How to Rent Movies on Amazon

Watch your favorite flicks on Amazon even without a Prime membership

What to Know

  • Rent: Select movie from Prime Video, choose the rental option, and select Watch now.
  • Download: Open the title from the My Stuff area of the app, and select Download.

This article explains how to find and rent a streaming movie, how to download a purchased video, and how to watch free movies on Amazon for iOS, Android, and streaming apps as well as in a browser window.

How Amazon Rentals Work

Renting a movie on Amazon lets you watch the film as many times as you want for a limited number of days, usually two or seven, depending on the film. This service from Amazon is part of Prime Video, but you don't need to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of it.

Any Amazon user can browse Prime Video for movie rentals. Movies have a full description, trailer, list of stars from the film, and user reviews. Renting takes just a click or two.

You can watch rented movies from your computer or any other device that supports Prime Video, including phones, tablets, and TVs.

The way it works is very similar to other streaming services like YouTube and Netflix. After browsing for something to rent and then paying for it, all the watching happens either in your browser or through an app.

How to Rent Movies on Amazon

You can rent movies from Prime Video on your computer or through the Prime Video app. These screenshots are for the desktop version, but all the menu buttons are the same in the app.

  1. Open the app or visit Prime Video from a computer.

  2. Locate the movie you want to rent.

    New movies to rent on Amazon

    The Channels menu is handy if you want to browse featured and popular movies. Desktop users can use the Coming Soon category for finding upcoming movies, and all the new movies you can rent on Amazon are found in the New Releases category.

  3. Pick the pricing option that matches the quality you want to rent. You may need to choose More purchase options to see all the rental options.

    Venom on Prime Video

    If you have set up a Prime Video PIN, you will need to enter it to complete the purchase.

  4. Confirm by selecting Continue.

    You'll be charged immediately afterward; there won't be another screen where you review the purchase before finalizing it. However, even if you accidentally rent a movie, you can always undo the purchase if you act quickly enough—choose Cancel your order right there on that same page.

  5. That's it! You can start the movie immediately by selecting Watch now or by opening it later from the My Stuff section of the website or the My Stuff > Purchases area of the app.

    Prime Video Watch now button

How to Download Amazon Rentals and Purchases

Only select titles are available for download, and only on compatible devices such as the Prime Video mobile app.

Here's how to download the newly rented movie from the Android app:

  1. Open My Stuff from the bottom of the app.

  2. Select Purchases at the top.

  3. Select the movie, or tap the menu next to it, and then choose Download.

    Prime Video download movie option

For TV shows with multiple episodes, you can download the entire season by selecting Download Season, or you can download specific episodes by tapping the episode and then the down arrow icon.

Are There Free Movies on Amazon?

Amazon Prime subscribers have access to a selection of free titles as part of their subscription. Whether you're an Amazon Prime member or not, you can see which movies are available as part of the subscription by checking for the prime label on title covers, or by browsing all the videos included with Prime.

Another way to get free movies from Amazon is through Freevee, which is a free, ad-supported movie streaming service owned by Amazon. If you're looking for other truly free movies that don't require a subscription, see this list of free movie sites.

Amazon Movie Rental Limitations

There are two important restrictions to note before renting from Prime Video: you have 30 days to start watching the movie and then a limited number of hours or days from then before it expires. Some movies give you seven days, but others place a 48-hour limit; you'll see this before you make the purchase.

This means you can rent a movie today and wait a few weeks to start watching it, but the moment you press play is when the expiration timer starts.

You can rent a movie more than once if it expires and you want to watch it again, but there's also an option to buy movies on Prime Video so they're yours to watch for as long as you like.

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