The grandaddy of Internet streaming services has quietly unveiled a long sought after feature: offline viewing, aka, the ability to download TV shows from Netflix. Despite claiming that they didn’t have any intention to make movies and TV shows available to download, Netflix has done a 180. Since the download from Netflix feature is new, we thought we’d go over how to download movies from Netflix.
Netflix has always required a reliable and speedy Internet connection in order to stream its content. This meant that if you were without the Internet for any reason, for example a lengthy trip, you wouldn’t be able to catch up on The Crown or your other favorites. With streaming competitor Amazon making the decision to offer downloadable videos for offline viewing last year, Netflix was eager to catch-up – and downloads are now available!
So how does it work?How do you download movies from Netflix? What about TV shows? Follow this guide to learn how to download movies and TV shows from Netflix.
What You Need to Download from Netflix
In order to download from Netflix, you will need the following:
- An iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod) running iOS 8.0 or later
- An Android device (phone or tablet) running Android 4.4.2 or later
- A reliable Internet connection (to download your selected content)
- An active Netflix subscription
- The latest version of the Netflix app for Apple iOS or Android.
Unfortunately, Netflix does not currently support downloads on any other devices. To download movies from Netflix, you will need an active Netflix account and an Internet connection. Downloading a video roughly consumes the same amount of data as streaming one, so we recommend downloading over Wi-Fi. If you have to download using mobile data, be aware of any data caps imposed by your service provider.
How to Download Movies from Netflix
Fire up the Netflix app on your mobile device and hit the menu icon (it looks like three dashes stacked on top of each other). From there, you should see an option that says “Available for Download”. Go ahead and tap on that.
From there you will see a range of titles available for download. Not all of Netflix’s catalog is available, but there is enough to satiate even the most voracious entertainment appetites.
Once you’ve located a title you’re interested in, tap on it. You will be brought to the description page of that title. Here you will see a download icon (this looks like an arrow pointing downward). Tapping on the download icon should make a blue progress bar appear at the bottom of the app. Once your download is finished, you should see a blue icon next to the title you selected for download.
How to Download TV Shows from Netflix
The process of downloading from Netflix is the same regardless of the type of content, so refer to the above section for details. With that said, not all TV shows and movies are available to download yet.
How to Watch Downloaded Videos from Netflix
In the Netflix app tap the menu icon (the three dashes). There, you should see an option labelled “My Downloads”. Tapping on that will show you all of the titles that you have downloaded on that device. To watch them, simply tap on a title and enjoy! Once a program is downloaded, you will not need to be connected to the internet or cell signal to watch it.
How to Change the Quality of Video Downloads
The Netflix app allows you to select what video quality you prefer when you download TV shows from Netflix. Standard quality is a lower resolution, however it takes up less storage space and has a shorter download time. Conversely, Higher quality is at a better resolution, however it will chew up more storage space and take a longer time to download.
Depending on your needs, you may want to select the video quality of downloads. To do so, tap the menu icon in the Netflix app. Find the option labelled “App Settings”. For there you will see a heading called “Downloads”. Underneath that you will see “Video Quality”. Tapping on that option will enable you to select either “Standard” or “Higher” video quality.
How to Download Videos from Netflix That are not Available for Offline Viewing
While Netflix has a fairly substantial amount of content available for download, the entire catalog is not up for grabs. There are a number of workarounds that exist, and can be found with relative ease on the Internet.
Since this is something that Netflix does not allow, we won’t get into it here. Downloading content that isn’t available through Netflix’s official built-in feature is a violation of the company’s terms and agreements. If you absolutely must download something that isn’t available, you do so at your own risk.
There you have it. A few simple steps and you’re ready to download from Netflix. So what are you waiting for? Fire up the Netflix app and start downloading your favorite movies and TV shows!