I have been fighting with the available storage space on my iPhone for years. No matter how large of a hard drive I get, I always seem to be running out of storage. There are steps to take to manage this problem, such as deleting old apps and pictures, but you can also be somewhat proactive about it by minimizing the size of files when you first download them.
One app that gives you this option is the Prime Video streaming app from Amazon. You are able to download movies and TV shows from this app so that you can watch them when you won’t have an Internet connection, such as on a plane. But you are also able to customize the quality of these downloaded files so that they take up less space on your device.
How to Reduce Download Quality in the Prime Video App on an iPhone
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3. I am using 5.42.1157.1 version of the app, which was the most current version available when this article was written.This guide is going to change a setting in the Prime Video app from Amazon which will reduce the quality of your downloaded video in an effort to reduce file size. I am going to select the lowest quality video in the steps below, which means that 1 hour of video will use approximately 300 MB of space. You can choose from two other higher download qualities, but each of those will use more storage space.
Step 1: Open the Prime Video app.
Step 2: Choose the Settings tab at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Select the Streaming & Downloading option.
Step 4: Touch the Download Quality button.
Step 5: Tap the option that corresponds to the quality of video that you want to download. I am selecting the Good option to minimize the amount of storage space that my downloads use.
Note that this does not affect the streaming quality. This only affects the files that you download to your device.
Are you adjusting your download quality because you are concerned about your available storage space? Find out some tips for increasing your amount of available storage by deleting old apps and files that are needlessly using space on your iPhone.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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