INCLUDING AVI XVID
Here are a number of easy working methods to transfer and play your own music and movie files to your iOS device and to play Flash files. Some of these methods will even work for non-jailbroken devices.
HOW TO TRANSFER AND PLAY MY OWN MUSIC AND MOVIES TO YOUR DEVICE
HOW TO ADD YOUR OWN MP3 AND MOVIES FILES TO YOUR MUSIC & MOVIE LIBRARY
PLAY AVI XVID WITHOUT HAVING TO CONVERT OR STREAM THEM
VIEW & PLAY FLASH IN iOS
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HOW TO TRANSFER AND PLAY YOUR OWN MUSIC AND MOVIES TO YOUR DEVICE:
We'll use Tonido to play the files and the ability to accept the files being transferred over.
1. App to play the files:
Install Tonido from the App Store, free; "File Access, Music and Video Streaming from Anywhere". Launch Tonido, tap Cancel to Add New Account.
2. Transfer Using iTunes:
Connect your device to your PC. On PC launch iTunes, select your device then top menu select Apps.
Scroll down to 'File Sharing' Apps > Tonido > select the folder Music or Videos > click on Add (bottom right) > select the files to transfer > click Sync.
Transfer Not Using iTunes:
I use i-FunBox to browse and transfer files to and fro; free and portable (or DiskAid free version will work, full v is $29.90). Connect your device to your PC. On PC launch i-FunBox, wait until your device is fully loaded.
Left pane select 'App File Sharing' > Tonido > Music folder (or movies select Video folder) > Top bar menu click 'Copy From PC' > select files > click Open and wait for the files to finish transferring to your device. Or you can drag and drop the files into i-FunBox main UI window.
4. Play the Files:
On your device launch Tonido. Left pane tap 'This Device', then tap the Music or Movie folder icon (middle of screen) to view all your files just transferred.
To play the files tap on Actions (top right corner) then select one of the options or just tap on an individual file to play it - menu will open on right side.
This though does not add the files to the Apple's Library; read next section how to do that.
You can also use 'VLC for iOS' (coming up). I like to use both:
VLC only for my .avi XVID as Tonido doesn't play them.
Tonido as VLC doesn't always organize files correctly.
To prevent iTunes from deleting your own .mp3 and movie files under DEVICES > Your Device > Summary > Options - check the option 'Manually manage music and videos'.
iTunes > DEVICES - click on your device > On This iPad (top right menu button) > click on Music or Movies left pane > drag and drop your files in > click Sync button (bottom right).
On your device launch Apple's Music or Videos apps to view your files.
CopyTrans Manager can be a replacement for iTunes. It is free, portable and can be used without jailbreaking (it will then only install genuine signed apps).
'CopyTrans Suite' contains the free 'CopyTrans Manager'; this is the only part of the suite we want to use for this.
To download only CopyTrans Manager (free) and not the whole suite (not free) go HERE, under 'CopyTrans Manager' click Downloads, select zip to have the portable version.
Plug in your device to your PC, unlock your device and launch CopyTransManager. Click on your device left bottom pane > click on either Music or Videos left top pane > click on the iPod+ icon, browse to your music or movie file(s) you want to add OR just drag and drop the files or an entire directory into CopyTransManager main window > click Update icon (iPod with arrow) and wait until your device is synced. Done :) Videos will be sorted for you. .mov files cannot be transferred in CopyTransManager.
On your device launch Apple's Music or Videos apps to view your files.
If you launch iTunes and it states "The iTunes Library.itl file is locked, on a locked disk, or you do not have write permission for this file." This is most likely because you have not yet clicked the CopyTransManager 'Update' button yet.
Launch Bridge (icon on SpringBoard) > tap Files (bottom directory icon) > **browse to location of your file(s) that you want to import; select them > Import (top right).
There are also options to transfer and download files to your device: Download tab; enter a URL to download a file.
PLAY AVI XVID WITHOUT HAVING TO CONVERT OR STREAM THEM:
VLC FOR iOS:
There are a number of free players to play .avi files, the best I have found for playing .avi xvid is 'VLC for iOS'on iTunes; free, ad free!, and open source. Can't beat that :).
HOW TO TRANSFER YOUR FILES TO VLC FOR iOS:
Connect your device to your PC, launch iTunes and click on your device's name on the left menu. Top middle buttons select Apps. On that window scroll down to 'File Sharing' > Apps > VLC > Add > browse to the files you want to add, add them. Click Sync.
VLC iOS OVER Wi-Fi:
Transfer using VLC iOS on your device over Wi-Fi from your PC (slower and eats bandwidth): On your device in VLC tap the cone icon (top left) > 'Wi-Fi Upload' (menu on left) > enter the given URL into your PC's web browser, i.e. http://192.168.1.0. From there you'll be presented with a VLC window to transfer your files. Find your files by clicking on the top left cone icon > All Files. There are also other options for transferring to explore under VLC.
i-FunBox left pane select 'App File Sharing' > VLC > top bar menu click 'Copy From PC' > browse to directory containing your audio or movie files, select those you want copied > click Open and wait for the files to finish transferring to your device. Or you can drag and drop the files into i-FunBox main UI window.
I have not found a way to have the transferred files organized in VLC. If I create a directory in VLC, i.e. Music, and place music files in there, VLC does not list them. If I transfer an .mp3 file using iTunes to VLC it shows only under 'All Files'. Some TV shows show under TV, others do not, etc. So 'All Files' can become a mess very quickly thus why I only use VLC for movie files that Tonido or iMovie cannot play.
HOW TO VIEW AND PLAY FLASH IN iOS:
Yes it is possible using a browser that supports Flash. This is done by actually running the Flash file off their server and feeding it back to you. I have not found any FREE solutions yet. Note that some sites won't be as fast or responsive as they are on your PC.
Here is a list of some of the paid Flash supported browsers.
Note that 'Puffin Web Browser Free' is only free for 14 days, has ads and a variety of limitations - click on 'More...' under Description on the App Store page.
The best of the paid bunch I have used so far is Photon (
$9.99 $4.99). Click on the 'lightning bolt' icon bottom right to enter streaming mode to view Flash sites. Use gear icon for more options. The interface is oversized and in iPad mini it doesn't fully utilize screen area; leaves empty space around entire window thus leaving very little room for the actual browser viewing.
Need quick links to test a Flash; view here and play here.
Of course you could always:
- Download the Flash videos and convert or play a Flash movie on PC and remote into it (using for example TeamViewer, iTeleport, etc) to view. - If you have a .flv file (not .swf) VLC iOS can play it.
If you find mistakes, have suggestions, and or questions please post at mewbies forum HERE - thank you.
Last update on 31 Mar '14