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When my reader Josef wrote to me today that he was trying in vain to send an mp4 file from the Mac to his iPhone via AirDop, I initially thought there were errors in the settings that were preventing the whole thing. However, we were able to rule that out after a few WhatsApp messages, because it uses the same iCloud address on both devices and can also send other files back and forth without any problems.
If you don't want to read a lot, here's a short solution to the problem: simply rename the file and append ".mkv" to the ".mp4" file extension. Ready.
If you have a little more time, you can of course also read the rest of the article. There might be some interesting insights in there.
If you send files from a Mac to an iPhone, it depends on the file extension or the file extension what the iPhone does with it. For example, JPG and PNG files are opened directly in the Photos app.
If the iPhone doesn't know what to do with the file, a window opens in which you can choose from various suggestions.
Only at the MP4-file of my reader just nothing happened. I strongly suspect that this is a bug in iOS that Apple needs to fix. But until then, there are still a few ways to resolve the matter.
There are two ways to get the mp4 file from the Mac to the iPhone or iPad.
Then you can transfer the file and the usual window should appear asking how you want to handle the file.
At this point, two more useful tips:
However, the best solution would be if Apple would fix this bug and refrain from using the usual support requests in this context AirDrop- to send out instructions, because they really don't help anyone.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.