How to Change the Amazon Video Streaming Settings on an iPhone

Last updated: January 13, 2017

Amazon Video has one of the biggest and best libraries of movies to purchase or rent, and any owned or rented video can also be watched via the Amazon Video app on your iPhone. You can even sign up for Amazon Prime (click here if you want to try it out for free for 30 days) to gain access to additional TV shows and movies that you can stream as part of that subscription. These videos can be streamed over Wi-Fi or cellular networks, so you might be looking for a way to adjust the Amazon Prime Video quality settings so that you can use less mobile data when you decide to watch a movie or TV show.

But streaming video can use a lot of data, so you may be looking for a way to minimize that data usage while you watch your videos on the go. Our guide below will show you how to find the streaming settings so that you can adjust the quality of the video stream, along with the amount of data that it uses.


Here is how to adjust the streaming quality for Amazon Prime Video in the iPhone app –

  1. Open the Amazon Prime Video app.
  2. Tap the Settings icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select the Streaming & Downloading option at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap the Streaming Quality option at the top of the screen.
  5. Select the Good, Better, or Best option. Note that you can also elect to allow the highest quality stream when connected to Wi-Fi. Additionally, if you choose to stream over a cellular network, then the gray sentence under each streaming quality option will let you know approximately how much cellular data that level of quality will use.

These steps are also repeated below with pictures –

Step 1: Tap the Amazon Prime Video app icon.

open amazon video



Step 2: Select the Settings tab at the bottom of the screen.

open amazon video settings



Step 3: Tap the Streaming & Downloading button.

amazon instant video settings



Step 4: Select the Streaming Quality option at the top of the screen.

amazon prime video quality settings



Step 5: Select your preferred streaming quality from Good, Better or Best. Tap the button next to Allow highest quality when on Wi-Fi if you would like the app to ignore your chosen selection if you are on a Wi-Fi network.

amazon prime instant video quality settings



As identified in the image above, the amount of data used by the Amazon Video app is:

Good streaming quality – Will use up to .6 GB of data for each hour that you stream.

Better streaming quality – Will use up to 1.8 GB of data for each hour that you stream

Best streaming quality – will use up to 5.8 GB of data for each hour that you stream


Returning to the Streaming & Downloading menu from step 3 will also let you adjust some other Amazon Prime Video settings, such as the quality of downloaded videos. You can also choose to stream on Wi-Fi Only, or be notified when the Prime Video app is using mobile data.

If you are already an Amazon Prime member, then check out their add-on subscriptions for channels like Showtime and Starz.

Would you like to watch Amazon Prime movies or TV shows on your iPhone when you are on a cellular network, but you don’t want to use all your data? Learn how to download an Amazon Prime video to your iPhone so that you can watch it later without needing to stream over the Internet. newsletter

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