How to Restrict or Delete Videos on Your iPad

If you’ve given an iPad to your child or someone who works for you, you may not want that person spending time watching movies or television. You might want him to do something more productive, such as homework or the quarterly budget. That’s where parental restrictions come in. Please note that the use of this iron-fist iPad tool can make you really unpopular.

Tap Settings→General→Restrictions→Enable Restrictions. You’re asked to establish or enter a previously established passcode. Twice. Having done so, you can set restrictions based on movie ratings (PG, R, and so on) and TV shows. You can also restrict FaceTime usage or use of the camera (which when turned off also turns off FaceTime.

You may also want to delete videos. Video takes up space — lots of space. After the closing credits roll and you no longer want to keep a video on your iPad, here’s what you need to know about deleting video:

  • To delete a video manually, tap and hold its movie poster until the small circled x shows up on the poster. To confirm your intention, tap the larger Delete button that appears or tap Cancel if you change your mind.

  • Deleting a movie from the iPad only removes it from the iPad. It remains in the iTunes library on your Mac or PC (assuming that you synced it to your computer) and iCloud. That means if you want to watch it on your iPad again in the future, you can do so, as long as you either sync it again or download the movie from iCloud.

    You can now re-download your purchased video from the iTunes Store at no charge.

  • If you delete a rented movie before watching it on your iPad, it’s gone. You have to spend (more) loot if you hope to watch it in the future on the iPad.

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