Download Button for an Apple TV Show Shown on iPhone

The Apple TV+ channel in the TV app comes with original shows, movies, and documentaries. If you have a subscription, you might want to download a flick or two on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to binge during your commute.

How to Download Apple TV+ Shows and Movies on iPhone or iPad

To stream and download shows from Apple TV+, you’ll need a subscription. It costs $4.99/month, but if you’ve bought an Apple device recently, you’ll get one year of Apple TV+ subscription for free.

Once you’ve subscribed, go to the main page of the TV app. You’ll see Apple TV+ channel as one of the sections (along with other movies, TV shows, channels).

To find a TV show or a movie to download, tap on the “Search” tab from the bottom toolbar.

Tap on the Search tab from the bottom toolbar

Here, search for a title and tap on it to open the detailed page.

Search for a show and then select it from the list

Here, you can scroll down to the episode list, and tap on the little “Download” button to start the download.

Tap on the download button from the show's page

When you tap on an episode title, you’ll see a more prominent “Download” button below the Play Episode button.

Tap on the download button from the episode page on iphone

The download will start in the background.

Compared to the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, the offline feature in the TV app is very limited. There are basically no settings to change.

Can't download on cellular alert

You can’t download anything using cellular data, so you’ll have to be connected to Wi-Fi. Plus, the iOS and iPadOS apps don’t allow you to choose video quality. The app will automatically download the file that is best for your device.

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There’s no Downloads section in the app either. So, to monitor episode downloads and pause them, go to the “Library” section and tap on the “Downloaded” button.

Select the episode or show

Here, select the show that’s currently downloading.

Select the episode or show

On this page, you’ll see a list of downloading episodes. Tap on the “Stop” button next to a title to stop the download process.

Tap on the pause button to stop downloading the show

To delete a downloaded episode or a movie, swipe left on the title and tap on the “Delete” button.

Swipe on an episode title and tap on the Delete button

From the next popup, tap on “Delete Download” to confirm.

Tap on Delete Download button

How to Download Apple TV+ Shows and Movies on Mac

If you prefer watching shows on the bigger screen of your Mac (or an attached monitor), you can also download shows for offline viewing on your computer.

Open the TV app on your Mac running macOS Catalina. Find the show you want to download by browsing the Watch Now section or by using the search tool found in the top toolbar.

Tap on Search from the toolbar

Here, search for the series and then click on it to open the show’s page.

Select a show from the list

You can now browse through the seasons and click on an episode to select it.

Select an episode

Here, click on the “Download” button to start the download.

You can monitor the downloads by clicking on the “Downloads” button from the top toolbar.

Tap on the Search bar from the toolbar

Here, you can click on the “Pause” button to stop a download. To pause all downloads, click on the “Pause Downloads” button from the bottom of the window.

Monitor the downloads

If you want to delete a download from the Downloads menu, you can simply right-click on the episode title and click on the “Delete” button.

You can also delete a movie or TV show from the Library tab. Here, click on the “Downloaded” button from the sidebar and click on a title.

Go to Downloaded section and select the show

From the details page, locate the episode to delete and then click on the “Menu” button.

From the menu, click on “Delete From Library” to delete the episode.

Unlike the iOS and iPadOS app, the TV app on the Mac lets you change the download settings.

Click on the “TV” button from the menu bar and then select the “Preferences” button. Alternatively, you can use the Command+; keyboard shortcut to quickly open the app’s preferences menu.

Select Preferences from the TV menu

Here, in the “Playback” section, click on the drop-down next to “Download Quality.” You can switch between “Up to HD,” “Up to SD,” and “Most Compatible Format.” Choose the “Up to SD” option to save on storage space.

Change the download quality

If you feel like you’re not getting your money’s worth, you can cancel your Apple TV+ subscription.

RELATED: How to Cancel Your Apple TV+ Subscription

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