How to download a movie on Android?

A modern person can watch a movie in different ways. The most obvious one is going to the cinema. You can also use a DVD or Blu-Ray player. But often it seems too complicated. Why all this, if many films are distributed on the Internet for free? However, not all people are advanced users. Many do not understand how to download movies on Android. What can I say, they can't even download the video to the computer! If you also feel like such a "teapot", then our article is written for you. Here we will look at all the ways to download movies on a smartphone or tablet.


In the relatively recent past, we could not even imagine downloading a movie to the memory of a portable device. Mobile phones then provided the user with only 10-15 MB of memory. Some models had a slot for a microSD card. But memory cards of any large capacity cost incredible money. So I had to watch movies on a computer or DVD players, and someone even used a VCR until now.

Now the situation has changed radically. We are not surprised by the fact that a tablet or smartphone has 32 GB of permanent memory. And the volume of cards has grown to 256 GB! In a word, a place for film production has appeared. It remains only to understand how you can download films distributed by the global web without any problems. And you can do this in four most common ways:

  • Transfer movies from a computer via a USB cable;
  • Use of memory card and card reader;
  • Connecting a USB flash drive to a device using an OTG cable;
  • Install and use a torrent client directly on your smartphone.

Now let's look at all these methods in a little more detail.

Using a computer

It's probably easiest to download a movie to your computer first and then transfer the file to your smartphone. We will not talk about exactly how a movie is downloaded to a PC. We only mention that for this you can use a file sharing service, a torrent client, or some other programs. In any case, this is a topic for a separate article that would absolutely approached the format of our site dedicated to mobile gadgets. Therefore, we assume that the film you already downloaded, now it is located on the hard disk (Winchester) of the computer. Further you need to transfer it to a smartphone or a tablet running android. This is done as follows:

Step 1. Connect your device to a desktop PC or a laptop via a USB cable.

Please note: Not all cords are capable of transmitting something in addition to electricity. Especially strongly sin the USB cable, ordered in China. Therefore, try to find a high-quality wire - in particular, this should be supplied with a smartphone.

Step 2. A notification may be displayed on the portable device screen containing a mention of the type of notification used. If it is written " only charging", then tap it and in the proposed list, select " Pressing Media Files.

Step 3. Now on the PC you need to open the menu " Start" and choose from it " Computer" (as an example, actions on Windows 7 are given, they may differ slightly on other operating systems).


Step 4. Make sure your device has been determined by the system. In this case, it should appear at the bottom of the window that opened.

Step 5. Now in this window, locate the movie downloaded earlier. In our case, it will be one of the episodes of the series " Supernatural.

Step 6. Click on the movie Right-click. In the context menu, select " Copy" (if you want to leave a copy on the hard disk) or " Cut" (if you want a file to move, without leaving it on the PC or a trace).

Step 7. Move back. Click in this window to the name of your smartphone. Go to the folder you need (usually the films are thrown into " movies"). It can be located both in the integrated memory and on the microSD card.

Step 8. Click on the free space of the right mouse button, then select " in the context menu. "

Step 9. If the operating system asks, to convert the media file before copying it, then everything depends on the capacity of your device. If you are afraid that the smartphone will not be able to play the unconverted video, then click " Yes, convert and copy". If you have a modern device, then click on the button " No, just copy".

That's it, the movie will soon be on your smartphone or tablet! After that, you can disconnect it from your computer and enjoy watching! By the way, you can also copy a video by dragging and dropping it from any file manager!

Using a memory card

If your smartphone has a memory card slot, you can do it even easier. You can take out the card, insert it into the card reader, put the movies you need on it, and then return it to the appropriate slot.

There is a downside to this method. It requires a card reader to use it. If you have a desktop computer, then you will have to buy a card reader in a store - it will be a separate device. Fortunately, modern card readers are quite inexpensive.

If you have a laptop, then it should already have a built-in card reader. However, only full-size SD cards can be inserted into it. But that's okay, since almost every microSD card sold now comes with an SD adapter. You can also buy it separately - in Chinese online stores it is extremely cheap.

As for the transfer of the film itself, for this you can use the same “ My computer ”, which was discussed above. Or use the capabilities of the file manager - Total Commander or something similar.

USB flash drive and OTG cable

This method is not suitable for all owners of smartphones and tablets. The fact is that support for OTG technology is not implemented in every device. Its essence lies in connecting a traditional USB flash drive to the corresponding smartphone connector using an OTG cable. If there is no OTG support, then the drive will not be recognized, as it will not be provided with the electricity it needs.

Please note: the speed of the USB connection can be quite low, so do not copy movies in very high quality to a flash drive - they will either not play at all, or will be extremely uncomfortable due to the brakes.

You can transfer the video to a USB flash drive using the file manager or " Explorer". We will not talk in detail about connection methods this time. The fact is that you can read about this in the article " How to connect a USB flash drive to a smartphone ". We only note that for this it often does not need any additional program - quite built into the Android operating system.

The use of torrent client

almost everyone knows that downloading films on the computer is the easiest way via torrent. However, only a small percentage of users knows that Android has already had a torrent clients for a long time, too long ago. As a result, they can be used to download a film on a tablet or smartphone. The only serious difference between such applications from computer fellows is that by default they do not distribute, but only download files. This is done to save mobile traffic.

Unfortunately, not all applications of this kind are equally good. Many of them are implemented extremely inaccurated. If they download torrent, it is very slow, with interruptions. Also, not all of them recognize a special format of references that usually lead to downloading the file. In a word, we recommend that you read the article " The best torrent clients for Android ". This will allow you to quickly decide what program to download and install.

Note : To play the video files of some formats, it may be necessary to install codecs. If problems arise with sound or picture when startup, then try using another player. For example, VLC.

We will tell you how to download the movie to the Android phone using the application BitTorrent . It is designed by those who popularized this format of file distribution. Therefore, you can not doubt the possibilities of this client. You can use another application, the algorithm of action will change from this not much.

Step 1. First, you should find a link to the torrent with the film you are interested in. This can be done by entering Google a search query type " Torrent name". But it is better to search for some familiar torrent tracker. The fact is that on some resources under the type of torrents, viruses are distributed.

Step 2. Find the button to download it on the barn page. Click on it.

Step 3. If you are offered a choice between torrent file and Magnet link, select the second option. If the application you installed does not understand the Magnet links, select the first option.

Step 4. Next, you will be offered to choose a place to save the file. By default, most torrent clients download files to the " Download" folder. In the case of movies, it is better to choose the folder " Movies".

Step 5. If the torrent contains several files at once, then you can refuse to download some of them. Tap on the item " Files to download" and tick only those files that you want to download.

Step 6. When you have made your choice, click the “ Add ” button.

Step 7. You will be transferred to the program window, where you can observe the download process. When it ends, you can start watching the movie.

Movies vary in size from 500MB to 15GB. In this regard, it is recommended to download them only through networks Wi-Fi. The corresponding switch is available in the settings of any mobile torrent client.

Summing up

These were the four most popular ways to download movies to smartphones and tablets. If you want to do it over the Internet, then a torrent is the best choice. As for transferring video from a computer, the easiest way to do this is to use a USB connection. We did not mention only the method of transferring a movie from a computer over the air, via Wi-Fi. You can read more about this in the article on how to sync Android with a computer . We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with how to watch movies on your smartphone online . In some cases, this is easier to do than downloading files from a torrent or computer.