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You Can Now Download Netflix Shows to Watch Offline

Dave Parrack 30-11-2016

Netflix is now allowing users to download content from its catalog to watch offline. Netflix users have been requesting this feature for several years, but the company has resisted enabling it. Until now…


As streaming services go, Netflix is one of the best Why You Should Be Happy to Pay More for Netflix Every time Netflix increases its prices, millions of binge-watching users balk at the prospect of paying a couple of dollars more. But this is dumb, because Netflix is an absolute steal. Read More . It has an amazing UI, awesome original content, and a catalog that ensures most people can spend their weekends binge-watching on the sofa.

However, Netflix isn’t perfect 7 Reasons to Avoid Subscribing to Netflix We love online streaming, but is Netflix worth it? Here are the disadvantages of subscribing to Netflix and why you might skip it. Read More , and its lack of download options has been one of its negatives up to now. Especially as Amazon Prime Video offers 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 . However, Netflix has finally joined the party, with Netflix announcing downloads are now available on both Android and iOS.

How to Download Netflix Content

Netflix is offering downloads to people on all plans. All you need to do is update the Netflix app on Android or iOS to enable the option. Once you have done that, a Download button (a down arrow on top of a horizontal line) should appear beside the existing Play button.

What’s not yet clear is exactly what content is going to be available for download. In the press release announcing the feature Netflix mentions a trio of Netflix Originals. Netflix then states that “many of your favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way”.


Allowing users to download original content is a no-brainer for Netflix, as the company owns the rights. Allowing users to download other content could be a more complicated affair, however, as the rightsholders may not want to allow their content to be downloaded for offline viewing.

Why Downloads, and Why Now?

The addition of a Download button appears to have come out of nowhere. There was talk of introducing the option in developing countries where stable internet connections are harder to find, but Netflix has always seemed against the idea in the U.S. and elsewhere.

I suspect downloads have been introduced as a direct result of recent negative press. After all, Netflix has raised its prices for many people It Turns Out Netflix Was Right to Raise Prices Netflix has enjoyed a fantastic quarter. Which strongly suggests that its decision to raise prices for existing subscribers hasn't harmed the company in the slightest. Result! Read More , and is intentionally reducing the size of its catalog in order to fund original content Netflix Removes 50% of its Catalog to Fund Original Content Have you noticed the Netflix catalog getting smaller in recent years? We now know the number of titles available on Netflix has been halved since 2012 to fund original content. Read More . Which is bound to have upset some people.

Do you subscribe to Netflix? Will you be making use of the download button? When and where will you be watching your downloads? Does this make Netflix better value for money? What other features do you want Netflix to add? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Joseph beeri
    May 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    For us download is useful on condition we have the netflix catalogue
    We are subscribed to netflix.

  2. SamG
    December 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    How about Windows Phone app? Does it work with that? Or my Roku extra device? There are programs to record Netflix on a PC.

  3. tpeyron
    December 6, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Is it available in all coutries ? That's an awesome feature, especially for countries with a poor internet connection like mine !

  4. Ben
    December 5, 2016 at 4:18 am

    As long as I can download to my SD card.

  5. TomSJr
    December 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Subscribed to Netflix a few years back, but then it raised its prices and I cancelled because the offerings did not justify the price raise. I am reconsider, but until they have TWD, which is only available on Amazon for $1.99 per episode, I doubt I will subscribe. Too much competition out there to claim that Netflix is better than anyone else. Amazon now offers HBO, SHOWTIME, etc., so I may remain with them for now as a PRIME member.

  6. Bryan Wolfe
    November 30, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Finally. It's almost 2017. Everybody should now be offering this especially as space on devices are getting larger with each new version.

  7. LeliaD
    November 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    If I understand correctly, there is no download option for computers (PC or Mac). I don't watch videos on a tiny screen! So if it is only available on smart phones, it won't be useful to me.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      November 30, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      I see this as a way to save bandwidth, so really you shouldn't have that problem on a home computer unless you're on satellite internet (been there, hated it) or some other metered plan. BUT...in that situation you haven't got any choice anyway. Netflix is going to come into your home via that limited bandwidth plan like it or not, so there's no way to save anything by downloading. So looking at it that way, the download feature isn't really needed on a home computer.