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Does iPhone Play HEVC Natively? How to Play HEVC/H.265 Video on iPhone 11 and Other Models?

Is It Possible to Play HEVC/H.265 Video on iPhone 11/Pro/Max Natively?

"When will Apple support HEVC (H.265) natively on iOS?" has become a frequently asked question since HEVC codec was used for FaceTime over cellular on iPhone 6/6 Plus. iPhone fans had a big expectation about HEVC playback support on next generation. On WWDC 2017, Apple announced iOS 11 which would fully support HEVC format. It means that iPhones running on iOS 11 or later, for example the latest iPhone 11/, can play HEVC videos without trouble!

How to Flawlessly Play HEVC/H.265 Video on iPhone 11/Pro/Max and Previous Generations?

Still get some HEVC/H.265 files not playing on iPhone 11/Pro/Max or other generations? Try WinX MediaTrans, an innovative iOS file manager, which is available to import and convert HEVC/H.265 to H.264 to iPhone and previous generations from computer for a successful playback. It gives No.1 FAST transferring and converting speed to save your time. [Free for 10 Videos Per Day!]

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HEVC/H.265 Support on iPhone

Apple released iOS 11 in 2017 with a new support of HEVC (H.265) which means that all iPhones which runs on iOS 11 can play HEVC videos and enjoy ultra high resolution videos with small sizes. In 2018-2019, Apple released another new iPhones, iPhone 11/Pro/Max, iPhone XS/XS Max/XR working on iOS 13 and iOS 12 which inherits HEVC support. Therefore, HEVC videos can be absolutely played on iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

iPhone HEVC Playback Error and Fix

Unfortunately, we still get some HEVC/H.265 files which can't be played on iPhone 11/Pro/Max, etc. Why? It seems that iOS 12/13 can't recognize special HEVC videos encoded by some transcoders for example HandBrake or downloaded online which may have been partically damaged. To get all HEVC 4K/8K videos played on iPhone smoothly, 3-party HEVC player apps for iOS (for example VLC) may be helper, while producing other problems, which probably include eating storage on iPhone, app suddenly not working and more. Alternatively, it is strongly suggested to convert HEVC (H.265) to H.264 which is fully compatible with iPhone XS and other iPhones.

Instead of using desktop video converter, we would like to recommend iOS file transfer software to convert and sync HEVC video to iPhone at one go. WinX MediaTrans is such an all-sided and capable program which aims to offer the easiest and quickest solution to transfer media files, e.g. videos, photos, music, e-books, between computer and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). It equips a video converter engine available to auto change any video format (HEVC included) to H.264 while keeping nearly lossless quality when adding a video to iPhone or other iOS devices. The use of hardware acceleration drives you to convert HEVC (H.265) to H.264 for iPhone at an extremely fast speed. In addition, if you need to free up space, you can export the video(s) to hard drive for a backup and then permanently delete it via this WinX iOS media file manager.

Also learn: How to Play HEVC Content on Android Devices.

How to Convert HEVC (H.265) to H.264 for Playing on iPhone

First of all, download and install WinX MediaTrans on PC (available for Windows 10 and lower versions). Mac users please switch to the Mac version. Also, please make sure that iTunes is or was installed on your computer. After that, follow the steps to perform conversion for fixing iPhone HEVC playback problem.

Step 1. Plug in iPhone with computer via a USB cable. Launch WinX MediaTrans and main UI with function buttons appears. Click Video Manager button to enter a new page.

Note: A message box will pop up asking you to prevent iTunes from automatically syncing in case the data on your device may be erased accidently. You'd better follow the suggestion.

WinX MediaTrans - Video Manager
WinX MediaTrans - Video Manager

Step 2. Click Add Video button to upload HEVC video(s) to iPhone from hard drive.

After the video is added, unsupported format symbol and a Convert button will be displayed on the video(s). You can click Convert to change the video format from HEVC to H.264 at first and then click Sync button to add the converted video to iPhone.

Otherwise, directly click Sync button and HEVC video(s) will be converted and imported to iPhone at once.

Sync and Convert HEVC to iPhone
Sync and Convert HEVC to iPhone

Additional: Export button is used to copy videos from iPhone to computer and Delete Video button for removing videos from iPhone.

Learn more on how to play HEVC files on iPhone, Desktop and more:

Still have problem about how to convert HEVC/H.265 to H.264 for playing on iPhone via WinX MediaTrans? Please feel free to Email Us >>

What More Can WinX MediaTrans Do for You Besides (HEVC) Video Converting and Syncing?

• Transfer photos, videos, music, e-books, voice memos between iPhone and PC/Mac at an extremely fast speed.
• Acts as a music manager to edit metadata of a song (title, artist, album, year), create/delete playlists, remove song(s) from iPhone; Make songs as ringtone and transfer ringtones between iPhone and computer.
• Remove DRM from songs, movies, TV shows and audio books purchased from iTunes/Apple Music for playback on more non-Apple devices.
• Turn iPhone as a flash drive to save any file types, such as Word, Excel, PDF, PPT, TXT and so on.
• Available for all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch models running on iOS 7.0 or later.

Free Download for Win 7 or later
Free Download for Mac OS X 10.6 or later

For Windows and Mac only. If you are a mobile user, please click here.


Author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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