It was less than four years ago that Netflix said offline downloads were never going to happen. Thankfully, the company has changed its tune since and offline downloads are now a common practice for watching video on mobile devices. Theres only one problem: downloaded video takes up a lot of space – especially if you opt for high quality. Netflix is now easing the burden. Starting today, the app will be able to automatically delete downloaded videos once youve watched them. Better yet, itll automatically download the next one too, so youre always ready to continue your binge. If you save more than one video at a time, Netflix says it works like this: The feature, called Smart Downloads, is available initially on Android devices running the latest version of the Netflix app. It appears it will be enabled by default, but you can turn it off from the apps setting menu or download section. Keep in mind the feature only works over Wi-Fi though, so it wont be much help if youre bingeing on the go. No word on when itll arrive on iOS, but I imagine its just a matter of time. Downloading on Netflix
Netflix is rolling out a new smart downloads feature designed to make offline viewing just a little bit easier. The video-streaming giant finally caved to pressure back in 2016 when it allowed subscribers to download some movies and TV shows to watch offline. But the problem with the feature as it stood was that you had to manually download each episode in a series. Not a great deal of friction, to be sure, but it was evidently enough that Netflix has developed a way to automate the process. With smart downloads, Netflix will automatically delete an episode when a user finishes watching it and then download the next one. We know how annoying it can be to go through all your apps and delete files you no longer need; we also understand that when it comes to Netflix, the faster you can get to the next episode you want to watch, the better, said Netflix director of product innovation Cameron Johnson. Its worth noting here that smart downloads will only work on a Wi-Fi connection, and if you dont want Netflix tampering with your downloads, youll need to toggle the feature off in the My Downloads section — yes, its turned on by default. Additionally, the feature is only available on Android devices for now, though it is safe to assume it will be landing on iOS in the foreseeable future.