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How to Delete Movies From Apple TV 

The Apple TV app is not the most mainstream of streaming apps, but it has its own niche – particularly in terms of its focus on original content. Unlike Netflix and Hulu, Apple’s content is 100 percent original. One of the best features of the Apple TV app is the ability to download content to your phone or tablet, allowing you to watch content without any Internet connection. However, when you are ready to delete a movie from the Apple TV app, how do you delete movies from Apple TV?

Open the Apple TV app, and then tap the ‘Library’ option. Next, select ‘Downloaded’, and look for the movie or movies you want to delete. When you find one, swipe left on it, and then tap ‘Delete’. Tap ‘Delete Download’ to confirm.

But what do you do if your downloads are deleted without you deleting them? And can you delete movies from your Apple TV purchase history?

How to Delete Movies From Apple TV

Deleting movies from your Apple TV app is a pretty simple process, just as simple as it is to download them.

Delete movies from the Apple TV app on iPhone

If you are using the Apple TV app on your iPhone or iPad, open the app on this device. Tap the Library option, and then tap the Downloaded tab. Here, if you have any movies or shows downloaded to your Apple TV app, you will see them stacked on top of each other. Scroll until you find the movie or show you want to delete, and then swipe to the left to reveal a red Delete option. Select that, and then select Delete Download when asked to confirm.

Delete movies from the Apple TV app via the iPhone or iPad’s settings

Another way to delete movies and shows from the Apple TV is to go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Once you have opened the app, select General, and then select iPhone Storage or iPad Storage (depending on the device you are using). In this section, scroll until you find the TV option and tap it. You will see the downloaded videos stacked on top of each other once again. To delete them, all you need to do is the same steps as above: swipe left on the item, tap Delete, and then tap Delete Download to confirm.

Delete movies from Apple TV app on Mac

This may come as a surprise to some, but the Apple TV app, when downloaded to a Mac computer (including a MacBook), actually allows you to watch movies and shows while offline. The reason this is surprising is because a lot of other streaming services do not allow this on computers, but Apple TV does.

In order to delete movies or shows, you must first open the Apple TV app. At the top, you will see a Library option. Select this, and then go to the Library in the sidebar. Find the item you want to delete from your Mac, and click the More Options icon (represented by an ellipse). Click the Delete option, and then click Delete Download when asked to confirm.

Turn off computer syncing

If you have computer syncing enabled on your Mac computer by plugging a USB cord into your Mac that connects to an iPhone or iPad, this could cause movies and shows to display on the computer. In order to stop this, remove the device from the USB cord, or unplug the USB cord itself, which should stop the content from syncing.

Hide a movie or TV show if you cannot delete it

If you are having trouble deleting an item, the alternative is to just try to hide it. This can be done by going into your Library on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, and then navigating to your purchased movies. A common reason why you may not be able to delete content is because the content is not actually downloaded, meaning that you can only hide it by clicking More Options and selecting Delete from Library. Answer in the affirmative if asked if you are sure.

Can you redownload a movie or show deleted from the Apple TV app?

One thing that some people may be worried about when deleting content from the Apple TV app is whether deleting the content will make you lose the content. Thankfully, deleting a movie or show on your device will only remove it from the drive, and will not cause the item to be removed from your ownership. Thus, you can re-download it whenever you want.

Can you delete a movie from your Apple TV purchase history?

If you do not want to own a movie at all, you may be wondering if there is any way to remove it from your account altogether. Unfortunately, Apple does not offer an option to remove an item from your purchase history, so the best you can do is hide it.

Why are certain movies being deleted from Apple TV?

One issue that some people experience with their Apple TV is that the app is deleting their content, seemingly at random. However, there are some things that may cause the content to be automatically deleted from your Apple TV app. For example, much like most other streaming services, the Apple TV app gives downloaded content an expiration date. This is to ensure that you cannot download a movie or show and keep it beyond your subscription to the Apple TV app. The way it works is that you have to connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days.

Another reason your content may have been deleted is if the content is no longer available on the app, or if the owner of the content wanted to prevent the app from downloading that specific content to watch offline. To see if the content you are trying to watch offline has been changed in this way, go to the page on your Apple TV app to see if you can still download it.

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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