How to Play MKV on iPhone: Quick and Easy Steps

2019-12-31 03:07:24

   Posted by Kumara Velu


Summary: Do you want to play MKV on your iPhone? Then you can either use a third party MKV player or convert the MKV files to iPhone supported formats. Read for the details.

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This article will explain how to play MKV on iPhone. MKV, being an open source format is not supported by iOS devices by default.

As such one has to resort to workarounds to make it playable on iPhone.

We shall begin with how to convert MKV to a format supported by iPhone by default, namely MP4.

Next we will look at some video players that support MKV playback on iPhone that you could download from the App Store and install.

Finally, we’ll look at how to transfer MKV to your iPhone through DVDFab File Transfer and through iTunes.

Let’s get started with an introduction to MKV.

MKV or Matroska Video is becoming popular these days. It's seems to be the format of choice for most high-definition videos uploaded to the Internet.

Those backing up their DVDs or Blu-ray prefer MKV because it takes up a relatively smaller file size compared to other formats.

Despite its smaller file size, it displays no noticeable loss of quality.

If you’ve ended up with an MKV file and want it to be played over iPhone, here’s a way to go about it.



Part 1: How to Convert MKV to iPhone Compatible Format

You can convert MKV to an iPhone compatible format with DVDFab Video Converter.

DVDFab Video Converter is a versatile program that quickly and stably converts most popular video formats to other mainstream video and audio formats.

Rest assured that the resultant file will be playable in most digital media players, whether software or hardware.

DVDFab Video Converter is available as a fully functional program for a free trial of 30 days.

Here’s how to use it as a fist step to play MKV on iPhone.

On launching DVDFab click on the Converter icon on the main menu.

Then choose the format you wish to convert to by clicking on the blue arrow button.

In our case, we'll choose iPhone as the format by clicking on Device - Apple - iPhone as shown below.

Our next step would be to import the MKV file into the converter module.

We do this by clicking on the blue +Add button.

Once the MKV file is imported, you have a few options to check out before you’re ready to convert the file.

First, you may click on the Play button to preview your clip to check whether you’ve the right video file imported.

Then you can tweak the Advanced Settings by clicking on the spanner icon as shown below. .

This allows you to set the codec, resolution and video quality, among others.

Next, clicking on the video editor icon allows you to crop and trim the video before conversion and even allows you add watermarks and subtitles.

Finally Select Mobile Phone as your output folder.

Once you’re done, hit the Start button. A window will pop up giving you the steps you should follow to transfer your converted file to your iPhone.

With DVDFab Remote installed in your mobile phone, the converted file transfer process will be easily done 


Part 2: Recommended Free iPhone Players to Play MKV Files

If you wish to play MKV files directly from your iPhone you may try out any of the following iPhone players from the App Store.


PlayerXtreme Media Player

This media player is touted as the best media player for iOS devices.

Among its versatile features is its ability to play just about any video format from 3GP, MT2S, WMV and even MKV on iPhone. .

If you’re watching a foreign language movie, it allows you to download subtitles in real time to be inserted into your movie.

This player is also battery-efficient. So, you don't have to worry about exhausting your smartphone battery power quickly.

What's more, it supports Chromecast Airplay.


Playable Media Player

If you just need a simple app to play MKV on iPhone without much fuss, then check Playable out.

It also plays your MP4 and MOV files over your IPad, iPhone and iPod Touch via iTunes transfer.

This is a HD media player has been voted one of the top 100 apps in 130 countries for the past two years.

It supports 720p and 1080p video playback.

It accepts Dropbox, USB and WiFi file transfer with automatic addition of movie posters.

Apart from subtitle support, there is a playback resume feature which is convenient if you often steal time every now and then to watch your favorite movies.


VLC for Mobile

By now you would have heard of VLC, touted as the most versatile free media player around.

With VLC you can trust any media file with it. You can play MKV on iPhone without a hitch.

Support is available for advanced subtitles, multi-track audio and playback speed control, among many other exciting features.

File synchronization is supported via Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, iCloud Drive and iTunes.

Video streaming is available from SMB, FTP, UPnP/DLNA media servers and the web.


Part 3: Transfer MKV to Your iPhone with DVDFab File Transfer

If you have an MKV media player installed in your iPhone, you may transfer your MKV files for playback with DVDFab File Transfer.


Transfer MKV to iPhone with DVDFab File Transfer

DVDFab File Transfer transfers wirelessly files processed by the various applications in DVDFab from your hard disk to your smartphone and tablet.

To launch the program, go to Menu and select Utilities.

Next, click on File Transfer. A set of instructions will appear to show you the steps to transfer your MKV files to your iPhone.

Install DVDFab Remote in your iPhone and connect it to DVDFab.Then you can see the File Transfer window.

Click the Add button to add the MKV or other video files from your computer.

And then click the “Transfer” button to start the process of transferring the MKV videos to your iPhone.

When the transfer is complete, you can find the videos in your Photos.


Transfer MKV to Your iPhone with iTunes

If you’ve already installed iTunes in your computer, then you can use the program to transfer MKV to your iPhone.

Here’s how you go about it.  On launching iTunes, select File and create a new playlist if you wish by clicking on New.

If you already have a playlist to add your MKV to, select Add File to Library.

Then connect your iPhone to your computer. Once your device is detected in iTunes, drag and transfer the MKV file to your iPhone.

You’re now ready to play MKV on iPhone.

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