How to Use HBO Go Offline

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A woman uses her phone and PlayOn to watch HBO Go offline.

HBO Go is free for HBO subscribers and allows you to stream all of HBO's content through an app, web browser, or streaming device. While HBO Go does not officially sanction or support offline viewing, there are some workarounds, which we will cover below.

Does HBO Go Allow Offline Viewing?

HBO Go does not allow offline viewing through the website or any of the official apps. That means you have to stream content over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.

However, there are at least two third-party solutions that allow you to record HBO content onto your device, allowing you to watch the video later when you do not have internet access. Those two solutions are PlayOn and PlayOn Cloud.

PlayOn Lets You Watch HBO Go Offline

PlayOn is an app that functions like a digital video recorder (DVR). It records shows and movies for offline viewing. You can watch the content you've recorded on your phone through the PlayOn mobile app or any other video player. The app is free, but you have to upgrade to the paid version to use the recording feature.

Unlike official offline viewing solutions from competitors like Netflix, there is no option to simply download the shows you want. To work, PlayOn has to play each episode in real-time and record the content as it plays. Accordingly, you'll need to plan ahead if you want to have HBO Go content to view offline.

There are also some limitations with compatibility. While PlayOn works on iOS and Android devices, the desktop version is only available on Windows PCs.

PlayOn Cloud Lets You Watch HBO Go Offline on Mobile

Another solution that works on both iPhone and Android devices is PlayOn Cloud. This app runs on your phone and records your shows to the cloud. The catch is that you have to pay a small fee every time you record something.

How to Use HBO Go Offline Through PlayOn

Here's how to view HBO GO content offline through PlayOn:

PlayOn is a free app, but you must upgrade to the paid version to access the recording and streaming features. Without upgrading, it allows you to stream media you have obtained elsewhere in a manner similar to Plex.

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

  1. Navigate to PlayOn.com/download and select Free Version. Select Save, then install the app once it is finished downloading.

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  2. Launch the PlayOn app. Select Next until you have read the entire quick start guide, or simply close the quick start window and move on to the next step.

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  3. Log in to PlayOn. You can log in using your Facebook credentials, or create a new PlayOn account.

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  4. Select Channels.

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  5. Locate and select HBO Go.

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  6. Select Open Settings.

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  7. From the Channels tab, locate and select HBO Go. Select 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 once again select Login.

    HBO Go will open in the PlayOn browser. Verify that you can watch videos, then select OK.

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  8. Locate a show or movie that you want to watch offline and select Record.

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  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 Go Offline on a Phone or Tablet With PlayOn

The PlayOn app is also available on Android and iOS devices, allowing you to transfer video 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 Go 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 mobile device.

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

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  4. Select All.

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  5. Select HBO Go.

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  6. Locate the content you want to watch offline and select Record.

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  7. Once you have recorded some video, you can transfer the content 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 by selecting the Local Media tab in the PlayOn app.

How to Use PlayOn Cloud to Watch HBO Go Offline

PlayOn Cloud is an app that combines the functionality of the Windows app with the functionality of the mobile app. It uses PlayOn's cloud servers to record content. Once your shows have been recorded, and you're connected to a high-speed Wi-Fi network, you can download them for offline viewing. Unlike the desktop app, PlayOn Cloud does not require a Windows device.

While the desktop version of PlayOn Cloud is free, you will need to pay a fee every time you record a show or movie.

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

  1. Download and install the PlayOn Cloud app.

  2. Launch the PlayOn Cloud app and select Skip.

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  3. Select HBO Go.

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  4. Select your TV provider, enter your username and password, and select Sign In.

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  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.

    HBO Go on PlayOn Cloud.
  6. Select Record.

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  7. Log in to your PlayOn account, log in with your Facebook credentials, or create a new account if you don't have one yet.

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  8. Select Got it. Please do it!

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  9. Select a recording credit pack, then select Continue and complete your purchase.

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

  10. Once you have access to a Wi-Fi network, you can download your recorded shows to watch offline.