How to Play MKV Videos on iPhone or iPad

By default, Phone (iPad) does not support the MKV (Matroska Video File) format. Here’s how to play MKV videos on iPhone in an alternative way.


There are many third party media players to play MKV on iPhone or iPad. But VLC and AVPlayer remain the most popular and effective. They are free and support various video formats, including MKV. In this tutorial, we will show you how to play MKV video through VLC player.

We recommend that you read this manual before downloading the player.


MKV playback video on iPhone and iPad

Step 1: Open the app on iPhone or iPadFiles» and select an MKV video.

Step 2 Click the buttonShare” located in the lower left corner of the screen.

Step 3: From the Share menu, select the player VLC.

After a few seconds, the MKV video will start playing in the VLC player. The opening speed depends on the file size. If the video opens in the mini player, tap on it and it will open in full screen mode.

How to Transfer MKV Videos from Computer to iPhone/iPad

You can also send MKV video from computer to iPhone, iPad via VLC player.

Step 1: Connect iPhone/iPad and computer to the same Wi-Fi-networks. Open the VLC app on iPhone and go to the tab «Net”.

Step 2 BUTactivate the option «Sharing Wi-Fi Access‘ to generate a unique URL.

Step 3: Launch a browser on a computer or other device, enter this address in the browser search bar and click Enter.

Step 4: Next, click on the button “Add” (+) in the upper right corner and select the desired MKV file. You can also simply drag and drop the video into the browser window.

Step 5: Wait a few minutes for the video to load on your iPhone in the VLC player.

Step 6: Finally run Appendix VLC and on the tabVideo» Open the video you just downloaded.

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