Can You Watch iTunes Movies Offline?

Q: "I am going to have a long distance trip tomorrow on a flight where there is no internet connection. Can I watch iTunes movies offline? If so, what do I need to do? It would be really fantastic if I could watch my purchased or rented m4v movies without Wifi." - Ian from Apple Communities.

play itunes videos offline

Besides on a flight, there are times when we can't get access to Wifi such as on a subway/bus and so on. Sometimes even if we could just use the cellular data, it could cost us an arm and a leg to stream a big movie online. So that is not a feasible solution for most users. To get rid of this pain, I will offer the detailed tutorial to watch iTunes M4V videos offline.

Part 1. Is it Possible to Play iTunes Videos Offline?

For any common videos such as home shot or created films, you can play them freely offline as long as you download them to your playback devices like computers or mobile phones. But this is not the case for iTunes rentals and purchases as they are locked with the FairPlay digital rights management protection. It is much harder to do that for iTunes film, but it's not impossible. Just follow the quick steps below.

Step 1. Launch iTunes and login with the iTunes account and password.

Step 2. Go to the 'Movies' or 'TV Shows' section to authorize and download the iTunes rental or purchased videos to your local computers. If you are using iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, the files will show on the Videos app after downloading.

Step 3. Initialize the playback with internet connection. Just double click the movie you want to start to play and then pause it. Once you have started playing the movie, internet connection is not required.

Step 4. Please keep your devices on and don't close the iTunes or Videos app. When you are on a fight, you can click the playback button to continue to enjoy the iTunes film.

Note: You can only initialize one movie on a device. For an iTunes rental, after initializing the playback, you have only 48 hours to finish watching. If unfortunately you close the player by accident, you won't be able to initialize it again offline.

Part 2. Solutions to Keep iTunes Rentals and Purchase Forever and Play Offline

That is not acceptable for most users. Because users have paid for the digital contents, they should use them legally without any limitation. Do you feel the same way? If so, we'd recommend you to remove DRM copy protection so that you can play them freely as well as keep iTunes rentals forever. You can either use a professional DRM remover to batch convert your iTunes movies or use a free screen recorder such as Game Bar/QuickTime Player to record .

2.1 Batch Crack iTunes Movies with DRmare

If you care about the output audio and video quality very much and want to save your precious time, we'd suggest you use a professional DRM cracker to help you unlock iTunes movies directly.

DRmare M4V Converter for Windows/Mac is the right tool that I used. The interface is very intuitive, and it takes only a few clicks to get rid of DRM protection of all your iTunes movies and then convert iTunes to MP4, MOV, WMV, or other common formats for playing offline.

drmare m4v converter

It integrates the parallel video converting and acceleration technology to batch convert iTunes purchases and rentals at an up to 30X faster speed. During the converting process, the source videos won't be touched but extracted directly to keep the lossless quality including Dolby 5.1 AC 3 audio tracks, subtitles.

In addition, it comes a free trial version, users can fully evaluate it without paying any money. To activate the full version, you can get a premium license. It comes with a 60 days money back guarantee. If unfortunately it doesn't work well, you are entitled to get your full money back.

For the detailed user manual, please visit: How to Remove DRM from iTunes M4V Movies.

Or you can watch this video tutorial directly.

1. Fastest video converting speed up to 30X faster.
2. 1:1 output video quality.
3. Instant 24/7 technical support.
4. Lifetime free technical support.

1. The free trial version is limited to convert a portion of your videos.

2.2 Record iTunes Movies in Real Time

Another method to solve the problem of 'can you watch purchased iTunes movies offline' is just to record them in real time by using useful video recorders.

On a Windows PC, you can use the free Game Bar. It is originally designed to record video games, but you can use it to record iTunes videos as well. Just press the Windows + G keys, a popup will appear asking if you would like to open Game Bar. Then choose 'Yes' and click the red 'Recording' button to start. When it is done, you can press the red button again to stop. The videos will be saved to the 'Video Captures' folder on the computer for offline playback.

game bar recording

If you are using a Mac, you can use the built-in QuickTime player. It is easy to do that too. Lunch QuickTime to play iTunes movie. Then click the top 'File' menu and choose 'New Screen Recording'. Finally you can click the recording button to stop and save the movie to the Finder on your Mac. You might import it into iMovie for some post-processing.

quicktime recording

1. It is totally free and easy to use.

1. It is time-consuming, takes real time.
2. Sometimes the output video quality is not satisfactory with noise.

Part 3. Summary & Suggestion

Next time, when people ask you 'if I rent a movie on iTunes can I watch it offline'?, you can answer them quickly. In brief, you can authorize and initialize the iTunes movies to play offline directly. The drawback is that you have to keep the player open and your devices on. You may end up fail to play iTunes movie if any errors occurred to the player.

Another alternative is to strip the DRM protection either by using a powerful DRM video decrypter or using a free recorder. Between a free recorder and a powerful DRM video converter, I'd recommend to use the DRmare M4V Converter if you do have multiple videos to convert time from time.

What do you think about these tips? Feel free to leave your comments below if you have any other better recommendations. Happy enjoying your iTunes movies offline.

Updated on Aug 20, 2019 5:44 PM / Update for iTunes Tips

Josh Williams

Staff Editor

Josh Williams is a chief-editor at DRmare, who is involved in writing kinds of types of tech articles, such as iTunes tips, software reviews, latest movies, and M4V converter tips.