The streaming service launched the Download feature in 2016, making it possible for customers to watch shows and movies on the go. Not a great deal of friction, to be sure, but it was evidently enough that Netflix has developed a way to automate the process. When enabled, the Netflix app will automatically download the next episode in your preferred show while connected to WiFi, replacing the most recent watched episode with it. When they're through, they'll delete the episodes to make space on their devices and download a few more.
It's now only available for Android phones and tablets.
The following video shows you Smart Downloads at work, while this help page should provide more information on how to make it work on your mobile device. After all, you might not want to disconnect from that Wi-Fi network before your next episode is done. So if you binged three episodes during a long plane ride, the app will delete all three and queue up the next three episodes for you. So a user with the first three episodes of a show downloaded will have the first deleted and the fourth installed after watching the initial content.
Netflix's download option, now in its third year of existence, is receiving a binge-easing makeover. Tap on the Menu button choose App Settings Downloads use toggle to turn off the feature. This means it can automatically download the first episode of the next season once users have finished watching the season finale.