Working with the iPhone is generally wonderfully easy. The apps work and are usually very intuitive to use. But why Apple doesn’t offer a direct possibility to download online videos directly doesn’t open up to me. In any case, copyright concerns cannot be the reason, because iOS allows images to be stored directly in the camera roll, i.e. the central media storage of the telephone. With a small detour, however, videos from the Internet can also be stored there. All you need is the app VLC for Mobile (available for free in the Appstore. ca 60 MB). The only limitation: The films must be in a video format supported by iOS such as”.mov”,”.m4v” and”.mp4″.To save a video to your iPhone’s camera roll, proceed as follows:
- View the video with a browser (e.g. Safari on your iPhone)
- Copy the address of the video
- Install VLC for Mobile and launches the app
- Click on the VLC logo in the upper left corner
- Tap Downloads (just below the center)
- Insert your link into the form field and click on Download
- When the download is complete, tap the VLC logo again and then tap All Files. There you can see the downloaded video
- Tap on the video and wipe to the left. A new menu then appears in the lower area. There you tap on the left symbol with the arrow in a rectangle.
- In the following menu, tap Save Video at the bottom.
- The video is now in your camera roll and can be viewed directly (and of course even if you are not connected to the Internet).
Note: Apps like iMovie or Splice only support the”.mp4″ format. You should consider that if you want to edit the video afterwards. Please be aware of copyright when downloading content from other sites. You should do this out of decency and respect for the author. A disregard for the rights of others can also become expensive.