iPhone has always been one of those devices which play the leading role in the smartphone market and this is due to the fact that the iPhone was the first ever touch screen mobile phone. Because of this, technology start-up entrepreneurs often look toward the iPhone as a benchmark. As a matter of fact, we find ourselves referring to the iPhone the god-father of the smartphone industry one too many times; millions and millions of bucks are made each year by this specific industry in the UK and the US while utilizing the cheap labour in China.
Unlike Android, restrictions on the iDevices are aplenty. You can’t install custom OSes and no third party apps on it. One of these restrictions also includes the media content restrictions – and this is what will be resolved today.
The iPhone being a part of the Apple products, requires iTunes when looking to add media content such as audio and video. One always needs to first install iTunes on his/her PC and then go through its long syncing process. Whilst iTunes may be a smooth media player for Mac\’s, it is no way a good option for a Window PCs. To put it bluntly, its a piece of crap.
You may have heard of VLC and this is where VLC comes to save the day. If not then check this out – VLC is a great, no wait, VLC is an awesome, versatile media player for Windows, Android and now for the iOS (again). In fact, it is considered a much better media player than Microsoft’s very own Windows Media Player. The VLC media player made its way to the App Store long time ago, but it was banned due to some copyright issues. But this time around, VLC has returned into action with a ton of new and improved features.
In this article we\’re not going to touch on the new features of VLC but let us just say this – VLC plays MKV and AVI for the price of absolutely FREE. If you\’ve tried watching videos on your iPhone or iPad, you will know how difficult it is to play certain formats correctly. So lets get on with how you can transfer files to VLC without the use of crappy old iTunes.
The very first thing you need to do is to download the VLC media player for your iDevice. For some people, the VLC media player might not be available on the App Store (this is because it has recently been released and hasn’t reached all the regions). Anyhow, here is the link from where you can download it. You can of course also search for it in your devices AppStore.
After you are done downloading the VLC Player onto your iDevice, open it. Once it has opened, there will be message with the VLC Media Player Logo above it mentioning that you have no media content – ignore it. Just look above at the left top corner and you will see a small button with the VLC Media Player logo on it; click on it.
Once you clicked on the button, you will be taken to a new page within the app which will have six different options. Out of these 6 options, it is an option called WiFi Upload option. Set Wifi Upload to on. You will now see an IP address appear below.
Enter the IP and Port into your web browser. A website will appear and you will now see a cloud connection between your device\’s VLC Player and your computer.
You will now need to click on the upload button at the right hand side and then select the media file you want to upload to your device via your PC. Alternatively you can simply drag and drop the files you want to send to your device. Once the files are uploaded, close the VLC app on your iPhone and open it again, now on the home screen, you will find your uploaded files instead of that message.
Apart from this method, there is another way of uploading media content to your VLC without iTunes as well. You would obviously, require a Dropbox account. You basically login to Dropbox via VLC and it will download the media files from Dropbox.
The downside with Dropbox is that there is a file size limitation. Depending on your Dropbox storage size, you won\’t be able to send files larger than your quota.