My iPhone 6S Plus makes for an excellent mobile media machine â€” the trick is getting my media onto it. I use Netflix a good 80% of the time, but Iâ€™ll occasionally want to re-watch my own library of movies and ripped DVDs, and Apple doesnâ€™t present a very easy path go sync those to the iPhone. AirDrop seems like the easiest way to quickly throw files onto the iPhone, but iOS 9 and 10 have a weird habit of sending videos straight to the Photos app, which really doesnâ€™t provide a very good playback experience. The controls are all tucked into the corners of the interface, and Photos doesnâ€™t bother to remember where you left off in a video.
I first looked to Infuse to provide my mobile media solution because it looks great and plays basically any file I can throw at it. Unfortunately, Infuse also has issues getting files from my Mac and onto the iPhone. I used to be able to rename my .mp4 or .mkv files as .Infuse files before transferring them over, but this no longer seems to work on iOS 10. Every video sent over AirDrop is placed in the Photos app.
This change has led me to rediscover an old favourite from the App Store: Air Video HD. Air Video HD is awesome because it has a lot of flexibility for media: I can stream things locally on my home network, online over LTE, or download things to my iPhone for easy offline playback. The best part of Air Video HD is that it makes each of these things very, very easy to set up. All it takes is a good 5 minutes of configuration and youâ€™re pretty much ready to use it. Continue reading