Ninja Tip: How to install iMovie on the original iPad 1

Daily Tip: How to install iMovie on the original iPad 1

Consternated that Apple won't let you install the new iMovie app on your original iPad 1 and wondering how to get around that restriction? Sure it doesn't have cameras, a fancy Apple A5 chip or 512MB of RAM but iPad 1 can still handle some light video editing so if that's what you've got and iMovie is what you want, stay with us after the break and we reckon to show you how to get it!

WARNING: It may not work on Windows, it may disappear the minute you sync again with iTunes, it could cause conflicts in syncing with iTunes requiring a restore, and could otherwise aim to misbehave. Unless you really need iMovie on your original iPad, you may want to avoid this an just get ReelDirector off the App Store.

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If you want to load iMovie on your original iPad 1, here's what you have to do:

  1. Download iMovie for iPad [[iTunes link][] onto your Mac or Windows PC via iTunes.
  2. Download the latest version of the Apple iPhone Configuration Utility for either Mac web link or Windows web link. UPDATE: Commenters are saying it doesn't work on Windows. We can't test that right now but we'll do it asap.
  3. Install it!
  4. Launch the iPhone Configuration Utility.
  5. Choose Applications in the sidebar, the click Add and app (top left corner, looks like an app icon with a + sign)
  6. Locate iMovie and add it (should be in your /iTunes directory under Mobile Applications)
  7. Plug your original iPad 1 to your PC via the dock to USB cable
  8. When your iPad 1 shows up in the sidebar under devices, choose it. (Not Devices under Library, your iPad under devices -- the layout is confusing!)
  9. Choose the Application tab in the main window (between Provisioning Profiles and Console)
  10. Scroll through your apps until you see iMovie and then choose it and click Install.
  11. That's it! iMovie should now be on your original iPad 1.

Can't stop the signal.

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Ninja Tip: How to install iMovie on the original iPad 1


This keeps getting reposted to various iPad websites. There are some problems with this hack.
First of all, it will NOT work with Windows systems.
Second, if you attempt to sync the iPad with iTunes after installing iMovie, iTunes will not let you sync without erasing iMovie from the device.

That's what I was going to say. Others on sites are saying you can install but there is a syncing error when iMovie is on iPad as in you will not be able to sync to iTunes. They are doing hard restate with no success. The only way to snyc is to totally delete the app from iPad. Hope this is not another rush job. Hope to be a jerk today but perhaps you have found that installing through the 3.2 utility alleviates this snyc error. Am I correct?

I get as far as #6 and the mobile applications does not have an arrow next to it. No way to choose imovie.

Well at least this proves it runs great on iPad 1, ... until you want to sync in iTunes. Apple is getting more aggressive on trying to encourage obsolescence. I mean really, let us with the less than 1 year old tech give you money to use it! Apple, please send my $5 back.

Is there a way to install iMovie on iOS 4.2.1 on an iPod touch 4th gen, cause I don't want to update to iOS 4.3 cause last time that I did it went kinda slow and it wasn't very responsive
Any suggestions

I played around with this some more and was able to get to the part where you click to install the imovie but would not work.
I have the ipad 1 with 3g using windows 7 computer.

It also not working for me on Window 7 either. An error dialog popped up shows "Could not install application on device.Error:kAMDReceiveMessageError" after I clicked the INSTALL button.

I used these instructions to install iMovie on my original iPad 1. It worked perfectly but the problem occurs when I later sync to iTunes. I don't have to sync with iTunes often but I like to do it from time to time since it backs up my iPad.
When I connect to iTunes I get a message that says:
This computer is no longer authorized for apps that are installed on the iPad "*****". Would you like to authorize this computer for items purchased from the iTunes store?
If you do not authorize this computer the app 'iMovie" and its data will be deleted from this iPad.
I have the option to cancel don't authorize or authorize. If I don't authorize iMovie is removed but if I select authorize it gives me the iTunes login screen with my Apple ID filled in and I just have to enter my Password which I do. When I do that I get the message:
This computer is already authorized.
Including this one, you have authorized 2 computers out of your available 5. I select ok.
Then it becomes a loop. I go back to the screen that says my computer is no longer authorized for apps installed on the iPad, etc.
I have iTunes on two mac computers but both are under my one AppleID and both my iPhone 3G and iPad use this same AppleID so I don't think it's an issue with two accounts. I do my purchases through my iPad but in this case did it through the iTunes store but in both cases as far as I know it's the same AppleID.
I finally at a later date simply selected to not authorize and sure enough as it stated it removed iMovie from my iPad and also my iTunes. I was able to download it again for free from the iTunes store though.
I finally simply selected Cancel and it appears that worked. I have tried syncing it a 2nd time also and it still backs up the iPad as soon as I plug it in. From time to time though I sync music or iTunes U files. It appears once I select cancel it basically cancels the sync at the app part before it gets to files such as music, video, photos, and iTunes U. It appears as long as I want to only do a backup of the iPad this way is fine but if I want to change/sync any files such as music, iTunes U, photos, podcasts, movies, etc. I can't do this and have no choice by to authorize, lose iMovie, then redownload imovie to iTunes for free, and then use the iPhone Configuration Utility to add it again.
I just want to find out if what I'm experiencing is normal and if there is a way to add iMovie to the original iPad and not experience this problem everytime I sync to iTunes. I know the easy answer is to buy that new 32GB iPad 2 I'm holding off for the iPad 3 though. With just 3.8GB free on a 16GB iPad though I hope the space lasts for another year.

Hi MarkW. My situation is same as you described and I guess it is the same for everyone. I am hoping for a solution that would enable the sync without having to reinstall iMovie app every time.

Does this work with iMovie 1.3 (the trailer update), and iPhoto for iPad? I am pretty much stuck with an original iPad for now,,,

Question before I buy it, does movie trailers still work on iPad one if you downloaded it with this method?

So, it did work for my iPad (iPad1 and iMovie 1.3.1).
Which is great! But unfortunately the "trailers" option doesn't work.
Anyone have a workaround?