With Christmas around the corner, you're likely getting ready to take a journey for the holidays. That typically involves cleaning up the house, packing your bags, making reservations, and, if you're a tech lover, adding videos to your tablet.

Travelling usually means no access to Wi-Fi or the internet, and if you plan on flying or going some place remote, you'll want to load up your iPad or Android tablet with some of your favourite videos like films and TV shows. But instead of using the App Store or Google Play, try downloading videos from the web or syncing your own videos from a computer.

In an attempt to help you easily get from A to B and be able to watch all sorts of videos in between, we've provided how-to tips below.


Download videos from the web

If you are going to be without the internet and would like to watch web videos to get you through a long passage, try an app that lets you download videos such as the aptly titled Video Downloader app. It is a universal app that lets you save any save and play videos from any website including YouTube. No conversion involved.

Video Downloader allows you to download up to 10 videos at the same time (even in background mode). Once you've downloaded all the videos you want to watch, you can create video collections and playlists, sort videos by folders or size or date, shuffle and repeat videos, or even cast them via Airplay. There's also a feature that lets you lock videos with a password.

Sync and play videos

There are many apps available in the App Store, including CineXPlayer HD, which can grab and play videos without requiring you to first convert the video into a supported format the iPad can natively play. In order to watch films in CineXPlayer or VLC, you’ll need to connect your iPad to your computer, then launch iTunes, and complete the following steps:

  • After iTunes loads, click on iPad, then select the Apps tab, and scroll down to the File Sharing section.
  • Select the video app and then click the Add button on the right.
  • A dialog box will pop up which will allow you to navigate to videos on your computer.
  • Select one re more video files and then click Open on the dialog box.
  • The films will start copying to your iPad. Once they’re transferred, disconnect your iPad.
  • Launch the video app. You should see your videos waiting, ready to watch.

Android tablet

Download videos from the web

Much like you can with an iPad, you can use an app to download videos from the web. Examples include FVD and HD Video Downloader.

Copy videos from Windows PC

Use the following steps to to copy videos to your tablet from a Windows PC:

  • Connect the tablet to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
  • Double-click the portable device (Windows detect your tablet as a portable device).
  • If you have a micro-SD card, you will see one drive for the internal storage and one for the SD card.
  • Double-click the drive, then double-click Movies for video files, and copy your video files to these folders.
  • Android will auto-detect the video files and add them to the library of Android media player apps.

Convert DVDs

If you want to add a DVD to your tablet, you'll first need to convert the DVD into a video file using software like HandBrake. It's a free, open-source program. Once you've downloaded and installed HandBrake, find a computer with an optical drive or attach an external drive. You'll then need to insert the DVD into your computer's DVD drive.

Note: The UK Government allows people to copy and make personal use of their media, but it is illegal for people to break the DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology that protects some DVDs such as films from major studios.


Check out HandBrake's FAQ and User Guide page for more information about how to convert the DVD and add the video file to your Android tablet.


Use the HandBrake app to convert the DVD into a video file (the iPad can only play H.264, MPEG-4, and M-JPEG video files, so choose one of those formats for your conversion), then import that video file, and sync it to your iPad via iTunes. Watch the video below to see a step-by-step guide.