How to download movies and videos onto an iPad, from iTunes, Netflix, cloud services, and more

These days, streaming video from sites like Netflix,Hulu, and HBO— not to mention watching YouTube clips — has become the norm.

But you don’t always have access to Wi-Fi, and there are times when you might need to download video to your iPad’s internal storage for playback at another time.

Thankfully, there are several ways to get video onto your iPad.

How to download videos from the iTunes Store

1. Open the iTunes Store app.

2. Find the video (a movie or TV show) that you want to download. Note that there are tabs at the bottom of the screen to browse movies and TV shows, and you can use the search bar at the top right to look for something by name.

Use the Movies and TV Shows tabs at the bottom of the screen to browse video content, or use the search bar to find content by name.
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3. When you find the video you want to download, tap it and then tap the price. (If the item is free, instead of a price it will simply say “Get.”) Also, note that for a TV series, you can buy the entire season or individual episodes.

Tap the price to purchase that video and download it to your iPad.
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4. iTunes may ask you to authorize the purchase by entering your password or using Face ID or Touch ID.

5. After the purchase is complete, your iPad may display a dialog box asking if you want to download the video. If so, tap “Download.”

6. If it doesn’t automatically download, you can tap the cloud icon where the price used to be.

7. After the download is complete, tap “Purchased” at the bottom of the screen.

8. Find the video you downloaded (it might be helpful to show only Movies or TV Shows using the buttons at the top of the screen) and tap it to play.

The Purchased page keeps track of all the video you’ve bought and stored on your iPad.
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How to download videos from a streaming service like Netflix

Some streaming services — including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video — let you download video in addition to streaming it. Unfortunately, not all services allow you to download video, so this might not work with services like Hulu and HBO. You can download YouTube videos to your iPad if you subscribe to YouTube Premium.

1. Open your streaming video app, like Netflix.

2. Find the video that you want to download and go to the Details page, where you can see a list of all the episodes in the season or additional information about the movie.

3. Tap the Download button, which is shaped like a downward-pointing arrow.

Some streaming services let you download video to watch when you’re offline.
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After downloading the video, you can play it by returning to the video’s details page and tap to play it the same way as you ordinarily would.

How to download videos from a cloud service like Dropbox

If you’re storing videos on a cloud service like Dropbox or OneDrive, you can download a copy to your iPad from there as well, which allows you to play the video without an internet connection.

1. Open a cloud storage app, like Dropbox.

2. Find the video that you want to download to your iPad and tap the three dots under its thumbnail.

3. Tap “Make Available Offline.” (You can also find this command by tapping the three dots at the top right over the selected video.)

You can save any file — video or otherwise — for offline playback with a cloud storage app.
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After the video downloads to your iPad, you can return here to play the video without needing an internet connection.

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