Watching Amazon Prime: external storage for iPad

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by mattwolfmatt, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    Soon I will be on a long road trip with no wifi. I'm hoping to load up an iPad with a bunch of Amazon prime videos (Netflix and Hulu don't allow this). Unfortunately, I'm stuck with a 32GB iPad (2015). I'm looking at getting some external storage - like the Leaf iBridge or the Sandisk ixpand.

    Everything I read, though, says to use the storage, you need to use their app on the iPad.

    Is there a way to use the external storage to save the amazon prime videos?

    Thank you!
  2. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    No, or at least not that I'm aware of.

    External storage adapters for iOS need a host app to be used with them because iOS isn't designed with that function in mind. There's no way to make that storage globally accessible to the entire system and use it the same way as if it were internal storage.
  3. mattwolfmatt thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    Bummer, that's what I was afraid of. Ok, thanks TrueBlou.
  4. Azzin macrumors 601


    Jun 23, 2010
    London, England.
    I may be way off here, but I'm sure a similar thread recently and someone suggested one of the wifi hard drives that are out there.
  5. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    I think you can only download to a registered device, limiting you to internal storage.
    Yeah, I use a wireless filehub to stream video from an attached USB HDD. FileBrowser and the filehub's own app can see and access the storage but I'm streaming mp4's. The iPad Amazon Video app can't see or access the external storage. The Amazon Fire tablet does allow storage of the video on an inserted SD card.

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