Five ways on how to put movies on iPad and one way on how to download a movie to iPad directly.

An iPad has a bigger screen than an iPhone and has better portability than a computer. That's why so many of you prefer to watch videos with an iPad. To enjoy your favorite movies or TV shows on the tablet, you will need to put the videos onto your iPad first. Given that, here I will show you five ways to add movies to iPad. Whether you are using a PC or Mac, want to use iTunes or not, you will find the way that fits your needs.

Part 1. How to Put Movies on iPad with iTunes

Applies to: PC and Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier

If the movies you want to add to your iPad are purchased from iTunes or the movie file is in your iTunes library, the most straightforward way to put movies to your iPad is to sync movies to your device using iTunes.

Before you start, you should know that if you use iTunes syncing, the existing files like movies, TV shows, and books on your tablet will be replaced by the newly added movies. That means you will lose the files currently on your iPad. If that's unwanted, go to part 2 to learn how to put movies on iPad without iTunes.

To put movies on iPad with iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPad to the computer with a USB cable. (Then iTunes will run automatically.)

Step 2. Unlock your iPad and trust the computer.

Step 3. In iTunes, click the device icon and choose "Movies".

Step 4. Select "Sync Movies" and choose the items you want to copy to your device.

Step 5. Click "Apply" to start adding movies to your iPad.

How to put movies on iPad with iTunes

Since macOS Catalina, iTunes is no longer available. That's why you need to find an alternative way to get movies on your iPad from the computer. Read on to learn how to add movies to your iPad without iTunes.

Part 2. How to Put Movies on iPad Without iTunes

iTunes is not your only choice to copy movies to iPad. Except for using iTunes, there are four more ways for you to transfer videos to an iPad, including using the iOS data transfer tool, VLC media player, iCloud Drive, and Finder.

Method 1. Put Movies on iPad with EaseUS MobiMover

Applies to: PC running Windows 7 or later and Mac running Mac OS X 10.8 or later

If you have downloaded movies on your computer and want to transfer the movies to your iPad safely without data loss, you will like the iOS data transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover.

In addition to putting downloaded movies to your iPad, it also allows you to download videos from YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and many other sites to your computer or iPhone/iPad using the URL. Videos in MP4, MOV, M4V, WMV, RM, MKV, FLV, and AVI are all supported.

To transfer movies to iPad (or iPhone) without iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer and launch EaseUS MobiMover. On your iDevice, click "Trust" to trust your computer. Then go to "Content Management" > "Videos" > "Movie." 

Select video

Step 2. To transfer videos from PC to iPhone or iPad, choose "Add Contents."

select items

Step 3. Select the movies you want and click "Open" to transfer from computer to your iPhone/iPad. You can transfer videos in MP4, MOV, M4V, WMV, RM, MKV, AVI, and FLV format. (If your video format is not supported by EaseUS MobiMover, it will be converted to MP4 automatically during the transfer process.)

select items

This tool supports the data transfer between an iPhone/iPad and a computer or between two iDevices. Except for videos, it also transfers photos, music, ringtones, books, and more. Get it now and take full control over your iPad content.

Method 2. Add Movies to iPad with VLC

Applies To: PC and Mac

We have shown you that it's workable to transfer videos from PC to iPad using the VLC media player. That's no exception when it comes to adding a movie to iPad.

With the Wi-Fi sharing feature provided in the VLC app for iOS, you are able to download movies to your iPhone or iPad wirelessly over Wi-Fi from the computer, as long as your devices are under the same network connection. Download and install the VLC app on your iPad from the App Store. Afterward, follow the steps below to learn how to save movies to iPad from a computer.

To put movies on iPad via VLC:

Step 1. Open the VLC app and click the VLC icon in the top left corner.

Step 2. Turn on "Sharing via WiFi" and remember the IP address underneath.

Step 3. On your computer, open a browser and enter the IP address (the numbers).

Step 4. To transfer movies to your iPad, you can either add the videos by drag-and-drop or click the plus icon. Then you will see the movies are being transferred to your iPhone wirelessly and automatically.

Step 5. The transferred items will be saved in the VLC app by default. When the transfer process is over, go to the VLC app to check the movies.

How to add movies to iPad via VLC

Method 3. How to Sync Movies to iPad with Using iCloud Drive

Applies To: PC and Mac

You may know that you can transfer videos to iPad using iCloud photos. But that's not the same while transferring movies to iPad, because Apple limits the clip length to five minutes in iCloud photos, which is obviously not the length of a movie file.

To transfer large files to your iPad, you should use iCloud Drive. You can store any type of file in iCloud Drive as long as it's less than 50GB and doesn't exceed your iCloud storage limit.

To download movies to iPad using iCloud Drive:

Step 1. Enable iCloud Drive on your iPad by going to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" > "iCloud Drive".

Step 2. On your computer, go to, sign in with the Apple ID you use on your iPad and choose "iCloud Drive".

Step 3. Upload the videos to iCloud Drive and wait for the syncing process to finish.

Step 4. When it has done, go to the Files app on your iPad to check the videos. You can either access the videos from iCloud directly to save your device storage or download the items to your iPad so you can watch them offline.

How to put movies on iPad without iTunes using iCloud

Other than iCloud, there are other cloud storage services for you to share movies across your devices, like Dropbox, Google Drive, and more.

Method 4. Put Movies on iPad via Finder

Applies To: Mac running macOS Catalina and later

As mentioned above, iTunes has been officially discontinued since macOS Catalina. That's when Finder starts to take the responsibility of data syncing and device backups.

To sync movies to iPad via Finder:

Step 1. Open Finder and connect your iPad to the computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Unlock your iDevice and trust the computer. If asked, enter your iPad passcode to continue.

Step 3. In Finder, choose your iPad and select "Movies".

Step 4. Check the "Sync movies onto [your iPad name]" option and select the files you want to transfer.

Step 5. Click "Apply" to start putting movies on your iPad.

How to put movies on iPad via Finder on macOS Catalina

Bonus Tip: How to Download Movies to iPad Directly

Instead of transferring movies to your iDevice, you can also choose to download movies on your iPhone or iPad directly. With the Apple TV app, you can buy movies and TV shows, download them to your device for offline viewing, stream them, and watch them anywhere with the Apple TV app.

To download movies on iPad:

Step 1. Open the Apple TV app and tap on "Watch Now" >  "Movies".

Step 2. Find and tap the movie you like, click the price, and choose "Purchase".

Step 3. After the purchase, you can play the movie as you like. If you want to, tap the download icon to download the movie to your device. By doing so, you can enjoy the video even when there is no Internet connection.

Step 4. If you need to find the video next time, go to the "Library" tab in the app.

The Bottom Line

Now you know how to put movies on iPad in different ways, either with or without iTunes, using a PC or Mac. Carry out the way you like best to add movies to your iPad within minutes.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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