How to download movies and shows from Amazon Prime Video

Are you finding it hard to keep up with Amazon’s steady rotation of award-winning movies, shows, and Prime Video exclusives? Fortunately, the Amazon Video app allows you to download a number of your favorite flicks and episodes for offline viewing on your Android or iOS device or on a desktop Mac or Windows computer.

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll teach you how to download content from Amazon to view later, as well as how to manage your files and a few tips and tricks for getting the best offline experience possible.

Get the Amazon Prime app

Step 1: First of all, you’ll need an Amazon account with a subscription to Amazon Prime. Also, you’ll need the Amazon Prime Video app, meaning you’ll need a compatible Fire, Android, or iOS device. You can also get the app for Mac and Windows desktop computers. The look and functionality are surprisingly consistent across them all.

Once installed, launch the app and sign in to your Amazon Prime account.

Amazon Prime Video iPhone app sign-in page.

Step 2: Next, select a film or show that you want to download, and open the video details. Note that not all Amazon Prime movies or TV shows are available for download, and you can only download content if you are in certain areas (the U.S., for example). If it’s a series, you can choose to download individual episodes or full seasons.

Also, prior to downloading, make sure to select the download quality (Good, Better, Best) you want your downloads to be — they will take up different amounts of data (more on that below).

Once you’ve chosen a movie or show, tap the Download button — for shows, you can also download individual episodes.

Step 3: To browse the films and shows you’ve previously downloaded, select the Downloads button on the bottom. Your downloaded titles will appear here. Tap the one you want for it to start playing. If it’s a series, tapping the title will open the list of episodes you’ve downloaded.

The Amazon Prime Video Mac desktop app, showing the Downloads folder.

Casting your content

The Prime Video app is available for mobile devices, tablets, and compatible Windows 10 and Mac computers. If you’re looking to get your downloaded movies and TV episodes onto a larger screen, you can do so by “casting” the content to your TV. Here’s how.

Step 1: Play the video you want to watch, and then look for the casting button in the top-right corner. The iOS and Android icons are slightly different, with each giving you access to their respective compatible devices. The example image below is from the Mac desktop app.

How to select the cast icon for casting from Amazon Prime Video app.

Step 2: The app will then check for devices that you can cast the video to, such as a Fire TV stickAirPlay or Apple TV devices, Smart TVs, Chromecasts, and more.

Choosing the device or TV to cast to from Amazon Prime Video App.

How much space do I need?

The amount of storage needed for a file depends on its quality. We downloaded the film Moonfall at the Best quality setting and it took up 1GB of storage on an iPhone, while at Better quality (the second-lowest), it took up 535MB. Alternately, season 1 of Upload10 episodes in all, took up 2.6GB when downloaded on Best quality.

Amazon Prime Video Mac app Home screen selection.

What’s available?

According to Amazon, only select titles are available for download. When we browsed the Prime Video selections, it looked like every title available to Prime subscribers was downloadable. Most likely, you can count on all Amazon Originals being available for download. Note that you can only download videos while in the U.S. and U.S. territories if you have a U.S. Amazon account. More on this next.

The limitations of Amazon Prime Video downloads

While downloading content and media on Amazon Prime Video is incredibly convenient, there are some limitations. First, once you download a movie or show, you’ll have 30 days to watch it before it “expires,” aka gets deleted. And once you start watching a movie or episode, you’ll have 48 hours to complete it before it expires, meaning you’ll have to stream it or just download it again — if it’s still available, that is.

Travelers: If you’re going abroad, like outside the U.S. or the country where your Amazon Prime membership is, keep in mind that your downloaded titles might not play if you connect to the internet at your destination if they’re not also available in that region as well. Amazon Originals tend to be available everywhere, so those are probably safe, but the regionally distributed third-party titles might not play.

Also worth noting is the fact that you lose access to your downloaded titles if you cancel your Amazon Prime subscription.

How do I delete movies or full seasons of shows?

Step 1: To delete a film or full show, the process can be done in multiple ways. Always from the Downloads section, find the film/season you want to delete. The first way to delete something is to swipe left on the title, which will bring up a Red trash can icon. Tapping this again will confirm the film deletion and also delete all the episodes contained in the show you’ve selected.

How to delete a single titles from the Amazon Prime Video app with trash can swipe.

Step 2: The next way is to tap the Three vertical dots menu of the movie and then select Delete download. A full season of a show will not have these dots but rather a Small arrow. Tapping the show will bring you to all the show’s downloaded episodes you have. To delete them, read the next section.

How to delete a single title from Amazon Prime Video app with the dropdown menu.

How do I delete single episodes of show?

Step 1: To delete single episodes of a show, go to Downloadsand select the show you want to be removed, which will bring up all the episodes you have. Tap the Edit button in the top-right corner.

How to select and delete whole seasons of a downloaded show on the Amazon Prime Video app.

Step 2: Here, you can check off all the single episodes you want to delete and then hit the red Delete button. Alternately, you can also Select allwhich will check off all the episodes in the season for you to delete.

How to select and delete whole seasons of a downloaded show on the Amazon Prime Video app.

Which streaming services offer offline downloads?

In addition to Amazon Video, there are several other content-streaming services that give users the option of offline downloads.

Netflix: You can enjoy a number of Netflix movies and shows on the go with offline downloads. To perform a download, you’ll need to have the Netflix app installed on a compatible iOS, Android, or Amazon device, a Windows 10 computer, or a Chromebook. Search for content with the Download icon (arrow down) next to the title or filter your video search by titles that are available for download.

Hulu: Hulu (No Ads) subscribers have the option of downloading certain movies and TV shows for offline viewing. To do so, you’ll need to have a compatible Android or iOS device with the Hulu app installed. Launch the app, then search for content with the Download icon (arrow down) next to the video. Keep in mind that shows and movies from Premium Add-Ons and Live TV subscriptions are not available for download.

Disney+: There are hundreds of Disney+ movies and shows, and a number of them are available for offline downloading. And guess what? The best part is that every single Disney+ entry is available to download. Simply choose the title you want and tap the Download button, located to the right of the Play now button. Disney+ even allows you to choose your download quality if you’re finding yourself scrounging for storage space.

YouTube: For offline YouTube viewing, you’ll need to have a YouTube Premium subscription. For $12 a month (free for the first month), YouTube Premium gives you ad-free YouTube viewing, ad-free YouTube Music, and offline downloads. To take advantage of these perks, you’ll need to download and launch the YouTube app on your phone or tablet (no computer or laptop support at this time). Start watching a video on the app, then tap Download below the video player.

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