Netflix brings ‘Smart Download’ feature for iOS users

Ceria Alfonso
Febrero 10, 2019

This announcement builds on last year's efforts where Smart Downloads were added for Android and Windows 10 app users. The feature essentially automated downloads on Netflix so that you never have to wait for something to download when you are on the go.

Smart Downloads, as the name suggests, is a smarter version of the Downloads feature that lets you save Netflix content to your device's local storage for offline viewing. According to Netflix, if you've downloaded one or more episodes in a series, smart downloads will delete the episode you've just finished and automatically download the next episode in the series.

Put simply, if the user downloads the first three episodes of a new show, then watches the first downloaded episode, Smart Downloads will delete the watched content and download the fourth episode, even though the user has only started to watch the second. Of course if you prefer to do things the old way, you can disable this feature. If you want to store more episodes you need to turn Smart Downloads off. Back then, downloading was still limited to a smaller subsection of Netflix's catalog, with studios like Disney initially not making their titles available for download.

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Scroll down and select App Settings. "The feature is one more way we're making it easier for Netflix fans to take the stories they love wherever they go". This is probably why Netflix introduced the feature on Android first. Today, the company has rolled it out for iOS users.

As part of Netflix's Standard plan ($13), subscribers get access to offline access on two devices. The feature is created to automatically delete an episode before it installs a new one. In a statement to The Los Angeles Times, the company confirmed it was testing the feature.

"The faster our members can get to the next episode of their favorite stories, the better", a Netflix spokesperson told PCMag.

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