How to download Amazon Prime movies and TV shows for offline viewing

Streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Netflix have long made it possible for you to watch movies and TV shows on the go -- provided your phone or tablet has a decent Internet connection. If you want to actually download something, as opposed to just stream it, you have to buy or rent it.






For film and TV buffs, the new age of streaming services in India is great, but poor connections can throw a spanner in the works. The good news is that most of the popular service allow you to download these videos to watch later. Whether you want to download a movie or show during the night to watch it the next day, or whether you want to download something to watch when you're on a flight, the option is there for you.
The whole process is really simple, though there are a couple of things you need to know.

First off, you can only download the videos to your smartphone or tablet. It's compatible with both Android and iOS, but you cannot download the videos to your laptop. Secondly, you can download a maximum of 15 Prime titles at a time - across all devices linked to your account. Finally, the downloads are viewable only for a limited period, after which you will have to renew the file by connecting to the Internet. This period varies from title to title.

With this in mind, here are the steps you need to follow to download videos from Amazon Prime Video on your Android or iOS device. The steps work in the same way on both.

Download to iOS

Step 1: Install the Amazon Video app, run it, then sign into your Amazon account.

Step 2: Before you start downloading, you'll want to choose the default video-quality setting. So tap the Settings icon, then Download Quality. My advice: Choose Good or Better. Anything higher is overkill for a small screen, and will simply take longer to download and consume more storage.

Step 3: Search or browse to find a show or movie you want to download ("Deadwood," anyone?), taking note that not everything in Amazon's Prime Video library supports the option. If you don't see a download button for a particular video (usually movies), that's why.

Step 4: If it's a movie, just tap the Download button to start. Note the Options button that appears; tap this if you want to pause or cancel the download as it's happening. If it's a TV show, first select the season you want, then tap the Download button next to the episode you want. (The button next to that, Play, is if you want to stream it instead.) You can queue up multiple episodes to download; you don't have to do one at a time.

Step 5: When the download is complete, tap Play.


If you tap the Library icon, it might not be immediately clear which videos you've actually downloaded and which are simply part of your library. And that's a hassle if you're looking to free up space by erasing stuff you've watched. Fortunately, all you have to do is tap Refine, then select On Device. Now you'll see only the local (i.e. downloaded) movies and shows.


Download to Android

Step 1: Install the Amazon Video app, run it, then sign into your Amazon account. However, don't look for it in the Google Play store; the app must be downloaded from Amazon's Appstore. Confused?

Step 2: Before you start downloading, you'll want to choose the default video-quality setting. So tap the Menu icon, then Settings, then SD Download Quality. My advice: Choose Good or Better. Anything higher is overkill for a small screen, and will simply take longer to download and consume more storage. You also have the option of selecting Always Ask When Downloading, which is nice if you want different quality for different types of downloads.

Step 3: Search or browse to find a show or movie you want to download ("Orphan Black," anyone?), taking note that not everything in Amazon's Prime Video library supports the option. If you don't see a download button for a particular video (usually movies), that's why.

Step 4: If it's a movie, just tap the Download button to start. If it's a TV show, first select the season you want, then tap the Download button next to the episode you want. (The button opposite that, Play, is if you want to stream it instead.) You can queue up multiple episodes to download; you don't have to do one at a time.

Step 5: When the download is complete, tap Play.

If you want to delete a download, just tap the trashcan icon. Alternately, you can venture into Menu and tap Your Downloads to see the movies and TV shows you've downloaded.




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