Netflix Gets Smarter About Downloads on iOS


Netflix has finally added the Smart Download feature to its iOS app. "Now, fans on the Netflix iOS app can get in on the fun and convenience of Smart Downloads, spending less time managing their downloads and more time watching".

In December, Netflix was also testing another new feature that would allow users to watch a single scene again.

Users were first introduced to the download feature a couple of years ago as a method of kicking away the issues with buffering in the middle of shows or films.

The feature is enabled by default, but can be turned off in your App Settings. Netflix bills this as a way for customers to watch content they've already downloaded, and then have the system automatically download the next episode of that show you're trying to binge.

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The Smart Downloads feature only works when users are connected to a Wi-Fi network, which means one does not have to worry about accidentally finishing up their mobile data after downloading content from Netflix. The feature is also available for Windows 10 devices.

Scroll down and select App Settings. If you download and watch a movie, it's sequel won't automatically load on your tablet or phone. Then under the "Downloads" heading, use the toggle to turn Smart Downloads on or off. Once it's updated, open the app and go to My Downloads section.

The "Smart Downloads" feature works the same way on the Netflix app for iPad and iPhone, and can be activated or deactivated in two manners.

"We're trying out a feature which gives Netflix members the ability to rewatch favorite scenes and memorable moments with the click of a button", the streaming firm said.