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Home > Tips > Some Practical Solutions to Vimeo Videos Not Playing on iPhone

Some Practical Solutions to Vimeo Videos Not Playing on iPhone

Some iPhone users complain the problem of Vimeo videos not playing on iPhone properly when watching online videos. To fix Vimeo playback issues, I will give some detailed advice in the following contents to help you play Vimeo videos smoothly on iPhone.

Updated May 07,2018 | by Micky

Vimeo is the second largest online video site established in 2004 for users to embed, share and store videos which is pretty much similar to its counterpart – YouTube. However, like what usually occurs on YouTube, users may encounter various problems when using Vimeo. This time, I will talk about the issues of Vimeo videos not playing on iPhone, list some examples like Vimeo videos buffering and safari not playing Vimeo on iPhone and offer you the best solutions to them. 

Videos of Vimeo not working on Safari

Some Common Vimeo Playback Issues on iPhone and the Solutions

Before we start, firstly try disconnecting and reconnecting Wi-Fi to deduct the possibility that the bad network condition affects your Vimeo playback.

Issue 1. Vimeo Not Working on Safari

“My favorite web browser Safari suddenly stops playing Vimeo videos – the videos just don’t load anymore and what should I do?”

I have heard people ask similar questions several times, and after some specific research, I find that may be caused by cache or a too old version of Safari.

Solution: Firstly, clear your iPhone cache and cookies generated by Safari and other Apps. If it doesn’t work yet, try updating your Safari (Safari version are usually updated with the updates of iOS).

1.       Firstly, make sure you have already had a recent iCloud backup in case of data loss.

2.       Go to “Settings” on the home screen.

3.       Tap on “General” and then tap on “Software Upgrade”.

4.       Tap on “Download and Install”.

5.       Enter your Apple passwords if prompted.

6.       Agree on the terms and condition.

7.       Tap “Agree” again to confirm.

Now the updating process will begin. Wait a couple of minutes until it’s finished. Then, check whether the iPhone safari plays Vimeo videos.

Issue 2. Frequent Buffering During iPhone Vimeo Playback

Frequent Vimeo video buffering and loading can occur when your internet bandwidth doesn’t fit the playback of the selected video quality.

Solution: Downgrade the Vimeo video quality on your iPhone by decreasing its resolution.

Issue 3. Frame Rates Drop When Playing Vimeo on iPhone

Frame rates drop can make a video look less smoother which badly affects your visual experience. To human eyes, the bottom line for a smooth video should be 24 fps below which you could have a feeling of image delay and stuttering. This problem might be caused by too many Apps running in the background and an old version of your browser.

Solution: Shut down unused applications and update your browser to the latest version.

Those tips above are the most basic ones which you can easily find on the internet. I cannot guarantee they can 100% work out. However, if you are seeking for a simpler way to watch Vimeo videos on iPhone without any glitches, to download them for an offline visual experience might be the best solution!

How to avoid the issue of Vimeo videos not playing on iPhone? Free download the most popular iPhone video downloader to directly download Vimeo, YouTube, and Dailymotion videos to iPhone for a smooth playback

How to Watch A Smooth Vimeo Video on iPhone with the Help of IOTransfer Video Downloader

Encounter the issue of Vimeo not working on iPhone and are unwilling to upgrade your iOS or downgrade video quality to fix this glitch? Then, IOTransfer should be your first choice! By directly downloading Vimeo videos to your iPhone, you can view them offline without any buffering, stuttering, and glitches like endless loading. It only takes up to 2 steps to download a full Vimeo video which should be the most convenient way on market for iPhone video download!

Step 1 Connect Your iPhone to PC

Install and launch IOTransfer iPhone transfer software, connect your iPhone to PC and wait until it’s recognized. If the notification “Trust This Computer” pops up on the iPhone's display, tap on “Trust”.



If your device can't get detected by the PC, please disconnect them and reconnect again.

Step 2 Download A Vimeo Video to iPhone

Go to “VIDEOS” at the main interface, copy and paste the video’s URL onto the blank area beside “URL:”, preset an output folder on your PC and tick off the tiny box before “Automatically transfer the downloaded videos into your iOS device”. Then, click on “Download” to start the video downloading process.


Within a short time, you can find the downloaded Vimeo video in both the computer folder you previously set and in the video App on your iPhone.

Bottom Line

After learning the whole tutorial, I believe you have learnt what to do when Vimeo videos not playing on iPhone occurs. Refer to the practical solutions given in the above contents or free download the most powerful iPhone video downloader to make things easier!

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Some Related Articles

1.       How to Download Vimeo Videos to iPhone, iPad, and PC with Ease

2.       Troubleshooting YouTube App Not Working on iPhone

3.       The Best Way to Fix Twitch Black Screen and Twitch Not Loading

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