How to Download Amazon Prime Videos to Watch Offline

Christian Cawley Updated 02-12-2019

If you’re not using Netflix, the chances are that you’ve got Amazon Prime Video instead. Prime Video is part of the Amazon Prime package, but if you don’t have Prime, you can get Prime Video itself as a standalone subscription.


Try a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime or a 30-day free trial of Prime Video if you aren’t subscribed yet.

Whether you subscribe for the exclusive TV shows or simply to keep your kids entertained with cartoons, there’s plenty you can do to get the most out of Amazon Prime Video, including downloading Prime Video shows and movies to any device. Here’s everything you need to know about doing it.

Streaming vs. Watching Amazon Prime Video Offline

Amazon Prime Video is available on a vast selection of devices, including phones, tablets, games consoles, Blu-ray players, and even smart TVs. Amazon’s various Fire TV products A Brief Guide to Every Amazon Device on the Market Amazon now sells a lot of consumer electronics bearing its own name, from e-readers to tablets, from streaming sticks to smart home devices. This article offers a brief guide to every Amazon product available. Read More also offer the service, and we’ve shown how to watch Prime Video on the Apple TV How to Watch Amazon Prime Video on Your Apple TV Amazon Prime Video might just be better than Netflix. In this article, we explain how to watch Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV. Read More .

Having the option to stream video is great, but there are times when doing so is inconvenient. This invariably involves travel. With no internet connection, you cannot stream video. So what’s the answer?

Fortunately, the Amazon Video app on Fire tablets, as well as Android and iOS devices, enables you to download movies. TV shows are also covered by this feature.


How to Download Amazon Prime Videos on Fire Tablets

If you own an Amazon Fire tablet, you won’t need to install an app to enjoy Amazon Prime videos. The library is right there in the home screen, ready to access at any time.

How to download Prime video to Amazon Fire tablet

To download a video, browse to it. If it’s included within the Prime package, you’ll be able to stream or download immediately; otherwise, you’ll need to purchase it. Once the movie or TV show is available to you, find the Download button.

TV shows can be downloaded as seasons (storage space permitting) or individually on a per-episode basis. You’ll find the download button for this option next to each episode.


Different quality options are available for downloading video to Fire tablets

Choosing to download prompts a choice: how big do you want the download to be? This will depend on your device’s storage capacity, and what picture quality you’re happy with. The bigger the file, the better the picture quality. Once the choice is made, your download will begin. When it’s done, you’ll be ready to watch the downloaded Amazon video offline.

How to Download Amazon Prime Movies on Android

To enjoy downloaded Amazon Prime movies on your Android device, find the Amazon Prime Video app in Google Play. Once installed, sign into the app and start browsing for videos.


(Note that if you have other Amazon apps on your device, these will sign you into Amazon Prime Video automatically.)

If you have an existing account, you should be able to find your watch list. Otherwise, browse the movies and TV shows to find something you want. Once added to your library, you’ll be able to download the movie, show, or entire season to your device, just as with the Amazon Fire tablet.

How to Download Amazon Prime Movies on iOS

The process is just as simple for iOS users, who should find the Amazon Prime Video app in the App Store.

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Once downloaded and installed, sign into the app with your usual credentials and start browsing. When you’ve found the television show or movie you want to download, open it, and tap the Download button. Again, with TV shows, the option to download full seasons and individual episodes is present.

Change the picture quality for a smaller download on Prime Video on iPad

By default, downloads are set to the highest quality. Should you have an iPhone or iPad struggling with low storage, the best option here is to tap the app Settings button, open Download Quality and adjust the quality between Good, Better, and Best. Obviously, the higher the quality is, the larger the downloaded file will be.

After this short and simple process, you’re then ready to enjoy the movie on the go. Don’t forget to take a good pair of earphones with you to get the best mobile movie watching experience possible.

Can You Download Amazon Prime Videos to PC?

With options for downloading Amazon Prime video to an iOS or Android mobile device, you might expect there to be options for Windows, macOS, and maybe even Linux too.

Sadly, that’s not the case.

No legal method exists for downloading Amazon Prime videos to your computer.

While you can stream videos from Amazon, there is simply no facility to download and watch them. This is due to the digital rights management (DRM) that Amazon uses to protect its media downloads. Even purchased Amazon videos cannot be downloaded to a PC.

Since Amazon doesn’t provide a desktop app for Prime Video, the only option for downloading videos to your PC is to run an Android emulator like Bluestacks How to Emulate Android and Run Android Apps on Your PC It's actually pretty easy to get Android apps running on your desktop or laptop! Here, we step you through the best methods. Read More . But while this will enable you to download videos to your computer, the DRM means you still won’t be able to watch the movie if you move the data out of the emulated Android environment.

Start Watching Amazon Video Offline

Enjoying movies and TV shows from your Amazon Prime Video library really is that simple. I’ve written this guide while sitting in my favorite cafe, listening to (and occasionally watching) the LEGO Star Wars spin-off, The Freemaker Adventures. You’ll find plenty of other great movies and terrific originals on Amazon Prime The 15 Best Amazon Prime Original Series for True Geeks There are lots of great original series on Amazon Prime, and these are the best Amazon Original Series you've probably never heard of. Read More , too.

While the cafe’s Wi-Fi is woefully inadequate for streaming movies, it doesn’t matter. Thanks to being able to watch Amazon Prime Video offline, I was able to download the video in advance before heading out and still watch it when I could. The same is true on any Android, iOS, or Amazon Fire tablet—just not any desktop or laptop.

If you need to download videos legally to your PC for viewing on the go, there’s always Netflix, which offers some of the best movies available for streaming. Its Windows app will run on any Windows 10 PC or tablet, and features the facility to download videos for offline viewing.

And if Amazon Prime Video stops working How to Fix Amazon Prime Video When It's Not Working If Amazon Prime Video is not working, here's what you need to know to get Amazon Prime Video working again. Read More , you might be able to fix it yourself.

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  1. Paul Anderson
    October 29, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Am Prime member here (since 2010)! As others have exposed in the comments here, technically, no digital media that's copyright protected content, can simply be downloaded and played, without an internet connection of some kind. Suggesting otherwise is always misleading, but since the writers of these articles (here & elsewhere) do not really understand the underlying tech involved, they cannot and thus do not mention it. However, the content is downloaded, but it's encrypted; the bulk of the content is there, but it's not like a (VLC or Handbrake) ripped DVD in MP4 format, which you can simply play, anywhere anytime on any device. It can only be played on the device it is downloaded to, and, that device has to connect to a server somewhere, so the provider of the content (in this case, Amazon), can electronically approve, and log, the view. That's how they pay the providers of the content; it's how they can track it all. My advice is to do what I do: get a public library card, and a laptop with Handbrake on it, and then check out DVD's and (at home or in-library) rip them to a removable. Most major City PL's have good up-to-date DVD selections. The Streamers want you addicted to a data connection of some kind, all the time!

  2. Brian Keith Gateley
    September 29, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Ok this is why I hate the internet ask a simple question get a million non answers like nobody ever asked the same question before so there is no real answer yes or no if I download a video or movie can I watch it offline without WiFi connection or anything?

  3. Rown
    September 16, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Exactly. Yes you can download movies and other shows, and PRESUMABLY this is so you can watch in the absence of an internet connection, but downloaded shows don't work without an internet connection. I think but am not sure this could be due to trying to show the trailers before the show, but this is either stupid or incompetent on the part of Amazon. Not surprising - when you're a monopoly it's pretty typical to not give a shit

  4. Joe
    January 6, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Pretty shitty of Amazon to impose this limitation, out of lack of trust for its customers. There are no reliable ISPs that service our housing area, so our internet option is a horrible 3rd party provider with harsh data limits and horribly slow speed. I have to take my laptop to Starbucks to even download videos in the first place, and when trying to watch Prime videos that I paid for at home is a horribly mediocre experience with constant errors due to connection speed. Amazon needs to get with the times. Even Microsoft and Sony allow people to download games they purchase digitally and play without being online.

  5. Jama
    November 9, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Thanks for sharing. For those who want to download videos or movies for free, I think you might try WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory. This is a very easy to use video downloader, in addition, it can also convert the video format of the video.

    • Shyam
      March 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Downloading best version takes much time. What is the video resolution downloaded in better version?

    • Shyam
      March 8, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Downloading best version takes much time. What is the video resolution of better version? is it watchable?

    • lothos
      June 24, 2020 at 11:46 pm

      Doesnt work at all for Amazon Video.

  6. Ruth
    October 26, 2018 at 2:29 am

    I downloaded video to watch while I was in the mountains. Guess what? When I opened the Amazon Prime app to watch them, I got a message that I had to be connected to WiFi! Totally bummed that I went to the effort to download, then not be able to watch.

  7. Pat
    September 22, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Download icon doesn’t show up as option?.