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How to download Netflix videos on your Android or iOS device

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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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TikTok officially launches a dislike button

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Months ago, TikTok started experimenting with a dislike button for the platform’s comments. Much like other platforms, the company is creating a way to promote healthier discourse. However, the experiment never had a launch date all those months ago. Finally, after months in development, TikTok is finally ready to launch the dislike button.

Through the platform’s official Twitter account, TikTok is releasing the dislike button. This time, the platform has explained how the feature will work.

As detailed before, users will not see how many dislikes a comment has. Users will only have access to the button itself to dislike and retract dislikes. Only TikTok itself can see the number of dislikes. The platform will then use the information to filer through potential hate speech and harassment that they might have missed the first go-around.

By hiding the number of dislikes, TikTok hopes that users will not be tempted to abuse the dislike button to brigade against just simply unpopular opinions.

While moderation will help the platform with a persistent problem in social media, the company does have other issues. One current problem — that has plagued the platform for years now — is the issue of China’s potential access to data from users in other countries.

SEE ALSO: TikTok is experimenting with a dislike button for comments

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Instagram can soon detect nude photos in your DMs

Currently testing

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One of the constant risks of online communication is the unexpected and unsolicited appearance of an unsightly growth emanating from a stranger’s pants. Unfortunately, not a lot of platforms offer anything preventative, outside of just blocking the offender. Testing a new tool, Instagram is finally implementing a way to automatically detect and block nudity from your DMs.

The upcoming feature was first spotted by app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi on Twitter. According to early screenshots, Instagram will hide any suspected nude photos behind a prompt. Users can then choose to access the photo despite the warning. Notably, users can turn this feature off entirely.

Shortly after the leak, Meta confirmed the feature’s development through a statement issued to The Verge. While the feature is still in development, Instagram is still working on ways to protect both the sender’s identity and the recipient’s privacy.

Though the screenshots look conclusive, the feature has yet to reveal how the app can detect genitalia. A portion of the warning says that “technology on your device” is responsible. If the feature is indeed using native technology, Instagram has some work to do to assure users that it can’t store or see anyone’s nude photos.

SEE ALSO: Instagram bans Pornhub

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Spotify adds over 300,000 audiobooks to library

Available for purchase and offline listening

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After a massive push into the world of podcasts, it’s only natural that Spotify would soon look at audiobooks with a hungry eye. In the United States, the streaming platform has added a huge helping of audiobooks available for purchase.

It’s been a long time coming, too. Last year, the platform added a variety of books from the public domain for free. Narrated by famous actors like Forest Whitaker and Hilary Swank, the content came to every user, free or paying.

Now, Spotify is adding over 300,000 titles to its library. Starting today, users in the United States will have access to a dedicated section for the format. Interested users will then be led to an external link where they can purchase the book for themselves.

For consumption, Spotify will enable users to save their audiobook for offline listening. It will also allow users to control the speed of the book’s playback.

Prior to the addition, Spotify already had a niche community for audiobook lovers. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find readings of popular titles outside of the platform’s public domain offerings. You might find them lurking as albums or as podcasts. Now, however, it’s official. If you want an actual audiobook to listen to, you can choose to skip over a subscription to other audiobook platforms like Audible.

Besides audiobooks, the platform has also expanded into other services related to audio entertainment. One recent example sees Spotify selling tickets to live events directly from the service.

SEE ALSO: Spotify is now adding free audiobooks

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