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 a great way to keep up with your favorite HBO shows without having to stay glued to your television. The service is free for HBO subscribers, and it allows you to stream all of HBO's hit shows and hot movies through a web browser on your computer, or an app on your phone. If you want to use HBO Go offline, and avoid paying big data charges on your cellphone, we'll walk you through your best options.

Does HBO Go Allow Offline Viewing?

HBO Go doesn't allow offline viewing through the website or any of the official apps. That means you have to stream shows and movies, as you watch them, over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.

If you want to save some HBO Go shows and movies to watch later, when you're on a plane, or in any other situation where internet access isn't available, you'll have to resort to third party solutions.

Here are the two solutions that work the best with HBO Go:

  • PlayOn: This option requires a Windows PC, and you have to pay for the Windows version of the PlayOn app. It allows you to record shows on your PC and then transfer them to your phone.
  • PlayOn Cloud: This option uses a standalone iPhone and Android app. It doesn't require the Windows app, but you do have to pay a small fee every time you record something.

PlayOn Lets You Watch HBO Go Offline

PlayOn is an app that essentially acts as a digital video recorder (DVR) that records shows and movies for offline viewing. You record the shows you want to watch offline, and then you transfer them to your phone. You can watch them on your phone through the PlayOn mobile app, or any other video player.

The downside is that to use this option, you have to have a Windows PC. 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. PlayOn actually has to play each episode, in real time, and record it as it plays. So make sure to plan ahead if you want to have some HBO Go shows and movies available for offline viewing.

PlayOn Cloud Lets You Watch HBO Go Offline on Mobile

Another solution that works on both iPhones and Android phones is a related app called PlayOn Cloud. This app runs on your phone, doesn't require a PC, and records your shows to the cloud. The catch is that you have to pay a small fee every time you record something.

Don't have an HBO subscription yet? iPhone users with iOS 12.3 and newer can sign up for HBO Now through iPhone TV App, which provides a download button that allows you to easily save and watch shows offline. This isn't available for HBO Go subscribers or Android users.

How to Use HBO Go Offline Through PlayOn

PlayOn is an app that's available for Windows computers, iPhones, and Android phones. The Windows app allows you to record shows through services like HBO Go, and 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 some features, like recording and streaming, require an upgrade to the paid version of the software. 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 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 Go.

    A screenshot of PlayOn.
  6. Click Open Settings.

    A screenshot of PlayOn.
  7. Locate HBO Go 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 Go will open in the PlayOn browser. Verify that you can watch videos, and then click OK.

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

    A screenshot of PlayOn.
  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 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 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 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 phone.

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

    • PlayOn on the App store
    • PlayOn on Google Play
  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 Go.

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  6. Locate the show you want to watch offline, and tap Record.

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  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.

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 doesn't require the Windows app, so this is the best option if you have an Android phone and no Windows computer.

This method uses PlayOn's cloud servers to record your shows. Once your shows have been recorded, and you're connected to a high-speed Wi-Fi network, you can download them for offline viewing.

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 Go 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 Go.

    A screenshot of PlayOn Cloud.
  4. Select your TV provider, enter your username and password, and tap Sign In.

    A screenshot of 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 HBO Go on PlayOn Cloud.
  6. Tap Record.

    A screenshot of PlayOn
  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.

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

    A screenshot of PlayOn Cloud.
  9. Select a recording credit pack, click 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.