What you need to know
- Netflix users can now watch partially download TV shows and movies.
- The feature is only available on Android phones and tablets currently.
- Netflix says the feature will expand to iOS in the coming months.
Netflix is finally rolling out the ability to watch partially downloaded movies and shows to its mobile app. This feature should come in handy in case your download never completed due to a maxed-out data plan or spotty Wi-Fi. Until now, users had to wait until a movie or show was completely downloaded to their device to start watching.
Keela Robison, Vice-President, Product Innovation at Netflix, wrote in a blog post (opens in new tab):
Earlier this year, Netflix improved its smart downloads feature with the introduction of "Downloads for You." The feature works similarly to automatic downloads on music streaming apps such as YouTube Music and Spotify. It automatically downloads movies and TV shows that you're likely to watch, based on your watch history.
The new partial downloading feature is now live on the best Android phones and tablets. Netflix plans to begin testing the feature on iOS "in the coming months." If you don't see the feature on your Android device yet, head over to the Google Play Store and update the Netflix app. You'll have to be running Netflix version 7.64 or higher to access the feature.
Netflix is the most popular streaming service in the world right now, thanks to its massive catalog of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries, and more. Its library includes over 4,000 movie options and 47,000 episodes of TV shows.
- From $9/mo at Netflix (opens in new tab)
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