Amazon Prime users can already download movies and TV episodes to their mobile device using Prime’s Instant Video service, but now you can also download Amazon Video directly to your micro SD memory card. Here’s the skinny.
One of the great features of Amazon Prime Instant Video is that it’s more than just a streaming service. Unlike rivals such as Netflix, you can also download movies and TV shows onto your mobile phone or tablet, to enjoy when you’re not connected to the internet.
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Today that feature has just been upgraded, making it even easier to use on the go thanks to support for SD downloads. Subscribers using an Android device will now be able to download videos directly to their device’s micro SD memory card, which means no more limited downloading or stress as you figure out what you can delete to make extra space.
Crucially this means that people will be able to download an entire series of a show in one go, to watch on the move when their mobile device is offline. The only limit is the one set by Amazon on how much you can download in one go.
This is particularly good news for Prime users who are about to jet off on holiday. There will be no need to rely on a ropey WiFi connection or to worry about data costs and connection issues when out and about. And even if you can stream on the move, being able to download your movies and other videos before heading off will help to save your mobile device’s battery life.
Amazon Prime Instant Video’s support for memory card downloads has rolled out to Amazon Prime Instant Video users from today, but currently works only on Android phones and tablets (as iPhones and iPads obviously don’t support micro SD cards). Right now the service is available in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.
If you don’t have an SD card of your own, don’t fret; they’re readily available and are now cheaper than ever, with capacities on some phones supporting up to 128GB of storage space. Even with full quality downloads, you’ll have a job filling that up fast. Make sure that your phone supports microSD before buying, however. Some mobiles such as the OnePlus 3 and Nexus 6P don’t have a memory card slot.