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Dose iPhone XS Play HEVC Natively? How to Play HEVC/H.265 Video on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR?

Is It Possible to Play HEVC/H.265 Video on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR 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 will fully support HEVC format. It means that iPhones running on iOS 11 or later, for example the latest iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, can play HEVC videos without trouble!

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Flawlessly Play HEVC/H.265 Video on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR and Previous Generations? How to Achieve?

Still get some HEVC/H.265 files not playing on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR? 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!]

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, Apple released another 3 new iPhones, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR working on iOS 12 which inherits HEVC support. Therefore, HEVC videos can be absolutely played on iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

iPhone XS HEVC Playback Error and Fix

Unfortunately, we still get some HEVC/H.265 files which can't be played on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR. Why? It seems that iOS 12 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 XS smoothly, 3-party HEVC player apps for iOS (for example VLC) may be helper, while produce 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.

Instead of using desktop video converter, we would like to recommend iOS file transfer software to convert and sync HEVC video to iPhone X/8/8 Plus 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 XS/XS Max/XR etc, 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 XS/XS Max/XR 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.

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

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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 XS/XS Max/XR 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.

Convert and Sync HEVC Video to iPhone 8

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.

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

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

WinX MediaTrans

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.

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