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How to add movies to iPad

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How to add movies to iPad: Have you tried to copy a movie to your iPad but failed? iTunes tells you that the video is in an unsupported file format? Forget him! By now, the transfer of videos from the computer to the iPad can be done with very comfortable third-party apps that can read all types of files and also work wirelessly. This means that by connecting the tablet and the computer to the same Wi-Fi network you can copy your favorite movies to the iPad without physically connecting the device to the computer.

How do you say? Too good to be true? I assure you that you are very wrong! If you don’t believe it, take five minutes of free time and try my tips on how to add movies to iPad . I assure you that, in no time at all, you will be able to copy all your favorite movies to the Apple tablet and play them without the slightest problem. You will not need either converters or other special software. All you will need is a simple app downloadable from the App Store. But it doesn’t stop there!

If you prefer, there are also video streaming services that allow you to download movies directly to the iPad memory to watch them offline. All in exchange for a small monthly sum, but I assure you that the expense is absolutely worth the result you can get! So, what are you waiting for to try? There are tons of movies just waiting to be downloaded to your iPad memory!

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App to add movies to iPad

The easiest way to add movies to iPad is to download a third-party media player on your tablet and copy the videos directly to it: by doing this, you save yourself the tedious synchronization procedures via iTunes and, above all, you have the possibility to play all the file formats that Apple’s Video app can’t “digest”: AVIs, MKVs, and the list goes on and on.

There are plenty of media players for iPad, both in the free and paid sectors. The paid ones usually have a more refined interface and are able to play audio tracks in Dolby / AC3 ​​format (codec that requires the payment of a license from the developers and therefore is practically impossible to find in free apps), but beware to “scams”: there are lots of paid media players out there that are poorly made and offer fewer features than free ones! To avoid bad experiences, I recommend that you try directly the ones I am about to recommend, which are among the best on the square.

VLC (free)

Do you need any introduction? VLC for iPad is the transposition of one of the most famous free media players available on Windows, macOS and Linux. Like its desktop counterpart it is completely free, extremely easy to use, and supports all major video file formats. The only drawback, as already mentioned, is that being a free app it does not include support for audio tracks in Dolby / AC3 ​​format.

VLC for iPad can be downloaded easily from the Apple App Store and supports wireless file sharing. This means that by connecting the tablet to the same Wi-Fi network that the PC is connected to, you can transfer a video from Windows, macOS or Linux to VLC on iPad without physically connecting the two devices.

To take advantage of data transfer wirelessly, open VLC on your iPad, press the traffic sign icon located at the top left and, if necessary, move the lever for the Sharing via WiFi option to ON .

At this point, open the browser on your computer and connect to the address that appeared under the word Sharing via WiFi in VLC for iPad (it should be something like http: //iPad-di-yourname.local ). If everything goes right, a web page will open in which you can drag a video file and this, almost as if by magic, will be saved on the iPad’s memory. Please, do not turn off the iPad and do not close the browser tab while transferring files.

If the dragging of the videos does not work, press the (+) button located at the top right and select “manually” the films to be copied to the iPad.

How to add movies to iPad

Once the transfer is complete, to play a movie on your iPad, all you have to do is select its thumbnail and enjoy the show. Subsequently, if you want to delete the video, all you have to do is keep your finger pressed on its thumbnail for a couple of seconds and press first on the circle that appears at the top left and then on the trash can icon located at the bottom right .

How to add movies to iPad

If for one reason or another you are unable to take advantage of file sharing with VLC wirelessly, you can connect the iPad to the computer via Lightning / Dock cable and copy your videos within the application using the sharing function iTunes (or Finder , if you’re using a Mac with macOS Catalina or later) files .

If you do not know, to take advantage of the iTunes file sharing function, all you have to do is click on the iPad icon that appears at the top left of the main program window. Then you have to select the App item from the left sidebar, you have to select the VLC icon from the File Sharing box and you have to drag the movie to copy to the iPad in the Documents box of VLC (on the right).

How to add movies to iPad

Do you have a NAS or hard drive connected to the local network? No problem. With VLC iPad you can also download videos that are hosted on this kind of device. All you have to do is press the road sign icon located at the top left and select the Local network item from the bar that appears on the side. Next, you have to select the drive on which the videos to be copied to the iPad are located, you have to locate the files of your interest and you have to press the arrow icon located next to them.

How to add movies to iPad

By following a similar procedure you can also download the videos that are stored on cloud storage services (eg Dropbox, Google Drive etc.) and the videos available online, by directly pasting the URL in VLC. To access both functions, all you have to do is press the road sign icon located at the top left and select the appropriate options from the bar that appears on the side.

Infuses (for a fee)

If you are looking for a solution a little more advanced than VLC and, to get it, you are willing to spend some money, do not think twice and try Infuse .

Infuse is an excellent media player for iOS (also compatible with Apple TV) that allows you to play all major video file formats and also supports audio tracks in Dolby / AC3 ​​format. Among its main strengths are the extreme ease of use and the ability to automatically download all information relating to movies, TV series and anime from the Internet. This means that by adding movies to infusions you will not simply see their thumbnails, you will see their official posters with lots of plot, cast and other extremely useful information.

As easily imaginable, all this has a price: Infuse can be downloaded at no cost, but to unlock support for all file formats and to take advantage of all its more advanced functions (e.g. synchronization of settings via iCloud) you need subscribe to a subscription of € 7 / year or you have to buy the Pro version of Infuse which costs € 11.99 one-off (which, however, does not give access to future major updates of the application).

That said, to take advantage of file sharing wirelessly between your iPad and your computer, start Infuse, press the button (…) located at the top right and select the Add file item from the menu that opens. Then select the item via browser from the screen that opens and connect from the PC to the address provided by Infuse (it should be something like http: //iPad-di-yourname.local ). To log in you will be asked to enter a username and password : these data are also shown by Infuse on the iPad.

How to add movies to iPad

At this point, all you have to do is select the videos you want to transfer to the iPad, drag them to the browser window on your PC and wait for the operation to finish. In order for the video copying to be successful, make sure not to close the browser tab and not to turn off the iPad.

Once the video transfer is complete, to view them on the iPad, all you have to do is open Infuse and press first on their cover image and then on the ▶ ︎ button.

Subsequently, if you wish to remove a film from Infuse, all you have to do is keep your finger pressed on its poster, put the check mark on it and press the Remove item located at the bottom left.

How to add movies to iPad

Were you unable to take advantage of the wireless sharing system included in Infuse? No problem, you can connect the iPad to your computer and transfer files the “old way” using the File Sharing function of iTunes (or of the Finder , if you are using a Mac with macOS Catalina or later).

If you don’t know how to take advantage of the iTunes File Sharing function, click on the iPad icon that appears at the top left of the main iTunes window. Then select the App item from the left sidebar, choose the Infuse icon in the File Sharing pane and drag the movies to copy to the iPad in the Documents pane of Infuse .

How to add movies to iPad

Finally, I would like to point out that by pressing the button (…) located at the top right of the main Infuse screen and selecting the Add file item from the box that opens, you can add files to your iPad even from devices connected to the local network, such as NAS and network hard drives. All you have to do is select the drive that contains the videos of your interest, locate them and press the cloud icon next to their title.

Streaming app to download movies

Would you like to add movies to iPad by downloading them directly from the Internet? Yes, it can do this too, in a completely legal way. Just turn to video streaming platforms which, by now, more and more numerous, offer the possibility to download videos locally and watch them offline (albeit with some limitations). Read on if you want to know more.

Netflix

I doubt Netflix needs any introduction: it is the most famous video on-demand service in the world and in its catalog, as well as many interesting films, there are dozens of TV series, documentaries and anime of the highest quality. What not everyone knows is that Netflix also allows you to download some content locally and view it offline.

How to add movies to iPad

To download movies from Netflix you do not need to subscribe to any particular subscription: just choose one of the standard plans from € 7.99 / month (viewing of content in standard definition), € 12.99 / month (viewing of Full HD content with 2 accesses simultaneously) or € 17.99 / month (viewing of contents in UltraHD with 4 simultaneous accesses) and select one of the contents available for download. To be more precise, just press first on its poster and then on the Download button located under its description.

Subsequently, to view the video in offline mode – or to follow the progress of the download – you need to press the button and select the item My downloads from the bar that appears on the side. Videos downloaded offline generally expire after 7 days and 48 hours after first playing. The service can be tried for free, by new subscribers, for 14-30 days, but only during the periods in which the platform offers this promotion (not always, therefore).

If any of the steps are not clear to you or you simply want to know more about Netflix, take a look at my tutorial on how to watch Netflix offline: there you will find everything you need to know explained.

Infinity

Infinity is Mediaset’s answer to Infinity. Its film catalog is very rich (much richer than Netflix’s as far as Italian cinema is concerned) and it also offers the possibility to download the contents locally and then watch them offline.

How to add movies to iPad

To download a movie from Infinity, just select its poster and press the Download button . Then, to view the content and follow the download, just press the button located at the top left and select the Download item from the bar that appears on the side. Movies downloaded offline last 30 days and after playing them for the first time they must be “consumed” within 48 hours.

Infinity costs € 5.99 / month or € 7.99 / month (depending on current promos) and has a 30-day free initial trial. If you want to know more, read my tutorial on how Infinity works.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon also has its own video streaming service: it is Amazon Prime Video which is available exclusively for Amazon Prime customers. If you have never heard of it, Amazon Prime is an Amazon service that in exchange for a subscription equal to 36 euros / year or 4.99 euros / month offers free deliveries in one day on over 1 million products, the possibility of get a preview of the flash offers and other “bonuses” including, precisely, access to the Prime Video service.

How to add movies to iPad

In the Prime Video catalog you can find hundreds of films and TV series (some of which are absolutely exclusive) with dubbing and / or subtitles in Italian. The streaming resolution reaches up to UltraHD. Offline downloading of content is allowed.

To download a movie from Amazon Prime Video, just select its poster and press the Download button on the screen that opens. To start playing the downloaded content locally, instead, just select the  Downloads tab at the bottom (which, in turn, contains a tab dedicated to films and a tab dedicated to TV series). To find out more, read my tutorial on how Amazon Prime Video works.

Add movies to iPad with iTunes

Are you at the very beginning with the world of the iPad and are you looking for a way to transfer videos to the memory of the tablet using the good old iTunes (or the Finder , if you are using a Mac with macOS Catalina or later).? No problem. The procedure, I have already told you, is now uncomfortable and anachronistic, but nobody forbids you to put it into practice!

If you want to know, step by step, how to copy a video from PC to iPad using iTunes, all you have to do is read my tutorial on how to transfer files to iPad: there you will find everything you need to know. on the subject.