Have you ever found yourself frustrated while trying to stream movies online, only to be interrupted by endless buffering, low quality video, and annoying ads? Downloading movies to watch offline may be the solution.
In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll explain how to download movies onto your Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Android TV box like NVIDIA SHIELD. With video downloads, you get smooth playback, higher resolution, and no need for internet access.
By the end, you‘ll have mastered finding and downloading the latest movie releases to build your own offline media library. Let‘s get started!
What is a Firestick & How Does It Work?
The Firestick is a popular streaming media player sold by Amazon. Here are some quick facts about its capabilities:
- Plugs into your TV‘s HDMI port for big-screen streaming
- Runs Fire OS, a customized version of Android OS
- Access top apps like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, and more
- Supports 4K streaming on Firestick 4K model
- Voice control with Alexa built-in remote
- Expandable storage via MicroSD card slot
The Firestick takes streaming one step further by letting you install apps outside the Amazon Store. This opens up downloading movies, retro gaming, and other advanced functions.
Firestick has grown quickly to 30% of the streaming device market, behind Roku at around 40%. The global streaming player market is forecast to be worth $26 billion by 2026.
Why Download Movies on Firestick?
Streaming movies from apps like Netflix or HBO Max is incredibly convenient. So why go through the extra effort of downloading movies to your device?
Here are 5 key advantages of downloading over standard streaming:
|Higher video quality||Downloads aren‘t limited by your internet speeds, so you can get crisp 1080p or 4K resolution.|
|No buffering||With the video file directly on your device, playback is smooth and instant.|
|Works offline||Still watch movies when travelling or without an internet connection.|
|Avoid ads||Downloaded movies don‘t have annoying ads interrupting your viewing.|
|Build a collection||Create your own personal on-demand video library.|
While streaming has its perks, downloading gives you media freedom and the best experience. Now let‘s see how it works.
How to Download Movies on Firestick
Follow these steps to start downloading movies on your Firestick or Fire TV:
Step 1. Enable Apps from Unknown Sources
By default, the Firestick will only install apps from the official Amazon Appstore. To download outside media apps, you need to enable "unknown sources":
- Go to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options
- Turn on "Apps from Unknown Sources" and "ADB Debugging"
This will allow installing unverified apps, which is required for the next steps.
Step 2. Install a File Manager
A file manager gives you access to the Firestick‘s internal storage and connected drives. You‘ll use this to find downloaded movie files.
The ES File Explorer is my top pick for its simplicity and full-featured tools. Download it from the Amazon Appstore or via Downloader.
Other great options include File Commander, FX File Explorer, and X-plore.
Step 3. Get a Movie & TV Downloader App
Next, you need an app that can search online for movies and download them. Some top choices:
Cinema APK – Full-featured video downloader with huge content library.
Cat Mouse APK – Scrapes sites like Putlocker for streaming and downloads.
BeeTV – More niche selection focused on newly released movies.
FileLinked – Install popular Firestick apps including downloaders.
We‘ll use Cinema APK here since it‘s straightforward and jam-packed with movies and shows. Install it via the Downloader tool.
Now the real fun begins…finding movies!
Step 4. Search for a Movie and Select a Link
Open your downloader app and browse or search for a movie. In Cinema APK, you can enter keywords or choose genres:
Select your movie, then pick a source link with a "Download" button, NOT a "Stream" button. This verifies it has a downloadable file.
Step 5. Initiate and Monitor the Movie Download
Click the Download button and choose ES File Explorer when prompted. In ES File Explorer, allow storage permissions if requested.
Your movie will now start downloading in the background! The speed depends on the source, but downloads from filelockers like GDrive are quite fast.
You can monitor download progress from within ES File Explorer under Tools > Downloads, or from the My Files section of the Firestick settings.
Step 6. Play the Downloaded Movie
Once complete, you‘ll find your downloaded movie files under:
ES File Explorer > Local Storage > Downloads
Long press the video file and select "Play With", then choose a player app like VLC, MX Player, or Kodi. Sit back and enjoy your downloaded movie!
Tips for Managing Downloaded Movies
To keep your Firestick movie library organized, efficient, and legal, follow these tips:
- Store downloads on a dedicated USB drive instead of limited internal storage
- Transfer finished downloads to a computer or Plex server for backup
- Test files before deletion in case the download is incomplete/corrupted
- Legally purchase DRM-free digital copies of movies when possible
- Use a VPN to keep your streaming and downloads private and secure
- Delete watched movies periodically to free up storage space
- Use Real-Debrid to find and cache torrents if you‘re tech-savvy
- Refer to JustWatch.com to find where to legally stream movies online
With the right apps and habits, you can amass an impressive collection of downloaded movies.
Are Downloaded Movies Legal? Know the Risks
Downloading movies usually breaches copyright law. The Motion Picture Association even sued the maker of the popular Popcorn Time app.
However, U.S. laws around movie streaming remain unclear. Downloading for personal use generally isn‘t policed and prosecutions are very rare.
Still, use common sense – avoid distributing downloads or profiting from pirated movies. Use a VPN to keep your activity private from prying ISPs.
For guaranteed legal methods, rent/buy from official stores like iTunes or Google Play, or rip your personal DVDs to digital files.
Many quality movies are also available legally on free, ad-supported streaming sites like The Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto TV, Crackle and more.
Ready to Download Movies on Your Firestick?
I hope this guide covered everything you need to know about finding and downloading movies to your Amazon Firestick or Android TV box.
While it takes some setup, having your own offline media library is a game-changer for uninterrupted movie-watching. Let me know if you have any other questions!