20 August 2018
Netflix has now announced a new feature called Smart Downloads to improve the overall offline viewing experience on the app. It is an improvement over the original downloading functionality which it introduced over a year ago. As the name suggests, this new feature will work 'smartly' to ensure that you can keep enjoying your favorite TV shows.
With Smart Downloads, Netflix will automatically start downloading new episodes of the show you are watching as soon as you are done watching an old episode. It means if you have downloaded three episodes of a show and finished watching the first of them, it will automatically start downloading the next one in the line to make sure that you don't have to do that manually and you can simply continue binging. While doing so, it will also show a notification at the top so that you know that the app is downloading an episode.
This new feature is currently limited to Android phones and tablets with no words on the iOS release yet. It will work only if your device is connected to a known WiFi network and not on a cellular network. In order to help you save storage space, it will also delete the old watched episode(s) and replace them with newly downloaded ones. This way, it is also helpful in managing your downloads and preventing you from running out of space.
Netflix has mentioned that if a user wishes to keep old downloaded episodes, then he will have to disable Smart Downloads feature from app settings. Once it is done, your downloading management will be completely manual like it has been so far before the arrival of Smart Downloads.