Since the launch of Hotstar in February 2015, it has become one of the most popular content streaming services. It boasts a collection of movies, TV shows, serials, and even live stream cricket and other sports events. Quite recently, the Walt Disney Company became the owner and operator of Hotstar on April 3, after the purchase of its parent company Star India last few months ago. The acquisition resulted in the change of the logo and name from “Hotstar” to “Disney+ Hotstar”. Now the Hotstar is officially Disney+ Hotstar. Here’s a guide for you to download Hotstar videos.
If you’re reading this article then you probably know Hotstar has its native Android and iOS apps also. The content streaming service can also be accessed through PC using a web browser. Since you are searching for how to download Hotstar videos and movies, you should know that like other content streaming services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, Hotstar also allows you to download most of its content for offline viewing. However, the content is downloadable through its native apps only.
Limitations of Using Official Method
As said already, Hotstar officially allows you to download some movies and other content but there are many limitations. You cannot download all content on Hotstar, like live streams as an example. Also, you cannot play the downloaded videos outside of the Hotstar app, neither can you share or send the downloaded content to other devices.
How to Download Hotstar Videos – Multiple Methods
There are several methods to download the content from Hotstar including movies, TV Shows, and live streams. The methods that you shall be learning in this article include both official methods, and non-official or unofficial methods. The working methods being explained here are:
- Official Hotstar Mobile Application for Android and iOS
- Hotstar Video Downloader, a third-party online tool.
- HotstarLiveStreamer program for Windows, using command prompt.
- Acethinker Video Downloader
- Using Videoder
Using these methods, you can save the videos on your device and can watch it anytime and anywhere you want to. You can even transfer the downloaded videos from one device to another.
NOTE: As mentioned earlier, these methods include both official and unofficial methods to download Hotstar videos, you need to know that downloading and redistributing copyrighted content is illegal and may invite legal action. We at AndroidFist don’t encourage/endorse you to do so and bear no responsibility for the consequences of your actions.
1. How to Download Hotstar Videos on Mobile Using Hotstar App
This method is the first, official, recommended, and the most efficient method to download Hotstar videos. This method requires an official native app of Hotstar for Android or iOS, depending upon the mobile device you’re using. If you don’t have the Hotstar application, download and install it from Google Playstore or Apple Appstore.
Follow the steps to download:
- Ensure you have a good and working internet connection.
- Open the Hotstar application on your smartphone and search for your favorite movie or whatever you want to download.
- Choose the appropriate video you’re looking for. Locate the Download option at the bottom of the video description.
- Now tap on the download button and select the video quality you want.
- The downloading process begins automatically once you select the video quality. You’ll receive a notification once the download is complete.
You can now watch the downloaded video offline anytime. The only downsides are that only the Hotstar app can playback the video and the video cannot be shared/transferred to other devices. For most users, this method is sufficient as you may just want to watch the content offline.
2. Using Hotstar Downloader
The Hotstar Downloader is a web app designed by some third-party to download Hotstar videos for free. Since this tool is actually a website, it can be used on any PC, with any Windows, Mac OS, or Linux using a web browser. It can also download any type of video including live streams and hence, overcomes all the limitations of the official method of downloading via Hotstar app.
Just note that this method requires you to Allow CORS browser extension for its proper functioning.
Follow the steps:
- Add and install Allow CORS extension on either Chrome or the Firefox browser.
- Once added successfully, turn it on by clicking on it.
- Open the Hotstar website on your PC, log in, and find the video you intend to download.
- Play the video and copy its URL from the address bar.
- Open the Hotstar downloader and paste the copied link in the input box given there and hit Enter.
- Next, choose the quality of the video and click the “Download” button.
Your download will start automatically and there you go! You can play and watch the video anytime, transfer it to other devices, or send it to someone else.
3. Using Command Prompt (CMD) – For Advanced Users
Probably the best and efficient way to download Hotstar movies on Windows is to download by using CMD. CMD method requires complex commands but thanks to hotstarlivestreamer for its batch file. If you have a little bit of technical knowledge, this method is simple and the best method for you. To your surprise, with CMD you can even download Hotstar premium videos.
Follow these steps:
- The first step for you is to download the hotstarlivestreamer program from here.
- Now, extract the downloaded RAR archive using WinRar/7Zip.
- Once extracted, open the folder of the extracted data on your PC.
- Double click the hotstarlivestreamer.bat file, and it will open the Command Prompt window.
- Paste the copied URL of Hotstar video into the command prompt.
- Now select the video quality from the variety of available options and then enter the option “d” to download the video.
To find the downloaded videos, go to the same folder of the extract and open the “video” folder. These were the few, and most effective methods to download the Hotstar videos or movies.
4. Acethinker Video Downloader
Similar to the method of downloading with Hotstar Video Downloader, Acethinker Video Downloader is a web-based video downloading service. It can be used to download Hotstar Premium videos too. To download Hotstar videos using Acethinker Video Downloader, go through the following steps.
- Firstly, copy the URL of the video that you wish to download from Hotstar.
- Go to https://acethinker.com/online-downloader or just click here. Paste the copied URL into the URL box.
- Now choose the video quality and then press the download button. The video will start downloading instantly.
5. Using Videoder
If you are frequently downloading videos and want to have a dedicated native app, this method is for you. This is the best method to download Hotstar videos for Android smartphone and PC users. Videoder is available for Android, Windows 10, and Mac and hence can be used to download videos on any device. You can download videos from any media platform, including Hotstar. It was originally developed to download YouTube videos but now it supports downloading content from over 50+ sites.
To download Hotstar videos using Videoder on Android, you need to install the Videoder app first. Since this app is not available on the Google Playstore, you have to manually install its APK file. To download the Videoder APK, go to its official website and tap download. Once installed, simply open the application and locate the Hotstar Icon. This will open the official Hotstar website where you can browse your content to download.
Now choose the video you want to download and tap the download icon appearing on the left-hand side corner. Select the video resolution as you wish and the download will start instantly.