How to finally download Amazon Prime videos and TV shows to your desktop

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When you’re on your way to a place that has probably spotted internet coverage, it’s always a solid plan to download your favorite TV shows and movies in advance. Most streaming services allow you to do this to some degree, but until recently you could only download Amazon Prime Video content to a mobile device. Well, not anymore: Using Prime Video’s new Mac and Windows apps, you can finally download movies and shows for offline viewing, whether you’re using your phone or laptop.

How to download Prime Video content on Windows or Mac

Although you can access Prime Video on it The Amazon.com website through your Amazon Prime subscription, to download to your desktop, grab the desktop app, which is available for both Mac and Windows.

The desktop app fits well with its mobile counterpart, so its use should be fairly familiar. Once you have downloaded the app and signed i, browse to find the movie or TV show you are looking for.

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At the top of the show landing page you will now see a large one fetch button. If it’s a TV show, you’ll also watch one Download season option, or you can scroll down to the list of episodes to download individual episodes by using the down arrow button to the right of each one.

To find your downloaded content, go to Downloads tab, located in the bottom tab bar of Prime Videos desktop apps. On this tab you can see the programs you have already downloaded or the status bar for any current downloads. Once a download is complete, you can disconnect from the Internet and watch movies and TV shows completely offline without logging in again.

How to adjust the download quality of Prime Video

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By default, Prime Video downloads the highest quality video files available on your desktop. If it takes too long or uses up too much of your drive space, try lowering the video quality. To do this, select My things fanen in the lower right corner of app window.

Next, hit is the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the Settings pop-up window. Ndiffer to Streaming and Downloading> Download Quality and select well for fastest downloads or Better for larger videos of medium quality.

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When you try to download, Prime Video may be displayed a pop-up asking if you want to download an additional audio track in your preferred language. If you just want to to download videos in their original language all the time, you can change this setting. Go back to Streaming and download settings and select Download audio language. You can now disable Select when downloading to avoid the pop-up.

How to automatically download episodes of TV shows on Prime Video

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Prime Video on the desktop can automatically download upcoming episodes of your favorite TV shows for you.

To configure this, go to the downloads tab and scroll to the bottom. click on Manage button next to it Car downloads and activate Auto downloads. There are also two other useful options here: Download section lets you choose how many episodes you want Prime Video to download at one time; you can choose up to five. Activate Delete viewed section to clear downloaded sections when you have finished viewing them.

(In our experience, these are opportunities are a little buggy. You may need to manually delete or download episodes from time to time.)

Restrictions on Downloaded Content on Prime Video

Unfortunately, streaming services tend to place restrictions on downloads due to restrictions on content rights, and Prime Videos offline viewing experience is no exception. Once you have downloaded a video, you should start seeing it within 30 days. Once you have started watching a downloaded video, you only have 48 hours to end that. If you exceed this time limit, download will “expire” and you will have to download the video again.

If you plan to view downloaded content while traveling, be aware that downloaded videos may not work if you connect to the Internet in another country. If the movie or TV series is an original from Amazon, there’s a good chance it’s working everywhere, though third-party content is unlikely to be so readily available.

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