How to put Movies on iPad : 4 Easiest Ways to get it Done

How to put Movies on iPad is what the following topic is all about. Now that the iTunes app is no longer available for the iPad, you can purchase, rent, and view movies using the Apple TV app.

If you want to sync movies from your computer to your iPad, you can do so using Finder (macOS Catalina) or iTunes (Mojave and Windows).

Steps to How to put Movies on iPad

  • Using the Apple TV App
  • Syncing with Finder (macOS Catalina)
  • Syncing from iTunes (macOS Mojave and Earlier or Windows)
  • Downloading Movie Files from iCloud

How to put Movies on iPad : Using the Apple TV App

Open Apple TV on your iPad.

A black icon with an Apple logo and “TV” inside when you get it installed. It will be on the home screens or in a folder. Download it from the App Store.
Use the method to buy or rent movies from the Apple TV store which get replaced by the iTunes Store as the app for movies from Apple.

Search or browse for a movie.

Tap Movies at the top-left corner to browse suggestions, or tap Search at the bottom-right corner to search by name or keyword to buy something new.

Tap a movie.

The displays info about the movie, including its ratings, running time, a summary. You may see several options for watching depending on the movie.

Tap a viewing option.

When the movie is available for buying through Apple, tap the Buy button that displays the price. It is available for a 30-day rental term, tap the Rent button with a price. Tap the cloud icon with a downward-pointing arrow to download the movie to your iPad. Tap the Play button to play the movie.

Confirm your identity.

Confirm our Apple ID and password or Touch ID to confirm the purchase depending on the settings. It will appear in the Library tab. Tap the Play button on the movie to start streaming the video now. You can also continue with the method to learn how to download the movie to the tablet.

Tap the Library tab to view all purchases and rentals.

Placed at the bottom of the screen to find a list of all movies you’ve bought using Apple ID on any system, including in iTunes in the past. While rented a movie and been fewer than 30 days since doing so, find that movie here as well.

Select a movie and tap the Download icon.

The saves the movie to iPad to watch it whether on or offline.

How to put Movies on iPad : Syncing with Finder

Open Finder.

First icon on the Dock, which is usually at the bottom of the screen.
As of the release of Catalina, iTunes is no longer included in macOS. The syncing process is now done through Finder.

Connect the iPad to Mac.

Once Mac recognizes iPad, it will appear in the left panel under “Locations.”

Click iPad in the left panel.

Information about iPad will appear.

Click the Movies tab.

Placed at the top of the right panel to display the movies on Mac that can be synced to iPad.

Check the box next to “Sync movies onto (your iPad).”

Placed near the top of the right panel.

Select movies to sync.

Check the boxes next to each of the movies to copy over. Any movies that remain unchecked will not be synced.

Click Apply.

Placed at the bottom-right corner of the right panel to sync the selected movies to iPad.

Watch synced movies in the Apple TV app.

The Apple TV app is the black icon with an Apple logo and the letters “TV” inside. Try to download it from the App Store. After opening the app, find movies by tapping the Library icon at the bottom-center part of the screen.

How to put Movies on iPad : Syncing from iTunes (macOS Mojave and Earlier or Windows)

Open iTunes on computer.

Click the music note icon on the Dock to open iTunes. While using Windows, click iTunes in Start menu. While using macOS Catalina, see the Syncing with Finder method instead.

Connect the iPad to the computer.

As iTunes recognizes iPad, an iPad button will appear near the top of the app.

Click the iPad button.

Button that looks like an iPad or iPhone near the top-left corner of the app.

Click Movies in the left panel.

Display a list of movies that can be synced to iPad.

Check the box next to “Sync Movies.”

It’s near the top of the right panel.

Select movies to sync.

Add a checkmark to the box beside any movie you want to copy to your iPad.

Click Apply.

It’s at the bottom-right corner of the right panel. This should begin syncing the selected movies to your iPad.
If the movies don’t start syncing, click Sync after clicking Apply.

Watch synced movies in the Apple TV app.

The Apple TV app is the black icon with an Apple logo and the letters “TV” inside. If you don’t have it on your iPad, you can download it from the App Store. Once you open the app, find your movies by tapping the Library icon at the bottom-center part of the screen.

How to put Movies on iPad : Downloading Movie Files from iCloud

Enable iCloud Drive on your iPad.

If you have a video file on your computer that you didn’t get through iTunes or Apple TV (such as a DVD you ripped), you can use a cloud storage app to get the file onto your iPad. There are a variety of options, but iCloud Drive is an option that’s already included with your iPad. Start by making sure iCloud Drive is enabled:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap your name at the top.
  • Tap iCloud.
  • Scroll down iCloud Drive, the white icon with a blue cloud. If the switch beside this option is green, iCloud Drive is already on. If it’s gray or white, toggle the switch to the On position now.

Go to https://www.icloud.com on your computer.

You can use your iCloud Drive storage to transfer large files, including movie files, between your computer and iPad. Start by visiting the iCloud website in any web browser.
If you don’t have a video player on your iPad that plays a variety of video files, you may need to install one. One reliable option is VLC Media Player, which is available for free from the App Store. See How to Download and Install VLC Media Player to learn how.

Sign in with your Apple ID.

Make sure to use the same Apple ID you use to sign in to your iPad.

Click iCloud Drive.

It’s a white icon with a blue cloud inside.

Drag the video file to the iCloud page.

This will upload the file to your iCloud account. Once the upload is complete, you’ll be able to access the file on your iPad.
Another way to upload the file is to click the cloud icon with an arrow at the top of the page, browse to the file, and then double-click it to start the upload.
If you don’t have enough space in your iCloud Drive to store the video, you’ll either need to remove items from iCloud Drive or upgrade your iCloud storage. You can also use a different cloud storage solution, such as Dropbox, to transfer files.

Open the Files app on your iPhone.

It’s the white icon with a blue folder inside. You’ll find it on one of your home screens, in a folder, or by searching.

Tap Browse at the bottom-right corner.

If you’re already on a page titled “Browse” you can skip this step.

Tap iCloud Drive.

It’s under the “Locations” header. This displays the contents of your iCloud drive, including the video file you uploaded.

Tap and hold the video file.

A menu will expand.

Scroll down and tap Download.

Placed at the bottom of the menu to copy the file to iPad.

Open the downloaded file in media player.

When downloaded VLC media player, open it, then navigate to the video file.

If you see an error saying you can’t open the file, open media player first, select the option to open a file.

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