Save Space on Android by Moving Netflix Content to an SD Card

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With Netflix now making select shows and movies available for download on their mobile apps, you’re probably running out of space on your phone more often. For Android users, there’s a quick fix that will allow you transfer those downloads to your SD card until you want to watch them.

Transferring the movies to your SD card will take a bit of effort on your part, but if your phone’s memory is a precious commodity, it will be worth it. You’ll need a file manager or explorer to transfer the files. We have a list of seven recommended free Android file managers to choose from: just be sure to choose one that allows you to view hidden files.

For the purposes of this article, we will be using Astro File Manager to transfer the files.

Step 1

Download the movie or TV show to your phone using the Netflix app, and open your file manager of choice. Astro File Manager is a great choice  and make sure that the option to view hidden files is turned on. In the case of Astro File Manager, you can do this by going to Display Settings/Appearance and making sure Show Hidden Files is checked.

Step 2

Go to  Android > data > > files > Download > .of. This is where you’ll find all Netflix videos downloaded to your device. Because Netflix does not use the name of the TV show or movie in the file, you’re best off doing this process one by one. You’ll find a folder with random numbers and letters for each video.

Step 3

You’re going to want to append a name to the file before you transfer it to your SD card, but make sure not to remove the original name or to rename the file entirely. After you’ve appended the show or movie name, you can transfer the file to your SD card. To find out how do this with Astro File Manager, watch the video below:

(In the latest version of Astro File Manager, you may find the copy button at the top of the screen rather than the bottom.)

Step 4

Unfortunately, you can’t watch these files directly from the SD card so when it comes time to do so, you’re going to have to transfer them back to your phone. This is annoying, but still a useful trick if you know you’re going to be without Wi-Fi for a while and want to build up a library of TV shows and movies to watch.

When it comes time to transfer the files, remove the name you added to the file and make sure that the original file name remains exactly as it was when you first downloaded it. If the name is changed, Netflix will be unable to play back the video.

Move the file from the SD card to your phone using the same method shown above, and you’re ready to watch your saved show or movie in the Netflix app.

An alternative, hassle-free method involves using your SD card as your default storage for your phone. This has some serious downsides as it is known to slow down your phone and you will be unable to remove the SD card from your phone.

In any case, using an SD Card on Android has a few disadvantages 6 Reasons Why You May Not Want to Use SD Cards With Android Phones 6 Reasons Why You May Not Want to Use SD Cards With Android Phones You might think that using an SD card on Android solves all your storage woes, but you should know about these serious drawbacks. Read More that you should be aware of.

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  1. Aril
    July 7, 2018 at 7:50 am

    How do I get the Netflix App detect the files once I've put them back in the original location after I moved them to the sd card?

  2. Nicholas
    July 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Netflix now has an option to save to the SD card. Go to App Settings in the Netflix app. You can also change download resolution setting there.

    However keep a screen shot of the location the files are saved to mentioned in this article. Why? Because I broke my phone and transferred the SD card and the Netflix app doesn't recognise them now (probably because the original downloads are linked to serial number of original phone or something) However the original downloads are still taking up memory on the SD card so you'll need the location to delete them.

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  3. Judy
    December 13, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Create a folder on SD card named Netflix. Open the folder. Create a folder (inside netflix) named as the movie title. Move the files from Internal storage into the movie title folder on SD card. This way you don't rename the files downloaded from Netflix. Therefore you don't risk altering the files in error. I use Solid Explorer.

    • Sheep Creek
      February 3, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Just came across this today. Thank you Judy, that is a great work around and takes the stress out of having to carefully rename the movie files.

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