Android phone users will be able to download more Netflix programs than ever before
Netflix has introduced a major new update that will make watching movies and TV shows on your phone easier than ever.
Android smartphone users will now be able to download Netflix shows directly to their device, with programs and movies being saved directly to their SD card.
However iPhone users will not be getting the update, meaning they will have to wait a little while longer.
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Netflix users finally got the ability to download shows to their mobile devices for later viewing at the end of last year after months of waiting.
To find out what shows can be downloaded, look out for the arrow icon when on the landing page for a particular show or movie.
Downloading for your iOS or Android device doesn’t cost any extra on top of your existing subscription, but you’ll need to keep an eye on your own data allowance to ensure you don’t end up with a massive phone bill.
Until today downloading was only possible to the onboard storage of your device, which often severely limited the amount of content that could be stored.
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However Android users will now be able to save more programs and films than ever after Netflix released a new version of its mobile app.
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Look out for the arrow icon to tell you what Netflix content can be downloaded
Available to download now for free from the Google Play Store, the update is restricted to Android devices for the time being, with iPhone users left out for the time being.
There are some restrictions to the new rules, as users will only be able to carry out a certain number of downloads at one time.
Downloads will also only be accessible for a limited amount of time – however it’s not known exactly how long this will be just yet.
According to Engadget, users also won’t be able to share SD cards among multiple devices, as Netflix is making sure that only the device used to download the content will be able to play it.
Netflix customers can now download more programs – but only if they have an Android device
The news comes as Netflix users across the world celebrate the start of offline viewing.
However not all of Netflix’s library is available to download just yet, as the company looks to secure the rights for several of its most successful programs.
This includes shows that it makes in partnership with outside production houses such as Disney and Marvel, meaning that shows including Luke Cage and movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Civil War, can’t currently be downloaded.
All BBC programming is also currently exempt from downloading, although UK users are able to get their hands on much of this through iPlayer anyways.