Netflix has updated its smartphone and tablets apps allowing you to view some of its content offline. It opens up the possibility of watching your favorite movies and shows on subways, planes, and anywhere else without a stable internet connection.
The streaming service announced the long-awaited offline playback feature in a tweet earlier today, saying that fans will now be able to “watch many of your favorite streaming series and movies” without an internet connection by preloading content onto your device. Right now, that selection only includes stuff made by Netflix (Stranger Things, The Crown, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, etc) but it said movies and shows from other studios will be added in the near future.
To access the feature, all you need to do is download the latest version of Netflix for Android or iOS — both of which are available right now. Then, a button will appear by the side of the play button that will allow you to download the content in either “Standard” or “High Definition.” “Standard quality is a slightly lower video resolution that requires less storage space and takes less time to download,” Netflix said in a statement. “Higher quality is a higher video resolution that requires more storage space and takes more time to download.”
If you don’t see the download button then either you don’t have the latest version of the app, or the content you’re trying to view isn’t yet available for offline playback. Download the app now to give it a try.