Netflix’s smart download feature expands your horizons with Downloads for You. It can now automatically download movies and TV shows that you may like to help you in situations where you find yourself stuck without Internet access or in a long wait, such as an evening commute to work. (Remember to travel to work for work? Saving travel time to work is one of the few things I’m grateful for on COVID-19.) Before that, Netflix Smart Downloads will automatically delete the episodes you’ve watched, and will download the next episode of the said TV series. But there could be no question of movies (or new shows). With Downloads for You, Netflix goes one step further.
How to automatically download movies and TV shows in the Netflix app
- To get started, just launch the Netflix app for Android.
- Then tap Downloads section.
- There, press the switch next to Downloads for you.
- On the next screen, decide how much storage space you want to allocate for downloads for you. Netflix says 3GB is enough for 12 movies and TV shows.
- Once you have decided, tap Turn it on.
If you change your mind, you can always disable the Downloads for You switch in the Netflix app. Or if you encounter storage problems, you can reduce the amount it absorbs Downloads > Smart downloads. Alternatively, if you want more surprises, just increase the storage space allocated for downloading for you. The storage you reserve for automatic download will not be used by manual downloads that you run in the Netflix application.
“Three years ago we did introduced Smart downloads so you can find the next episode of your favorite show – even when you’re on the go, “wrote Netflix Product Innovation Director Patrick Fleming on a Netflix blog. “Now we want to make the opening of your next new favorite series or movie quick and easy, whether you’re connected or not. Today we launch Downloads for You, a new feature that automatically downloads recommended shows or movies to your mobile device based on your taste. “
Netflix downloads for you are now available for Android worldwide. It will be tested in iOS soon. If you’re wondering how long the wait can be, Netflix’s smart download feature is gone nearly seven months to switch from Android to iOS.