How to Rent Movies on Amazon

Watch your favorite flicks on Amazon even without a Prime membership

Renting a movie on Amazon lets you watch the film as many times as you want for two days. 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 your rented Amazon movies from your computer or any other device that supports Prime Video, including phones, tablets, and TVs.

These directions for Amazon rentals are for iOS, Android, and desktop users.

How Amazon Rentals Work

Unlike many things you can buy on Amazon, movie rentals are entirely digital. You don't get a disc like if you were to rent a movie from a physical store, and you also don't get a download link that lets you use your own video player to watch the movie.

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 of the watching happens either in your browser or through an app.

However, unlike movies on Netflix which you can watch over and over for a single monthly price, Amazon's movies are paid for individually (unless you're an Amazon Prime member).

Amazon Movie Rental Limitations

There are two important restrictions to take note of before renting from Prime Video: you have 30 days to start watching the movie, and then 48 hours from then before it expires.

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 48-hour timer starts. So, you can't take a peek right now and then finish it over the course of several days.

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 that they're yours to watch for as long as you like.

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'll be charged immediately after selecting the quality; 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.

    Prime Video Angel Has Fallen

    You may need to choose More purchase options to see all the rental options.

    Home Alone on Prime Video
  4. 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.

How to Download Amazon Movie Rentals

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

Here's how to download movies from Amazon on an Android:

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

  2. Select Purchases at the top.

  3. Tap the video you want to download to your device.

  4. Select 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 Watch for $0.00 with Prime on any movie page or by browsing all the videos included with Prime.

Another way to get free movies from Amazon is through IMDb TV, 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 like Amazon Prime, see this list of free movie sites.