How can I add AVI And MKV files to iTunes?

rishi December 26, 2011

I have many video files in AVI and MKV format, but I don’t know how I can add these files to my iPod and iPhone via iTunes.

  1. cynthia
    June 12, 2012 at 2:07 am

    First try converting your .avi files to Apple format. you can do this with AVI to iTunes Video Converter for Mac( (file>export) . then you can move all your files to itunes for new ipod or iphone. For iTunes or QT, you should select an iTunes-friendly output format, such as MOV, MP4 or M4V.

    • victor
      June 27, 2012 at 3:38 am

      You are gonna have to convert them to m4v then import them to iTunes and at the end put them into your iPad

  2. Well
    March 14, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Just google search Step by Step Guide on  How to Convert MKV to Successfully Add and Import MKV to iTunes for Play

    you will find a powerful iTunes video converter,
    It can convert MKV, HD MKV to iTunes supported video format with almost
    no loss of video quality and super fast conversion speed. It even can
    convert MKV video to iTunes supported audio format to only play MKV
    audio in iTunes. Moreover, it also enables to convert other video
    formats like WTV, WMV, AVI, VOB, FLV, F4V, 3GP, WebM, MXF, MPG, 720p,
    1080p, 1080i HD, AVCHD to iTunes compatible video or audio format.

    • jeff
      June 12, 2012 at 2:14 am


      It looks like no one knows why it works that way. It just does. I wonder if enough people provided feedback to Apple about the problem, they might fix it? Try .

  3. LEA
    December 27, 2011 at 6:18 am


    December 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Hello, easiest way is to use a media converter to convert from avi/mkv to mp4.  Any of the following three options in the next link can do that for you: freemake, vlc player and format factory:


    • sjWiz
      July 31, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Hey Fidelis,

      Thanks for this link. Handbreak is quite useful and quite fast when it comes to conversion.

      Appreciate it :)

  5. Mike
    December 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    If you have a third-party video App on your iPhone you may be able to transfer them via the App section of iTunes.

    Otherwise you will have to convert them into an iTunes supported format as ha14 already stated.

  6. Anonymous
    December 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    you will need a converter

    According to Apple official website, iTunes only works with QuickTime and MPEG-4 Movie files that end in ".mov", ".m4v", or ".mp4" and are playable in QuickTime Player. Therefore, if you try to import .avi movie to iTunes for syncing, it will end in fail in importing AVI video to iTunes let alone transfer this AVI file to iPad, iPhone, iPod.

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