How to Download Netflix Shows and Movies

Heading out? Watch Netflix offline wherever you are

Netflix's extensive lineup of commercial-free, on-demand TV shows and movies makes it convenient to watch something anywhere, anytime. Whether you are a cord cutter or just need a quick movie fix on the road, learn how to download on Netflix and manage your movies offline. 

The Netflix download feature is available only on the official Netflix mobile apps for Android and iOS

How to Find Netflix Shows to Download

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 down-arrow symbol to download titles so that you can watch them anywhere without having to worry about finding a Wi-Fi connection or using any data.

In the main menu at the bottom of the screen, tap Downloads, then tap Find Something to Download to see all the TV shows and movies that you can download to watch whenever you're on the go.

Find Something to Download and Downloads highlighted in the Netflix app

Not all Netflix titles are available to download because of licensing restrictions.

How to Start a Download on Netflix

When you tap to view the details of a particular TV show or movie, you'll spot the download button either to the right of a TV episode or underneath the Play button for a movie. After you've settled on a title to download, tap the down-arrow and watch the icon turn blue as it shows you the progress of your download.

When the download is finished, tap Downloads at the bottom of the screen to see 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.

Download Icons and downloaded episodes highlighted in the Netflix app

How to Delete Netflix Downloads

To delete a show or movie from your device, tap the blue checkmark to the right of the title, then tap Delete Download.

To delete all of your Netflix downloads, tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner, then tap App Settings > Delete All Downloads.

Profile icon, App Settings, and Delete All Downloads highlighted in the Netflix app

You can see how much space each title takes up in your downloads.

How to Manage Netflix Download Settings

To change your download settings, tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner of the Netflix app, then tap App Settings.

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.

How Long Do Netflix Downloads Last?

Shows and movies you download on Netflix will stay on your device for 7 days. 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 beside the expired title to re-download it.

Netflix Smart Downloads and Downloads for You

If you have Netflix Smart Downloads enabled, Netflix automatically deletes episodes of shows you've watched and downloads the next episode. With the Downloads For You feature enabled, the app will automatically download shows and movies you might like based on your viewing history and profile preferences.

To manage these features, go to your Netflix downloads and tap Smart Downloads, then use the toggle switches to turn them on or off.

Smart Downloads and toggle switches highlighted in the Netflix mobile app
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