Friday, 20 July, 2018

Netflix introduces smart downloads to get your next episode ready right away

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Mandy Jefferson | 11 July, 2018, 03:24

After you've downloaded and viewed an episode of a series, Netflix will delete the watched episode and download the next one automatically when you are next connected to Wi-Fi. It doesn't use any more storage than the last episode you watched and saves you having to delete old episodes before you can download more.

Users can disable the new feature if they want to keep the episodes they have watched on their device.

Netflix's "smart downloads" feature will be added to its Android app through an update this week. Of course, Netflix requires a paid subscription in order to watch or download movies or TV shows, something which we're sure you know about already.

The following video shows you Smart Downloads at work, while this help page should provide more information on how to make it work on your mobile device. Smart downloads does that automatically.

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Netflix wants to start keeping your downloads fresh for you. The feature will be available for Android devices starting today.

Select Smart Downloads appearing on the top. Unfortunately, iOS users won't see the new feature for a while, with Netflix giving the timeframe for iPhones and iPads of "sometime later this year".

Netflix had first launched the ability to download TV shows and episodes for offline viewing back in December 2016. This also allows for downloading movies or TV shows on just one phone or tablet. Say you download episodes 1-3 of season one.

New to Netflix this month is the latest season of Orange Is the New Black, a fresh batch of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Somebody Feed Phil: The Second Course, Shameless season 8, and more.

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