How to Fix iPhone Videos Not Playing on Windows

Fixed Here: iPhone Videos Not Playing on Windows

In this article, you will get an opportunity to know about the reason that is stopping your Windows 10 to play iPhone video and different methods to deal with this issue.

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Feb 02, 2021 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

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"I have transferred few videos from my iPhone X to the computer with Windows 10. But my computer cannot play the video and is continuously showing the message 'Windows Media Player cannot play the file' whenever it tries playing it."

Apple has very advanced and unique technology, but it is a well-known fact that it is not much compatible with non-apple devices. If you are using an iPhone, you must capture pictures and videos with its amazing camera.

Sometimes, for some purpose, people tend to transfer their videos to a computer. If you are doing the same and cannot play videos on your PC, then do not worry. Because we have also encountered the same situation stating "iPhone video won’t play," and the matter is normal and can have various reasons. But why do you have to worry when we are here to help you? Let's introduce you to the reasons for the problem and the solutions to get rid of this chaotic situation.

Part 1. Why Can’t iPhone Videos Play on Windows 10?

If you have recently transferred your videos to your PC having Windows 10 and cannot play videos iPhone recorded, then do not worry because we have got you covered. In this section, we'll be identifying the problem, i.e., we will be discussing the reasons behind the problem.

Mostly the issue arises because your media player does not support the format your iPhone video has. In this way, you can try using an iPhone video player or media player compatible with it. The issue can appear because your Windows Media Player needs an update. The problem may also arise because of codecs. If your PC does not have codecs that support relevant video, you will not play that video on PC.

There can be some other reason like improper transfer of the video from your iPhone to PC. Malware in your PC can result in difficulty playing the iPhone video. You can also try checking your video because it can be corrupted. Any reason among the above may serve as a hindrance. But each of these reasons has a workable solution. Move on to the next part to deal with your inability to play videos iPhone recorded or stored.

Method 1: Try Updating Windows Media Player

When you are unable to play video, iPhone is transferred to your PC. The issue is not always with your video. It may appear because of your Windows media player. Sometimes updating Window Media Player’s setting solves the issue for you. Let’s see how you can do that.

Step 1. On your PC, click on the "Start" button.

Step 2. On the search bar, type "Features" and click on "Turn Windows Feature on or off."

Step 3. Expand these "Media features" from the screen and uncheck the "Windows Media Player."

Step 4. After this, click on "Ok."

uncheck windows media player option

Step 5. After this, restart your PC.

Step 6. Once the PC has restarted again, open "Turn Windows Feature on or off."

Step 7. Then expand the "Media Features" and check the "Window Media Player" check box again.

tick windows media player option

Step 8. Now restart the PC, and it will reinstall the Windows Media Player in its latest version.

Method 2: Try playing iPhone video with the help of Another Media Player

If your Windows Media Player cannot play the video that was initially played by iPhone Video Player, you must try using some other Windows Media Player. You can try the VLC media player because it supports nearly every format. To use it, follow the following steps.

Step 1. Download the VLC media player on your PC and install it.

Step 2. Now go to your iPhone video you want to play.

Step 3. Right-click on the video with the mouse. It will open options for you.

Step 4. Click on the option of "Open with" from the available options.

Step 5. Click on the "VLC media player."

play video with vlc

This will start playing our iPhone video with a VLC media player. You can download other media players too.

Method 3: Download Video Codecs for your Windows 10

Codecs are necessary to play videos on your Windows 10. It compresses or decompresses the video and helps to play the video. In this method, we'll be telling you a procedure to download the codecs.

Step 1. Turn your PC on and open your Windows Media Player.

Step 2. Go to the option showing "Tools."

Step 3. Then from the further window, click on the "Options."

tap on options

Step 4. After this, click on the tab of "Player."

Step 5. Check the check box of "Automatic Updates." It will install codec enhancements automatically for you.

enable automatic updates

Installing these codecs will help you play the video on Windows Media Player, which Windows 10 could not play initially. Among some popular codecs are K-Lite Codec Pack, Media Player Video Codec Packs, X Codec Pack, and Shark007X Codec Pack.

Method 4: Convert the format of your iPhone videos to another

You can try converting the iPhone video format, which is not playing on your Windows 10. But if you do not know about converting the format, this method will tell you all about it.

Step 1. Turn your PC on and open your VLC media player.

Step 2. Click on "Media" and then on "Convert" or "Save."

select convert or save option

Step 3. After this, click on "Add."

Step 4. Go to the video you want to convert and select it.

Step 5. Click on the "Convert" button.

Step 6. Now select the format you want to convert your video in the convert section.

Step 7. Now click on "Browse' to set the storage path for converted video.

Step 8. In the end, click on "Start" to convert the video.

start converting your video

Your video will be converted after repeating these steps. This process will answer all your doubts stating, "iPhone video won’t play."

Method 5: Repairing the Corrupted Video

If you cannot play the video iPhone was playing initially, it must get corrupted on transferring to PC due to some reason. But the good news is that you can always repair corrupted video using software called Wondershare Repairit. It will repair your video like it was never corrupted. Let's see the process you will have to repeat to repair your video.

Step 1: Downloading the Software

Begin the magical process by downloading the software on your PC; after downloading, launch it to proceed.

Step 2: Add the Video

Click on the (+) button to add the video to the software. After clicking on it, browse to find the video and add after finding.

add your corrupted video.

Step 3: Start the repairing process.

After adding, click on the "Repair" option. The repairing process will start, and it will take a few moments. If repairing does not work successfully, then move on to step 4, i.e., Advanced Repair.

start repairing your video

Step 4: Advanced Repair

Severely videos need special attention, and for these kinds of videos, Wondershare Repairit has introduced the "Advanced Repair" option. You can add the sample video in this feature, but make sure the video has the same format as the original one.

add sample video for advanced repair

Step 5: Preview and Save the video.

After completing the repair process, preview the video and save it to your PC's desired location.

save your repaired video

After saving, try opening repaired video. It will surely work this time.


Conclusion

Due to the low compatibility of the iPhone with non-apple devices, most people cannot play videos iPhone usually plays. But the point is it is not a big deal. In this article, you are provided with multiple methods that will help you to play the video. Explore this method and get your way all cleared.

Even if your video is corrupted, and that is the reason behind the problem. Then you can repair it using Wondershare Repairit Software. You can follow the procedure and can repair your video on the go.

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