Netflix introduced the ability to download shows and movies in 2016. If you haven’t learned about it yet, you are missing out on offline binge-watching opportunities. You can always complete entire seasons of shows while on a long road trip, or on flights if you know how to watch them offline. Sounds interesting?
Here, I will guide you on how to download Netflix shows and movies to watch them offline on your smartphone or PC. This will allow you to save your favorite Netflix content on your device’s storage. Additionally, I will also explain how to delete the downloaded content easily.
How to Download Netflix Shows & Movies?
Netflix is the most popular media-streaming platform. It is used so heavily that it has become synonymous to binge-watching. However, sometimes you aren’t able to stream directly from Netflix due to the unavailability of the internet. This generally happens when you are traveling, or go for a long road trip, or on flights. In such instances, downloading your favorite Netflix movies and shows can help you.
There can be various reasons to do this. If you are willing to watch your favorite shows and movies offline, you can easily download them through the Netflix app. Remember that you can’t download content from the Netflix website in a browser. You must use the mobile or PC app.
To proceed with downloading content from Netflix, make sure you have these:
- A fast internet connection.
- An active Netflix account.
- A download compatible device such as an Android phone/tablet, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/, Amazon Fire Tablet, Windows 10 PC or tablet, Chromebook, etc.
Once you have these, you can proceed with the steps mentioned below.
How to Download from Netflix On Mobile/Tablet
To download movies and shows, you have to install the Netflix app. Once installed, you can continue with the steps mentioned below:
Step-1: Launch the Netflix app.
Step-2: Find and tap on the Downloads button.
Step-3: Next, tap on Find Something to Download, Find More to Download, or See What You Can Download.
Step-4: Go through the shows and movies available to download. Pick the one you want to save.
Step-5: Open the title and tap on the ‘Download’ icon present next to the share icon.
That’s it. Wait until the show or movie is downloaded. Once done, you can find and watch it from the ‘Downloads’ section. Alternatively, you can also go to the title you want to save directly in the Netflix app, and if it is available to download, you can click on the ‘Download’ icon.
Key Tip: If you want to download shows, then you have to download the episodes one by one. Netflix doesn’t allow you to download the entire season at once. This is useful when you only want to watch some episodes, but it could be hectic when you are looking to watch the whole season.
Download Netflix shows On Computer/Laptop
If you are using Netflix on your Windows 10 computer or Laptop, then you have to install the Netflix app from the Microsoft Store to download content. You can’t download it from the Netflix website in a browser. Once you have installed the app, follow these steps:
Step-1: Run the Netflix app on your Windows 10 PC.
Step-2: Find and click on the ‘Menu’ icon.
Step-3: Now scroll down and click on ‘Available for Download.’
Step-4: Next, go through the shows and movies that you can download. Pick a title and click on the ‘Download’ icon present on the description page.
Step-5: Wait for it to download.
That’s it. This is how you can save your favorite shows and movies for offline viewing on your PC. You can find the downloaded shows in the ‘Downloads’ section. Alternatively, you can also go to any episode or movie directly in the app and download it by clicking on the ‘Downloads’ icon.
Fun Fact: You can have up to 100 downloads at a time on as many devices attached to your membership plan.
Can you download all Netflix Shows & Movies?
Netflix added the download feature in 2016. However, not all shows and movies available on Netflix can be downloaded. You can only download the shows and movies that are Netflix originals and the ones that Netflix owns the ‘download rights.’ You will find the ‘Download’ icon present next to the movies and episodes of TV shows that are downloadable.
If you don’t see the download icon, this means that the show is not available on to be saved for offline viewing. There can be other reasons for the unavailability of the download button like your device isn’t download compatible or you are using an older version of the Netflix app, etc. The Netflix Android app is the best option to find out which movies and shows are available to download.
How to Delete Downloaded (& Watched) Netflix Shows & Movies?
Once you have watched the downloaded shows and movies, you can delete them through the app to free up space. You can then use that space to download more shows/movies. Netflix allows you to delete a single title from the ‘Downloads’ section or to completely wipe the ‘Downloads’ section. The choice is yours. I will explain both.
Delete a Single Title from My Downloads:
If you want to delete a single episode or movie that you have watched, you can do that by going to the ‘Downloads’ section in the Netflix app, click on the ‘Pencil’ icon present on the top-right corner, choose the title you want to remove, and then click on the ‘Trash’ icon to delete it.
You can also delete multiple titles from the downloads section by using this method.
Delete All the Titles from My Downloads:
If you have watched all the downloaded shows and movies, then you can clean the downloads section at once. To do that, launch the Netflix app, go to Settings, and then find and click on ‘Delete All Downloads.’ When Netflix asks for confirmation, click on ‘Yes/OK.’
You can also delete all the downloaded shows manually selecting all of them and then deleting them.
This is how you can download shows and movies from the Netflix app to watch them offline. The download feature is available on almost all mainstream devices. Though you can’t download content from the Netflix website. Once you have watched the downloaded content, you can delete it to free up space. A smarter way to manage the downloaded content is by turning on the ‘Smart Downloads’ feature.
This feature automatically removes the movies or episodes you have watched, and downloads the next episodes for you. You can also opt to download over Wi-Fi only to save mobile data. That’s all for this post. I hope you find it helpful.