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How to download movies on iPad to watch them offline on plane


The iPad probably is the best device to watch movies. It is an extremely convenient mobile device thanks to its large screen and excellent color reproduction, video content is a pleasure to watch.

However, if you do not have access to the Internet, it can be difficult to watch your favorite movies, TV series. Not all planes have the ability to connect to wifi, especially if you prefer to fly low-cost.

There are many ways to watch movies, TV shows onboard the plane on iPads and iOS devices offline. You don't have to subscribe to expensive streaming services to do so.

In this guide, we'll list the best ones and provide you with instructions on how to download a movie to your iPad.

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Downloading movie or TV show using Apple TV app

Apple TV is installed on all iPad devices. You can download movies in MP4 format. You can use either the free or paid method.

Movies are available for purchase and downloading from the iStore:

1. Open the Apple TV app. You need the iPad version of the app, not the Mac OS version. Otherwise, the content will only be available on the device where you opened Apple TV.

2. You'll need an account that's associated with iPad. You can also sign in with Face ID.

3. Go to "Movies" or whatever section you want to find content for later offline viewing. Use tabs, search, and sorting to find the movie you want.

4. Select a movie to purchase. If you are downloading a TV series, you can select a season for purchase and download.

5. Tap on the movie title to go to the description and see the price.

5. After logging in and purchasing, the movie will be available to sync with the device.

6. Tap the Download button to copy the movie to iPad (cloud icon).

7. Tap the Purchased button to play the video.

8. Tap on the Play icon.


  • High quality playback picture and sound
  • Free content


  • The price of movies is high (the equivalent of two tickets to the cinema)

How to put movies on iPad for free

If you've decided specifically to download movies rather than buy them on Apple TV platform, there are the options:

  1. Copy from Macbook to your iPad.
  2. Download the movie through a cloud service.
  3. Install the torrent app and download the movie through the torrent tracker.
  4. Using a file manager.

Below we will look at each method to copy and watch movies on airplane.

Downloading movie from Macbook to iPad

Apple TV plays a key role in the process of downloading and managing media content. The app must be installed on both your Macbook and iPad. This utility works on both Windows, MacOS, and iOS. In the future, it will be necessary to synchronize videos on Macbook and iPad.

To watch on airplane:

1. Launch Apple TV.

2. Connect it to the device by wire or Wi-Fi.

3. Look for the iPhone icon in the upper left corner (there should be a "Movies" folder created in the Media Library sidebar), the "Synchronize" tab opens.

4. Check the checkbox, then "Select Folder" link activates and when you click on it, it opens the computer's content window.

5. Find the folder with the downloaded file using the Finder or Explorer. You can select the whole folder or open it by selecting a specific file. The files will be available under "Downloaded" or "Home Videos".

5.1 Alternatively, use the "Add to Media Library" command from the Apple TV main menu and then sync the contents of the media library to the connected iPad or iPhone.

6. Click the "Activate" button in the bottom right Apple TV window and wait for the content to transfer to iPhone.


  • Free and affordable way


  • The method is time consuming
  • Synchronization does not always work

Watching movie on iPad via Dropbox

It often happens that it is impossible to download movies to the iPad due to lack of free memory. In this case, you can use so-called cloud services. For example, OneDrive, Google Cloud or Dropbox.

Dropbox provides free space of 2 GB. This is not too much, but you can find .mp4 files with 700-800 MB size. In addition, Dropbox offers an affiliate program. If other users sign up for the service using your referral link, you get extra space for free.

How to watch a movie on iPad via the Dropbox cloud:

1. Sign up at Dropbox.

2. Install the Dropbox app for Mac OS (or PC) and iPad respectively. This step is optional: you can also upload your movie to the cloud through the web interface.

3. Download the movie to PC/Mac OS by any means (e.g. torrent).

4. Upload the movie to the cloud Dropbox through your desktop application or using a browser.

5. Open the video through the Dropbox web interface or download the movie from the cloud to iPad / iPhone.

6. Alternatively, you can use the Dropbox app for iPad. Click the Make Available Offline button to make the movie available for offline viewing on the plane.


  • free way
  • Dropbox subscription cost is cheaper in the long run than buying 1-2 movies from the iStore


  • File size limits

Watching movies via Safari browser

With the Safari browser you can download movies to watch on the plane. But to do this, the Documents application must be installed on your mobile device.

  1. In the bottom right corner of the main application window there is an icon - a compass arrow in a blue circle. By clicking on it, you will open the Safari browser, which has its own file manager. Through it you can download any content.
  2. In the default settings, files are stacked in the Downloads folder. To launch them, open the "Applications" tab in the Apple TV window
  3. Highlight the Documents directory. A file manager will open with access to the movie folder.


  • Direct download of movies to iPad
  • free of charge


  • Uncomfortable browser file manager
  • Downloading one or two gigabytes can take several hours.

Downloading movies via torrent

One of the few such file managers that does not require a jailbreak to install on iOS is iTransmission. It is closely related to Safari - to download it you need to go to the emu4ios website through this browser.

  1. Download the tracker file using Safari.
  2. Open the iTransmission or qBittorrent app.
  1. Go to the Downloads folder, find the file with the .torrent extension and run it.
  1. Wait for the movie to download.
  1. You can run the video file through Apple TV by finding it in your Downloads folder.


Which video player to watch movies offline?

The default media player for Apple devices is Apple TV. All other software of this kind will run only in its shell. It is one of the few programs that you can download for free. Its functionality is not limited to just playing audio and video files. With it, you can create your own library and organize it the way you want.

You can also perform actions on file exchange between different devices or network services - this is exactly the feature that makes it possible to legally download movies and other media content to your iPhone for free.

What the prerequisites for offline movie streaming on iPad?

If you decide to download and watch movies on ipad offline, you need to accept the conditions under which they will run and play correctly on your device:

  1. The iPad must have a comfortable, functional media player.
  2. The format of the downloaded files must be compatible with the video player.

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