Capturing Video Streams From the Web Using Your iPad

How to download and watch music videos offline on the iPad

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Downloading music videos to your iPad from services like YouTube can be better than streaming in certain instances. If you find yourself watching the same videos over again, then it makes sense to download them rather than stream. Here's how to download music videos from YouTube Premium, Netflix, and Starz.

These instructions apply to devices running iOS 11 and later.

Advantages of Downloading Music Videos

You might run into instances when you don't have access to the internet (or your cellular network, if your iPad connects to one) and can't stream music videos. Having your favorites already stored on your iPad lets you watch them practically anywhere.

Other advantages of downloading music videos include:

  • Reduced strain on the iPad battery. It takes more power to stream than it does to play a file locally.
  • Save time online finding your favorite videos.
  • Watch music videos that are no longer available online.
  • Free up bandwidth on your Internet connection.
  • Save on your data plan, if your iPad connects to a cellular network along with Wi-Fi.

Downloading instead of streaming is a useful option. However, the iPad doesn't come with any built-in facilities to capture video streams from the web and turn them into files. For this, you'll need to use a dedicated app.

The App Store has free, simple-to-use apps you can use to download content from YouTube. But before you follow the rest of this guide, a note about copyright -- don't distribute any downloaded files, and ensure you adhere to the streaming service's rules.

For more information on this subject, be sure to read our article on the legalities of downloading videos from YouTube.

Download Music Videos with YouTube Premium

YouTube has its own, native option for downloading videos from its platform: YouTube Premium. This service includes a free trial period, but after that expired, it charges a monthly fee.

Here's how to use YouTube Premium to put videos directly onto your iPad:

  1. Open YouTube and find the video you want to keep.

  2. Tap the Download button below the window.

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  3. If you aren't a member of YouTube Premium, a window will open prompting you to start your free trial. Tap Try It Free to set it up.

    To cancel the service and avoid the monthly fee, learn how to cancel subscriptions on your iPad. You'll still be able to use Premium for the full trial period.

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  4. Use Touch ID or your Apple ID password to make the purchase.

  5. Tap Download beneath any video you want to download while your membership is active.

  6. Your downloaded videos will appear in the Downloads section on the Library tab in YouTube.

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  7. You can watch downloaded videos with or without an active internet connection.

Download Videos from Netflix

Movie streaming services have also started offering downloads for some or all of their offerings. Here's how to make content from Netflix available to watch offline.

  1. Open Netflix and tap Downloads at the bottom of the screen.

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  2. Tap Find Something to Download to see a list of compatible series.

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  3. To download an episode or movie to your iPad, tap the Download icon.

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  4. Your downloads will show up on the My Downloads screen. Netflix also has a Smart Downloads option that will automatically delete episodes of shows you've watched and download new ones. Turn it on by tapping Smart Downloads on the My Downloads screen and switching it on.

Download Videos from Starz

Starz also lets you make anything on its service watchable offline. Here's how to do it.

  1. Navigate to the page of the movie or TV episode you want to download.

  2. Tap the Download icon.

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  3. Choose the quality of download you want. The window will tell you how much space each version will take up on your iPad.

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  4. Downloaded movies will appear under Downloads on your My List page.

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  5. To delete movies you've downloaded, tap Edit, select the files to remove, and then tap Delete.