Downloading movies to your iPhone is something that you might want to do if you are about to take a long plane flight or car ride where you know you won’t have good enough Internet to stream. But some of the HD versions of movies that you own in iTunes can have very large file sizes, making it difficult to download them to your device.
Fortunately if you own an HD movie in iTunes, you also own the SD version of that movie as well. Our tutorial below will show you how to switch to the SD version so that you can download that file instead, which should have a smaller file size.
How to Download a Smaller Movie File in iTunes on an iPhone
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 11.3. This guide assumes that you own a movie in iTunes, and that you want to download it directly to your iPhone. We are going to be switching to the standard definition (SD) version of the movie, which you also own if you have the high definition (HD) version.
Step 1: Open the iTunes Store app, then choose the Search tab at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: Type the name of the movie into the search field at the top of the screen, then select the movie from the Movies section of the search results.
Step 3: Scroll to the very bottom of the screen, then choose the Also Available in SD option.
Step 4: Touch the cloud icon near the top of the screen to download the SD version of the movie to your iPhone.
Even if you are downloading the SD version of a movie instead, it can still require a lot of free space on your device. Check out our guide to managing iPhone storage for some places to look when you need to free up some space on your device.