How to download Netflix videos on your Android or iOS device

Netflix and chill wherever and whenever

Subscribed to Netflix? We’ve got good news: Starting today, you can Netflix and chill on a plane or anywhere else… without an internet connection.

After years of speculation and rumors, the popular video-streaming service is finally allowing users to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing on their Android or iOS phone or tablet. For a while, it looked like the long-awaited feature was never going to see the light of day, but it’s here now. And Netflix is now a more compelling option for those looking to cut the cable cord because of it.

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So, how exactly do you go about downloading titles from Netflix on your mobile device? Here’s a quick tutorial to get you started.

  1. Download the latest version of the Netflix app from the App Store or Google Play Store.netflix-offline-2
  2. Open the app and find a video you want to watch offline.netflix-offline
  3. Tap the Download icon next to the Share icon to begin the download. Do note that not all videos are available for download, so if you have a particular title in mind, use the search function to find it, or select the Available for Download tab from the menu options on the left-hand side of the screen to browse and select a title for later viewing.netflix-offline-3
  4. Wait for the download to finish; once it does, it should appear on the My Downloads tab from the menu on the left. An interesting tidbit: Netflix will download videos onto an SD card if the app has been transferred there.netflix-offline-4
  5. Tap the play icon to start a video. To delete a downloaded video, simply hit the Edit button, then tap the X icon to remove the file from your device.netflix-offline-5

Bonus: You also have the option to change the video quality of downloaded content. It’s set to Standard by default, but you can go to Menu > App Settings > Downloads > Video Quality, then select Higher to download better versions of movies and shows.

So far, the feature works as intended, and we’ve added a number of series to our offline library. Our only gripe is that it doesn’t work on some of the content that we want to watch over and over again. Most Netflix originals are downloadable, with the exception of a few, like Marvel’s Jessica Jones and the new Gilmore Girls episodes.

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