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You Can Now Download Netflix Content to an SD Card

Dave Parrack 25-01-2017

Netflix has added an extra option for Android users keen to download content to their smartphone. In a nutshell, you’re no longer limited to using the space available on your mobile device, as you can now download Netflix content to an SD card.


In November 2016, Netflix introduced downloads for offline viewing You Can Now Download Netflix Shows to Watch Offline Netflix is now allowing users to download content from its catalog to watch offline. This means you can enjoy Netflix even when you can't find a decent internet connection! Read More . This means you no longer have to be online to watch Netflix content. So, if you prepare well in advance you can download TV shows for your commute to work 12 TV Shows to Download Off Netflix for Your Commute to Work Netflix now lets you download content to watch offline, but what TV shows are actually worth downloading? We have found 12 TV shows perfect for commutes of any length. Read More , or download animated movies for your kids to watch The 11 Best Animated Movies to Download Off Netflix Here are the best animated movies to download off Netflix, whether it's you or your kids that love cartoons! Read More .

While the option to download content for offline viewing is a welcome one, being limited to the internal storage on your mobile device can prove to be rather annoying. Because most of us don’t have masses of space available for downloads. Now, at least on Android, that’s no longer an issue.

A Cavalcade of Caveats

The latest version of the Netflix app on Android adds a “Download Location” option. This lets you “control where to save downloaded content,” and you can choose between “Internal Storage” and “SD Card”. Unfortunately, Netflix adds that this feature is “not available on all devices”.

There are some other caveats too. Although you can download content to multiple SD cards, there are limits on the amount of content you can download simultaneously. Downloads will also only remain accessible for a limited time, expiring after a set period.


You also can’t suddenly start pirating Netflix content. Anything you download contains DRM preventing that content from being played on anything other than the device to which it was originally downloaded. And .nfv files won’t play in anything other than the Netflix app.

Setting Standards Across the Streaming Sector

Netflix is clearly serious about offering downloads for offline viewing. But then it’s becoming a standard option across the streaming sector. Amazon was offering Amazon Prime Video downloads How to Download Amazon Prime Videos to Watch Offline Amazon Prime Video lets you download movies and TV shows to watch offline for free. Here's how to download Amazon Prime videos. Read More years before Netflix, and Hulu will start offering downloads You'll Soon Be Able to Download Shows From Hulu Hulu is set to introduce downloads for offline viewing before the end of 2017. That is if its CEO delivers on his promise. Read More later this year.

Do you currently subscribe to Netflix? Have you downloaded a movie or TV show for offline viewing yet? How did you find the experience? Will you be making use of the option to download content to an SD card instead? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Phil N
    January 26, 2017 at 10:20 am

    To clarify, it's a Micro-SD card, not an SD Card.

  2. Jack
    January 25, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Does this allow the card to be moved to a PC and used there?

    • Dave Parrack
      January 25, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      From the article: "Anything you download contains DRM preventing that content from being played on anything other than the device to which it was originally downloaded." So, no.