You’re about to board a train or jump in the car for what appears to be the longest trip in the world. You already know that Wi-Fi won’t be available, so how can you watch your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix?
Ultimately, Netflix lets you download a lot of content for offline viewing – you can always bring your favorite TV shows and movies to watch with you on long trips, in other words. Read on for more details on how to download content from Netflix to all your devices.
The following instructions should work for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices. Note: Although Windows PC users can download episodes to watch offline, they must use the Windows Store Netflix app to do so.
Get your download
Step 1: Be up to date
First of all, make sure your Netflix app is up to date. If your device is not configured for automatic update, click on the App Store app for iOS devices (you will need version 9.0 or later), or do the same in the Google Play Store for devices Android. If you plan to use Netflix for Windows 10, select Store in the taskbar or in the start menu, click on your user’s icon and select Downloads where Updates. Finally choose Check for updatesand the Netflix app will start to update.
Step 2: Choose your download quality
Netflix offers two quality levels for downloads: Standard and Superior. The latter appears to be in high definition – somewhere between 720p and 1080p resolution – although Netflix does not specify. Standard uses less space on your device and lets you download content faster, while High takes a little more space and patience. Which one you want will depend on how much free space you have and what type of device you are using. The appearance of Standard Mode might look fine on your new phone, for example, while a higher resolution might be better on your tablet or laptop.
To choose, locate the Application settings menu. It could be called After or found under your profile icon on Android or iOS smartphone apps. From there under the Downloads title, click or tap Video quality or Download video quality (Android) and select your preferred quality. We’ll go into more detail about how much space Netflix downloads take up later in this article.
Step 3: Choose your poison
Not everything on Netflix is available for download, but the company has made downloadable titles easy to find by organizing them in a special section aptly named “Available for Download”. This category can be found among other genre options, as a submenu when you select TV shows or Movies. On Windows 10 devices, this will be the second to last option under the House section. If you are using the Netflix app for iOS or Android, under the Downloads tab you can also select Learn more to download or Find something for Download, respectively, to display the available titles.
If you’re looking for a specific title, you’ll know it’s downloadable by the download icon, which is a down arrow with a horizontal line below.
Step 4: Start the download
To start downloading a track, select the Download icon affixed to the show or movie you want to watch. Here’s a little pro tip for Android users: the Netflix app lets you specify the desired storage location for downloads. Previously, Netflix used the storage device the app exists on by default. but a recent update means you can insert a microSD card into your smartphone and you will have the option to set it as the default download location in the Application settings menu.
Step 5: Watch your downloaded tracks
Once downloaded, all Netflix content will appear in the Downloadsection s. Press the Downloads on mobile devices or the menu button in the upper left corner of the application in Windows. The size and classification of the title are indicated directly beside it. To play an episode, just click or tap on the video thumbnail.
How much space do I need?
The storage space occupied by a download depends on the length of the title and the quality of the resolution. To give you an idea of the numbers, we downloaded the first episode of Strange things and Netflix The ritual in standard and high quality.
The ritual has a duration of 94 minutes. The standard version of the film used 542MB of space, while the high-resolution variant took up 1.8GB. The first episode of Strange things lasts 48 minutes and takes up 197.1 MB of space in standard quality and 310.1 MB in high quality. It’s always a good idea to see how much space you have available on your device before choosing between Standard or High quality.
What is available?
Not all shows and movies on Netflix are available for download, usually because the networks that own them have requested that they be excluded from the list. But the good news is that every Netflix Original we’ve come across is available for download, including Bridgerton, I care a lot, Excavation, Stranger Things, The Crew, The Witcher, Cobra Kai, Lucifer, and Umbrella Academy.
The original non-Netflix titles available at the time of writing included TV shows like Criminal minds, You better call Saul, Breaking Bad, The Good Place, Jane the Virgin, and Schitt Creek. Movies available for download included Uncut gems, Goodfellas, Ocean’s Eleven, The white tiger, Angel has fallen, the Croods, and The Hateful Eight.
There are, however, some restrictions on how many times you can download certain titles and how much time you have to watch them. For example, you cannot download the same episode of Bridgerton more than three times in a single billing cycle. (Weird, we know that.) You’ll also need to watch each one within a month of downloading before it expires for offline viewing.
Not all properties are that generous when it comes to uploading content. Sometimes you’ll stumble upon a movie or show that can only be downloaded once, as a result of the licensing agreement that Netflix has with the network that owns it. Such titles also tend to expire after a week if you don’t pay them any attention and tend to fade 48 hours after your first launch.
How to remove titles?
Whether you’ve watched downloaded titles before or just want to make room for other things, eventually you’ll want to get rid of them, especially since you can only download 100 things at a time. There are two ways to do this, depending on how much content you want to delete at one time.
Step 1: delete a single title
If you want to delete a single title, you can do so via the My Downloads section. For iOS and Android apps, just tap the pen icon, which will give you the option to select the title (s) you want to remove. In Windows 10, for example, just open the title, click the Downloaded and select Delete the download. You can also click the pencil edit icon and choose the files to delete.
Step 2: remove all titles
You can delete everything in the My Downloads section individually, but if you’re looking to erase everything in one fell swoop, there’s an easier way. Go to Settings, then just click Delete all downloads.
Having a library of movies and shows downloaded to your device the next time you find yourself on the go or on the go, and without a Wi-Fi connection, will make a situation much more enjoyable and entertaining.