Netflix Smart Downloads Come to iOS

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This is ideal for mobile users who watch a lot of Netflix content as they travel, either on a commute or a long flight.

Digital content streaming stage Netflix on Friday revealed the "Smart Downloads" include for iOS clients to enable them to deal with their downloaded titles on the app.

"Now, fans on the Netflix iOS app can get in on the fun and convenience of smart downloads, spending less time managing their downloads and more time watching".

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.

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In order to access this new feature, you will need to first get your hands on the latest version of Netflix for iOS. The app then also deletes the previous episode so you're not constantly filling up your data card with already viewed content. As for how the feature actually works, well, it will identify the series and the episodes users are watching and then decides when to activate the automatic download action.

As Netflix offline viewing eats up a good chunk of a device's local storage, turning on the Smart Downloads feature helps manage what needs to be deleted before downloading the next one so users won't have to manually go over the list of movies or episodes, therefore saving time and device storage.

Scroll down and select App Settings.

Netflix says the feature is available on its Windows 10 app as well, though we aren't sure when exactly that launched.

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Under the Downloads heading, use the toggle to turn Smart Downloads on or off.

Netflix has recently been focusing heavily on offline access to its app to further expand its user base as the USA market saturates.

The feature itself can be turned on and off as a user sees fit, so it's not always on by default. Some subscribers noticed a pop-up that asked them if they wish to "watch this scene again".

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