How to transfer videos from an iPhone to a Mac wirelessly

By Laura McCamy

If you're an Apple user, you have two ways to wirelessly transfer videos and photos from your iPhone to your Mac: through AirDrop, or through iCloud.

Here's how to transfer videos from your iPhone to your Mac both ways. 

How to transfer videos from an iPhone to a Mac with AirDrop

AirDrop lets you easily send all sorts of files from your iPhone to your Mac computer. But, you'll need to have your phone and your computer within a few feet of each other — AirDrop works only for short-range transmission.

1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

2. To view all your videos on your iPhone, tap Albums at the bottom of the screen, scroll down to the Media Types section, and choose Videos

Screenshot of Albums page on iPhone Photos app
On the "Albums" tab, select "Videos."
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3. Tap Select in the upper-right corner of the videos screen. You can tap each individual video you want to import, choose Select All in the top-left corner, or swipe your finger across the photos to select multiple at once. A blue check will appear on each video you select. 

Screenshot of Select button in iPhone Photos app
To choose photos, first tap "Select" in the top-right corner.
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4. Tap the Share icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

Screenshot of Share button in iPhone Photos app
After selecting your video(s), tap the "Share" button at the bottom.
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5. In the Share pop-up menu, tap the AirDrop icon, which looks like a blue bullseye.  

Screenshot of AirDrop icon on iPhone Share pop-up menu
Select "AirDrop."
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6. On the AirDrop page, find and select your Mac computer. If you don't see your computer after a few seconds, make sure that your Mac has AirDrop activated

Screenshot of AirDrop device selection page on iPhone
Select the Mac you want to AirDrop to.
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7. You'll have to accept the transfer on your Mac. The import may take a few seconds. On your iPhone, a blue line will appear around the icon for your Mac. The AirDrop is complete once the blue line gets all the way around the circle.

8. Once the videos have been transferred, a pop-up will let you choose whether you want to save them to your downloads or to the Photos app. 

Screenshot of AirDrop notification on Mac
Accept the video(s) and choose where you want to save them.
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How to transfer videos from an iPhone to a Mac using iCloud

Apple's iCloud lets you sync your videos and photos from your iPhone to your Mac automatically.

1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app and then tap your name at the top to go to your Apple ID page. 

Screenshot of iPhone Settings app homepage
Select your name at the top of the Settings page.
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2. Tap iCloud.

Screenshot of Apple ID page on iPhone Settings app
Go to "iCloud."
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3. Under Apps Using iCloud, tap Photos.

Screenshot of iCloud page in Settings app
On the iCloud page, go to "Photos."
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4. Turn on iCloud Photos by swiping the button to the right, turning it from grey to green. 

Screenshot of Photos page in iPhone Settings app
Tap the button next to "iCloud Photos" to turn it green.
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5. Next, open System Preferences on your Mac. 

6. Click Apple ID in the top-right corner of System Preferences. On older Macs, click iCloud

Screenshot of Mac System Preferences homepage
In System Preferences, click "Apple ID."
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7. On the left side of the Apple ID page, click iCloud, then check the box next to Photos to sync them to iCloud. On older Macs, click Options next to Photos and click the button to sync to iCloud. 

Screenshot of "Photos" button on iCloud page of Mac System Preferences
On the iCloud page, click the box next to "Photos."
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