Access & Transfer Downloaded Hotstar Video Files to External Storage

Hotstar is one of the most popular Indian-based web platforms to watch movies and popular TV shows on SmartPhones. They also allow SmartPhone users to download Films and shows on Mobile Phones for offline watching.

Sounds great, but there are some untold restrictions that many users don't know. The downloaded videos are in an encrypted format, and only the Hotstar App can read them.

In other words, you can play those video files only by Hotstar App.

You cannot play them by other media players like VLC player, GOM player, etc. The second restriction is on changing the download path of Hotstar downloading. By default, Hotstar App saves downloaded video files on Mobile Phone Internal memory.

Those having lower Internal memory on their Mobile handsets face issues with exhausting Phone memory by Hotstar downloaded files.

This tutorial explains how to change the Hotstar video download path to external memory or even external memory storage and convert Hotstar downloaded video files to normal video files using professional applications.

Default Hotstar Video Download Path
Most users wonder where to look for Video files downloaded from Hotstar on their Mobile Phones. It is because the Hotstar app does not provide the path to the storage folder.

There is no official method to find where it saves the video files.

Hotstar allows users to play the downloaded files by their App and gives the option to delete videos once the user watched them.

But it is possible to see the downloaded video files in the device by File Manager. All we need to know is the download path.

The default download path on Hotstar is:

Internal Storage > Android > data > in.startv.hotstar > files > downloads

You can find the video files downloaded using Hotstar App by looking at the location given.

Transfer Hotstar Downloaded Files from Phone to External Memory
You can copy the files stored in the download location in Phone Internal Memory to any external memory device. You can even copy the files to an SD card.

However, these files are encrypted, and you need to copy them back to the exact location if you want to play them using Hotstar App.

Convert Hotstar Video files to Normal Video Files and Download
It is possible to convert movies and TV shows hosted on Hotstar to normal video file format and download them. To perform this task, we need third-party applications.

I suggest you check the local rules regarding downloading video files from Hotstar. In some countries, it is illegal.

  1. Flash Video Downloader (FVD) by NimbusWeb

    I download Hotstar videos using an Opera Browser Extension named Flash Video Downloader (FVD). You can install this free Hotstar Video downloader from Opera Extensions.

    • Install Flash Video Downloader (FVD) by NimbusWeb on Opera Browser

    • Load Hotstar website on Opera

    • Play the video



    • Click the blue icon to select the download format

  2. Videoder

    My favorite application to convert encrypted Hotstar video files to normal video files and download them is Videoder.

    The official website to download Videoder is https://www.videoder.net

    Note: Videoder is no longer supporting direct downloading from Hotstar.

    The direct link to download Videoder App is http://videoder.br.uptodown.com/android/download



PS: It is important to note that Videoder is not available on the Google Play Store due to the strict guidelines on download Apps. Other than the lack of presence in the Google Play Store, this App is safe (it includes Ads).
About The Author:

Alex George is a Cisco and Microsoft certified Network Engineer. He has been working in the Network Engineering field since 2006.

He has hands-on experience in configuring and troubleshooting various Video streaming and downloading Apps for both corporates and small IT firms.

To learn more about his qualifications and work experience, please visit the About Us page.

Comments

  1. Manisha Pandey7:07 AM

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  2. Anish Gupta11:45 AM

    Where will be the videos downloaded from hotstar saved? I searched the entire Samsung Galaxy note but I could not find the Hotstar videos downloaded. I use Android 6

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  3. @Anish Gupta

    You can find downloaded hotstar video files on your Note in Internal Storage. The exact location to find those video files:

    Internal Storage > Android > data > in.startv.hotstar > files > downloads

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  4. how to access downloaded video like normal video file

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  5. If you want to access and play the downloaded video files, the only option is via Hotstar app. To access and view the downloaded video files in its encrypted format, follow the route below.
    Internal Storage > Android > data > in.startv.hotstar > files > downloads

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  6. videos downloaded via videoder doesnt play the last 20 mins while pendrive connected to television

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  8. Thanks Buddy Really Helpfull

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  9. Thank you. Your tips helped a lot.

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  10. Anonymous5:29 AM

    But now videoder is not support. The videos can be open by only videoder app.....
    What will do?????

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  11. Anonymous5:33 AM

    thank for saying the storage space
    Now I can copy those videos to my laptop......Thanks a lot!!!

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  12. @ NMJ

    Hotstar seems increased their security. I will soon update the article with other options.

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  13. Videoder no longer seems to work for Hotstar as I'm unable to download and play anything at all for that matter. Kindly suggest any other third party application that would help me download videos from hotstar. Please...

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  14. Rejith Menon1:50 AM

    Is it illegal watching Hotstar from Soudi Arabia? I can't access programs from Hotstar from both mobile app and website. Plz tell me how to Watch Hotstar in Saudi Arabia?

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  15. @ Rejith Menon

    I do not know whether the Saudi Arabian laws prohibit people from watching Hotstar content. If Hotstar is blocked in Saudi Arabia, you may need good VPN / Proxy to access it.

    https://www.corenetworkz.com/2009/05/access-websites-if-domain-name-and-ip.html

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  16. Hi priyanka,NMJ & @lex George.
    Try this path /storage/sdcard1/videoder/.cp_data/.data to access the downloaded hotstar files in videoder app.
    Hope this will help you guys.

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    1. This is insane! This is the only hack man. You're amazing. It worked for me. Whoever reading this ❣️

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  17. Hi Frnds use this path to /storage/sdcard1/videoder/.cp_data/.data to access downloaded hotstar files in videoder app.hope this will help you guys.

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  18. @ Thangamani

    Thank you for giving the Videoder download location.

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  19. /storage/sdcard1/videoder/.cp_data/.data this path is empty in my mobile, even i have downloaded 4 videos from hotstar

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  20. @ Customer

    Open FileManager on your Android Phone and follow the path.

    Internal Storage > Videoder

    You can see the downloaded files here.

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  21. I am not able to see the downloaded video from vidioder. Even I check all the root folder. Cleaner is saying you have 5 GB residual files but not showing. Why to do to them them in card.

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  22. @ Unknown

    Have you checked the path I provided in the article?
    Internal Storage > Videoder

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  23. Anonymous11:20 PM

    I downloaded a tamil movie on videoder through hotstar. But the app does not show any subtitles. Please resolve as soon as possible

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  24. If me and my friend are using same hotstar account, can I watch a video in my mobile, which my friend downloaded in his mobile?

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  25. @ Raj

    You can play Hotstar video files on the same phone (on which you have downloaded the video) only as per the latest Hotstar settings.

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  26. i use Allavsoft to Download any Hotstar video, any live sports video, any movie video, any Indian TV show, etc for you to conveniently play the downloaded Hotstar video in any location, US, Canada, India and many other countries.

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  27. i use Allavsoft to Download any Hotstar video, any live sports video, any movie video, any Indian TV show, etc for you to conveniently play the downloaded Hotstar video in any location, US, Canada, India and many other countries.

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  28. @ Tomminy

    Thanks for sharing your favorite App to download and convert Hotstar video files.

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  29. Hi sir I'm not able to see the videos which I downloaded from videoder to Hotstar. Is there any option to download the videos from Hotstar please suggest me



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  30. @ Jhansi

    Open the file manager and go to Internal storage. Open Videoder folder to see the files you have downloaded through the Videoder App.

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  31. I can no longer download videos from hotstar. Any way around it? Plus, does anyone a good app to convert .webm file to mp4 without losing quality and without any change to original file size?

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  32. @ Toobs.S

    If you open Hotstar in the Opera browser, you can download the video files in mp4 format using the Opera video download app.

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  33. Hey Alex. Thank you so mu5ch for sharing tgis. Will you please share the name of the opera video downloader. I couldn't find it on playstore

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  34. I can download from hotstar in Android but I don't know where the downloaded file...I looked up all the path mentioned above. :(

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  35. @ Toobs S

    It is an Opera browser Extension.

    Search for Flash Video Downloader (FVD) in https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/?hl=en-US

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  36. I cannot find the files downloaded via videoder from hotstar. Searched all the files and folders in my file manager still i am unable to do so. Plz help.

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  37. @ Baani, Sowmya

    Videoder no longer supports downloading from Hotstar in normal video format. You should try Flash Video Downloader from Opera.

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  38. Dear Author,

    Please note that the video is getting successfully downloaded in the location mentioned by u, however inside downloads folder there are multiple folders are getting created with numbers(like 1,2,3,4...) and inside each folder more than one files are getting downloaded with .exo format. Now please tell me two things, 1st how I can get it in a single file so that it could be easier to convert into any format and 2nd why multiple folders are getting created on the first place?

    Ricky

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  39. Dear Author,

    Please note that the video is getting successfully downloaded in the location mentioned by u, however inside downloads folder there are multiple folders are getting created with numbers(like 1,2,3,4...) and inside each folder more than one files are getting downloaded with .exo format. Now please tell me two things, 1st how I can get it in a single file so that it could be easier to convert into any format and 2nd why multiple folders are getting created on the first place?

    Ricky

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  40. @ Ricky

    Which download application you have used to download from the Hotstar?

    I think you have downloaded video files directly from the Hotstar app using the download option. If so, you cannot use that file to play the video on other devices.

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  41. Internal Storage > Android > data > in.startv.hotstar > files > downloads

    but file not shown

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  42. @ surendra jha

    If you have downloaded the video using the HotStar app, the file must be in the encrypted format. You need a third-party application to download the video files from the Hotstar.

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  43. As you said i have searched the path the video is not there but the video is downlaod in offline, can you please tell me how to resolve this

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  44. Hi Venky,

    Which tool you have used to download the video?

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  45. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mi.android.globalFileexplorer

    Kindly download the mi explorer from play store. And then go to videoder. Please set the settings to show hidden files.. you'll get it.

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  46. i recommend the most powerful RAM to Android converter - iDealshare VideoGo.

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