Netflix has launched a new feature that aims to make it easier to download content on the platform.
When ‘Downloads for you’ is enabled, Netflix will download TV shows and movies to your smartphone or tablet based on your previous viewing history.
When you turn on the function for the first time, you can select between different storage space options: 1GB, 3GB or 5GB. All downloads are done when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, so you won’t have to worry about the latest season of Hypermarket using all your mobile data.
Netflix says that Downloads for You will typically download the first few episodes of a TV show to give you an idea of what it’s like. Downloaded content can be streamed to a nearby TV directly from your smartphone. Downloaded movies and TV shows can also be deleted after viewing to free up more storage space.
According to the company, most, but not all, of its content catalog is available to download and view offline, with some exceptions based on license rights. To activate the feature, navigate to the ‘Downloads’ tab in your Netflix app and activate ‘Downloads for you’.
To be clear, this does not replace Netflix’s existing Smart Downloads feature. It will still be possible to select individual TV shows and movies for download. Instead, ‘Downloads for You’ seems like an effort on the part of the streaming giant to make the process of downloading content to your smartphone or tablet a little more seamless.
Netflix says Downloads For You is now rolling out globally on the Android version of the Netflix app. The feature will eventually come to iOS, Netflix says.