How to set up smart downloads on Netflix

If you keep forgetting to download your favorite Netflix shows before leaving home, here’s how you can set up Smart Downloads in just a few simple steps.

Netflix is ​​one of the most popular streaming services in the world, with hundreds of TV shows and movies available to watch, not to mention Netflix’s growing list of originals.

And one of Netflix’s best features is the ability to download movies and TV shows so you can watch them offline—ideal for anyone living with unreliable internet or those who travel a lot.

If you’re interested in learning more about Netflix Smart Downloads and all that goes into it, check out our explainer as we go through all of its benefits and how it works in much more detail.

However, if you’re just interested in learning how you can set up Smart Downloads on your own device, keep reading as we’ll walk you through it step by step.

What we use:

We use an iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 15 for this process.

the short version

  • Open Netflix
  • Choose your account
  • Click on ‘Downloads’
  • Tap on ‘Smart Downloads’
  • Tap ‘Download Next Episode’
  1. Step

    Open Netflix

    Open your phone and tap on the Netflix app. If you don’t have it downloaded, you can find it for free on the App Store. Netflix app for smart download

  2. Step

    Choose your account

    Select the account you want to use during this process. Netflix account selection

  3. Step

    Click on ‘Downloads’

    From the menu at the bottom of the screen, tap on the ‘Downloads’ tab. It’s on the far-right side of the menu. Selection of downloads on Netflix

  4. Step

    Tap on ‘Smart Downloads’

    There’s a tab at the top of the screen with a gear next to it called Smart Downloads. Netflix smart download buttons

  5. Step

    Tap ‘Download Next Episode’

    Of the two options available on this screen, tap the slider for ‘Download Next Episode’. This ensures that when you have Wi-Fi, Netflix will download the next episode in a series after you’ve watched the previous downloaded episode.Turn on smart downloads

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Problem solving

Does Smart Downloads remove episodes I’ve already watched?

Smart Downloads will remove episodes of a series you’ve already watched to save space, and then download the next episode of the show for you to watch, as long as you have an internet connection and another episode is available to download.

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