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How to download movies or TV shows from Netflix

Find out how to download your favourite Netflix content to watch on the go.

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Netflix is great for binge-watching content when you're at home. You can sit back on the sofa and watch the latest episode of The Witcher on the big screen, in great quality, thanks to your broadband connection.

But what if you're on the go? Video burns through mobile data quickly, so streaming on mobile isn't always advisable. Thankfully, the platform lets you download titles on smartphones, tablets and computers running Windows 10, so you can watch content even when you're offline.

In other words, you can download TV shows or movies from Netflix and enjoy them when you're in transit, at the gym or even during that boring work meeting as long as you're stealthy about it. Here's how.

Download content from Netflix: Step-by-step

Not all titles on Netflix are available for download, but a huge chunk of them are, including the service's original content. Follow these steps to create your very own offline Netflix library on a tablet, laptop or smartphone.

Step 1: Install the Netflix app on your device

This should go without saying, but make sure the Netflix app is installed on your device. If it isn't, head to the App Store, Google Play or the Microsoft Store, depending on which operating system you're using, then install it. Then, log in with your Netflix credentials (username and password) and you're good to go.

Step 2: Find a title you would like to watch offline

Now, navigate the library until you find a title that catches your eye. Use our recommendations of the best TV shows on Netflix or best Netflix original movies if you're low on inspiration.

Netflix show screen for to all the Boys I've loved before. Show synopsis and recommended shows displayed

Once you've located it, tap it and on the description page, hit the Downloads icon (it looks like a downwards arrow). The title will begin to download to your device and you'll be able to follow the progress. The entire downloading process shouldn't take more than a few seconds.

Note: For TV shows, the Downloads icon will appear next to each available episode.

Netflix show downloads screen

Step 3: Enjoy Netflix content offline

Once the title has finished downloading, you can hit Play and start watching. Plan to watch later? Head to the My Downloads section of the app. All your downloaded titles will appear there. That's pretty much it.

How to download from Netflix on Mac

Unfortunately, you can only download Netflix content on tablets, computers running Windows and smartphones. You can't watch Netflix offline using a Mac.

How to download from Netflix on PC

You can download Netflix content on your computer if you're running Windows 10 Version 1607 (Anniversary Update) or later. However, you can't do so using your browser. You need to download and install the Netflix app from the Windows Store. After that, follow the steps listed above.

How do I manage my Netflix downloads?

While the step-by-step guide covers the basics, those eager to make the most out of their Netflix offline experience may be interested to learn more about how to manage their downloads. Here are a few tips that will come in handy:

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