How to Watch Netflix Offline

Heading out? Take a Netflix movie along with you for offline viewing

Netflix's extensive lineup of commercial-free, on-demand TV show episodes and movies makes it convenient to watch something anywhere, anytime. Download movies from Netflix for offline viewing using a simple button. 

Whether you are a cord cutter or just need a quick movie fix on the road, learn how to use the button and manage your movies offline so you can start watching your favorite shows now. 

The Button to Download Netflix Movies for Offline Viewing

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If you've just installed or updated the Netflix app for Android or iOS, you should see an initial message telling you to look for the downward facing arrow symbol to download titles so you can watch them anywhere without having to worry about finding a Wi-Fi connection or using any data.

You won't see the download button anywhere on the main tab, but when you tap to view the details of a particular TV show or movie, you'll spot the download button. There should be a download button appearing to the right of each TV show episode while for movies, you should see the button directly beneath the Play button right beside My List and Share.

Can I Download Netflix in a Web Browser?

The Netflix offline download feature is currently only available on the official Netflix mobile apps for Android and iOS. So if you access Netflix on the web or from another device like your Apple TV, you won't see any options to download titles.

Tap the Download Button to Download Content

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After you've settled on a title to download, tap it and watch the icon turn blue as it shows you the progress of your download. A blue tab appears at the bottom of the screen to let you know what you're downloading.

When the download is fully finished, the blue, in-progress download button turns into a blue device icon. It will say that the download has finished the tab at the bottom. Tap it to go to your downloads.

You'll notice that as you download different episodes of the same TV show, the show itself will appear in your downloads, which you can tap to see all your downloaded episodes in a separate tab.

Manage Your Downloads by Deleting What You've Watched

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Access your downloads no matter where you are within the app by tapping the icon that looks like a hamburger in the top left corner to access the main menu and then tapping My Downloads.

As you download and watch different titles, delete the ones you've finished watching to keep your unwatched downloads easy to find and to free up space.

To delete a title, simply tap the blue device icon to the right of the title then tap Delete Download from the menu options that appear at the bottom of the screen.

In your downloads, you'll be able to see how much space each title takes up. For TV shows, in particular, you can see how much space you're using for all downloaded episodes of a certain show combined or you can tap the show to view individual episodes and how much space they use up.

Use Your App Settings to Save Storage

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When you open App Settings from the main menu, there's an option to delete all downloads if you'd prefer to do it in bulk plus a legend that shows you how much space your device is using, how much of that space includes downloaded Netflix titles, and how much free space you have left.

By default, the app has the Wi-Fi Only option turned on so that downloads will only occur when you're connected to the wireless internet in order to help you save data, but you have the option to turn this off if you wish. Video quality is also set to standard by default to help you save storage, but you can also change this option to higher quality if you want an improved viewing experience and have no problem with storage limitations.

Download Movies From Netflix

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In the main menu directly beneath the Home option, you'll see an option labeled Available for Download. This section will show you all the TV shows and movies that you can download to watch online whenever you're on the go.

Why Can't I Download My Favorite Show?

Not all Netflix titles are available to download because of icensing restrictions. Likewise, some downloads will expire—however, those that do will give you a warning first in your downloads section.

Is There an Expiration Date?

Netflix doesn't specify which titles have expiration dates or time limits, so there's no guarantee that you'll be able to watch all 22 episodes in a season of a particular TV show that you downloaded before they're set to expire.

Many downloadable titles are renewed on Netflix and will still be available to download even after they expire from your downloads section, so if you do happen to see titles expiring in your downloads section before you've watched them, you should be able to tap the exclamation point icon beside the expired title to re-download it.