Convert and Play MKV on iPhone 12 Pro (Max)

Just got a new iPhone 12 Pro Max. I am wondering if can I play MKV rips on from my Blu-ray on it? It seems iPhone 12 Pro Max cannot read MKV files.

Can iPhone 12 Pro (Max) Play MKV Filse Natively?

Actually, the native video player provided in iOS doesn’t allow support for MKV on iPhone. It only supports MP4 and MOV video files that are encoded with H264 format. So if you are wondering how to play MKV on iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, etc versions, the answer is by either using a third-party media player or using a conversion tool to convert MKV video into iTunes (or iPhone) supported format.

Best Method to Convert and Play MKV on iPhone 12 Pro/Max

DumboFab Video Converter (or Mac) is one of the finest conversion and basic editing tools that you can use to play MKV on iPhone by converting it into a format MP4, MOV, M4V that is supported by iOS. Apart from converting images, audio, video, and a lot more, this tool can deliver basic edits to your videos and images, for example, trimming, cropping, rotation, adding effects, etc.

The following is a step-by-step guide that will make you understand how to play MKV on iPhone 12 by converting it with DumboFab Video Converter.

Step 1. Load the source MKV video

After you launch DumboFab Video Converter, Click “Add video” button to load the source MKV file. You can load more than one MKV file at a time or press “Add from Folder” for batch processing MKV videos.

Step 2. Choose Ouput Format

DumboFab is preconfigured with 400+ readymade profiles for different purposes. Just choose the delivery format from the bottom of the main interface. Here we suggest choosing MP4 or MOV from “Common Video” category for the best compatibility with iTunes, iPhone, iPad, etc.

Step 3. Start Converting MKV to iPhone 12 Pro

Click Browse to specify the output folder where you want to save the converted MKV video, and press Convert button to begin the conversion from MKV to MP4 for playing on iPhone 12 Pro.

How to Watch MKV on iPhone 12 Pro Max with Free App

Many applications will allow you to watch MKV on the iPhone, but very few are as capable as the one given below.

PlayerXtreme Media Player is one of the most popular video players on Apple’s app store, and it allows you to play any kind of video file on your very own iPhone. This tool is entirely free to use and can also directly stream videos and movies, apart from playing a locally stored video. The user interface is extremely easy and attractive, which is a great point for the users. The application is pretty lightweight, and even after using hardware acceleration, it doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your phone. It allows you to rent and buy online movies, which is a great feature for people who love streaming movies on their devices.


Supports playing mostly all format videos.
It allows you to stream videos on network devices.
It also supports downloading subtitles directly from online websites.


The trial version of the application comes with so many limitations.
The speed of the app is a little bit slow.


You now got 2 methods to play MKV videos on iPhone 12 Pro Max: installing a video player on iPhone or convert MKV to iPhone compatible video with DumboFab Video Converter. Personally I perfer converting source files, as it is an all-in-one solution for all your multimedia files need.

Author: Chris Gu

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