How to Download & Watch Movies on an iPhone or iPad

Learning how to download movies on your iPhone or iPad from paid services such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime Video allows you to access and watch your favorite movies or show episodes offline at your convenience. If you don’t subscribe to a streaming service, you can also watch free movies on your iPad or iPhone with free movie apps like Vudu or Crackle. Let’s get started with how to download movies and watch free movies on an iPhone for your viewing pleasure.

Related: 7 Best Apps for Free Movies & TV Shows on Apple TV, iPhone, & iPad

How to Download Movies on an iPhone or iPad

Downloading your favorite movies or shows from streaming services is easy and convenient for those times when you don’t have a fast internet connection and want to watch movies offline on your iPhone or iPad. Different apps offer a variety of videos that are available for subscribers to download to their devices. Netflix is known for its original content, while Hulu has the most popular TV shows. Disney Plus includes the massive Disney catalog and Amazon Prime Video grants you access to a wide range of content. Downloads from these services are typically available for 30 days, and each app varies in the total number of videos that you can download.

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How to Watch Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ or Amazon Prime Video Offline

  1. Open the Netflix app and tap Downloads at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap See What You Can Download

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  3. Choose the video you want to download, then tap Downloads
  4. Tap Home, then tap Downloads again. 
  5. You'll see the video you downloaded. Tap the video icon, then Play to view your video. Swipe left, then tap the X to delete the download. 

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How to Watch Hulu, Disney+ or Amazon Prime Video Offline

  1. Open the streaming service app of your choice.
  2. Find the video that you want to download.
  3. Tap the download button.
  4. Once the download has completed, the icon will change to a checkmark.
  5. Once you are ready to delete your downloaded items, click on Downloads and delete by swiping left or tapping the Edit button.

How to Watch Free Movies on an iPhone or iPad

With free movie apps like Vudu or Crackle, you can use your device to watch free movies on your iPad or iPhone. These apps allow you to stream movies for free, but the downside is that you cannot download them and watch free movies offline. To download films, you need to use paid streaming services. Commercials are another minus of free movie apps.

  • Vudu (Free)
    While you can purchase movies on this app, you can also access thousands of free movies on your iPhone or iPad with limited ads in Vudu’s Movies on Us section.

  • Crackle (Free)
    Crackle grants you free streaming from the Sony catalog, with commercials, including full-length movies, TV shows, and even original content to watch on your iPhone or iPad.

Today’s streaming services and free movie apps are a great way to use your device for your personal entertainment. Whether you download movies on iPhone or iPad or prefer to use free movie apps, there are thousands of titles available at your fingertips for you to enjoy and make the most of your iPhone or iPad.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.