One complaint with Netflix’s video subscription service has been the lack of offline viewing. There are a handful of common scenarios where an Internet connection just isn’t available for fast enough for data-heavy streaming such as on a plane or a long car ride.
Netflix has realized the overwhelming demand for this and found a way to add an offline ‘download’ feature which officially launched earlier today. With this, you’ll be able to download and store content from Netflix that can be played back without the use of data or while in airplane mode.
Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time. pic.twitter.com/g7QZA3TyE8
— Netflix US (@netflix) November 30, 2016
However, there are a few notable caveats at this time:
- Content available for offline playback is limited, primarily consisting of Netflix Original content or older movies and TV shows.
- This feature is limited to mobile devices running iOS 8 or later or Android 4.4.2 or later.
- You can choose from two different quality choices: Standard (lower quality, lighter files) Higher (better quality, larger files)
To try out the new download feature for yourself, download or open the newest version of Netflix app on a compatible mobile device.