Back in 2015, Amazon Prime Video was the first subscription-based streaming service to introduce the ability to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing on mobile devices. For travelers and users with limited data plans that like to watch films and episodes on the go, this was a godsend. Amazon has updated its apps many times since then, but the process remains relatively the same.
Just about every movie and TV show is available to download through Amazon Prime Video, but that only applies to members that pay. That means primary Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Video subscribers are the lucky ones. Unfortunately, Amazon Household members are left out in the cold, with only a handful of downloadable titles available. More on that later.
With all of the settings out of the way, now it's just a matter of downloading the movies and TV shows you want to watch offline. Tap on the title you want to download, and in the description page for it, you will see the \"Download\" button front and center. The exact placement of the buttons may vary on different devices or operating systems, but it is fairly self-explanatory.
However, there is a limit to the number of titles you can download offline. According to Amazon, depending on your location, you have a maximum of 15 to 25 movies or TV shows you can download across all of your devices, which is where that auto-delete from SD cards option on Android comes in handy.
We should note that Amazon does make certain titles available to download for Amazon Household members, but it's only a limited number of movies and episodes. In fact, we only found TV episodes, and they are usually only the first episode of a series that is heavily promoted by Amazon. We were not able to find any downloadable Prime movies for Household members, which is unfortunate.
But whether or not you're a primary paying member or a Household member, if you rented or purchased a movie or TV show episode that is not included with Prime, you will be able to download it regardless of your account level.
All that is left is for you is to watch your downloaded movies or TV shows. Luckily, Amazon makes it easy with a dedicated \"Download\" section where all of your offline content lives. Finding the \"Download\" section is relatively the same for iOS and Android; the only difference is where the section is located.
Once you start watching a title offline, you'll have a specific amount of time to watch the movie or episode before it is automatically deleted. Amazon says the time will depend on the title you have downloaded. A warning in red letters will display under the title indicating the amount of time you have left. However, the countdown will disappear when you reconnect to the internet and will start over again the next time you go offline.
Once you finish watching a movie or TV show, you can delete it by tapping on the \"Edit\" button on the top right. It'll prompt you to select a title, which you can see selected by the checkmark next to it, and you can fully remove them by tapping on the big red \"Delete\" button near the bottom. Unlike Netflix, which offers an automatic deleting feature, for Prime Video, you'll have to delete content manually. (Tip: this is where that auto-delete content when an SD card is removed setting for Android comes into play.)