Netflix just added a 'Smart Downloads' feature for mobile users (NFLX)

Netflix just added a 'Smart Downloads' feature for mobile users (NFLX)

Today Netflix announced a new download feature called Smart Download. Today, the streaming service is improving upon this capability by introducing smart downloads. Imagine you download an episode or two of Stranger Things at home and watch it on the subway ride to work.

According to a Netflix spokesperson, "this feature only operates on WiFi and can easily be toggled on and off depending on your preference". It will hit Android smartphones and tablets first, and iOS devices later.

A download status bar will appear on the screen when a new episode is downloading, and users will be notified when the download is complete. Users can have multiple episodes of a TV series downloaded at once, but they typically don't download entire seasons.

Netflix will also begin downloading the next episode for viewing after the previous one has finished playing.

Netflix is figuring out how to make TV work on your smartphone, where downloading a TV show can mean less room for selfies or devour your data plan. "W$3 hen it comes to Netflix, the faster you can get to the next episode you want to watch, the better", Johnson wrote. Users should make sure that they've updated to the latest version of the Netflix Android app in order to start using Smart Downloads.

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You can find more information about the smart downloads here.

Use the toggle to turn off the feature.

The feature is ideal for those who love binge watching TV shows, don't want to burn through their data allowance, and certainly do not like the process of going through the download process manually.

Netflix says the feature is mostly aimed at public transit commuters who may have limited or poor network coverage during their journey.

Or you can also do so via App Settings.

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