Watch Net­flix off­line on an iPhone or iPad

Watch­ing Net­flix off­line is easy, re­veals Ash­leigh Macro

iPad&iPhone user - - CONTENTS -

We’d been ask­ing for it for years, but in 2016 Net­flix fi­nally in­tro­duced the abil­ity to down­load shows and movies to watch off­line. The se­lec­tion is lim­ited, but there’s plenty to keep you en­ter­tained on a flight or long com­mute. Here’s how to watch Net­flix off­line.

On your iOS de­vice, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the Net­flix app in­stalled and up­dated to the lat­est ver­sion.

You can find out whether your app is up-to-date by go­ing to the iOS App Store and tap­ping up­dates.

Once it’s in­stalled and up­dated, you’ll need to launch the app and log in to your Net­flix ac­count.

Nav­i­gate to the menu and then ‘Avail­able for Down­load’ to make sure you’re only look­ing at shows and movies you can down­load to watch off­line. You’ll still see them sorted into Pop­u­lar and Re­cently Added as well as cat­e­gories tai­lored to you.

Once you’ve picked some­thing you want to down­load, tap it, and then scroll un­til you can see the list of episodes. You’ll spot a down­wards ar­row icon – that rep­re­sents down­load. Tap­ping it will start the down­load process – you’ll

see a blue bar along the bot­tom of the screen and a white progress bar right above it.

If your iPhone or iPad has lots of stor­age space avail­able, you might want to con­sider down­load­ing a higher qual­ity ver­sion of the show or movie. In or­der to do so, head to the menu and tap App Set­tings.

Nav­i­gate to the Down­loads sec­tion, tap Video Qual­ity and se­lect the op­tion best suited to you. It might take a bit longer to down­load a video at higher qual­ity, so keep this in mind if you’re in a hurry.

Once it’s down­loaded, the blue bar at the bot­tom will say Down­load Com­plete. You can then tap it to be taken to the My Down­loads page. If you can’t see the blue bar (per­haps be­cause you’ve nav­i­gated away from the page), you can get to My Down­loads by go­ing to the menu (found by tap­ping the three lines in the top right cor­ner) and then tap­ping My Down­loads.

To watch the down­loaded episodes or movies, tap the one you want to watch and then, if nec­es­sary (if it’s an episode that’s part of a se­ries, for ex­am­ple), tap again to play it.

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