Here’s how to download Apple TV+ Shows on iPhone, iPad, Mac

Apple TV+ is full of content, including original shows, movies, and documentaries. Along with streaming the content online, the service allows you to download the content for offline viewing as well. You can download Apple TV+ shows on iPhone, iPad and Mac. If you don’t know how to do it, then detailed below is all you need to know.

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Downloading content offline: what you need to know

Downloading content for viewing offline has its own benefits. The biggest, of course, is the availability of content while you are traveling. If you have your favorite movies or shows downloaded, then you are never short of viewing options. Another benefit of downloading content is that it helps you to kill time when you are in a place with no internet connection.

It must be noted that you need an internet connection to download the content from Apple TV+, but you don’t need internet to watch the downloaded content. Apple has made it very easy to download Apple TV+ shows on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. The process of downloading content includes a few easy steps. The steps to download Apple TV+ shows on Mac are slightly different from ones to download Apple TV+ shows on iPhone and iPad.

Before we detail the steps, make sure that you have subscribed to Apple TV+. The subscription costs $4.99/month, but if you recently bought any Apple device, then you will get the Apple TV+ subscription for free for a year. Also, you are not allowed to download anything using cellular data. You should be connected to WiFi to be able to download the content.

Now, let’s look at the steps to download Apple TV+ shows on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

How to download Apple TV+ shows on iPhone and iPad

After you have subscribed to Apple TV+, go to the main page of the TV app, and then to the Apple TV+ channel. Now to download Apple TV+ shows on iPhone and iPad, follow the below steps:

  1. Search for the show or movie that you want to download. To search, tap on the “Search” tab on the bottom toolbar.
  2. Once you get what you were searching for, tap on it to open the details page.
  3. If it is a show, then scroll down to the list of episodes, and tap on the Download button to start the download. Alternatively, you can tap on the episode title, and on the next screen, you will get a prominent “Download” button below the Play Episode button.

Once you tap the download, the episode will start downloading in the background. In comparison to other streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, Apple’s feature to download content on iPhone and iPad is straightforward and does not give you many options. For instance, with the iOS and iPadOS apps, you don’t get the option to select the video quality.

Additionally, the app does not have any Downloads section. You will have to go to the “Library” section to manage downloads. To manage downloads, go to the “Library” section and then tap the “Downloaded” button. Now select the show that you are currently downloading. You will now get the list of all episodes for the show that you are currently downloading. To stop the download, tap on the “Stop” button.

How to download Apple TV+ shows on Mac

Now let’s check the steps to download Apple TV+ shows on Mac:

  1. Open the TV app on your Mac
  2. Select the show that you want to download. You can either select the show from the Watch Now section, or use the search option located at the top.
  3. Once you get the show that you are looking for, click on it to open the show’s details page.
  4. Select the episode that you want to download.
  5. Tap on the “Download” button to start the download.

To monitor downloads, click on the “Downloads” button on the top toolbar. From here, you can stop a download by clicking the “Pause” button. You can also pause all downloads by tapping the “Pause Downloads” button on the bottom.

It must be noted that unlike the iPhone and iPad, you can change the download settings on the Mac, such as selecting the download quality.

How to delete a downloaded show

Now that you know how to download Apple TV+ shows on iPhone, iPad and Mac, let’s see how you can delete the downloaded shows after you have watched them.

To delete an episode or a movie on an iPhone or iPad, go to the “Library” section and then to go to the “Downloaded” button. Now, select the show and episode that you want to download, and swipe left on the title, and then tap on the “Delete” button. You will get a pop-up to confirm your decision. Tap “Delete Download” to confirm.

To delete an episode or a movie on Mac, first click on the “Downloads” button on the top toolbar, and then select the episode that you want to delete.  Now, right-click on the episode title and from the menu options, select the “Delete” button.

Alternatively, you can also delete a show or a movie by going to the Library tab, and then clicking on the “Downloaded” button. Now, click on the title and on the details page, select the episode that you want to delete. Next, click on the “Menu” button (three dots), and then click “Delete From Library.”



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Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com