Over the years, Netflix users have been so demanding to the ability of the films and television shows available through Netflix. They wanted something more from just watching and that was the ability to download Netflix movies or episodes of their fave TV shows.
Right now, downloading titles for offline viewing is solely available via the Netflix app on Android and iOS mobile gadgets. Check out below the steps and guide we’ve prepared for on how to get the downloading moving.
Step 1: GET UP TO DATE
First things first, you’ll need to make sure your Netflix app has been updated to be ready for downloading. If you don’t have your device set to auto update, for iOS devices you can simply click on the app in the app store to get version 9.0.1 or later, while on Android devices you can do the same at the Google Play store, where the version varies by device.
Step 2: CHOOSE YOUR DOWNLOAD QUALITY
Netflix offers two different quality levels for downloads: Standard and “Higher,” the latter of which is seemingly high definition (720-1080p resolution), though Netflix doesn’t specify there. Standard uses less space on your device and downloads faster, while Higher takes a bit more space. Which one you’ll want to use will depend on how much free space you have on your device, and what kind of device you’re using — a Standard title may look fine on a phone, while Higher may be necessary for your tablet. To choose, tap the menu icon on the left, then scroll down to App Settings. From here, under the Downloads heading, tap Video Quality and select your preference.
Step 3: PICK YOUR POISON
Not everything on Netflix is available for download, but the company has made downloadable titles easy to find by arranging them in a special section called simply “Available for Download.” To get there, tap the menu button in the upper left and it’s the first option below the Home section. If you’re searching for specific titles simply look for the download icon, which looks like an arrow pointing down to a line.
Step 4: GET DOWNLOADING
To begin downloading, simply tap on the download icon on the show or movie you want to watch. There is one thing Android users will need to be aware of here: Netflix can only download titles to the same storage space in which the Netflix app is stored, so if you want to download to an SD card, you’ll need to make sure to download the Netflix app there as well.
Step 5: WATCH YOUR DOWNLOADED TITLES
Once titles are downloaded, they are stored in the “My Downloads” section, found by tapping the menu button in the app’s upper left hand corner. The My Downloads folder is located just above the Home section. A title’s running time as well as how much space it uses is listed next to the title. To play a downloaded episode, simply tap on the video thumbnail.