With the increasing popularity of Apple devices, like MacBook, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and others, many problems concerning the format compatibility arise and among these problems, the failure to play WebM on iPhone is the most disturbing one for me. I just get sick of this and want desperately to solve this problem as soon as possible. Is there a way out?

Requests like the above mentioned one are not rare at all. It is shame that iPhone does not support WebM directly but the good thing is there are many third party apps to solve this problem for iPhone. We can dig more details from this article and figure out a solution to play WebM on iPhone in the end.

Part 1: What is WebM and why we cannot open WebM on iPhone

Google launched and sponsored the WebM project, and WebM here indicates an audiovisual media file format. It is primarily intended to offer a royalty-free alternative to use in the HTML5 video and the HTML5 audio elements. It has a sister project WebP for images. By nature, VLC media player, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Google Chrome are able to read WebM files directly, but for Internet Explorer and Safari, the story is different because Apple’s QuickTime player codec doesn’t support WebM. In 2011, the Google WebM Project Team released plugins for Internet Explorer and Safari to allow playback of WebM files through the standard HTML5 <video> tag. Only by installing certain plugin can WebM file be open in Apple devices. This brings in extra work so instead of that, we can find another way around to solve the problem and save you from your troubles.

Part 2: Convert WebM to iPhone with Leawo Video Converter

A dozen of third party apps are developed to tackle the incompatibility issues concerning Apple devices, among which Leawo Video Converter is one that can convert WebM to iPhone compatible formats so that WebM for iPhone is no longer a day dream. Basically, Leawo Video Converter is a program dedicated to converting files from one format to another, and preserving output file quality at 1:1, which is exactly the same as the original file. More than 180 formats are supported and 6x speed is provided, both of which are superior to that of other programs in the same category. This program is a professional video converter, presenting users with a pack of features, such as convert, merge, and edit videos. You can follow the procedure to make WebM on iPhone playable to get familiar with the program.

Step 1: Install Leawo Video Converter.

Click the button below to install this program. Both Windows and Mac OS are provided, respectively.

Step 2: Import the source WebM file.

Click Add Video to import the source file.

Add videos

Step 3: Set the output format to iPhone compatible one.

Click Change from the format drop-down menu and select an iPhone compatible format from the Device category on the displayed Profile panel. 

Change the output format

Step 4: Edit the video.

This step is optional and only applies when you need to make modifications to the video. Do so to edit videos.

Click the editing icon to enter the Output Preview page, where you can trim, crop, add effects to the video.

Edit the video

Step 5: Set a directory to save the output file.

Click the big green button Convert on the toolbar and set a directory from the pop-up sidebar. Then, click the round button Convert to proceed with processing the file.

Set a directory

Step 6: Await the file conversion to complete.

View the conversion process from the green progress bar. Await completion and then transfer the converted video to iPhone for playing WebM on iPhone.

file conversion

Part 3: Transfer WebM files to iPhone through Leawo iTransfer

There is another utility that may help to transfer files from PC to iPhone efficiently. Leawo iTransfer for Mac, as its name tells, is capable of transferring photos/music/contacts/SMS and the like between iOS devices, iTunes, and computer. It is totally reliable and safe to use this app. There is a step-by-step guide to transfer files to iPhone. You can see this app is extremely easy to handle.

Step 1: Download and install Leawo iTransfer on your PC.

Click here to download the app.

Step 2: Connect iPhone to the PC.

After connecting your iPhone, Leawo iTransfer will show the details of your iPhone. e.g.how many songs, photos, movie are stored in your iPhone.

Connect iPhone to the PC

Step 3: Click LIBRARY on the left sidebar to add your converted WebM to a specific folder in your iPhone.

file conversion

Step 4: View the progress. After all is done, the WebM files will be available on your iPhone now. You can open WebM on iPhone with ease.

file conversion


WebM on iPhone is not accessible by nature but never mind, you can use Leawo Video Converter and Leawo iTransfer to make WebM iPhone come true by converting WebM to iPhone compatible format. Don’t forget to share it with others if you like this article