When customers create a Prime account on Amazon, they have access to many perks, including Prime Video. In addition to streaming, customers can also rent movies through the service.
If you’ve never rented a movie from Amazon Prime, you may be curious about how it works. If you’d like to find out, keep reading this article to see what I learned!
Renting Movies on Amazon Prime
Amazon has Prime Video available for both Prime and non-Prime members, both of which can rent movies from the streaming service. Rentals for older titles are generally priced from $3.99 to $4.99, while new releases range from $19.99 to $24.99. Rentals are available for 30 days and then 48 hours after playing.
If you’d like to learn more about how renting movies through Prime works, how much rentals cost, how many movies you can rent at once, and more, keep reading for more facts and tips!
How Do I Rent a Movie on Amazon Prime?
In order to rent a movie through Amazon Prime, customers can do the following:
- Open the Prime Video app from a device or log in with a computer.
- Select the “Store” option on the main menu and search for the desired movie title.
- After locating the film, click on it, and choose between the “Rent” or “Buy” options.
- Once the movie is rented, customers have 30 days to access it and another 48 hours after watching it for the first time.
Do I Need a Prime Membership to Rent Movies from Prime Video?
Customers who have Amazon Prime automatically have access to Prime Video.
However, if customers don’t have a Prime account, they can still rent videos from Prime with their Amazon account.
Customers who don’t have a Prime membership can rent a movie from Prime by logging into their Amazon account and searching for the title they’d like to watch in the search bar with “In Prime Video” beside the title.
Once searched, the film will show up on the results page with a rental price. Customers can select the price, and they will be taken to the Prime Video page, where they can rent or purchase the movie!
How Long Can You Rent Movies on Prime For?
On Amazon Prime, customers have 30 days to access a movie they’ve rented.
However, once customers have begun watching the film, they have access to it for 48 hours, and then it will expire.
If customers would like to access a movie on Prime for a longer period of time, they also have the option to purchase the movie!
Once purchased, the film will remain in Amazon Prime Video’s digital library to be watched anytime.
How Many Times Can You Watch a Rented Movie on Prime?
When customers rent a movie through Prime Video, they have 30 days to begin watching the movie. After they’ve started it, customers have access to the film for 48 hours.
Therefore, customers can watch the video as much as they like within the allotted 48-hour period. If customers don’t wish to purchase the movie permanently, they can rent it again after their first rental expires.
However, if customers wish to watch the film multiple times, it’s recommended that they purchase the film instead of renting, as the price difference is generally quite minimal depending on how new the movie is.
How Much Do Movie Rentals Cost on Amazon Prime?
Prices for movie rentals on Prime Video will vary depending on when the movie was released and its popularity. New releases will often run for about $19-$24 and are often only available for purchase rather than a rental.
Older releases usually run for about $3.99- $4.99, regardless of their release date.
As well, Amazon will generally lower prices for new movies once their theatrical release has ended.
When purchasing movies through Prime Video, older films will usually be priced between $7.99- $14.99, depending on their popularity and how recently they were released.
How Many Movies Can I Rent at Once on Amazon Prime?
When renting videos through Prime, customers can rent up to 3 videos at once!
However, customers can only watch one video on the same Prime account, one device at a time.
There is no limit on how many movies customers can purchase. Therefore, if customers are interested in having a larger selection, it’s recommended that they purchase from Prime instead of renting.
How Do I Download Rentals on Prime Video?
If customers want to watch their rentals without the internet, they can easily download the film by following these steps:
- Download the Prime Video app to a phone or similar device. Amazon currently only allows downloads on their app and not the desktop version of their site.
- After logging in, select “My Stuff” and scroll to “Purchases.”
- Choose the video purchased, and click the “Download” option.
How Do I Cancel an Accidental Rental on Amazon Prime?
If customers have accidentally rented a movie from Prime Video, they can easily cancel the rental and get their money back.
To return a movie, customers have to select the video they rented and click the “Cancel Purchase” option, which can be found below the Play button, and Amazon will immediately refund the money that was spent.
Amazon Prime offers rentals for Prime Video members and regular Amazon customers. Customers can rent a video by searching for it in the Amazon search bar, or by logging into their Prime account and adding the film to their “Purchase” library.
Amazon allows access to rented movies for 30 days, and then for 48 hours after the customer has begun watching the film. Customers can download Prime movies to their device for the duration of their rental, and also have the option to buy the movie.