Failed to Import iMovie for iOS Project? Solved

Nowadays, it’s popular to use iMovie for iPhone or iPad on the go. Many iMovie users recently reported failing to import iOS projects when they tried to continue editing videos with iMovie on their desktop macOS. This post is trying to help you solve the import error.

First of all, update iMovie to the latest version if possible.

From the iMovie history, Apple’s developers are fixing iMovie import problems in versions 10.2.3 and 10.2.4, and now the latest version is 10.3.3 (up to June 2022). If you’re using iMovie 10.2.2 or older, upgrading your iMovie might solve the problem. See how to update iMovie here if necessary.

Sometimes, you may have to manually update iMovie, through steps as below:

Firstly, drag your iMovie application to the Trash, and keep it there (not to Empty Trash!)

Then go to the App Store and click on your account name at the bottom left. This should take you to your “Purchased” page. You should see iMovie listed there. Update iMovie from there.

The most common problem of iMovie for iOS projects importing is like: Failed to import iOS project. The project’s version is too new.

Secondly, wait and find a solution.

Obviously, this’s a compatibility issue that Apple has to fix. You need to wait and see what can you do right now. As a work around, you can export your iMovie for iOS project to a video file rather than a project. Then you can import the created video file into iMovie for Mac and continue editing it . You’re able to use iMovie video editing tools like trim, split, titles, and transitions, and add new videos/photos, etc.

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