If you live in an area with expensive data plans or a spotty internet connection, downloading movies and TV shows is imperative to ensure your future entertainment. For Netflix, the streaming platform has a Smart Downloads feature that makes it easy to download new episodes and delete old ones.
This article will explain what the function of Netflix smart downloads and how to use it.
What are smart downloads on Netflix?
Smart Downloads is a useful feature available on Netflix that will automatically delete downloaded episodes that you have finished watching and then download the next episode. If the episode you watched is the last of a season, it will not be removed.
On Android, this feature is called Download Next Episode.
It’s an added touch of convenience available on Netflix, along with the Downloads for You feature that automatically downloads new TV shows and movies based on your interests.
How to enable smart downloads on Netflix
If you use the Netflix mobile app, you can enable the feature by following these steps:
- Open the Netflix app.
- In the bottom menu, tap downloads.
- At the top, tap Smart downloads.
- Tap the slider adjacent to Download Next Episode to enable the feature.
- If you want to disable Smart Downloads, just disable the feature.
If you are using the Netflix app on Windows 10, the instructions are slightly different:
- Open the Netflix app.
- Click on the three dots in the upper right and select Settings.
- Turn on Smart downloads on the Settings page.
How to set episode download quality
If you want more control over the quality of the downloaded episodes, Netflix lets you do it. You can choose between standard and high video quality. The latter is clearer, but uses more storage.
On mobile, open the Netflix app and tap on their profile icon in the upper right corner. Touch Settings app> Download video quality and select Standard or high.
On PC, tap on the three dots in the upper right, choose Setting, click Video quality in Downloads and select your preferred quality.
What devices support smart downloads?
Smart Downloads is available on all devices that support offline downloads on Netflix. On mobile phones, you can use Smart Downloads on iOS / iPadOS devices with version 9.0 or later, while on Android smartphones or tablets, support starts with Android 4.4.2.
It is also available on Amazon Fire tablets (Fire OS 4.0 or later), Windows 10 computers (version 1607 or later), and on select Chromebook and Chromebox models.
Let Netflix make your life easier
Downloading the next episode and deleting the last one you watched can be tedious. But with Smart Downloads, Netflix does all the heavy lifting for you. Smart Downloads also helps you save storage space, and you can be sure that the next episode of your favorite TV show is available just when you need it.