It's quite handy to download Amazon Prime movies to an external hard drive so they won't take up space on your computer or phone/tablet. You can connect the drive to various devices to share fantastic Prime movies with your loved ones as well.
Unfortunately, downloaded videos are encrypted files and cannot be moved or transferred to other devices for playback due to Amazon Prime's download restrictions. If you want to permanently save and transfer Amazon Prime videos to an external hard drive, you must use a third-party tool.
It has been noted that the first step in saving Amazon Prime videos to your hard drive is to remove the copy protection and convert Prime videos to MP4, which is a format that is compatible with all hard drives. The finest tool you can use for this is the expert Amazon Prime video downloader MovPilot.
MovPilot Amazon Prime Video Downloader is capable of performing admirably for both Windows and Mac users. It assists in removing DRM protection and downloading Amazon Prime movies or episodes for offline viewing without losing quality.
Using MovPilot, you can also freely choose which audio or subtitles you want to download with Amazon Prime movies, and then transfer the movies to your hard drive for offline playback at any time and from any location.
Here's how to Download Amazon Prime Videos to Hard Drive
Step 1. Install MovPilot Amazon Prime Video Downloader and Sign in
Before getting started, install MovPilot Amazon Prime Video Downloader on your Windows or Mac computer, then open the software, select the Amazon website you are using and sign in with your Amazon account on the home screen.
Step 2. Search for Amazon Prime Movies to Download Offline
Then use the in-built search function to enter keywords or URLs to find the Amazon Prime videos you want to download offline.
Step 3. Open Settings to Adjust Output Parameters
Now just click the setting icon provided on the top-right corner, then you can open the "Setting" windows to change the "Output Format", "Output Quality", and the language for both the "Audio" and "Subtitle". The subtitle type can also be selected if you need it.
Tip: If your hard drive has already been connected to your computer, you can just change the output folder to it and all the downloads from the downloader will be on your hard drive.
Step 4. Download Amazon Prime Movies to MP4 Files
When you have finished the settings, go back to the video results and click the "Download" button, then MovPilot Amazon Prime Video Downloader will start downloading the movies for you. You can track the downloading condition and see the downloaded movies in "History".
If you didn't connect your hard drive and change the output folder before downloading Amazon Prime videos, you can follow the guide here to move them to it.
When MovPilot Amazon Prime Video Downloader has finished downloading the movies from Amazon, just go to the output folder and then insert your hard drive into the computer.
Then you can import it to any device to enjoy the movie playback without using the Amazon app anymore. Here shows you the way to move Amazon Prime videos to the external hard drive on both Windows and Mac.
Generally, your external hard drive will be compatible with your Mac. But if you are using a drive formatted in NTFS, HFS+ or other formats not compatible with macOS, you'd better use a compatible one or change the format of your HD.
If you don't want to use other software to save Amazon Prime movies on your hard drive, you may clear up space by transferring everything from the Amazon Prime Video app to the external hard drive, including the video cache you downloaded for offline watching.
However, Amazon Prime does not officially advocate storing the software's download location to USB-connected storage, since this may cause issues with the download titles not playing. It is recommended that you think about it before proceeding with the next steps.
Tip: Mac users can't do it because the download function is not supported on Mac computers now.
To conclude, if you want to save Amazon Prime movies to a hard drive, a safe and professional way is to remove DRM from the resources and convert them to common MP4 files offline. In this way, no matter saving them to the hard drive or other devices, Amazon will not limit you anymore.