Netflix is one of the most popular on-demand movie and show streaming services. As of April 2017, the company reported having over 98 million subscribers with a little more than 50 million in the United States.
At the end of last year, Netflix introduced a new feature allowing users to download movies and TV shows to their phones and tablets. Recently the company also added Windows devices to the list, therefore enabling offline watching on your computer or laptop.
Important Note: offline watching is not working from your browser. You have to download the Netflix app from the Windows Store first.
Downloading Movies and Shows
To do this, you have to navigate to the Windows Store – the easiest way to get there is to type “Windows Store” into the search field at the bottom left corner of your screen, search for Netflix and install the app.
After you have finished downloading the app, you need to click “Sign in” where you can type in your credentials connected to the streaming service. On the next screen, you have to choose the user account you would like to use for Netflix, taking you to the home page section of your account where you can start downloading movies and/or TV shows!
Note: despite the fact that Netflix enables much of its content to be watched offline, not all shows and movies can be downloaded.
If you have the time, you can search for the show or movie you would like to download, and if it has the little download icon (it can be seen below), you can download and watch it offline.
However, an easier option is to click the menu icon on the top-left corner of the app and navigate to “Available for download.” Select the movie or show you would like to watch offline and search for the download icon (as seen in the image below). For series you have to select the season first for offline watching.
Watch Downloaded Movies and Shows
After the download has finished, you have to click the menu icon and navigate to “My Downloads.” There you can simply click the play button on the image of a movie or TV show to watch.
Since no one has an infinite amount of storage, at some point you need to delete some of your downloaded content. You can do this by navigating to the show or movie you would like to delete in My Downloads, clicking the checkmark icon and clicking “Delete Download.”
It can be helpful to download movies and series legally on your laptop and watch them on the move. Do you find this feature useful? If you are not a Netflix user, will this feature entice you to sign up for Netflix? Leave your comments below in the comments.