Netflix finally makes downloads smarter for iOS users

Netflix finally makes downloads smarter for iOS users

Netflix's offline download feature is available for a large number of shows and movies on the platform, providing subscribers with a way to watch the videos when they're away from a reliable Internet connection.

Netflix has rolled out its Smart Downloads feature for iOS users- a seamless way to help users manage their downloaded titles on the Netflix app. Netflix originally planned to launch the feature before the end of 2018, and on iOS first, but the reality was Smart Downloads landed on Android first. Members need to be connected to Wi-Fi to download shows.

The Smart Downloads feature will automatically download the next episode in a series and delete the current one after the user has finished watching it.

The updated feature arrives after Netflix finally enabled downloads for offline viewing in late 2016.

Once you've done that, simply head over to the "downloads" section of the app and you'll find the "smart downloads" toggle at the very top. Obviously, if you happen to download each scene of a series on the double, the application won't delete or supplant any of them once viewed.

Scroll down and select App Settings.

"The feature is one more way we're making it easier for Netflix fans to take the stories they love wherever they go", the streaming firm says. Then under the "Downloads" heading, use the toggle to turn Smart Downloads on or off. This is probably why Netflix introduced the feature on Android first.

Amazon Prime Video and CBS All Access also allow users to download content, and Hulu said a year ago in May that it would soon add the feature. In a statement to The Los Angeles Times, the company confirmed it was testing the feature.