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
No need to go through your files to weed out downloaded shows anymore. Netflix has made it much simpler to manage downloads on mobile -- in fact, you don't have to worry about purging watched episodes anymore. The streaming giant has launched "smart downloads" for Android, which automatically deletes downloaded episodes you've already seen. Even better, it instantly replaces an old episode by downloading the next one. The feature can help ensure that you don't unwittingly fill your storage, especially if you don't have an SD card for expansion. Netflix says launching smart downloads is part of its efforts to make the mobile experience more intuitive, and it designed the feature with your data cap in mind. The feature only kicks in if you're connected to the internet via WiFi, so you don't have to tinker with the app to make sure that it won't download anything while you're on mobile data. If you'd rather keep shows stored in your phone to watch again and again, though, you can switch off smart downloads in settings anytime. The feature is now live for Android phones and tablets. Unfortunately, it's unclear if it's also making its way to iPhones and iPads, but we asked the company and will let you know once we find out.