How to Delete Movies from iPad

Free up space and organize your iPad by erasing movies

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The iPad is a powerful device that you can use to both create and consume content. It lets you store photos, read books, and even watch movies. But its storage isn't unlimited, and you may reach a point where you need to clear some space or just reorganize.

Here's how to get memory-eating movies off of your iPad.

These directions apply to iPads running iOS 10.2 or later.

How to Delete Movies From iPad with the Apple TV App

If you downloaded movies from the iTunes Store, one of the easiest ways to manage them is directly through the TV app. From here, you can delete full movies or individual TV episodes.

  1. Open the Apple TV app.

    How to delete movies from iPad
  2. Tap Library.

    How to delete movies from iPad
  3. Tap Downloaded.

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  4. Tap Edit.

    How to delete movies from iPad
  5. Tap the circles next to the movies or TV episodes you want to delete.

    How to delete movies from iPad
  6. Tap Delete.

    How to delete movies from iPad
  7. A dialogue box will open telling you that the deletion is permanent. Tap Delete Download.

    You can redownload movies you purchased from the iTunes store later as long as you're using the same Apple ID you used to purchase them the first time.

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  8. Alternatively, you can also tap the rectangle to the right of the movie to go straight to the delete option.

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  9. The iPad will delete the video(s) you selected.

How to Delete Movies From iPad Via the Settings

You can also delete movies from your iPad through the Settings app. Here's how.

  1. Open Settings.

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  2. Tap General.

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  3. Tap iPad Storage.

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  4. Scroll down a little and tap the icon for the TV app.

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  5. Tap Review iTunes Videos.

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  6. The movies and TV episodes you have downloaded to your iPad will appear in a list on the right. Tap Edit.

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  7. Tap the red circle next to the movie you want to remove.

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  8. Tap Delete.

    If you change your mind, you can also tap Done in the upper-right corner to cancel.

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  9. Your iPad will delete the video you selected. You can only delete one video at a time through Settings, so repeat these steps to clear more space.

You may occasionally notice that files removed from your iPad show back up. This is most likely due to your sync settings. To stop this from happening, you'll need to stop iTunes from auto-syncing. Be aware this may cause you to take extra steps to download movies to your device in the future.