Netflix to debut a 'smart download' feature for easier binge-watching

Nichole VegaJul 11, 2018

"Whether it is smart downloading or viewing a mobile preview, we realize the best part of Netflix is connecting with the stories you will love in an easier and more fun way", said Cameron Johnson, Director of Product Innovation in a note. After you've downloaded and viewed an episode of a series, Netflix will delete the watched episode and download the next one automatically when you are next connected to Wi-Fi.

The streaming service launched the Download feature in 2016, making it possible for customers to watch shows and movies on the go.

Netflix is rolling out a new feature for Android devices called Smart Downloads, which will change the way downloads are handled on compatible devices.

For now, Smart Downloads is only available on Android phones and tablets.

Select Smart Downloads appearing on the top. But as competitors like Amazon Prime Video began offering downloads, and as Netflix itself expanded internationally to markets where mobile connectivity wasn't as reliable as in the US, Netflix relented.

Look for Smart Downloads to land on iOS devices later this year. If for any reason you want to disable Smart Downloads, you can do so from the download section or settings menu within the Netflix app. It also only works with TV series - so it doesn't apply to movies, TV specials, or any other content. This way, it won't be using up your phone's storage and you will be able to continue watching your show when you don't have internet. However, that means you'll also have to keep in mind to manually delete the episodes you've watched once you're done with them. It also could then automatically download the first episode of the next season when it airs, which could either be convenient or annoying, depending on how you look at it.

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