Netflix makes it easier to manage downloaded shows on Android

Judy Cobb
July 11, 2018

The announcement came via Director of Product Innovation Cameron Johnson on Netflix's blog. The feature won't have a major impact on device storage as it deletes the last watched episode before downloading the next one.

Smart downloads can be turned off if desired by tapping the "Downloads" icon, clicking 'Smart Downloads, ' then toggling it off.

Either way, Netflix's Smart Downloads feature is rolling out on Android today, with iOS devices set to receive the feature later this year.

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The move is the latest evolution of Netflix's mobile experience, which has grown in importance since its first app launch in 2010. The feature is now live for Android phones and tablets. But as competitors like Amazon Prime Video began offering downloads, and as Netflix itself expanded internationally to markets where mobile connectivity wasn't as reliable as in the US, Netflix relented. The company provides a brief guide on the smart downloads feature and how to use it here.

Binge-watching your favorite shows on Netflix is about to become a little bit more convenient.

Smart Downloads will need to be switched on through the Netflix app settings, and can also be switched off in case you prefer to download and manage your TV shows the old fashioned way. For those who don't like to immediately delete episodes from their devices, they should just turn off the new feature. And smart downloads will progress into the next season of a series. "And you have to manually go back and delete episodes". For example, let's say you've downloaded the first three episodes of the first season of One Day at a Time.

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