You may have synced your iPad with iTunes to discover that your movies and videos are now missing. If so, you aren’t the only one!
Don’t worry, they should be on there somewhere. It’s just a matter of finding them. And if not, we’ve explained how to sync videos to your iPad with or without iTunes below.
- 1 Why is the iOS Videos app missing from my iPad?
- 2 How do I get missing videos back on my iPad?
- 3 How do I get movies on my iPad?
- 4 What can I do when videos won’t sync to my iPad?
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Why is the iOS Videos app missing from my iPad?
You used to find all the videos on your iPad in the iOS Videos app. But with iOS 10.2, Apple replaced Videos with the TV app — a single place to watch all your TV Shows, Movies, or Home Videos.
Your iPad might have updated to the latest iOS when you synced it with iTunes. If that’s the case the Videos app is long gone and you should find a shiny new TV app in its place.
Where are my videos in the TV app?
- Tap the Library button at the bottom of the screen to access all the videos synced to your iPad. This page shows a snapshot of your content including Rented and Recently Added videos.
- Tap the Library drop-down menu from the top of the screen to view your TV Shows, Movies, or Home Videos.
- Choose the relevant content and view all your videos.
With the Videos app missing, the TV app takes some getting used to when it’s first installed on your iPad. But all the same content should be on there, as well as lots more through third-party streaming services like Amazon Prime or BBC iPlayer.
Why can’t I see my Home Videos in the TV app?
Even if you synced Home Videos to your iPad through iTunes, you might not immediately see the Home Videos section in the TV app. This is due to a software bug that appeared with the TV app’s release in iOS 10.2.
That bug should be well and truly vanquished by now. So update your iPad to the latest version of iOS to resolve it: go to Settings > General > Software Update.
If you still can’t see the Home Videos section. Try downloading some other content to your iPad first, like a Movie, TV Show, or Music Video. This should force the Home Videos section out of hiding!
How do I get missing videos back on my iPad?
Several users found they could make the missing videos reappear on their iPad by syncing it to their computer again. It’s worth trying this once or twice — sometimes our devices get easily confused and this is an easy fix.
Re-sync the videos on your iPad by doing two more syncs: once with no videos, and a second time with all of them. When you sync the second time, take note of where the videos are going on your iPad.
In iTunes, that means looking at the Media Kind for each video:
- Control-click a video in iTunes and click to see Info about it.
- Click the Options tab in the Info window.
- Choose an appropriate Media Kind from the drop-down menu:
- Music Video
- Home Video
- TV Show
How do I sync videos to my iPad with iTunes?
You can sync videos to your iPad using iTunes whether you bought them from the iTunes Store or not. The process is quite simple, add the video to your iTunes library and then tell iTunes to sync it to your iPad.
- Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
- If you didn’t buy the video through iTunes:
- From the menu bar, go to File > Add to Library….
- Find the video on your computer and click Open.
- Find the video in your iTunes library, it may be under Home Videos in Movies.
- Control-click and select Info to edit the name, media kind, and other details.
- From the menu bar, go to File > Add to Library….
- Connect your iPad to iTunes with a lightning-to-USB cable.
- Unlock your iPad and Trust This Computer if prompted.
- Click the iPad icon in iTunes to see your Summary page.
- Select the relevant content in the sidebar: Movies, TV Shows, etc.
- Tick the box to Sync that content, and then the box for each video you want to sync.
- Click the Sync button in the bottom right.
- When the sync is complete, eject your iPad and find your videos in the TV app.
How do I sync videos to my iPad without iTunes?
If you don’t want to use iTunes, there are still a few other ways you can sync videos to your iPad. And with the Videos app missing you might prefer these alternatives anyway.
1. Use iCloud Photo Library
If you use iCloud Photo Library, you can get videos on your iPad by adding them to your library, but you can’t download them for offline viewing.
Open the Photos app on Mac or the iCloud Photos app on PC. Go to File > Import… and find the video on your computer. After the import is complete and iCloud has synced, watch your video on the iPad using the Photos app.
2. Use Plex
Plex is a media server that works with all the market-leading brands and devices: Apple, Samsung, Google, Windows, and more. It allows you to store all your movies, TV shows, music, and home videos in one place and access them from anywhere.
Visit Plex’s website for more information about their services and how to use it. Essentially, your computer acts as a media server and your devices can play that media over the internet or sync it for offline use.
3. Use VLC
VLC is an open-source media player that supports a wide range of formats and works with most Apple devices — including your iPad. Using the iOS VLC app and your computer browser, you can sync videos to your iPad over Wi-Fi without using iTunes.
To sync videos over Wi-Fi, make sure your iPad and computer are using the same network. Then open the VLC app on your iPad and tap the cone icon in the top left corner.
Select Sharing via WiFi from the menu and enter the web address in your computer browser. Click the + button and choose the video you want to share. It uploads and is immediately available to view on your iPad.
4. Use other third-party apps
There are plenty of other third-party media players that allow you to sync videos without iTunes. We can’t possibly list them all here, but if you aren’t satisfied with iCloud, Plex, or VLC it’s worth taking a look online for yourself.
How do I get movies on my iPad?
You can buy movies to watch on your iPad through iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, or other third-party retailers. However, if you’ve already bought a DVD or Blu-Ray, you don’t want to have to pay again for a digital copy.
In that case, it’s possible — though not always strictly legal — to rip the movie to your computer and then get it on your iPad.
All you need is an external disc drive and some third-party software. At which point you can import the ripped movie to your iTunes library and sync it to your iPad.
Use software like Handbrake to rip the movie to your computer — although there are also plenty of paid alternatives available. Handbrake offers you plenty of ripping options to determine the quality and file size of your movie.
What can I do when videos won’t sync to my iPad?
There are a couple of reasons a video might not sync to your iPad:
- Not enough iPad storage.
- Incorrect video format.
- The video file is corrupt.
Check your iPad storage by going to Settings > General > Storage. Make sure you have ample space to fit the video on there, clear extra by deleting content and apps if necessary.
You can convert your video to an iPad-compatible format using iTunes itself. Open iTunes on your computer and select the video you want to sync. From the menu bar, go to File > Convert > Create iPad or Apple TV Version.
iPad creates a compatible copy of the video or notifies you if it’s already in a compatible format.
If none of those solutions work, your video might be corrupt. Try deleting it from your iTunes library and importing it again. Or if you use Time Machine, restore your computer to an earlier version of itself, before the video was corrupted.
That should get videos on your iPad without any more problems. Your next commute is gonna fly by with all those new TV Shows to watch! So, what are you watching at the moment?
Dan is a freelance writer based in South West England.
He spent two years supervising repairs as a Genius Admin for Apple Retail and uses that knowledge to keep our troubleshooting guides up to date.
Long before that, Dan turned to Apple products from a musical background. Having owned iPods for years, he bought a MacBook to learn sound recording and production. It was using those skills that he gained a first-class Bachelor of Science in Sound Technology.