How to Add Movies to iPhone/iPad for Free

The standard way to add movies to your iPad is with iTunes, but of course if you wanted to do things the official way, all you would have to do is look up the relevant Apple documentation.

Probably you’re here because you want to know how to transfer your own movies on your computer or somewhere else, movies that you didn’t necessarily buy from the iTunes store. iTunes restricts the transfer of movies, so you might find yourself wanting to break free of all that.

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Let’s take a look at how to use some unofficial methods to add your movies to your iPad.

1. How to Add Movies to iPhone/iPad without iTunes

The easiest way to add movies to your iPhone or iPad without using iTunes is to use a tool like iMyFone TunesMate iPhone Transfer. This is software that allows you to transfer all kinds of media, including movies, podcasts, audiobooks, iTunes U, playlists, music, photos, etc. It’s extremely simple to use and you can bypass a lot of the restrictions that iTunes imposes.

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  • Put Movies to iPhone: Directly get movies to iPhone from computer, iTunes, external hard drive, without data loss.
  • Purchases & Non-Purchases: Of course you can transfer iTunes purchases movies, but you can also transfer free downloaded movies.
  • Two-Way Transfer: Freely transfer media files between iPhone and computer without any restricts.
  • Backup & Restore: Backup your iPhone or iTunes media and restore it back if you need in the future.

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Quick Steps for Copying Movies to iPhone/iPad Using TunesMate:

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone TunesMate. After that, plug your iPhone/iPad into your computer and then open TunesMate.

Step 2: In TunesMate, click on the Videos tab at the top. You will be in the Movie windows by default.

Step 3: Click Add > Add File. Browse for the movies that you want to add, then click Open. They should now start transferring to your device.

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2. How to Put Movies on iPhone/iPad Using iTunes (Data Loss)

To copy movies on your iPhone or iPad using iTunes, all you have to do is sync your movies like this:

Step 1: Plug your iPad/iPhone into your computer and open iTunes.
Step 2: Click where your device is listed in iTunes.
Step 3: Click where it says Movies on the right side.
Step 4: Click where it says Sync Movies.
Step 5: Select which movies you would like to transfer.
Step 6: Click where it says Apply.
Step 7: Wait until it is done syncing.

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Note that these movies have to be in your iTunes library first. If the movies are on your computer, please update it to your iTunes library.

  1. Open iTunes. Go to File > Add File to Library.
  2. Browse and select the movies on your computer. Click Open to transfer.

3. A Comparison Between Using and without iTunes to Transfer

Sync iTunes files without data loss
Will Delete Existing Movies in iPhone
Transfer movies that were not officially purchased
Transfer movies in many different formats
Allows for bidirectional transfer (to and from iTunes)
Only from iTunes to iPhone
Share iTunes library movies with devices that have different Apple ID’s
Drag movies to iPhone directly from computer
Not Direct
Selectively transfer
How many device supported
Only 5

4. Top 5 Free Websites to Download Movies for Your iPhone/iPad

Before you transfer movies from your computer, of course you’ll need to download some movies onto it. Here are some sites that allow you to do that:

1 Retrovision

This is a website that has a collection of classic movies. Since they’re in the public domain, it’s totally legal and you can watch as many as you want. Many of these movies are popular classics that may even be among your favorites. Now, there’s no method to download the movies on the site itself, but you can possibly use third-party online tools that allow you to download streaming video. There are also many browser plug-ins that will help you do this.


2 Internet Archive

Probably best known as the home of the WayBack Machine, the Internet Archive also has a large collection of media. This includes both public domain and creative commons videos and movies. They have a very large collection and it’s legal to watch and download their videos.

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3 PopCornFlix

This site is a streaming site, not a download site, but it’s worth mentioning because you can stream the movies on your iPad. There are commercials, but they’re minimal compared to regular TV and you can watch all kinds of movies, even some mainstream Hollywood ones, for free.


4 Classic Cinema Online

This is another site similar to Retrovision, where you can watch as much classic material as you want. Again, it’s a streaming site, but it’s pretty trivial these days to use tools to download the videos if you want to.

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5 YouTube

This may seem obvious, but there are plenty of free movies on Youtube. Normally, YouTube won’t officially allow an option for downloading the videos, but there are lots of sites out there that will rip YouTube videos for you in a few minutes so that you can put them on your computer. Often, it will be downloadable in FLV format, but many times you can specify what format you want.

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