Netflix’s new smart downloads will keep pace with your binging habits


You watch, we do the work. Once you connect to your office WiFi, Netflix will delete the episodes you've already watched and seamlessly download the next one in the background.

Netflix has improved its episode downloading functionality with the launch of its new Smart Downloads feature. Whether they are commuting, traveling or just in a place with pricey or spotty internet access, the download feature makes it possible for our members to take their stories with them wherever they go...

Smart Downloads deletes Season 1, Episode 1, and automatically downloads Season 1, Episode 4.

The Smart Downloads feature is available today for Android users and will be available on iOS later this year.

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The feature is part of an update to Netflix's Android mobile app this week. In the "My Downloads" section, users must select Smart Downloads and toggle it on or off. Users will also be able to toggle the feature from the App Settings by tapping the Menu icon and selecting App Settings.

Select Smart Downloads appearing on the top.

The following video shows you Smart Downloads at work, while this help page should provide more information on how to make it work on your mobile device. The feature has allowed it to better serve its users in Latin America and Asia where the younger audience simply prefers to download content on their device so that they can view it later on. So if you binged three episodes during a long plane ride, the app will delete all three and queue up the next three episodes for you.

It's limited to episodic TV series, not movies, standup specials or other kinds of programming. For example, let's say you've downloaded the first three episodes of the first season of One Day at a Time.