Is there an official way to take my DVD and put it on my iPhone?

  • 2
    Please clarify what "offical" means to you. I'll assume you mean a commercially available and supported product.
    – bmike
    May 6, 2011 at 19:20
  • Well, I was hoping there was an apple solution. Failing that I will take whatever is normally used by the community.
    – Vaccano
    May 6, 2011 at 22:14
  • I trust by official you actually mean legal.
    – cregox
    May 8, 2011 at 0:03

4 Answers 4


There isn't an "official" way but a common and easy method is to rip the DVD with a utility like HandBrake and then drop it in iTunes to sync with your iPhone. The US Supreme Court ruled that

nothing in the agreement prevents you from making copies of DVDs. Nothing requires that a DVD be present during playback.

So yes, it is legal. source

  • Good point; I'm not an American and I tend to forget about that court decision. I've deleted my earlier answer.
    – David
    May 6, 2011 at 17:02
  • I'd point out that that ruling only applies in the US. Any international users who read this would be advised to consult their own lawyers first about the legality. May 6, 2011 at 18:27
  • Apparently more than HandBreak is needed. I ran it on my DVD and it was filled with all kinds of artifacts/noise and the audio was choppy.
    – Vaccano
    May 6, 2011 at 22:15
  • @Vaccano I don't have a lot of experience using HandBrake since I don't own DVDs, but a lot of people on the EiC forum swear by it. Maybe a tutorial will help? everythingicafe.com/forum/threads/…
    – styfle
    May 6, 2011 at 23:03
  • Two awesome alternatives to the great Handbrake: Adapter and the discontinued but still great iSquint
    – cregox
    May 8, 2011 at 0:10

Actually, it's pretty straight forward.

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    Hilarious, and technically a valid answer.
    – badams
    May 1, 2012 at 20:37

I would recommend the program RipIt by the little app factory if by official you mean a commercially available and supported software to accomplish the task of ripping a commercial DVD into a format that will work with iTunes to play DVD content on iOS. There are free solutions, but I prefer paying for an interface and a manual and most of all, support and someone paid to develop new fixes to the ripping software when new discs come out with different tricks to prevent ripping. (It's a game of cat and mouse between the movie studios and the rippers unfortunately.)

The company is very responsive in supporting its customers and has been around for some time. Well worth the money for the time and aggravation it saves me. Their passport bundle is a great value if you will use more than two of their products.

If you want legal advice whether doing this is wise, do check with a local lawyer.


The best, and also a very legal, way to go would be Handbrake (as styfle says), however many DVDs come now with a digital copy, where you get a code which can be used to download a copy for iTunes (full DRM so only in iTunes), from there you can sync it to your iPhone. This method is probably easier for a non-techie (although Handbrake is pretty simple), but it's a lot more restricting.

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