Netflix adds Smart Downloads for iOS

Everyone loves Netflix. Even better, we love being able to watch whatever we want, when we want, where we want. Unfortunately, not everyone has an infinite mobile data plan, so watching Netflix on your smartphone can become problematic when it comes time for the monthly mobile bill.

That’s where Netflix Smart Downloads on iOS comes in. 

Billed as “a seamless way for members to download titles on the Netflix app,” Smart Downloads have been available for Android users since July 2018 and are finally available for iOS devices. Netflix Smart Downloads allows users to download the shows they want to watch, without taking up too much room on your device’s internal memory.

Netflix Smart Downloads iOS

How does it work? Well, Netflix Smart Downloads is as smart as it claims to be. Only working when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, Netflix will download only the next episode in the series and automatically deletes the one you’ve just finished watching. 

According to a Netflix spokesperson; 

The faster our members can get to the next episode of their favourite stories, the better. Now, fans on the Netflix iOS app can get in on the fun and convenience of Smart Downloads, spending less time managing their downloads and more time watching. The feature is one more way we’re making it easier for Netflix fans to take the stories they love wherever they go.

Netflix has also provided this handy guide for how Smart Downloads work.

  • If a member has downloaded episode 1, 2 and 3, and watched episode 1, the app will download episode 4 and delete episode 1.
  • If a member has downloaded episodes 3 through 9, and watches episode 2 and episode 5, the app will download episode 10 and 11, deleting episodes 2 and 5.
  • If a member downloads the last two episodes available, and watches them, the app does not delete them and does not download the earlier episodes.
  • If a member has downloaded all available episodes and watches any of them, the app does not delete the watched episode.
  • If a member has downloaded episodes 1-3, and watches episode 1, manually deleting episode 1 themselves, the app will auto-download episode 4

For more information on Netflix Smart Downloads iOS head to the help centre.

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