How to download movies and TV shows from Netflix

Whether you’re in an airplane or you’re about to hit your data cap for the month, there are times when Netflix streaming just isn’t an option. Thankfully, the streaming service offers an easy way to take your favorite shows offline. Let’s take a look at how to download movies from Netflix as well as how to download your favorite Netflix shows.

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Can you download movies and shows from Netflix?

While you can download some movies and shows from Netflix, you can’t go and download the entire expansive library. To help you find what movies and shows you can download, tap the Downloads button on the bottom navigation bar. You should see either a gray Find Something to Download or Find More to Download button.

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If you tap the button, Netflix will take you to the Available for Download section of the app. This section contains curated lists of movies and shows available for download, though you can’t search from here.

If you already have a movie or TV show in mind that supports offline viewing, continue looking through the sections below.

How to download movies from Netflix

Once you pick a movie that supports offline viewing, tap the Download icon next to the Share icon. Once your movie is done downloading, tap the Downloads icon on the bottom navigation. This is where you can watch and manage all of your downloaded content.

Once you’re done watching a movie, go back to the Downloads section and tap the pencil icon on the top right. Select the movie you finished watching and tap the trash can icon on the top right to delete it and free up some space on your device.

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To summarize:

  1. Open the Netflix app.
  2. Choose a movie that supports offline viewing.
  3. Tap the Download icon next to the Share icon.
  4. Tap the Downloads icon on the bottom navigation bar.
  5. Enjoy or delete your movie!

How to download Netflix shows

The process is mostly the same when it comes to downloading TV shows. Open the Netflix app and find a show that you like. Assuming it supports offline viewing, you’ll find the download icon next to an episode’s description.

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Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t support downloading an entire season at once. This gives you the liberty of picking and choosing which episodes you want to watch, but it can be tedious if you want to watch an entire season.

Even the process of managing your downloaded shows is the same as it is for downloaded movies. Tap the Downloads icon on the bottom navigation bar to watch and delete episodes. You can also enable or disable Smart Downloads, which automatically downloads new episodes and deletes ones you’ve watched.

To recap:

  1. Open the Netflix app.
  2. Choose a show that supports offline viewing.
  3. Tap the download icon next to an episode’s description.
  4. Tap the Downloads icon on the bottom navigation bar.
  5. Enjoy or delete your show!

Downloads for you: Automatically download recommended movies and TV shows

Netflix recently added a new feature for Android app users called Downloads for You. It will automatically download Netflix movies and TV shows on your smartphone or tablet, based on your streaming tastes. This is supposed to give customers a way to save new and cool content on their device that they can watch later without the need for an Internet connection.

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Credit: Netflix

The best thing is that you are in total control of this new feature. If you want to activate it, here’s how to set it up. One thing to keep in mind is that this feature only works with Wi-Fi connections; it will not work at all with a cellular wireless connection.

  1. Open the Netflix app
  2. Tap the Downloads icon on the bottom navigation bar.
  3. You should see a Smart Downloads option on top of the screen. Tap on it.
  4. You should see a Downloads for You toggle. Tap it so it is turned on
  5. You can also allocate how much storage space is used for this feature on your device, along with individual storage for each Netflix profile on your account. You should also see a bar that shows how much space is being used for the feature.
  6. Finally, you can select 1GB, 3GB, or 5GB storage limits for the Downloads for You feature. Tap on the “+” or “-“ buttons to add or reduce space.

This is only for Android users for now, but the feature will be added later for iOS devices.

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