The ease with which media can be purchased on your iPhone 5, coupled with the impressive quality of the screen, make it a good choice if you want to catch up on an episode of your favorite TV show. But TV episodes can be hundreds of megabytes in size, which is a considerable percentage of your iPhone’s available storage space. So after you have finished watching an episode, you might decide to delete it from your phone. But if you decide that you want to re-watch that episode at some time in the future, it is possible to re-download the episode to your phone.
Downloading an iTunes TV Episode That You Own to Your iPhone 5
The process for doing this is actually the same as if you had purchased the episode on a computer or iPad and wanted to watch it on your iPhone. Once you buy a TV episode with your Apple ID, you can download it to the devices that are associated with that ID.
Step 1: Tap the iTunes icon.
Step 2: Select the More option at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 3: Touch the Purchased option at the center of the screen.
Step 4: Tap the TV Shows option.
Step 5: Scroll down to the name of the TV show containing the episode that you wish to download. Note that the episodes are listed in alphabetical order, and that you can also use the All or Not on This iPhone buttons at the top of the screen to toggle between those options.
Step 6: Select the season of the TV show in which you are desired episode is listed.
Step 7: Select the episode you wish to download.
Step 8: Touch the cloud button with the downward-facing arrow to download the episode to your iPhone.
You can then choose the More option at the bottom-right corner of the screen to view the download process. Because of the size of the episode, it can take several minutes for the entire episode to download. However, if you have a good Internet connection and the show is downloading quickly, you can navigate to the Videos app on your phone and start watching the episode, even as it is downloading.
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.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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