What the Tech: Netflix smart downloads

What the Tech

When Netflix gave us movies and shows to download and watch offline I thought it was one of the best features of the subscription service.

Now comes ‘Netflix Smart Download’, and it’s even better (for some people). Downloading movies and shows from Netflix allow you to watch even when you don’t have an internet connection.

It’s exceptionally good for anyone who’s traveling by plane or on a long car ride where reception is spotty.

Simply search Netflix for shows that can be downloaded and you’re good to go.

Smart Download is a featured brand new to iOS devices that takes care of downloading your favorite show automatically. Let’s say you’re binging “The Office” for the 52nd time.

If you’ve downloaded season 2 episode 7 to watch later on your commute or lunch break, Netflix will keep the content fresh by downloading the next episode you haven’t watched. Once you finish episode 7, Netflix downloads episode 8 and deletes the episode you’ve already watched.

Smart Download has been possible on Android devices for some time but Netflix just added it to its iOS apps. If you don’t see it when you open the app and search for downloads, make sure the Netflix app has been updated to the latest version.

Smart Download only works on wifi networks which is positive since it won’t use up a lot of data.

Look for ‘smart downloads’ when you tap on the ‘download’ tab, you might then need to turn it on by switching the toggle of the blue icon.

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