How to delete iTunes video thumbnails

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    Hi all,

    How could I erase the thumbnails (in iTunes) of the movies I've synced to the iPad? I don't get why they still there once viewed the movies and deleted from the iPad :confused:

    Thanks!
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    Hi nunuk!

    Could you give us a little bit more information? Are you saying that video thumbnails remain in the Movies section of iTunes itself or that they remain in the Movies section of the iPad when it's synched even after they've been deleted?

    If it's the first, then that's perfectly normal, as iTunes is only copying the movie file to the iPad, not moving it, and you will need to delete the file from your iTunes Library itself if you no longer need it rather than just from the iPad.

    If it's the second, then it may be the case that something is going wrong when your iPad syncs with iTunes, and either the movie files or the thumbnail cache on the iPad aren't deleting properly. I've sometimes found that if you drag a file from iTunes onto an iOS device to copy when it is still in the process of its initial sync, then, while the file will copy and be present on your iPad or iPod, it will not be visible when the device is next connected to iTunes, making it difficult to properly delete it.

    When all else fails, it's often worth giving your iPad a soft reboot, by holding down the "sleep" button till the red "slide to power off" icon comes up, and then restarting by holding down the Home button. The soft reboot cures a surprising amount of ills!
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    Thanks for answering, Simonkey75!

    I can delete movies' thumbnails from the iTunes Library, no problem with that. Problem is when I'm in iTunes Devices (iPad), once into the Movies section, there's plenty of thumbnails from all the movies I've synced to my iPad, and there's not right click/delete option at all.

    I'd give a try to that soft reset option, but before that I need to know if I will lose important data doing that, any clue?

    Thank you again!
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    Hi nunuk

    You should be able to simply select the movie file that you want to remove when your iPad is connected to iTunes (so that the file name is highlighted blue), and then press your backspace (←) key to delete it - no need to right-click or anything. iTunes may ask you if you want to remove the file, in which case click Yes.

    It's worth checking that "Manually Manage Music and Videos" is ticked on the first tab when your iPad is connected (the one that shows how much space you have left on the device) so that you have complete control over what goes on and off the iPad.

    A soft reboot won't lose you any information - in reality, it's just turning the machine on and off, as opposed to a hard reboot or factory reset.

    Hope this helps!
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    Thank you so much!

    :)

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