Netflix Brings Smart Download Feature to iPhone and iPad

Netflix Smart Downloads for iOS

Do you watch Netflix on an iOS device?

Netflix's Smart Downloads feature is not for users who re-watch a series or just certain episodes because the last episode is automatically deleted.

The Smart Downloads feature was first introduced in the Netflix app for Android in July 2018.

With Smart Downloads, watching a TV episode offline results in the next episode automatically being transferred as soon as a Wi-Fi connection is available. Now when you finish watching a downloaded episode it will be deleted and the next episode will automatically download.

But better late than never, as Netflix has announced today it is finally launching Smart Downloads for iOS devices. Netflix also claims that the feature doesn't eat into the storage space of your device. 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.

From the top of the My Downloads section, select Smart Downloads. You can also turn it off via the app's Settings menu. "The feature is one more way we're making it easier for Netflix fans to take the stories they love wherever they go" the company said in a statement. As for how the feature actually works, well, it will identify the series and the episodes users are watching and then decides when to activate the automatic download action.

Amazon Prime Video and CBS All Access also allow users to download content, and Hulu said previous year in May that it would soon add the feature.

"The faster our members can get to the next episode of their favorite stories, the better", said Netflix.

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