Stepwise Guide: How to Delete Videos from iPad

It’s a wise choice to delete videos from iPad to free up storage space. If you’re new to Apple products and unsure how to delete videos from iPad, there are 2 available methods you can try in this guide.

Demi by Demi Updated April 22, 2024
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Your iPad is often utilized for gaming and video playback. These videos can be acquired from the iTunes Store or synced from a computer using iTunes, both of which are straightforward processes. Consequently, You may accumulate a significant number of videos on their devices for entertainment purposes. However, given the limited storage space available on iPads, it becomes necessary to periodically delete videos to free up storage capacity. This post aims to guide you on how to delete videos from iPad.

Way 1. Delete videos from iPad directly

Deleting videos directly from your iPad is a straightforward and quick method. You can follow the methods below to delete videos from iPad Air/Pro/Mini.

Warm tip:
• If you find Way 1 to be somewhat complex, you can consider using Way 2, which provides a simpler way to remove videos/movies from your iPad.
• Before proceeding with Way 1 and deleting videos directly from your iPad, it is recommended that you transfer videos from iPad to computer as a backup. To assist you in managing your videos on iPad, the next section will introduce an iOS management tool that enables both video deletion and backup functionalities.

1# From iPad Settings app

The steps are slightly different from the iPadOS your iPad using. Here are the steps you can follow:

>> For iPad running iPadOS 8: Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage > Videos. Locate the videos/movies you want to delete, swipe it to left, and then tap the red Delete button to remove.

>> For iPad running iPadOS 9 and later: Settings > General > Storage and iCloud Storage > Tap Manage Storage under Storage > Videos. Swipe the videos to be deleted to left, tap Delete button to make it.

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2# From iPad Photos app

For videos you recorded on your iPad, you can delete them from the iPad Photos app by following steps below.

Go to Photos app on your iPad > Albums > Select the Videos option > Tap the Select button at the top-right of the screen > Choose the recorded videos you want to delete > Tap the trashcan icon > Tap Delete Video button to remove the video.

3# From iPad iMovie app

If the videos you’d like to delete are purchased or synced from computer, you can follow the steps to know how to delete videos from iMovie on iPad.

Go to the iMovie/Videos app > Locate and tap the video you want to remove > Click the trashcan icon to delete it from your iPad.

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Way 2. How to delete videos from iPad via FoneTool

To streamline the process of video deletion and gain additional features for video management, like backing up or transferring iPad videos to PC to edit iPad video on PC, you can utilize third-party tools. One such tool is the FoneTool, which provides an efficient solution for video management on your iPad.

FoneTool - iPad Videos Manager

▶ One-click extract and remove videos from your iPad.

▶ Allow deleting movies, videos, TV shows, and more from iPad,

▶ Before deleting videos, selective backup iPhone to PC with it to avoid data lose.

▶ Widely compatible with models of iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Pro, and iPad Air.

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Step 1. Download FoneTool and install it on your computer. Connect your iPad to computer with USB. You may need to tap Trust on iPad to let computer access it.

Step 2. Launch FoneTool, and click Toolbox from its left pane > Choose Data Eraser.

choose data eraser

Step 3. Mouse over to Erase private data and click Get Started.

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Step 4. Check Videos from the list > If needed, you can check Enable Deep Erase Technology for deeply erase > Click Start Erase to confirm.

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FAQs about deleted videos on iPad

Q1. Will deleting videos from my iPad also delete them from iCloud?
A1: No, deleting videos from your iPad will not automatically delete them from iCloud if you have iCloud Photos enabled. Deleted videos will be moved to the "Recently Deleted" album and remain there for 30 days. If you want to permanently delete them from iCloud, you need to manually delete them from the "Recently Deleted" album as well.

Q2. Is it possible to recover deleted videos from my iPad?
A2: If you have recently deleted videos from your iPad Photos app, you can recover them within 30 days. Open the Photos app on your iPad > Albums > Recently Deleted > Tap Select to mark the videos you want to recover.

However, if you have permanently deleted videos from iPad, you may need a professional data recovery tool like MyRecover for iOS to get deleted videos retrieved.

Click this guide: Recover permanently deleted videos from iPhone/iPad to know how.

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Q3: How can I delete synced videos from my iPad?
A3: To delete synced videos from your iPad, you need to connect your iPad to the computer that you originally synced the videos from. Follow these steps:

Step 1. Connect your iPad to the computer using the compatible USB cable.

Step 2. Open the iTunes application on your computer > Select your iPad when it appears in iTunes.

Step 3. Go to the Movies tab > Uncheck the videos you want to delete from your iPad > Click on the Sync button to remove the selected videos.

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Deleting unwanted videos from your iPad is a crucial step in managing your device's storage efficiently. Whether you choose to delete videos directly from the iPad or use third-party tools like FoneTool, it's important to regularly declutter your device to optimize its performance.

By following the stepwise guide provided above, you can easily delete videos from iPad, freeing up valuable storage space for new content and ensuring a seamless user experience.


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