We all love watching movies and shows on the go, but what if you don’t have reliable WiFi? Amazon allows prime members to download some movies and shows to view offline. Just download the Amazon video app and you are on the way to watching your favorite prime shows offline.

Viewing Prime Shows Offline

Usually, when you want to watch a show or movie offline you have to purchase or rent it.  Amazon prime is one of the few services that will let their members download some movies and shows to watch offline.  So if you don’t have a good internet connection where you are or your getting on a plane, this may help.  You can still watch your favorite shows and movies offline.

Remember you must have an Amazon Prime membership to download shows.  It is $99 a year, but worth it as there are many benefits for prime members.

How to watch offline

This feature is available to all prime members, not just those with Fire tablets.  You can use this feature on your Android and iPhone.  Here are the steps to get started.

Android Phones

Step 1: The app is not in the Google Play store, it must be downloaded from Amazon’s Appstore. When you click on the link, follow the instructions given.  It is important that you first go to Settings > Security on your phone and scroll to Unknown Sources and turn that option on (the unknown source is Amazon’s AppStore). Now complete the install process and log in to your Amazon account.

Step 2: Before you start downloading, you’ll want to choose the default video-quality setting. So tap the Menu icon in the app, then Settings, then SD Download Quality. A suggestion is to choose Good or Better. Anything higher is overkill for a small screen, will 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 in the app to find a show or movie you want to download. 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, 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. (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 go to Menu and tap Your Downloads to see the movies and TV shows you’ve downloaded.

prime show offline - Android setup

iOS Phones

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 Menu icon in the app, then Settings, then SD Download Quality. A suggestion is to choose Good or Better. Anything higher is overkill for a small screen, will 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, 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, 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. (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 go to Menu and tap Your Downloads to see the movies and TV shows you’ve downloaded.

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. That is a hassle if you’re looking to free up space by erasing what you have watched. Fortunately, all you have to do is tap Refine, then select On Device. Now you’ll see only the downloaded movies and shows.

download quality screen
ios setup

Ready to watch

The process is very straightforward.  Now you are ready to watch your prime shows offline anywhere you go.  I have mostly used it for shows but remember you can download certain videos also.  Overall, it is easy and convenient and I like having an option to watch something when I might not have great WiFi service.

Enjoy your shows!

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