"I have downloaded a video in WMV format but I have no idea on how to transfer WMV to iPhone and how to make WMV playable on iPhone. Can anyone help me?" Asked by Amandaxue.

Here in this post, I will introduce two solutions for you to play WMV on iPhone. One is to make good use of a third-party WMV player for iPhone. The other is to make use of a WMV to iPhone converter to convert WMV to iPhone supported video. No matter which solution you choose, you need to transfer video file (WMV video file or converted video file) from computer to iPhone for playing WMV on iPhone.

Why Can’t You Play WMV on iPhone?

Windows Media Video, WMV for short, is a popular video file format for streaming video, screencasting and slideshow presentations typically on Windows-based computers. It can contain a large amount of audio and video information in a small amount of storage space. That's why it is a good format for use in internet video streaming.

You may find that it commonly ended in failure if you are trying to open a WMV file on iPhone. The reason behind this is that WMV only works with MS propriety codecs that Apple doesn't support. Though the iPhone does not natively support opening WMV files, you can overcome this limitation with the installation of third-party applications from the App Store.

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How to Play WMV on iPhone via Third-Party WMV Player?

After you transfer WMV to iPhone, you can play WMV on your iPhone with a third-party WMV player for iPhone. VLC for iOS is a free video player for iOS that allows you to play a wide range of different video files on your iOS device, be it iPhone, iPad or iPod. It can handle many of the video and audio formats that your iOS device won't recognize, including MKV, WMV, AVI, DivX, etc. Download and install VLC for iOS on your iPhone, and then you can start to play WMV on iPhone.


  • Very simple to use
  • Supports a wide range of video formats
  • Straightforward user interface
  • Supports Google Drive & Dropbox streaming


  • Won't play back video captured by your device
  • Playback isn't always seamless
  • The videos are laggy sometimes