If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you may be missing out on some if Prime’s amazing benefits, such as downloading videos to watch when you don’t have an internet connection. This can come in handy on long trips, especially when you’ve got kids along with you.
Simply download Prime videos to a tablet and keep them busy for hours. You can download select videos to compatible devices, which include Fire tablets (except 1st generation Kindle Fire), Fire phone, Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads.
The Amazon Prime Video app comes preinstalled on Fire devices and many other tablets and smartphones. If you don’t already have it, you can easily download and install it.
You will need an Amazon Prime subscription in order to download videos from Amazon. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
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Install the Amazon Prime Video App
First, you need to download the Amazon Underground app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Next, if you’re using an Android phone or tablet, you need to go into your phone or tablet’s security settings and check the box to allow installing from Unknown Sources. Don’t worry – you can (and should) go back and disable this right after you finish installing the Amazon Prime Video app.
Launch the Amazon Underground app and login to your account.
Search for Amazon Prime Video. Touch Amazon Prime Video from the search results, then touch Install, and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
Once Amazon Prime Video finishes installing, you’re ready to start downloading.
Download Select Amazon Prime Videos
You’ll need to connect your device to WiFi before downloading. I recommend installing a microSD card if your device supports one, to give you more storage for downloaded videos.
Launch the Amazon Prime Video app. Browse or search for videos that interest you.
If a video allows downloading, you’ll see a Download option when you view the item’s details. Touch Download, and if you have an SD card installed, you’ll see an option to choose whether to download to your SD card or internal storage.
Next, you’ll get to pick the quality of the video you download. If your device is short on storage space, you’ll want to choose one of the lower-quality options. If you’ve got a decently sized SD card or a lot of internal storage, you can select the Better or Best option.
You can select multiple movies or shows in a row to download, and they’ll download one right after the other. Please note that downloading videos seems to use a lot of battery power, so you may need to charge your device right after downloading a bunch of videos.
Once a video download completes, you’ll see “downloaded” or a checkmark icon in the video’s detail. You can also find your completed video downloads by selecting the Downloads option in the Amazon Video menu.
Availability and Viewing Periods
You can only download certain video titles, and the amount of time you have to view downloaded material can vary depending on the material. In most cases, you’ll have 30 days to begin watching a title you’ve downloaded, then 48 hours to finish watching it.
You should see a notification on-screen when one of your downloads is about to expire.
You’ll also see a message if you’ve downloaded the maximum number of Prime titles across all devices on your account. This is generally 15 or 25 titles, depending on your location.
Not all Prime videos are available to download. However, if you can’t download it for free, you may be able to rent or purchase the video and then download it, if you want.