Wondering how to download movies and TV shows on Netflix? In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about downloading Netflix, including supported devices, why some shows and movies can’t be downloaded, and how you can change the image quality of content you download.
Netflix introduced the download feature in 2016 and now it’s one of the best perks of being a subscriber to the service. No matter where you are, you can download a wide variety of TV shows and movies to your device with the Netflix app.
Here’s how to download from Netflix.
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HOW TO DOWNLOAD FROM NETFLIX: WHICH DEVICES WORK?
The following devices can be downloaded from Netflix, according to the streamer:
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 9.0 or later
- Android phone or tablet running Android 4.4.2 or later
- Amazon Fire tablet running Fire OS 4.0 or later
- Windows 10 tablet or PC running version 1607 or later
- Some older Chromebooks and Chromebox devices
In each case, you will need to download the Netflix app to download Netflix shows and movies on the go. On iOS, that’s the app store. On Android devices, that’s the Play Store. On Amazon Fire devices, it is the Amazon Appstore.
Obviously, you will also need an internet and Wi-Fi connection specifically for mobile devices, as well as enough storage capacity to download a show or movie.
For Windows 10 devices, including laptops and desktops, you will need to download the Netflix app from the Microsoft Store. Sadly, you can’t just open Netflix in the browser on Chrome or Microsoft Edge and start downloading shows and movies.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD MOVIES ON NETFLIX
We’ll use images from the Windows 10 app to show you how the download process works, but it’s basically the same across all Netflix apps. First of all, you should know that not all movies and TV shows on Netflix can be downloaded due to rights restrictions on certain content or other factors such as cost and popularity that prohibit Netflix from offering all titles for download.
You’ll find that basically everything marked ‘Netflix Originals’ is downloadable, but many other shows and movies as well.
If you want to see if a certain show or movie can be downloaded, just select it in the app. You will see a ‘Download’ button on the list screen, or not depending on what it is. Here’s what a downloadable title looks like:
The download button in the app indicates that it is available to take on the go. (Image credit: future)
If you’d rather get an at-a-glance list of everything you can download on Netflix, it’s easy. On mobile devices, click on the ‘Downloads’ button in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. You will then see an option that says “Find something to download.” Clicking on this will reveal everything you can download on the device you are using.
In the Windows 10 application, it is quite similar. Click the menu button in the upper left corner and scroll down to “Available for download” at the bottom. Selecting this will show all the TV shows and movies that you can download on Netflix ..
Whatever subtitles and language options you have selected in the show or movie at the time it should be the version you download later. The amount of space each Netflix movie or TV show takes up on your device is determined by the length of the content and the download settings, which we’ll explain below.
HOW TO CHANGE NETFLIX DOWNLOAD SETTINGS – SMART DOWNLOADS EXPLAINED
On mobile devices, click the “More” button at the bottom right of the screen and go to “App Settings”. Here, you will see a full download section, which will allow you to adjust whether you download shows and movies only over Wi-Fi or with your mobile data plan. You can also change your download location, if necessary.
You can set the quality of the download video between Standard or High, with high using more storage space.
Netflix has a feature called Smart Downloads. If you watch an episode of a TV show while it’s downloaded, for example, it will automatically delete any episodes you finish and download subsequent ones when you’re on Wi-Fi again.
These settings are basically identical on all devices, but in Windows 10 you will need to select the three dots on the top right screen to open your settings.
The Downloads settings allow you to adjust the image quality, among other things. (Image credit: future)
HOW TO DELETE NETFLIX DOWNLOADS
Go to the ‘Downloads’ section of the menu, click on the pencil in the upper right corner and you will be given the option to delete any shows or movies that you have downloaded to your device.
WHAT IS THE LIMIT FOR NETFLIX DOWNLOADS?
Netflix says that you can have up to 100 downloads on any of the devices covered by your membership plan. That’s one device for entry-level Netflix subscribers, two for the standard tier, and four for the premium tier.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DOWNLOAD ON NETFLIX?
We can help with that! Check out our lists of the best Netflix shows, the best Netflix movies, and the best Netflix documentaries, and we’ll find you something to watch.