Synchronizing Watched TV Shows
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I recently bought a video iPod and downloaded season 1 and season 2 of a TV show. I have watched a few episodes of season 1 and everything was fine, but my son watched a few episodes as well and now the episodes he watched are gone from my iPod. I can’t figure out why and how to get them back. They are still in the iTunes library on my computer and when I connect the iPod to the computer I thought it might re-sync but it doesn’t. How do I get these missing TV shows to go back onto my iPod?
A: By default when synchronizing TV Shows, iTunes is set to only synchronize content that you have not watched already. Therefore, as you watch content, either in iTunes or on your iPod, this content is removed from the iPod.
This can be a particularly useful feature if you have a very large library, since video content can quickly consume the disk space on your iPod, so old episodes that you have watched are automatically removed to make room for new episodes that you haven’t yet watched. In essence, iTunes is designed to “rotate” the content on your iPod to keep it fresh.
You can turn off this feature if you want to leave all watched content on your iPod, or you can simply reset the play count for those items that you have already watched, telling iTunes that they have not been played, and therefore causing it to place them back on your iPod during the next sync.
To simply reset the play count, choose the appropriate track in iTunes, and right-click and choose “Reset Play Count” from the context menu:
This will reset the play count for the track to zero, telling iTunes that you have not in fact watched it, and therefore placing it back onto your iPod during the next sync.
Alternatively, if you would like to keep episodes on your iPod in the future, even after they have been watched, you can change the synchronization preferences for your iPod to include all TV Shows, rather than just the unwatched ones.
To do this, simply connect your iPod, and choose it from the iTunes Source List on the left-hand side of your screen. You can find the synchronization settings for TV Shows under the “TV Shows” tab, from which you can choose to select only the most recent unwatched episodes, or all recent episodes regardless of whether they’ve been watched or not.
Once you change these settings, then the next time you sync your iPod, the appropriate TV Show episodes will be copied back onto your iPod. If you choose to sync ALL rather than UNWATCHED, then episodes of a show will remain on your iPod regardless of whether you have watched them or not.
More information on managing video content in your iTunes library and synchronization to your iPod can be found in our Complete Guide to Managing iTunes Videos.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple releases fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers
- Apple reveals cause of unexpected iPhone 6s shutdowns
- Report: 99 percent of fake Apple chargers found to be unsafe
- Apple offering battery replacements for iPhone 6s models with ‘unexpected shutdown issues’ (Updated)
- Report: Fitbit to acquire Pebble
- Apple releases statement on iCloud Calendar spam
- Apple sending out drones to improve Maps data, adding interior building maps
- Tim Cook allegedly tells customer AirPods to ship in ‘next few weeks’
- Apple Pay reportedly launching in Spain tomorrow
- Netflix enables offline viewing for some shows and movies on its iOS app
- iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker
- Twelve South HiRise Duet for Apple Watch and iPhone
- IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
- JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones
- Edifier e235 Luna E Speaker System
- Clamcase ClamCase+ for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Scosche BoomBottle H2O+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker
- Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid
- Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- Creative iRoar Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10