Your iPhone 5 gives you access to a number of different media sources, many of which allow you to download songs or videos directly to your device. Unfortunately you have a limited amount of space available on your phone so, if you tend to download a lot of television episodes, space will eventually become a problem. You may have been operating under the assumption that you need to connect to iTunes to manage the episodes that are saved to your device, but you can actually individually delete them to give yourself more storage space. This makes it easier to get rid of the old episodes that you have already watched and make room for newer options, especially when you don’t have the option of connecting to your computer.
Deleting iTunes TV Episodes from the iPhone 5
Perhaps you have already stumbled upon the menu that you need to use to remove your videos, but you were nervous that deleting them would force you to forever lose access to the iTunes episodes you have purchased. Fortunately this is not the case, and you can re-download or, in the case of Apple TV, stream those episodes through your TV. So, with this knowledge in hand, you can proceed with the steps below to remove old episodes from your phone and give yourself more space for additional files.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Select the General option.
Step 3: Touch the Usage button at the center of the screen.
Step 4: Wait for the list of file categories and apps to load at the top of the screen, then select the Videos option.
Step 5: Touch the TV show containing the episode you want to delete.
Step 6: Tap the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 7: Touch the red icon with the horizontal white line inside of it that is located to the left of the episode that you want to delete.
Step 8: Press the Delete button to remove the episode from your iPhone 5.
If you decide later that you want to re-download this episode to your device, launch the iTunes app on your phone, select the More option at the bottom of the screen, select TV Shows, then choose the show and episode that you wish to re-download to your phone.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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