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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 allows SmartPhone users to download Films and shows on Mobile Phones for offline watching. Sounds great but there are some untold restrictions which many users don't know. The downloaded videos are in encrypted format and only the Hotstar App can read them. In other words only by Hotstar App, you can play those video files even in offline. You cannot play them by other media players like VlC player, GOM player etc. Second restriction is on changing the download path of Hotstar downloading. By default, Hotstar App save downloaded video files on Mobile Phone Internal memory. For those having lower Internal memory on their Mobile Handset face issues with exhausting Phone memory by Hotstar downloaded files. This tutorial explains how to change 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
Many users wonders where to look for Video files downloaded from Hotstar on their Mobile Phones. It is because, Hotstar app is not providing path to the storage folder where video files are saved. Hotstar simply let users to play the downloaded files through their App and delete them once the user watched them. 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 simply copy the files stored in the below location in Phone Internal Memory to n external memory device or even SD card. However, these files are encrypted and you need to copy 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. To perform this task, we need third party applications. My favorite application to convert encrypted Hotstar video files to normal video files and download is Videoder.

Official website to download Videoder is

Direct link to download Videoder App is

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


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Anish Gupta said…
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
Alex George said…
@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
Domnic Torrento said…
how to access downloaded video like normal video file
Alex George said…
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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Ankit Agrawal said…
Thanks Buddy Really Helpfull
Unknown said…
Thank you. Your tips helped a lot.
NMJ said…
But now videoder is not support. The videos can be open by only videoder app.....
What will do?????
NMJ said…
thank for saying the storage space
Now I can copy those videos to my laptop......Thanks a lot!!!
Alex George said…

Hotstar seems increased their security. I will soon update the article with other options.
Priyanka PV said…
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...