Best Video and Audio Formats Supported by iPhones and iPads
What’s the best video/audio format for playing on the iPhones and iPads like iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max/12 mini, iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone SE, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad mini? Here we list the supported video and audio formats for Apple iPhones and iPads for you to better watch videos without limitation.
This post has summerized the full video & audio formats supported by iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, earlier models and solution to make unsupported videos playable for iPhones and iPads.
I usually watch videos on the internet on my iPhone 12 but one day it just started saying sorry this video cannot be played. How can i get it to work again? – Boyd, Matthew
I am trying to put an 4K MKV on my iPad Pro, but for some reason windows tells me to convert it or it wont play right. I’d like to know what video formats are supported by iPAd Pro. – Racine, Paul
Apple iPhones, like iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max that is expected to be red-hot, have enjoyed a great reputation among iOS fans. Their razor-sharp screens, unassailable performance and long battery life make Apple iPhones the most popular gadgets to watch movies thereon. However, the more you play videos on iPhones, the more you will encounter video format incompatibility issue. That’s why more and more iOS users wonder the best video formats for iPhones and iPads for limitless playback. And this article will give the extract video and audio formats and parameters Apple iPhone/iPad support and will show you the perfect video codec and parameter setting that best suit your iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max/12 mini, iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone SE, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad mini, etc.
Popular Video Formats Supported by iPhones/iPads
Generally speaking, your iPhone/iPad will have no problem in reading the video and audio formats listed in the following table.
* Video Format: M4V, MP4, MOV (HEVC, H.264, MPEG‑4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG)
* Audio Formats: AAC‑LC, HE‑AAC, HE‑AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), Dolby Digital Plus (E‑AC‑3), Dolby Atmos, and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)
* Playback: Up to 4K HDR AirPlay for mirroring, photos, and video out to Apple TV or AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV
* Recording: HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps; 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps; 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps; 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Tips: If the vidoes you have are not in the list above, you have to convert them to a format that can play on iPhone/iPad beforehand with the help of a professional video converter. All-in-one iPhone video converterter and iPad video converter to convert videos to/from iPhone/iPad supported video formats like M4V, MOV, MP4 on Mac (Big Sur) and Windows (10). No.1 fast speed!
Video/Audio Formats and Encoding Parameters for iPhones/iPads
There comes a problem that you cannot play some common videos like MP4 occasionally even though they are claimed to be supported videos by Apple iOS devices. The explanation to this problem is that such kind of video format, though supported by iPhone and iPad, may encode with the audio and video codec that iPhone/iPad cannot support or may not meet the supported specification of audio and video codec. Worse still, sound or video may not work if the contents have a standard bit rate/frame rate above the compatible frame/sec of iOS device. To help you out, here we list the recommended video and audio formats, video encoding profiles and parameters that the specific iPhone/iPad support for playback, including iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max/12 mini, iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone SE, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad mini, etc.
Tips: Codec settings can be quite a difficulty way for non-pros. In this way, a great video converter software is necessary if you don’t want to waste time to set the complicate parameter settings.
How to Change Video Format into iPhone/iPad
iPhone and iPad only support limited video formats listed above, there are still some videos like MKV, WMV, MP4, MTS, M2TS, AVCHD, MXF, AVI, MOV, etc that iPhone and iPad cannot recognize. Fortunately, a better solution to remove the hassle to play these unreadable videos on iPhone/iPad is to convert the videos to iPhone/iPad viewable ones with a professional program called Acrok Video Converter Ultimate.
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Step 1: Open and click Add file button. Select +Video to load the video on this iPhone/iPad video converter.
Step 2: Choose the specific iPhone/iPad from its pop-up window.
Step 3: Then click “Convert” button to start the video to iPhone/iPad conversion. Just three steps, you can finish the video conversion and therefore put video to iPhone or iPad for playing on the go.