What video content can I watch on my iPhone, iPad, iPod, computer, or Apple TV?

Learn more about the different types of video content that you can play on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, computer, and Apple TV.

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The video content you can watch varies by device.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod

You can watch the following types of video content on your iPhone, iPad, and some iPod models:

  • Video content purchased or rented from the iTunes Store.
  • Videos that have been re-encoded for iPod with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and other programs.
  • Video podcasts that have been created for mobile devices, or are encoded for iPod. Learn more about listening to podcasts using an iOS device.
  • Video files after you create a new version in iTunes (File > Create New Version > Create iPod or iPhone version).
  • Video files after you create a new version for iPad or Apple TV in iTunes (File > Create New Version > Create iPad or Apple TV version).

All generations of iPhone and iPad support video playback. Only certain models of iPod support video playback:

  • iPod touch: All generations.
  • iPod or iPod classic: 5th generation or later.
  • iPod nano: 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations, and 7th generation or later.
    iPod nano (6th generation) doesn't support video playback.

Watch videos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in the Videos app, and on the iPod models that support video playback by selecting Videos from the Home screen.

Watch widescreen video on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

On iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iPod nano (7th generation), you don't need to adjust any settings to watch widescreen video.

On iPod (5th generation), you can turn on the Widescreen setting.

  1. Select Videos > Video Settings.
  2. Turn Widescreen on.

When you watch a widescreen movie with the Widescreen setting turned on, black bars display above and below the picture. If the Widescreen setting is off, the left and right sides of a widescreen video are trimmed, and no black bars appear. This setting has no effect on non-widescreen videos.

On iPod classic and iPod nano (3rd generation) or later, you can turn off the Fullscreen setting.

  1. Select Videos > Video Settings.
  2. Turn Fullscreen off.

When you watch a widescreen video with the Fullscreen setting turned off, black bars display above and below the picture. If the Fullscreen setting is on, the left and right edges of a widescreen video are trimmed, and no black bars appear. This setting has no effect on non-widescreen videos.

About video formats

Using one of the devices above, you can play these video formats:

  • H.264
    File formats: .m4v, .mp4, and .mov
    Video: Up to 768 kbits/sec, 320 x 240, 30 frames per second (fps), Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3.
    Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 kbits/sec, 48 Khz, and stereo audio.
  • MPEG-4
    File formats: .m4v, .mp4, and .mov
    Video: Up to 2.5 Mbits/sec, 480 x 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile.
    Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 kbits/sec, 48 Khz, stereo audio.

Other formats might be supported by newer devices. Check your device's technical specifications for more information.

Learn how to change the video quality of iTunes Store downloads to sync videos with older generation iPods.

Mac or PC

You can watch the following types of video content with iTunes on your computer:

  • Video content purchased or rented from the iTunes Store.
  • QuickTime and MPEG-4 movie files that end in ".mov," ".m4v," or ".mp4" and are playable in QuickTime Player.
  • Video podcasts.
  • Digital Copies of Blu-Rays or DVDs.

iTunes does not support importing content from DVD videos. You can save your iTunes Store movies to data DVDs for backup purposes (if you have a supported DVD burner), but these DVDs won't play in a DVD player.

You should always have the latest version of iTunes that your operating system supports. iTunes requirements vary by version.

iTunes Store movies and TV shows require an HDCP compatible display for playback.

Apple TV

You can watch the following types of video content on your Apple TV:

  • Video content purchased or rented from the iTunes Store.
  • Movies created with iMovie Theater.
  • Video files after you create a new version for iPad or Apple TV in iTunes (File > Create New Version > Create iPad or Apple TV version).
  • Videos files from your iTunes Home Sharing library.   
  • Videos from third party providers using native Apple TV apps.

With an Apple TV, you can use AirPlay to stream videos from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or computer to your TV.

About purchased video

Videos purchased from the iTunes Store have FairPlay digital rights management embedded in the files. The files are a format that can be synced to an iPhone, iPad, or a video-capable iPod.

Just like with music you purchase from the iTunes Store, you own the videos that you purchase. You can authorize up to five computers to play purchased videos, and you can sync the video to as many iOS devices and video-capable iPods as you like. A single device can contain purchased content from up to five accounts; iTunes won't let you to add data from a sixth account.

Sync video content

Learn how to sync videos over WiFi or using USB.

Syncing music videos downloaded from Apple Music is not supported on any device. If you're using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can save items from Apple Music directly to your device. iPod classic and iPod nano don't support Apple Music content.

You can sync personal videos through iTunes as long as the video file is in a format that iTunes can re-encode. Add the file to your iTunes library and then create versions optimized for your device using the File > Create New Version menu.

Learn what to do if your videos won't sync to iPhone, iPad, or iPod from iTunes.

Any updates that you make to your device might change the iTunes requirements for syncing.

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