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

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

    The direct link to download Videoder App is

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.

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