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3 must-try tips for Amazon Prime Video
Tap to explore little-known features of the blockbuster streaming service.
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Originals, movies, TV, sports
From Golden Globe winners like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Goliath, to blockbuster hits including Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, the Prime Video app is loaded with some of the best comedy, drama, romance and action around.
The next time you sit down to watch a TV show or movie, try some of these not-so-obvious features to get more out of your Prime Video subscription.
Dig deep into a scene
Prime Video’s X-Ray feature is like having an encyclopedic, entertainment-obsessed friend at your side while you watch – someone who knows every hidden detail about a scene. Just tap the screen anywhere and detailed background info will pop up: everything from the actors in a particular scene and the music playing, to fun trivia about the characters.
If you’re watching a Prime Original series or movie, you might even get extras like set photos or making-of videos. With The Tick, for example, X-Ray reveals exclusive video about the costume design as well as the show’s comic book inspirations.
Customise for kids, device by device
Prime Video offers hundreds of kid-friendly movies and shows – like the award-winning series Tumble Leaf. Use the app’s parental controls to ensure your children don’t stumble upon anything they shouldn't.
In the settings menu, tap Parental Controls, then Viewing Restrictions. Select one of the four options: General, Family, Teen, or Mature.
One cool feature: you can set different restrictions for each registered device. So you might set the iPad that everyone in your home uses to Family, while being less restrictive with the Apple TV in your bedroom so you can catch an episode of Bosch before bed.
Tailor the video quality
By default, Prime Video strikes a nice balance between streaming quality and data usage. The app automatically streams at the highest video quality when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, but scales down to a data-friendly Good quality (1 hour of streaming uses about 0.6 GB of data) when you’re on your phone network.
But what if you want to enjoy those shows at their very best without putting a dent in your phone data usage?
Simply download your desired Prime Original content for offline viewing while connected to Wi-Fi. In the settings menu, change Download Quality to Best and make sure Download on Wi-Fi Only is toggled on.