Netflix Android App Now Has Smart Downloads

Netflix Android App Now Has Smart Downloads

Netflix Android App Now Has Smart Downloads

Netflix was reluctant to add offline download support to their mobile application. Not a great deal of friction, to be sure, but it was evidently enough that Netflix has developed a way to automate the process.

Building off the option to download content for offline viewing in 2016, Netflix is adding a new feature called Smart Downloads. The feature won't have a major impact on device storage as it deletes the last watched episode before downloading the next one. Control of the new feature still lies with the user, as-should you choose to do so-you can turn it off and enjoy downloads the old-fashioned and inherently more annoying way too. The feature is only available for TV shows that you can download on Netflix, and not for movies.

However, it's first available only on Android devices. But as competitors like Amazon Prime Video began offering downloads, and as Netflix itself expanded internationally to markets where mobile connectivity wasn't as reliable as in the US, Netflix relented. The feature will then automatically download the next episode, so users won't have to do it themselves. If for any reason you want to disable Smart Downloads, you can do so from the download section or settings menu within the Netflix app.

It's not often that Android users see app updates before iOS users. But the service can determine with "high confidence" that you'll probably want to continue watching a show you've downloaded.

If you do use it it's activated when you connect to wifi and are finished with an episode. For example, let's say you've downloaded the first three episodes of the first season of One Day at a Time.

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