How to Download Movies from Netflix for Offline Viewing


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For movie lovers, Netflix is one of the popular choices for the subscription based streaming service. Netflix is a world-famous streaming service that allows its viewer to watch movies as well as TV shows on the Internet. You can even download TV shows or movies on PC or smartphone or MAC.

Initially, Netflix did not provide the ability to download movies for offline viewing. But later it added this in the year 2016.

During those years the content that could be downloaded was very limited. Only the original content was allowed to be downloaded in most cases.

But with time this feature has changed and a large number of movies and TV shows can be downloaded from the Netflix library to give a better offline viewing experience.

I remember that Netflix downloads movie shows or TV shows only in HD quality and in no other way. So you have to make sure that there is enough space on the device in which you want to save the Netflix movie or sure.

Netflix Movies Download

Netflix Download Movies for Offline Viewing PC

  1. First, open the next Netflix application on the PC.
  2. You will be able to see three horizontal lines rich which is the menu icon. Funny I click on it to stop the headline
  3. Scroll down and click on the option available for download.
  4. Search the movie and click the title of the same.
  5. Now press the download button present.
  6. This will instantly start the download process.
  7. Go to the downloads menu present at the bottom of the app and check the status of the download. Here you will also find the downloaded movies for watching.

How to Download Movies from Netflix on Android & iPhone

Movies and TV shows from Netflix can be downloaded on Android as well as iPhone devices. However, the way of downloading it varies according to the state and the plan of subscription.

Here, I am discussing common ways of downloading Netflix movies and TV shows on your smartphones which are generally used in many countries.

Download Netflix Movies on Android

Open the Netflix app. Remember that Movies and TV shows on Netflix cannot be downloaded from the browser, but only through the App.

  1. Sign into the Netflix account.
  2. Search for the TV show or movie that you want to download.
  3. Press the download icon present somewhere near the details of the movie or TV show.
  4. You will then get an option to choose the quality of the video.
  5. Choose the quality. While choosing the quality keep in mind, the higher the quality more the storage it requires to download and store the file.
  6. Download starts automatically and you can monitor or check the progress by scrolling to the download section of the app.
  7. The download section will also show you the already downloaded movies and TV shows.

Download Netflix movies on iPhone

Downloading Netflix movies or TV shows on iPhone is also quite simple. The process is the same as discussed for the Android device.

Repeat the steps discussed above on your iPhone to download movies or shows on your iPhone.

Note – Downloading the movies on Netflix require a valid subscription. It also requires a stable Internet connection.

How Much Space do you Need to Download Movies on Netflix

Well, many aspects impact the amount of space required to download movies from Netflix. Some of the common ones are

  • The quality of the video
  • Length of the movie
  • The encoding used by Netflix
  • Higher or lower bit rates.

While downloading, you should keep in mind the following point which decides the amount of space a movie or a show will take.

  • High quality- 1 to 3 GB per hour
  • Medium quality- 0.5 to 1GB per hour
  • Standard quality- 0.3 to 0.5 GB per hour

These are just the indicators and rough estimates. The actual space used may vary depending on varied factors.

How do I change the download quality on Netflix

To change the quality of the videos to be downloaded, just follow the steps discussed below-

For Android

  1. Open the Netflix app.
  2. Sign into the Netflix account.
  3. Tap on the three horizontal lines present on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. Select the ‘app settings tab.
  5. Search the ‘download’ section and choose the ‘video quality’ option.
  6. Now select the quality of the video from the three – standard, medium, or high.
  7. This selection of quality videos of yours will be saved for any future downloads.

For iPhone

The process of changing the quality on Android and iPhone is the same. Just follow the steps discussed above on your iPhone too.

Which Netflix Plan allow Downloads

The availability of the movie for downloading depends on the state, area, titles, etc. But generally, basic, standard, and premium plan subscribers are allowed to download Netflix content to be viewed later.

However, Netflix can impose some limitations on the number of downloads that can be made per account. It can also impose limitations on the number of devices on which Netflix movies or TV shows can be downloaded.

How to Check Download Movies on Netflix

The process is quite simple.

  1. Just open the Netflix App.
  2. Sign into your account.
  3. Access the menu section.
  4. Click on downloads.
  5. You will then be directed to the My download section where you will be able to see a list of all the movies that you have already downloaded.
  6. Tap on the movie and start watching.

You willalso be able to see additional details like how much time is left before the download expires. How much space is required for the download?

Just remember that the downloaded movies have an expiry date. It means that the movie will be removed after a specific period. So keep on checking the date on which it expires.

How to Delete Downloaded Movies on Netflix

Deleting the downloaded movies follows the same steps as are required to check the downloaded movies.

  1. Just go to the downloaded movies page
  2. tap on the download icon present next to it.
  3. A pop-up menu will then appear.
  4. Choose the delete option.
  5. This will delete your downloaded file of a movie or TV show.
  6. You cannot restore the movie, but you have to re-download it to watch it offline again.

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