How to Download Videos from OneDrive to iPad?

Shreyas Patil
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How to Download Videos from OneDrive to iPad?

OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage service that lets you store files and access them from anywhere. With the OneDrive app on your iPad, you can view and play videos stored in your OneDrive cloud storage. However, to watch OneDrive videos offline on your iPad, you need to first download them.

Downloading OneDrive videos to your iPad allows you to view them without an internet connection. This can be especially useful when traveling or commuting. Downloaded OneDrive videos also conserve mobile data usage on your iPad.

Downloading videos from OneDrive to iPad only takes a few steps. This guide will show you how to download OneDrive videos for offline viewing on your iPad.

Prerequisites for Downloading OneDrive Videos to iPad

Before downloading OneDrive videos, your iPad must meet these requirements:

  • You must have the latest version of OneDrive installed from the App Store.

  • Your iPad must be running iOS 10 or later.

  • Your iPad needs an active internet connection to download videos from OneDrive.

  • Your OneDrive account must have enough storage space for the videos you want to download.

  • Your iPad must have sufficient free storage space for saving OneDrive videos.

As long as your iPad meets these prerequisites, you can proceed to download videos from your OneDrive storage to the iPad.

Steps to Download OneDrive Videos to iPad

Follow these steps to download videos from OneDrive to your iPad for offline viewing:

Access the OneDrive App on Your iPad

  1. Open the OneDrive app on your iPad.

  2. Sign in using your Microsoft account credentials if prompted.

Locate the Video in OneDrive

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap on the Files tab at the bottom.

  2. Browse and locate the video file you want to download from your OneDrive folders.

Download the Video

  1. Tap on the video thumbnail to open the video preview screen.

  2. Tap on the Download icon in the bottom toolbar.

  3. The video will start downloading to the local storage on your iPad.

  4. You can view the download progress for the video.

Find the Downloaded Video in Local Files

  1. Once the OneDrive video finishes downloading, you can access it offline in the OneDrive app.

  2. Go to the Files tab and tap on On My iPad.

  3. Navigate to the folder where your downloaded OneDrive videos are saved locally.

  4. Tap on a video to play it offline directly from your iPad storage.

The video will now be available in your On My iPad section even without an internet connection.

How to Manage Downloaded OneDrive Videos on iPad

Here are some tips for managing videos you have downloaded from OneDrive to your iPad:

  • To delete a downloaded video, swipe left on it and tap Delete. This only deletes the local copy, not the original in OneDrive.

  • You can download OneDrive videos over WiFi to avoid cellular data charges. Enable the WiFi only downloads in OneDrive settings.

  • Check the local storage usage under Settings > OneDrive to monitor space used by downloaded videos.

  • OneDrive automatically manages your offline files. The app may delete old offline videos if your iPad storage is full.

  • You can disable automatic OneDrive downloads in the iPad settings if you only want to manually download files.

Troubleshooting Downloads of OneDrive Videos

Here are solutions for common issues when downloading OneDrive videos to iPad:

Videos Are Not Downloading

  • Check if your iPad has an active WiFi or cellular data connection.

  • Make sure you have enough storage space on your iPad for the video size.

  • Try force quitting the OneDrive app and restarting your device.

Downloaded Videos Disappeared from iPad

  • OneDrive may have deleted old offline videos automatically if your iPad was low on storage.

  • Try downloading the videos again and check if they now persist offline.

Download Stuck at 0% Progress

  • This is likely a network connectivity issue. Make sure you have a stable internet connection.

  • Restart your iPad and try downloading over WiFi if possible.

  • The video may be too large to download based on your internet speed. Try downloading a smaller video.

Can't Find Downloaded Videos in OneDrive App

  • Go to the Files tab in OneDrive and look in the On My iPad section.

  • Downloaded videos are saved to your local iPad storage, not OneDrive cloud.

  • Check if videos are hidden. Tap the 3-line menu and turn off Hide Videos.

Best Practices for Downloading OneDrive Videos on iPad

Follow these tips for the best experience when downloading OneDrive videos to your iPad:

  • Download over WiFi instead of cellular whenever possible to save data costs.

  • Monitor your iPad storage and delete old downloaded videos you no longer need offline.

  • Save OneDrive videos in a dedicated folder or album to easily manage offline videos.

  • Make sure to download the optimal video resolution suited for your iPad screen size.

  • To conserve space, avoid downloading very large original video files if smaller sizes will suffice.

  • Update to the latest OneDrive and iOS versions to ensure maximum compatibility.

  • Turn on auto-sync in OneDrive to always have your most recent OneDrive videos available offline.

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Downloading OneDrive Videos on iPhone

The process for downloading videos from OneDrive to iPhone is virtually identical as on the iPad.

To download a OneDrive video for offline viewing on your iPhone:

  1. Open the OneDrive app on your iPhone.

  2. Navigate and select the video you want to download from your OneDrive storage.

  3. Tap the download icon in the video preview screen.

  4. The video will download to the local iPhone storage.

  5. You can then access the video offline from the On My iPhone section in OneDrive.

The steps are exactly the same as on iPad. The only difference is that iPhone videos are saved to the internal storage or iCloud Drive.

Accessing OneDrive on Other Devices

Aside from iPad and iPhone, you can also access and download OneDrive videos on other devices:

  • Windows PC - Use the OneDrive desktop app for Windows 7, 8, and 10 or access OneDrive through File Explorer.

  • Mac - Get the OneDrive app from the Mac App Store to sync OneDrive files.

    Get the OneDrive app from the Mac

  • Android devices - Install the OneDrive app from Google Play Store. Sign in to download files offline.

  • Amazon Fire tablet - Get the OneDrive app from the Amazon Appstore to view and download OneDrive videos.

  • Xbox One - You can play OneDrive videos on Xbox One using the Microsoft Movies & TV app.

As long as you have the OneDrive app or software for your device, you can download videos for offline access and playback.

Frequently Asked Questions About Downloading OneDrive Videos to iPad

1. How do I download OneDrive videos to iPad?

To download OneDrive videos on your iPad, open the OneDrive app, tap on a video to view it, and then tap the download icon in the toolbar. The video will download to your iPad's local storage for offline viewing.

2. Where are my downloaded OneDrive videos stored on iPad?

Downloaded OneDrive videos are saved to your iPad's local storage. In the OneDrive app, go to the "On My iPad" section to find and play downloaded videos without the internet.

3. How do I watch OneDrive videos offline on iPad?

Once you have downloaded OneDrive videos to your iPad, you can access them in the OneDrive app's On My iPad section and watch them offline without an internet connection.

4. Why can't I download OneDrive videos on iPad?

If OneDrive video downloads aren't working on your iPad, it could be due to lack of storage space, poor internet connection, outdated app version, or original video size being too large.

5. How do I delete downloaded OneDrive videos from my iPad?

In OneDrive app, go to On My iPad, swipe left on a downloaded video, and tap Delete to remove downloaded videos from your iPad's storage when you no longer need offline access.

6. Should I download OneDrive videos over WiFi or cellular data?

Always use WiFi to download OneDrive videos when possible to avoid using up cellular data. Enable WiFi-only downloads in OneDrive's settings. Only use cellular data if WiFi is unavailable.


Downloading videos from your OneDrive cloud storage is straightforward with the OneDrive app on iPad. Following the steps outlined, you can save OneDrive videos for offline playback anytime and anywhere on your iPad.

Managing the downloaded videos is also easy - you can delete local copies or configure OneDrive to automatically sync offline files. With your favorite OneDrive videos available offline, you can now enjoy watching them on long flights or trips without needing internet connectivity on your iPad.

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