Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Sync Movies to Your iPad Copy them to your iPad with or without iTunes by Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated on February 04, 2020 Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email Along with being a music player, ebook reader, and gaming device, the iPad's big screen makes it handy for watching movies and videos. If you have movies spread between iTunes and your iPad, it's best to keep them in sync. When you sync your iPad with your computer, movies from your iTunes library copy to your iPad and videos on your iPad are backed up to iTunes. These instructions apply to iTunes 11 and later. How to Sync iPad Movies To copy movies and TV shows to your iPad, enable the Sync Movies option in iTunes. Attach your iPad to your computer. Open your iPad from within iTunes by clicking the device icon at the top of the program, just below the menu items. Select Movies from the left pane of iTunes. Click the Sync Movies check box. To copy specific videos from iTunes to your iPad, select each movie manually by clicking the box next to it. If you don't see any movies on this screen, you don't have any downloaded to your computer. Select Movies on the left side of the main screen of iTunes to download movies you purchased. To select all of your movies at once, and any you add in the future, click the Automatically include check box. Select the Automatically Include drop-down arrow to filter which movies iTunes syncs to your iPad. Click Apply to update and sync movies to your iPad. How to Sync TV Shows to iPad You can make similar changes to the TV Shows section of iTunes to sync shows. The process is almost identical to syncing movies, but you use a different section of iTunes. Here's how to keep up to date with the programs you downloaded. Open the TV Shows area of iTunes. Select the Sync TV Shows check box. Pick which shows and seasons to sync to your iPad, or use the check box at the top of that screen to sync all shows. Click the Apply button at the bottom of iTunes. Sync Without iTunes You can also use a third-party program like Syncios. It's free and lets you manually copy the specific movies and other videos that you want to store on your iPad. Movies and TV shows you sync with Syncios go on your iPad in much the same way they copy over when using iTunes. However, you don't have to open iTunes to use this program.