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How to download movies and TV shows on iPhone

Need something to watch on the go? Here is the easiest way to download movies and TV shows on your iPhone.

Watching TV shows and movies on your iPhone is an easy way to catch up on your favourite media. Whether you’re on the move and need something to fill up a long train journey or just like watching content on your phone, having some downloaded movies and shows can keep the boredom at bay and help you stay up to date on the latest drama.

But what’s the easiest way to download shows and movies onto your handset? Thankfully, Apple introduced the TV app in recent years, giving us access to some of the best movies and TV shows available. Some are free to watch and some can be rented or purchased, meaning that there should be something that works for everyone.

Keep reading to find out how you can watch TV shows and movies on your iPhone.

What we used

The Short Version

  • Open up your iPhone
  • Click on the Apple TV app
  • Go to the Watch Now section
  • Find a show or movie to download
  • Press the download button
  • Wait for it to download
  1. Step

    Open up your iPhone

    To start you will need to unlock and open your iPhone.The iPhone lock screen

  2. Step

    Click on the Apple TV app

    Next, find and click on the Apple TV app. It is black and has a white Apple logo in the middle. If you do not have this app downloaded already, it can be found in the App Store and downloaded for free.The Apple TV app in iphone

  3. Step

    Got to the Watch Now section

    Once you are in the Apple TV app, click on the Watch Now button. It is on the bottom menu on the far left side. The Watch now tab in Apple TV plus

  4. Step

    Find a show or movie to download

    Find a show or movie that you want to download. Some TV shows – usually the first episodes – and movies are free to download, while some will need to be rented or bought outright. If you have an Apple TV+ subscription however then you will have more access to complete seasons. The screen on Apple TV Plus

  5. Step

    Press the download button

    When you have found what you want to download, click on the download button. It is a small circle that has a downwards-facing arrow in it. The download button on Apple TV plus

  6. Step

    Wait for it to download

    Wait for the content to download and then watch it when you’re ready. It will be available for thirty days after the original download. Downloading screen on Apple TV Plus


How long is my downloaded content available to play?

For most channels on Apple TV Plus, you will be able to watch your downloaded content for up to thirty days, though it may be shorter for some content.

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