Offline Playback

How to download Netflix movies and shows to watch offline

You can finally watch Netflix shows and movies offline without an internet connection, thanks to the new download option.

Download option on Netflix to watch offline videos

Netflix adds the ability to download TV shows and movies for offline playback. On a new update for the Netflix app on Android and iOS, the popular video streaming service introduces a new feature to let you watch shows and movies without an internet connection.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to download shows and movies from Netflix on your Android and iOS devices, and we’ll also look at the steps to change the video download quality to prevent running out of space.

How to download Netflix videos on your phone or tablet

The new download feature is available in the latest version of the Netflix app for Android and iOS, including iPhone and iPad, which means the first thing you need to do is to make sure you have running the latest version by using the Google Play Store or iTunes.

You only download select TV shows and movies, as such easiest way to make content available to watch without an internet connection is by going to the new Available for Download section.

  1. Tap the menu button in the top-left corner.

  2. Tap Available for Download.

  3. Select the content and tap the Download (down arrow) button.

    Download Netflix content to watch offline
    Download Netflix content to watch offline

To view your downloaded content, do the following:

  1. Tap the menu button in the top-left corner.

  2. Tap My Download.

How to change Netflix download video quality

Netflix also allows you to change download video quality to save storage on your phone or if you have enough space, you can change the settings to download the highest resolution available.

  1. Tap the menu button in the top-left corner.

  2. Scroll down and select App settings.

  3. Tap Download Video Quality.

  4. Select Standard to download videos faster and to use less space or High to download the highest quality video, which of course will take more space and time to download.

    Netflix download video quality
    Netflix download video quality option

How to delete Netflix videos to free up space

Once you finish watching your favorite TV shows or movies, you can always delete the downloaded content to reclaim space on your phone.

  1. Tap the menu button in the top-left corner.

  2. Tap My Download.

  3. Select the show or movie.

  4. Tap the pencil button on the top-right.

  5. Select the items you want to delete.

    Delete Netflix downloaded content
    Delete Netflix downloaded content
  6. Tap the trashcan button to delete.

Netflix offline is a big deal as you’ll be able to save data on your mobile data plan, and you’ll finally be able to watch Netflix on those “dead zone” spots.

In addition, the feature is particularly useful to pre-download content on your tablet when you’re going on a trip, getting onto a plane, or taking the subway.

The new download option is only available for Android and iOS, and unfortunately Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile users are out of luck (at least for now).

According to Netflix, the new feature is available on Android 4.4.2 and up, as well as iOS 8.0 or later.

Right now, the selection of movies and shows are limited, and most of the content you can download is made by Netflix, but the company says that will continue to make more streaming content available for watching without an internet connection.

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