Managing Smart Downloads

Smart Downloads is a feature that helps you manage your downloaded TV shows. When you finish watching a downloaded episode, Smart Downloads will delete it, then automatically download the next episode in the series. If you would rather keep watched episodes on your device, you will need to turn off Smart Downloads so you can manually manage your downloaded content.

Smart Downloads is available on Android phones and tablets running the latest version of the Netflix app. The Smart Downloads feature only turns on when you're connected to Wi-Fi, so your data plan will never be used, and it won't impact your device storage, because it will always delete the last watched episode before downloading the next one.

How do Smart Downloads work?

If you’ve downloaded one or more episodes in a series, Smart Downloads will delete the episode you've just finished and automatically download the next episode in the series.

Example:

  1. You download Season 1, Episodes 1-3.

  2. You finish watching Season 1, Episode 1.

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

Note:
If there are no additional episodes to download in your series, the last watched episode will not be deleted.

How do I turn off Smart Downloads?

If you'd rather keep watched episodes on your Android, you can turn off Smart Downloads using one of the methods below:

Turn off Smart Downloads from your Downloads section

  1. Tap the Downloads icon .

  2. From the top of the My Downloads section, select Smart Downloads.

  3. Use the toggle to turn Smart Downloads off.

Turn off Smart Downloads from App Settings

  1. Tap the Menu icon .

  2. Scroll down and select App Settings.

  3. Under the Downloads heading, use the toggle to turn Smart Downloads off.

Why didn't the next episode download?

The Smart Downloads feature only works on enabled devices that are connected over Wi-Fi. Follow our steps below to see why your episode may not have downloaded.

  1. Confirm Smart Downloads is turned on.

    • Tap the Downloads icon and verify that you see Smart Downloads ON at the top of the page.

  2. Confirm your device is connected to Wi-Fi. Smart Downloads only occur when Wi-Fi is active.

  3. Confirm there's another episode in the series. If Netflix doesn't list any later episodes in your series, there are no more episodes to download!

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