Download videos to go with the Netflix mobile app

RVers know that wifi and data is often limited on the road. Spotty wifi signals in some RV parks  and the high cost of cell data makes it hard to justify using services like Netflix. That may have just changed with an update to the Netflix mobile app.

Netflix recently added a new feature to their mobile app for Android and iOS that allows you to download some content. Now you can download a huge list of movies and TV shows and watch the content offline. Not all content on Netflix is available for download, but there is a growing library of content available today.

Why is this a game changer for RVers?

If you have a subscription to Netflix, you can go into the app and select several titles to download in the background. This helps you get around the slow internet connections that don’t allow you watch streaming video. Your mobile device can download the content over time, such as over night when you are sleeping. Once the content is downloaded, you can watch the content on your mobile device without an internet connection.

How do I download content using the Netflix mobile app?

To download content using the mobile app, do the following:

  1. Open and login to the Netflix App
  2. Browse the shows that you want to download. If the show is available for download it will have this icon to the right
  3. Tap the “Download” icon and the show will begin to download

Where are my downloads stored?

Your downloads are stored in the app. To access the content do the following:
  1. Tap the “Menu” icon in the top left of your screen
  2. Tap “My Downloads
  3. Tap the video you wish to play

How much content can I download?

The amount of storage on your device is the only limit to how much content you can download.

How long do I have to watch my downloaded content?

Netflix has reached different licensing agreements with content providers. The video will not be available forever. The app will notify you of the “expiration date” of the content about 7 days before it expires.

Do I have to re-download the content if it expires?

No, there is a way through the app to renew the licensing expiration date for the downloaded content.

  1. Connect your device to the internet
  2. Go into “My Downloads”
  3. Tap the “!” beside the content that has expired to renew the license


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