How to Use HBO Now Offline

Watch your movies and shows without Wi-Fi or internet

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HBO Now is the best way for cord cutters to watch every great HBO series, and the network's rotating slate of movies. The service doesn't require a cable subscription, and it lets you stream all of HBO's content through a web browser on your computer, an app on your phone, or even a streaming device on your television. If you're interested in finding out how to use HBO Now offline, to avoid massive data charges on your cellular data plan, we'll lay out all your best options.

Does HBO Now Allow Offline Viewing?

HBO Now doesn't provide any option for offline viewing through the HBO Now website or any of the official apps. That means the only official way to watch HBO Now is to stream shows and movies, as you watch them, while connected to your Wi-Fi network or cellular data connection.

If you want to watch HBO shows and movies offline with HBO Now, the only option is to resort to third party solutions. There are a handful of options available, but none of them are officially supported by HBO.

  • PlayOn Cloud: Works for both Android and iPhone users, and doesn't require any additional hardware. It does require a small fee every time you record anything.
  • PlayOn: Works for both Android and iPhone users, but it requires a Windows computer to record your shows and movies. The mobile app is free, but you have to pay for the Windows app in order to record.
  • iPhone TV App: This method allows you to record shows from your phone without paying any extra. However, it requires you to sign up for HBO Now though the app. If you already have a subscription, it won't work.

Watch HBO Now Shows With PlayOn Cloud

Both iPhone and Android users can watch on their phones through an app called PlayOn Cloud. This app uses your HBO Now login information and records shows and movies that you choose to a cloud-based recording service. You can then download them to your phone when you have access to a high speed Wi-Fi network.

The downside to PlayOn Cloud is that you have to pay a small fee for every show or movie that you choose to record.

Use PlayOn to Record from HBO Now

PlayOn offers another option that works for both iPhone and Android users, but it also requires the use of a Windows PC. This method uses your PC to record movies and shows from HBO Now, which you can then transfer to your phone. It also includes an app for your phone that allows you to initiate recordings without being at your computer.

The downside to the regular PlayOn method is you need to buy the PlayOn Windows app to access the recording feature.

Use the iPhone TV App With New HBO Now Accounts

The iPhone TV app is available on iOS 12.3 and newer, and it allows you to record shows for offline viewing. The catch is that this method is only available if you don't have an existing HBO Now subscription.

To use this method, simply sign up for HBO Now through the iPhone TV App, find a show you want to watch offline, and tap Download.

This method isn't available for Android users, HBO Go subscribers, or if you are subscribed to HBO Now through the HBO Now app or any service other than the iPhone TV App.

How to Use PlayOn Cloud to Watch HBO Now Offline

PlayOn Cloud is a standalone app that leverages PlayOn's cloud servers to record, and store, shows and movies from HBO Now for offline viewing. The way it works is that you download the app to your iPhone or Android phone, log in to HBO Now through the app, and then find a show you want to record.

Once you have recorded an HBO Now show or movie with PlayOn Cloud, the recorded file is stored in a locker in PlayOn's cloud instead of on your phone. When you have access to a high speed Wi-Fi network, you can opt to download any files that you have previously recorded.

These files are then available to watch offline whenever you want.

This option doesn't require you to pay for the desktop version of PlayOn, but you do need to pay a small fee every time you record a show or movie.

Here's how to use PlayOn Cloud to watch HBO Now offline.

  1. Download and install the PlayOn Cloud app.

  2. Launch the PlayOn Cloud app, and tap Skip.

    A screenshot of PlayOn Cloud.
  3. Tap HBO Now.

    A screenshot of PlayOn Cloud.

    

  4. Enter your HBO Now username and password, and tap Sign In.

    A screenshot of signing in to HBO Now on PlayOn Cloud.
  5. Search for the show or movie you want to save for offline viewing, or use the genre navigation option to view all available options.

    A screenshot of PlayOn

    You can use the search field at the top, or navigate the HBO Now show and movie listings to find something new.

  6. Tap Record.

    A screenshot of recording an HBO Now show on PlayNow.
  7. Log in to PlayOn, or create a new account.

    Tap Continue with Email to create a new PlayOn account, Connect with Facebook to use your Facebook credentials, or Have an account? Sign in! to log in with your existing account.

    A screenshot of PlayOn Cloud.
  8. Tap Got it. Please do it!

    A screenshot of cloud recording on PlayOn Cloud.
  9. Select a recording credit pack, tap Continue, and complete your purchase.

    A screenshot of PlayOn Cloud.

    The PlayOn Cloud app can only record your shows and movies if you pay for recording credits.

  10. When you're at home, or have access to any other high speed Wi-Fi network, you can download your recorded shows to watch offline whenever you like.

How to Use HBO Now Offline Through the PlayOn Windows and Mobile Apps

PlayOn is an app that's available for Windows computers, iPhones, and Android phones. Unlike PlayOn Cloud, you need to have a Windows computer to use this method.

The Windows app allows you to record shows through services like HBO Now, and you can then transfer those files you have recorded to other computers, your phone, or even stream them to your television.

PlayOn is a free app, but a lot of features are locked behind a premium upgrade. If you want to record and stream, you need to pay to upgrade the app. Without paying for the upgrade, it allows you to stream media files you have obtained elsewhere in a manner similar to Plex.

Here's how to use HBO Now offline through PlayOn on a Windows computer:

  1. Navigate to PlayOn.com/download, and click Free Version. Click Save, and then install the app once it has finished downloading.

    A screenshot of the PlayOn website.
  2. Once you have finished installing PlayOn, launch the app. Then click Next until you have read the entire quick start guide, or simply close the quick start window and move on to the next step.

    A screenshot of PlayOn.
  3. Log in to PlayOn. You can log in using your Facebook credentials, or create a new PlayOn account if you prefer. You need to choose one of these two options, as you can't use PlayOn without logging in.

    A screenshot of PlayOn.
  4. Click Channels.

    A screenshot of PlayOn.
  5. Locate and click HBO Now.

    A screenshot of PlayOn.
  6. Click Open Settings.

    A screenshot of HBO Now on PlayOn.
  7. Locate HBO Now in the list of channels, on the channels tab, and click Login.

    This will open a new window, where you can enter your television provider information. Select your television provider, enter your username and password, and click Login again.

    HBO Now will open in the PlayOn browser. Verify that you can watch videos, and then click OK.

    A screenshot of the PlayOn settings for HBO Now.
  8. Locate a show or movie that you want to watch offline, and click Record.

    A screenshot of HBO Now on PlayOn.

    If you decide to use this method, you will need to upgrade to the paid version of PlayOn before you can record anything.

  9. Use the Send to iTunes button to copy your recorded shows to your iPhone or iPad, or Windows File Explorer to copy your recorded shows to your Android device.

How to Use HBO Now Offline On a Phone or Tablet With PlayOn

The PlayOn mobile app is available for Android and iOS, so you can use it on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or Android tablet. The app allows you to select shows and movies you want to record, which are then recorded on your Windows PC. You can then transfer the shows to your mobile device to watch offline.

You need to have PlayOn installed and running on your Windows computer to use this method.

Here's how to use HBO Now offline on your phone or tablet with PlayOn:

  1. Download and install the PlayOn app on your desktop computer if you haven't already done so.

    The PlayOn app has to be running on your computer for the mobile app to work. You can initiate recordings from your phone, but only if the app is running on your computer.

    If you have transferred recordings from your computer to your phone, you can watch them on the PlayOn phone app even if the app isn't running on your computer.

  2. Download and install the PlayOn app on your phone.

    The app is free, and it's available on both Android and iOS:

  3. Open the PlayOn app, and wait for it to connect to the app on your computer.

    A screenshot of the PlayOn app.
  4. Tap All.

    A screenshot of the PlayOn app.
  5. Tap HBO Now.

    A screenshot of PlayOn channels on mobile.
  6. Locate the show you want to watch offline, and tap Record.

    A screenshot of recording an HBO Now show on PlayNow.
  7. Once you have recorded some shows or movies, you can transfer them from your computer to your phone whenever you have access to a high speed Wi-Fi network. Media stored on your phone can be played at any time, without using your cellular date, from the Local Media tab in the PlayOn app.