Netflix launches Smart Downloads

Above Netflix Downloads Image Credit Paul Sawers  VentureBeat

Above Netflix Downloads Image Credit Paul Sawers VentureBeat

When you finish watching a deleted episode, smart downloads will delete the watched episode and automatically begin to download the next episode, when you're connected to wi-fi.

Today, we are excited to introduce Smart Downloads.

If you'd rather keep shows stored in your phone to watch again and again, though, you can switch off smart downloads in settings anytime.

According to a Netflix spokesperson, "this feature only operates on WiFi and can easily be toggled on and off depending on your preference".

Smart Downloads is initially available on Android phones and tablets.

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A download status bar will appear on the screen when a new episode is downloading, and users will be notified when the download is complete. The feature will be available for Android devices starting today. 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. We assume it will delete the final few episodes from your device and then simply not download anything after, but you'll have to test it out to see if that's true.

The move is the latest evolution of Netflix's mobile experience, which has grown in importance since its first app launch in 2010. Episodes you've finished watching will be deleted too, so you don't have to worry about managing your storage either.

Use the toggle to turn off the feature. Smart Downloads also works across seasons.

Netflix says the feature is mostly aimed at public transit commuters who may have limited or poor network coverage during their journey.

The video-streaming giant finally caved to pressure back in 2016 when it allowed subscribers to download some movies and TV shows to watch offline.

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