Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Netflix on Android now auto-downloads new episodes to watch offline

Netflix on Android now auto-downloads new episodes to watch offline

Buzzfeed reports that if you're watching a series, the feature automatically deletes watched episodes, then downloads the next one in line.

Netflix on Tuesday introduced a new "Smart Downloads" feature for its users around the world. Not a great deal of friction, to be sure, but it was evidently enough that Netflix has developed a way to automate the process.

After updating compatible devices with the new feature, Netflix will automatically delete your downloaded shows after you have finished watching them.

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.

Bottom line: Smart Downloads build on Netflix's already popular offline viewing mode, eliminating yet another friction point between eyes and content.

Essentially, Netflix subscribers will now have increased control over their entertainment experience and the Smart Downloads feature is entirely optional to use.

We're not seeing Smart Downloads live in our most recent update of Netflix for Android, so stay tuned. Automatic downloads will only occur when the user is connected to a Wi-Fi network. And smart downloads will progress into the next season of a series. He went on to explain that you can still download movies and TV shows over mobile data, but this would need to be done manually by the user. This in turn means that you will have something to watch on your phone or tablet even if you don't have good cellular coverage. Episodes that are slightly longer won't take up more storage space, Netflix says, because of the way Netflix encodes, or converts the video, for mobile.

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