Netflix finally adds the ability to download content for offline playback

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It’s a feature that Netflix has been rumored to have both considered and discarded in recent times, but it seems that the video streaming service has finally decided to offer the ability to download content to watch at a later date. Being able to download content means that it’s going to be easier to watch your favorite Netflix shows, especially useful if you don’t have access to high-speed WiFi, or you don’t have network coverage while you are out and about.


Netflix broke the news of its decision to greenlight offline playback via Twitter, along with a short video showing a selection of shows ranging from Narcos to Orange is the New Black, to Stranger Things and House of Cards to name just a few. It’s unknown whether Netflix’s entire catalog will be available to download for offline playback, but the company does state that it will add more titles over time.

For the moment at least, the ability to download content to view offline is restricted to phones and tablets of the Android and iOS variety, but it is available to all subscribers regardless of which plan you pay for. If you don’t see the option to download content on the Netflix app just yet, make sure your device is running the latest version.

It may be unlikely, but if you don’t have Netflix installed on your Android phone or tablet, you can click the link below to get you started.

Download it now: Google Play Store

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).