Watch shows and movies in the Apple TV app on iPad

Watch shows and movies in the Apple TV app on iPad

Play shows and movies from the Apple TV app on iPad. Purchases, rentals, Apple TV+, and Apple TV channels play in the Apple TV app, while content from other providers plays in their video app.

Buy, rent, stream, or download shows and movies

  1. Tap an item to see its details.

  2. Choose any of the following options (not all options are available for all titles):

    • Watch Apple TV+ or Apple TV channels: Tap Play. If you’re not a current subscriber, tap Try It Free (available for eligible Apple ID accounts) or Subscribe.

    • Choose a different video app: If the title is available from multiple apps, scroll down to How To Watch, then choose an app.

    • Buy or rent: Confirm your selection, then complete the payment.

      When you rent a movie, you have 30 days to start watching it. After you start watching the movie, you can play it as many times as you want for 48 hours, after which the rental period ends. When the rental period ends, the movie is deleted.

    • Download: Tap the Download button. You can find the downloaded item in your Library and watch it even when iPad isn’t connected to the internet.

    • Pre-order: Review the details, then tap Pre-Order.

      When the pre-ordered item becomes available, your payment method is billed, and you receive an email notification. If you turned on automatic downloads, the item is automatically downloaded to your iPad.

Note: The availability of Apple Media Services varies by country or region. See the Apple Support article Availability of Apple Media Services.

Control playback in the Apple TV app

During playback, tap the screen to show the controls.

A movie playing, with playback controls showing. The Done and Scale to Fill buttons are at the top left. The volume slider is at the top right. At the bottom left, there are buttons to skip 15 seconds backward, pause, and skip 15 seconds forward. Across the bottom center is a slider that you can drag to adjust the video position; the elapsed time and time remaining appear on either side of the slider. At the bottom right, there are buttons to change the video destination, show subtitles, and play extra content.



The Play button


The Pause button


The Skip 15 Seconds Backwards button

Skip backward 15 seconds; touch and hold to rewind

The Skip 15 Seconds Forward button

Skip forward 15 seconds; touch and hold to fast-forward

The Scale to Fill button

Change the aspect ratio; if you don’t see the scaling control, the video already fits the screen perfectly

The Media Selection button

Display subtitles and closed captions (if available)

The AirPlay button

Stream the video to other devices

The Picture in Picture button

Multitask with Picture in Picture; you can continue to watch the video while you use another app

The Done button

Stop playback

Change the Apple TV app settings

  1. Go to Settings  > TV.

  2. Choose streaming options:

    • Use Cellular Data: (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) Turn off to limit streaming to Wi-Fi connections.

    • Cellular: (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) Choose High Quality or Automatic.

    • Wi-Fi: Choose High Quality or Data Saver.

      High Quality requires a faster internet connection and uses more data.

  3. Choose download options:

    • Use Cellular Data: (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) Turn off to limit downloads to Wi-Fi connections.

    • Cellular: (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) Choose High Quality or Fast Downloads.

    • Wi-Fi: Choose High Quality or Fast Downloads.

      High Quality results in slower downloads and uses more data.

    • Languages: Choose a language. Each added audio language increases the download size. To remove a language, swipe left on the language you want to remove, then tap Delete.

      The default language is the primary language for your country or region. If you turned on Audio Descriptions in Settings > Accessibility, audio descriptions are also downloaded.

  4. To update your recommendations and Up Next queue based on what you watch on your iPad, turn on Use Play History.

    What you watch on your iPad affects your personalized recommendations and Up Next on all your devices where you’re signed in with your Apple ID.

Remove a download

  1. Tap Library, then tap Downloaded.

  2. Tap Edit, select the item you want to remove, then tap Delete.

Removing an item from iPad doesn’t delete it from your purchases in iCloud. You can download the item to iPad again later.

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