“Can iPhone play AVI? How to play AVI on iPhone? I have collected many AVI files, and would like play AVI files on iPhone. How to watch AVI on iPhone?”

AVI cannot be directly watched on iPhone. There are two ways for you to watch AVI on iPhone. One one hand, you can install a third-party AVI player for iPhone on your iPhone for playing AVI file. On the other, you can convert AVI to iPhone compatible videos for playing.

Part 1: How to Play AVI on iPhone in a Direct Way


Although AVI is not accepted by iPhone, you can still play AVI on iPhone once a third-party AVI player for iPhone is installed on your iPhone. Among many popular AVI players for iPhone, I personally prefer VLC for iOS to others. It is a mobile app for iOS devices iPhone or iPad. We have used the desktop of VLC media player for a long time. VLC for iOS is the baby brother of VLC, and it is free. iPhone and iPad users can download and install it on their devices to play back all kinds of video and audio files. of course including AVI file. VLC for iOS requires iOS 7.0 or later. It runs on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Now, let’s say you have AVI files on your Mac or PC, how can you watch AVI on your iPhone? Well, check the guide below to figure it out.

Guide on how to watch AVI on iPhone via VLC for iOS:

Step 1: Open VLC for iOS and tap on the pylon icon in the top-left corner.

Step 2: Tap on Wi-Fi Upload and the toggle switch will turn orange.

Step 3: On your Mac or PC, type the network shown into the address bar of your web browser. Example:

Step 4: Click on the plus sign in the top-right corner and open the desired AVI file.

Step 5: The file will be uploaded to your iPhone or iPad over Wi-Fi. After uploading completes, you can start to play AVI on your iPhone.


Part 2: How to Play AVI on iPhone in an Indirect Way

Like what is said above, you can watch AVI on iPhone after you convert AVI to iPhone compatible videos.

Figure out iPhone supported formats:

To convert AVI to iPhone, the first thing that we need to fighre out is what video formats are compatible with iPhone. The following table chart lists out an array of iPhone compatible file formats. Let’s take a look.

Supported Video Formats Supported Audio Formats
iPhone MOV, MP4, M4V, H.264, MPEG-4 HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (MP4 from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV

Guide on how to convert AVI to iPhone video:

After we figure out iPhone compatible formats, we should turn to an AVI to iPhone converter to convert AVI files for iPhone playback, just like Leawo Video Converter. Leawo Video Converter is a comprehensive media converter suite that could perform as an AVI to iPhone converter to easily convert high-definition AVI movies to MOV or MP4 format that is recognized by your iPhone. This Video Converter helps you convert AVI videos for any iPhone models, including iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus. Download and install Leawo Video Converter on your computer. Follow the steps below to learn how to convert AVI to iPhone MP4 or MOV format. If you are Mac users, you can try its Mac counterpart Leawo Video Converter for Mac to convert AVI to iPhone on Mac.

Step 1: Import source AVI video file


Run Leawo Video Converter on your Win computer to enter the main interface of the program, switch to “Convert” tab, and click “Add Video” icon on the top bar of the software to import source AVI video file.

Step 2: Select Output Profile


Open the drop-down box right before the big green “Convert” button and then click the “Change” button to enter the “Profile” panel, where you could select a proper profile as output format. To convert AVI to iPhone video, you could select “MP4″ or “MOV” as output format from “Format” group.


On the same drop-down box, by clicking the “Edit” option, you could enter the “Profile Settings” interface to adjust video and audio parameters of selected output profile, including: Video Codec, Quality, Video Size, Bit Rate, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio as well as Audio Codec, Quality, Bit Rate, Sample Rate, Channels, etc.

Step 3: Convert AVI to iPhone


Click on the big green “Convert” button on main interface to pop up a sidebar. On the popup sidebar, set a directory to save the output MP4 video file in the “Save to” box. Then click the bottom “Convert” button on the sidebar to start to convert AVI to iPhone.

Video Guide on how to use Leawo Video Converter:

Transfer Converted Video Files from PC to iPhone:

After you finish converting AVI to iPhone, you should transfer converted file from PC to iPhone for playing AVI on your iPhone. To do that, you can make use of iTunes. Additionally, you can take advantage of a third-party data transferring program like Leawo iTransfer.

After transferring video from PC to iPhone, you can start to play AVI now in iPhone compatible video formats on iPhone. Enjoy!