Wondering how to download movies and series from the Netflix platform? In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explain how to do it, which devices are compatible, how to change the resolution of your downloaded content, and why you can’t store some of the best Netflix fiction on your mobile or tablet.
Netflix introduced the download feature in 2016, and it’s now one of the best reasons to subscribe to the video streaming service. Wherever you are, you can download a large number of series and movies to your device using the Netflix app.
Download your movies and series on Netflix: which devices are compatible?
To download your favorite content to Netflix, you will need to have a device capable of supporting the Netflix application and its files. Here is the complete list of compatible smartphones, tablets, and desktops, or laptops:
- The iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 9.0 or later
- The smartphones or Android tablets running Android 4.4.2 or greater
- Amazon Fire tablets running Fire OS 4.0 or higher
- Windows 10 tablets or PCs running version 1607 or later
- The Chromebooks and Chromebox
Regardless of your device, you must download the Netflix app before you can store Netflix series and movies on it. The Netflix iOS app is available on the App store, the Netflix Android app on the Play Store. For Amazon Fire devices, you will have to go through the Amazon Appstore.
Obviously, you need a decent internet connection (with a speed higher than 4 Mb / s), and Wi-Fi for mobile devices. As well as sufficient storage capacity to download an episode, a full season, or a movie.
For Windows 10 devices, you will need to download the Netflix app from the Microsoft Store. Unfortunately, downloading Netflix content through your web browsers, Chrome or Microsoft Edge, doesn’t work (yet).
How to download your series and movies on Netflix?
We will use screenshots from the Windows 10 app to show you how the download process works, but it’s practically the same on all Netflix apps. First of all, you should know that not all movies and series available for streaming on Netflix can be downloaded. This is due to restrictions related to the intellectual property of certain content, or other factors – such as the cost of broadcasting – which prohibit Netflix from offering all the titles for download.
You will find that anything marked “Netflix Original” can be downloaded.
How do I know if a given series or movie can be downloaded? You just have to select it in the application, you will then see a “Download” mention associated with the title if it can be recovered. This is how the content that can be downloaded looks like:
If you prefer to get the full list of movies and series available for download, it’s easy. On mobile devices, click the “Downloads” button in the menu bar at the bottom right of the screen. You will then get an option saying “More videos to download”. By clicking on it, you will access all the downloadable content on Netflix.
The process is quite similar from the Windows 10 application. Click on the menu button in the upper left corner, and scroll down to the “Available for download” option. By selecting this option, you will distinguish all the downloadable fictions.
The storage space occupied by each Netflix movie or series on your device is determined by the duration of the downloaded content as well as by your download settings.
How to change your download settings / resolution of your content on the Netflix app?
On mobile devices, click the “More” button or the three horizontal bars located at the far right, at the bottom of the screen. Then press the “Application settings” option. There you will find the “Downloads” section which will allow you to choose your type of connection (4G / 5G or Wi-Fi only), as well as the location of your downloads (internal storage or SD card).
You can also define the video quality of your downloads, between Standard (downloads are faster and take up less space) and High (which uses more data).
Netflix has a feature called “Automatic Download”. The feature will automatically delete all episodes from a series you have completed and download the following episodes when you are back on Wi-Fi.
How to delete your already viewed Netflix downloads?
Go to the “Downloads” section of the menu, click on the Pencil icon in the upper right corner and you will be able to delete each series and film previously downloaded to your device.
How many downloads are you entitled to from the Netflix app?
According to Netflix, you can make up to 100 downloads on any device covered by your subscription. If you have opted for the Essential Plan, you will be limited to one device, therefore 100 downloads. The Standard plan entitles you to two devices, therefore 200 downloads. As for the Premium plan, it offers you four screens – therefore 400 downloads.