How to Convert MOV Videos to MP4

If you work with Apple devices, it's often a good idea to convert your MOV files to the more universal MP4 file type – I'll show you how to do it online.

How to Convert MOV Videos to MP4

If you work with Apple devices, filmed a video on your phone, or recorded a video with Quicktime, your video file probably ends in MOV.

But these files aren’t usable on many non-Apple devices and non-Apple apps, so it’s often a good idea to convert them to a more universally usable file type, like an MP4. And your video will take up about 20-40% less memory when you convert it from MOV to MP4.

I recommend using Kapwing's Convert Video tool to convert all video file types, including MOV files, to MP4 files. In my opinion, it's the best MOV to MP4 converter on the internet. To convert your MOV files, you’ll need to go through just three steps:

  1. Find Your MOV Video
  2. Upload Your Video to the Kapwing Studio
  3. Export & Download as an MP4

Step 1: Find Your MOV Video

If you recorded a video on an iPhone, it’s probably in your Photos app, where all the MOV files you've recorded go automatically. The easiest way to convert these videos to MP4 files is to keep them in your Photos app, since Kapwing allows you to upload directly from the app, whether you’re using your computer or your phone.

For example, here's a video of me saying hi to a cat.

But if you were sent an MOV file, or downloaded one to your device, then it won’t be in your Photos app. Instead, you’ll need to make sure you know where it is located in your file browser.

Step 2: Upload Your Video to the Kapwing Studio

Start by heading to in your browser and click Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio.

A screenshot of a video in the Kapwing Studio.

To upload a video from your computer, phone, or tablet, you can select the button that says “Click to upload” and find the file you want to edit in your file browser. You can also find the video in your file browser or Photos app and simply drag & drop it into the Studio window.

Step 3: Export & Download as an MP4

Now that your video has been uploaded to the Kapwing Studio, just hit the Export Video button in the upper right corner to export your video as an MP4. Once your video is done processing, you’ll go to a page where you can download or continue to edit. Just click the Download button and Kapwing will save the video to your device.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

I hope this article helps you make the videos you recorded more usable on other platforms and save some storage space on your phone and computer. If you're interested in more tips and tutorials, check out our YouTube channel Kapwing App. And while you're here, read through some related articles on video conversion and file types: