How to Quickly Transfer Videos or Music to iPhone Using VLC, Without iTunes

Namrata Gogoi

When it comes to transferring videos and music files to an iPhone, one can't help but say that the options are pretty limited. The only obvious option known to most of us is the one and only iTunes. 

But then, we all know how annoying and complicated it can get, even in the case of simple media transfers.


For one, you can only transfer files from your PC or Mac. As we all know, this is an iTunes restriction, which allows it to only sync with a dedicated computer. Secondly, when it comes to video formats such as MKV and MP4, a lot of time is wasted in converting them to MOV, which is the default iOS format.

However, all is not lost yet. We have done a bit of legwork and have found the perfect solution to transfer videos and music files to iPhone without iTunes ... I repeat, without iTunes!

Moreover, the best part is that the process is as easy as pie and barely takes a minute. The answer is in the form of VLC for Mobile. VLC, as we all know, can play a variety of video file formats such as MKV, MP4 or AVI and the legacy continues with the iOS app.

So, without further ado, let's see how to get this done.

Prerequisite: The iPhone and the computer should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 1: Start the VLC Sharing Server

Open the app and tap on the VLC icon at the top-left corner. This will display the settings of the VLC app.


Here, toggle the Sharing via WiFi switch on. This will display an IP address and a .local address. Make sure to note either one of them.

Step 2: Get the PC Ready for Transfer

On the computer, enter either the IP address or the .local address on your default browser.


This will instantly open a VLC portal, which you can use to transfer files.

Step 3: Make the Transfer

Now, all you need to do is drop the files or upload them using the plus (+) sign. 


Once the files have been uploaded, you'll see them instantly on iPhone's VLC library.


See, we told you. It's as easy as 1-2-3.

VLC for iOS: Pros & Cons

As we mentioned earlier, this method lets you instantly transfer music and video files to your iPhone not just from your computer but any public computer. Plus, the fact that it's wireless acts as the cherry on top. 

Moreover, the process also works the other way around. It can also transfer videos from an iPhone to any PC.


If that's not enough, the VLC app also lets you watch videos from the Cloud Services like Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive. The options are available on the left menu.


The only limitation is that the videos and music files can be played only within the VLC player, which if you ask me, is for the greater good. Why? Well, this way you can play videos even in the background.

It's Show Time

So, this is how you can wirelessly transfer video and music files to your iPhone without iTunes. The best thing about the VLC app is that it automatically sorts the files by their names. 

Even if you have a bunch of TV shows to watch, worry not, it'll have them sorted.

Do try the method and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.