How to Play Videos on the iPad mini - dummies

How to Play Videos on the iPad mini

Once you’ve managed to get video content on your iPad mini, you’re ready to begin using it as a portable television. Here’s how to watch that content:

  1. On the Home screen, tap the Videos icon.

    You see a tabbed interface for Movies, TV Shows and Music Videos, and (if you’ve rented a movie) a Rentals tab. If Home Sharing is active on your computer through iTunes, a Shared tab will also be visible.

  2. Tap the Movies tab.

    The steps for TV shows and music videos are similar.

    You see poster thumbnails for any movies you previously purchased through iTunes — even for those movies you haven’t downloaded yet. (Some posters may only reveal a grayed-out box, showing the title of the movie, plus a filmstrip icon.)


    If you see the iCloud symbol on the video thumbnail, you can stream the movie, provided you have a decent Internet connection.

    Tap Settings–>Videos to choose whether to see thumbnails for all the videos you have stored in iCloud or on the device, or show only those that have been downloaded to your iPad mini.

  3. Tap the poster that represents the movie or other video you want to watch.

    You are taken to a summary page for the movie revealing a larger movie poster, Play button, and tabs for Details, Chapters, and Related.


    • Tap Details (if you’re not already in that view) to see the plot summary, run time, and more, well details about the movie in question.

    • Tap Chapters to jump to particular scenes or chapters in the movie and watch from that scene on. (If you’re watching a TV show, you see the Episodes tab here instead.)

    • Tap Related to see posters representing other movies that are similar to this one, and that not so coincidentally are available to rent or buy in iTunes.

  4. To start playing a movie (or resume playing from where you left off), tap the Play button.

    Alternatively, from the Chapters view, tap any chapter to start playing from that point.


    Tap Settings–>Videos to change the setting to start playing from where you left off rather than to start playing from the beginning, or vice versa.

  5. (Optional) Rotate your iPad mini to landscape mode to maximize a movie’s display.

    If you hold the iPad mini in portrait mode, you can see black bars on top of and below the screen where the movie is playing. Those bars remain when you rotate the device to its side, but the iPad mini plays the film in a wider-screen mode (depending on the video).

    For movies, this is a great thing. You can watch flicks as the filmmaker intended, in a cinematic aspect ratio.