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How to Play Video on Your iPhone

Your iPhone has the ability to play video. This includes movies, TV shows, music videos, and podcasts — any video content that you have downloaded. Your iPhone also lets you control how your videos play.

  1. On the Home screen, tap the iPod icon and then tap the Videos icon.

    Choose the video to watch.
    Choose the video to watch.

    A list of the videos that you have downloaded pops up. As shown here, videos are segregated by category (Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, Podcasts) and accompanied by thumbnail images and the length of the video.

  2. Flick your finger to scroll through the list, and then tap the video you want to play. You see a spinning circle for just a moment and then the video begins.

  3. Turn the device to its side because the iPhone plays video only in landscape, or widescreen, mode.

    For movies, this is a great thing. You can watch flicks as the filmmaker intended, in a cinematic aspect ratio.

  4. Now that the video is playing, tap the screen to display the controls shown here.

    Control the video on this screen.
    Control the video on this screen.
  5. Tap the controls that follow as needed:

    • To play or pause the video, tap the play/pause button.

    • Drag the volume slider to the right to raise the volume and to the left to lower it. Alternatively, use the physical Volume buttons to control the audio levels. If the video is oriented properly, the buttons will be to the bottom left of the iPhone.

    • Tap the restart/rewind button to restart the video or tap and hold the same button to rewind.

    • Tap and hold the fast-forward button to advance the video. You can also skip ahead by dragging the playhead along the scrubber bar.

    • Tap the scale button to toggle between filling the entire screen with video and fitting the video to the screen. Alternatively, you can double-tap the video to go back and forth between fitting and filling the screen.

  6. Tap the screen again to make the controls go away (or just wait for them to go away on their own).

  7. Tap Done when you’ve finished watching (you’ll have to summon the controls back if they’re not already present).

    You return to the iPhone’s video menu screen.

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