About renting movies from the iTunes Store

Learn how to find, rent, and watch movies on your computer, using Apple TV, or on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

You can rent movies through the iTunes store on your computer or iOS device. To rent movies, you need:

To find movies available for rent, browse the iTunes Store and look for movies with a Rent button.

When you click Rent, your movie downloads. Download time depends on the speed of your Internet connection.

Your rental will be charged to the credit card associated with your Apple ID. You can also use iTunes Store credit to rent movies.

Watch rented movies

Watch movies on the following devices:

  • A Mac or PC.
  • An iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (with iOS 3.1.3 or later).
  • An iPod classic or iPod nano (3rd, 4th, or 5th generation).
  • A TV through Apple TV.

If you rented the movie on your computer, but want to watch it on an iOS device, connect the devices and sync using USB. When you move a rented movie from your computer, it will disappear from your computer’s iTunes library. You can move the movie between devices as often as you want, but you can only have it on one device at a time.

If you rented the movie on your iOS device or Apple TV, you can’t move it to any other device.

To watch an HD movie, you need to play it on a supported device: your computer, iPhone 4 or later, iPad, iPod touch (4th generation or later), or TV using Apple TV.

You can also stream a rented movie from your computer or your iOS device to your Apple TV using AirPlay after it’s fully downloaded.

How long you have to watch

You have 30 days to start watching a movie after you rent it. After you start watching the movie, you have 24 hours (in the US) or 48 hours (elsewhere) to finish it. You can watch the movie as often as you like until it expires.

If you don’t start watching a movie within 30 days, you must rent it again. 

Movies you rent disappear from your iTunes library when the rental period ends.

Rent movies with subtitles or closed captioning

Movies with subtitles have a note about subtitles in their title or plot summary. Movies with closed captioning have the closed captioning closed captioning logo logo on the movie page.

Find movies you rented previously

Find your movie on the device you used to rent it.

  • On a Mac or PC: Go to the Rentals tab in the Movies section of the iTunes Library.
  • On an iOS device: Go to the Rental tab of the Videos app.
  • Using Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation): Look in the top shelf of the main menu.

Learn more

Some features or services are not available in some iTunes Store countries. Learn more about what's available in your country.

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