRes, AVCHD , DV, H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, HDV, QuickTime formats

Supported iPhone container formats:

3GP, AVI, MOV (QuickTime), MP4, MTS/M2TS, MXF

More detailed information is in supported media formats in Motion.

Since the settings and models of each iPhone vary form each other, not every type of iPhone is able to support all these formats listed above. The current popular iPhone devices usually play video files encoded via MPEG-4 H.264 or H.265 in MOV (QuickTime), MP4, M4V, and AVI and support audio formats like AAC, AIFF, MP3, and M4A. Its camera videos are recorded in the default MOV format through H.264 or H.265.

Part 2. Convert Unsupported Video Files to Apple Video Formats

To play an unsupported video on iPhone, a third-party player can easily satisfy your needs. Yet there are some caveats you should bear in mind, for installing an extra app on your relatively small-space phone can further consume the memory and even slow down your phone. You might as well consider using a desktop converter to convert video to the needed format. And such a move needs a proper video converter. Here I recommend WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro that I often use to do the conversion stuff. Also, it is able to downsize video to free up more space. Take converting an unsupported MKV file to MP4 with H.265 video and AAC audio codecs as an example.

Import File into Video Converter

Step 1. Import the MKV File into Video Converter

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Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open “Video Converter”. Click “+Add Files” to import the MKV file or directly drag and drop it into the program.

Choose Output Formats

Step 2. Choose Output Formats

In the main workplace, hit the output format image on the right side. Then under the video format section, select MP4. (You could also try the Apple category where a series of already-made specs for each type of iPhone are presented). Then click “Parameter settings” under the output format section. In the pop-up interface, change the video and audio encoders to H265 and AAC respectively. Next, click “OK” to save the changes.

Start Conversion

Step 3. Start Conversion

Before conversion, choose a different output path for the converted file through the inverted triangle in the bottom area if you want. Then hit “Run” to begin the conversion.

At last...

Hope this article could help you understand the iPhone video formats and the approach mentioned above could really solve some of your problems. If you have any doubts unresolved, please feel free to reach me. Thanks!

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