Stream videos and music from Mac to iPhone iPad using VLC Player

If you want to watch a movie or video saved on your Mac using your iOS device, you can choose to transfer or stream the media file from Mac to iPhone. There are many file transfer apps can help you share files between mobile and computer, such as SHAREit file transfer, Zapya file sharing, etc. They are free and very easy to use, capable of copying large media files between various devices in your local network very quickly. Mobile devices typically lack storage. Thus it may not be a good option to save big media files on the phone.

In this article, we will show you how to stream media files, music and movies, saved on your Mac to iPhone using the free media player, VLC Player. No third-party software needed on the Mac. You can simply go to turn on the File Sharing from System Preferences on Mac to turn your Mac into a SMB file server.

Enable File Sharing on Mac

Open the Apple menu and select System Preferences. Click to the Sharing pane. Place a check in the box next to File Sharing. Click Options… in the Sharing pane, click to enable ‘Share files and folders using SMB‘, then select the user account and type in its password to authenticate.

turn on file sharing on mac, macbook
turn on file sharing on mac, macbook

iPhone to play music and movies saved on Mac

Get the VLC media player from App Store onto your iPhone. It allows users to remote play videos and music from network devices. Run the player, tap on its icon at the top left corner to open the side menu. Choose Local Network. VLC should automatically detect your Mac SMB File Server. Tap on your Mac name to open the Connect to Server screen.

iphone to connect mac smb file server via vlc
iphone to connect mac smb file server via vlc

You need to type in port number 22, Mac username and its password. Then touch the Save button to save the login info for easier access in the future. Your Mac SMB server will be listed at the lower section. Choose the Mac SMB server, then tap Connect button to brows to your Mac music library, video album, find and play your movies, and music on Mac using VLC player on iPhone.

Mac to iPhone iPad movie, music streaming alternatives

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