All iPads iPad air 2019 and flash drives

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JayElDee, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. JayElDee macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
    We are thinking of buying the Apple iPad AIR 2019 with 64 Gb of memory.
    What we would like to do is attach a flash drive, eg, 64, 128 Gb, to the port on the AIR and run NETFLIX from the flash drive. Is that possible?
    If not possible, is it possible to download movies from Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc, and store them on the flash drive to watch later using the AIR's video player?

  2. sparksd macrumors 68020

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    It's not possible now nor do I believe it will b under iPadOS. Netflix and Amazon Prime store their downloaded content within memory space "owned" by their respective applications - you can't specify elsewhere as standalone data.
  3. rui no onna macrumors 604

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    No. Probably unlikely to ever be supported by official video streaming services that use DRM.

    Should be doable via DRM-free video players like Infuse, though. Caveat is for the actual videos, you either have to make your own rips from Blu-ray/DVD or download from pirate sites.
  4. JayElDee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
    Ugh, thanks for the answer, not the one I wanted to hear. I came upon this on QUORA

    You know, instead of downloading or SAVING movies on your NetFlix account, you can directly record them for offline viewing.

    For instance, I myself have a video downloader called, iTube Studio installed on my PC. And luckily, it comes up with a handy Screen Recording feature.

    So what I do to download a NetFlix movie is that I simply play it and then turn on the iTube Studio.

    And guess what?

    Hours later I get a saved copy of that NetFlix movie right on my computer. And of course, I then view it offline for over and over again until I enjoy it to the fullest. And if needed, I then simply connect my Phone or Pendrive and transfer it with absolute ease."

    Is there anything like that for the iPad, as far as you know?
  5. rui no onna macrumors 604

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    That's the digital equivalent of recording from, say, cable or antenna to VHS.

    Due to copyright issues, it's highly unlikely that Apple's gonna allow an app like that into the App Store. On iOS 10+, I couldn't even take simple (still) screenshots of Netflix videos. All I get is a black rectangle.
  6. JayElDee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
  7. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    sparked is correct. You can download content, but not to an external drive.
    Having said that, even with a 64 GB iPad, you would have to download quite a bit of content before you run into space issues (depending on what else you're doing with the iPad). You could probably download two dozen movies and still have some pretty comfortable space to work with. However, if this is a primary use for said device I would recommend stepping up to the 256 GB option and you wouldn't have to worry at all.
  8. AutomaticApple macrumors 68000


    Nov 28, 2018
    Nope. That won’t work.

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