Netflix Now Offering Smart Downloads for iPhone, iPad Apps

Ruben Fields
February 10, 2019

How do Netflix Smart Downloads work? "Smart Downloads is available on the latest version of the Netflix app for Android mobile devices, iOS mobile devices, and computers and tablets running Windows 10".

"Now, fans on the Netflix iOS app can get in on the fun and convenience of smart downloads, spending less time managing their downloads and more time watching".

Once you have finished watching a episode that's downloaded to your device, Netflix downloads the next one and automatically deletes the one you just watched.

The updated feature arrives after Netflix finally enabled downloads for offline viewing in late 2016.

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Put simply, if the user downloads the first three episodes of a new show, then watches the first downloaded episode, Smart Downloads will delete the watched content and download the fourth episode, even though the user has only started to watch the second. You need the appropriate app and offline storage to use Smart Downloads. If you want to store more episodes you need to turn Smart Downloads off. To do this, select the Menu icon and then "App Settings".

"While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we've often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where the Internet is expensive or limited". Late a year ago, the streaming firm started testing a mobile-only subscription which will apparently be more affordable.

As the feature automatically deletes an episode for each one it downloads, this should ensure that there is always space available on your device. In a statement to The Los Angeles Times, the company confirmed it was testing the feature.

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