How to download movies and TV shows on Netflix
Whether you’re on an airplane or about to hit your data cap for the month, sometimes Netflix streaming isn’t an option. Thankfully, the streaming service makes it easy to take your favorite shows offline. Let’s look at how to download movies from Netflix and how to download your favorite Netflix shows.
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 a Find More to Download button.
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.
Which devices support downloaded content from Netflix?
You can download movies and TV shows from Netflix with their iOS and Android apps. You can also do the same with the Netflix Windows 10 app on tablets, the Amazon Fire tablet app, and even on some Chromebook and Chromebox devices with the Android app.
How to download movies from Netflix
Once you pick a movie that supports offline viewing, you can tap the Download button below the play button if you selected the movie on its own. If you picked your movie from a selection of media choices, you can tap on the Download icon at the bottom of the screen.
Once your film has finished 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 finished 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.
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 button below the Play button description for each episode. Some Netflix TV shows also offer the option of downloading an entire show’s season. That shows up in a Download Season icon at the bottom.
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.
Downloads for you: Automatically download recommended movies and TV shows
Netflix added a new feature for Android app users not too long ago called Downloads for You. Based on your streaming tastes, it will automatically download Netflix movies and TV shows on your smartphone or tablet. This is supposed to give customers a way to save new and fantastic content on their device that they can watch later without an Internet connection.
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. Keep in mind that this feature only works with Wi-Fi connections; it will not work with a cellular wireless connection.
- Tap the Downloads icon on the bottom navigation bar.
- You should see a Smart Downloads option on top of the screen. Tap on it.
- You should see a Downloads for You toggle. Tap it to turn it on.
- You can also allocate how much storage space your device uses and 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.
- 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 at the moment, but iOS users can expect the feature sometime in the future.