Netflix fans in India can rejoice. The service finally gets an offline option where users can download and keep select television shows and movies. Given how terrible Internet connectivity is in India, for Netflix users, the offline features comes as a boon. Netflix is rolling this out to all the latest versions of its Android and iOS app on phones and tablets. The best bit: It applies to all plans, so don’t worry if you have the cheapest Netflix plan.
According to an official announcement, the feature is rolling out worldwide, and Netflix won’t be charging you extra for the download. The company has finally heard the cries of its users who can now binge-watch their favourite shows while travelling. Netflix is including Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, The Crown, and several of its other original shows as part of its download option. Movies will also be included the download option.
Once you download the show or movie, you’ll be able to watch it without an Internet connection from the Netflix app on your iOS or Android device. This is compatible with devices running iOS 8.0 or later and Android 4.4.2 or later.
In order to know if the title is available to download, just search for it on the app, and look for the download icon. This is similar to how the icon looks on YouTube’s offline feature. Netflix also has a full list of downloadable shows on its website.
Once you find the show you can download, just click the download icon. For TV shows it will appear next to each available episode. Nextflix says once it has completed downloading, you can access it from the My Downloads section of the app.
Users will have the option of selecting video quality for the download as well. According to Netflix, “Standard quality is a slightly lower video resolution that requires less storage space and takes less time to download. Higher quality is a higher video resolution that requires more storage space and takes more time to download.”
In the Netflix app, just go to Downloads Settings in the App Settings and tap on Video Quality. From there you can choose either Standard or Higher.