How to Set & Turn On or Off Netflix Smart Downloads Feature

Netflix allows its users to download movies for offline viewing. You can download selected titles on your iOS and Android device or your Windows 10 laptop computer. Now, you don’t have to wait for an Internet connection to continue watching your shows. Downloading the episodes and movies beforehand will allow you to watch later on, even without a network connection.

There are many titles to choose from when you want to download on Netflix to watch offline. To help its users, Netflix features a tool called Smart Downloads.

What is Netflix Smart Downloads

While downloading content for offline viewing gives you the entertainment leverage, your downloads can take up storage space on your device. One way to manage your device storage is to delete contents that you already watched, so you can have more space for more titles.

It is easy to delete movies and shows on your device with just a few clicks on the button. But, Netflix makes it even easier for you through Smart Downloads.

SEE ALSO: Use Netflix Downloads for You to Save Movies & TV Shows Automatically

When you set and enable Smart Downloads, it will automatically delete the content you have finished streaming and it downloads the next episode of the series. So, while you may not have the time to download the next episode for your next binge-watching session, Netflix got you covered.

How to Use and Manage Smart Downloads on Netflix

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To use Smart Downloads, all you have to do is turn on the feature. By the time you are connected to the Internet, it will automatically download the next episode you need to watch next on your favorite series.

Note that Smart Downloads only work on a WiFi connection and not on cellular data. You can use Smart Downloads on any compatible device as long as you have the latest version of the Netflix app.

How to Enable or Disable Smart Downloads Feature on Netflix

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Turning on the Smart Downloads on Netflix is easy. Here’s how to manage the feature on your iPhone/iPad, Android phone and Windows 10 PC.

Simply launch the Netflix app on your mobile device or computer. Tap or click Downloads. For Windows 10 PC, select Menu first and then click My Downloads. Tap or click Smart Downloads found on the top of the screen. You can then choose to enable or disable it.

How to Troubleshoot Issues with Netflix Smart Downloads

If your episodes do not download automatically, make sure that your device connects to a WiFi connection and not your cellular data. Double-check if your Smart Downloads feature is enabled and not disabled. Lastly, see to it that there is a next episode for Smart Downloads to download, you might have reached the end of the series you are watching.

Will you enable or disable your Netflix Smart Downloads? We would love to know which side you are on, so tell us what you think below.

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Eddie Mendoza
Eddie Mendoza
With a Bachelor’s degree in IT, Eddie has a natural knack for troubleshooting gadget issues. With more than 10 years of blogging experience under his belt, writing and publishing articles for streaming and related services is one of his main act. When not on his computer, you can find him tinkering his guitars.



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