Android : Download A Video File To SD Card

Sep 11, 2010

I have a video file on a website in .MP4 format and I want to allow the user to be able to download the video to their SD card by clicking a link. Is there an easy way to do this. I currently have this code but its not working...not sure what I am doing wrong.


Android : download a video file to SD card

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I'm trying to download a large .zip file from a web server but I have a weird behaviour, the description is:

- I'm executing the code in the device emulator, API level 3 (version 1.5) with an SD card of 512MB. I start the device with "Wipe data user"

- The length of the size from conexion.getContentLength() is 7012725

- The server address is localhost (, but I've tried with an external server and the behaviour is the same. I've double checked that I can download the file through a web browser.

- I have these permisions in the manifest file:


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- About the possible wifi lock, what I've done is add this permission "android.permission.WAKE_LOCK" and then this piece of code, but with exactly the same behaviour:


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Could anyone try my code and download a zip file with size round 8MB? Does it works for you?

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