How to Download a Netflix TV Show Episode to Your iPhone

One of the biggest complaints from Netflix users used to be the inability to watch content offline, but that complaint has now been alleviated. iPhone Netflix users can now download videos directly to their iPhones, which they can then view without being connected to the Internet.

Our guide below will show you how to download a Netflix video to your iPhone using the iOS Netflix app.

Downloading a Video in the iPhone Netflix App for Offline Viewing

The steps below were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.1. I am using the most current version of the Netflix app available as of November 30, 2016. We are going to go into the App Store first in the steps below to make sure that you are using the updated version of the Netflix app.

Step 1: Open the App Store.

open the app store

Step 2: Select Updates at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

select the updates tab

Step 3: Tap the Update button to the right of the Netflix app.

install the netflix app update

Step 4: Open the Netflix app.

open the netflix app

You should be greeted with this graphic if this is the first time you have opened the Netflix iPhone app since the update.

how to download a tv show episode in the iPhone netflix app

Step 5: Select a TV show for which you would like to download an episode. (Note that the download feature is currently only available for some videos, so not everything will have a download option.)

select a TV show

Step 7: Tap the Download button to the right of the TV show episode that you wish to download.

tap the download button next to an episode

You can access your downloaded videos by tapping the Settings icon at the top-left corner of the screen.

open the netflix settings menu

Then selecting the My Downloads option. (Note that there is also an Available for Download option on this menu as well, if you want to see what videos can be downloaded.)

open the my downloads page

The episode of Narcos that I downloaded in this example was about 266.1 MB in size.

You can delete a downloaded Netflix TV show episode by tapping the Edit button at the top-right corner of the My Downloads page.

tap the edit button

The tapping the red X to the right of the episode.

how to delete a downloaded netflix tv show episode

Now that you know how to download a Netflix TV show on your iPhone, you can use this option to make sure that you have content to watch on your phone if you won’t be able to stream it.

Do you need to free up some space on your iPhone to make room for these downloaded Netflix videos? This guide will show you a bunch of different places on your iPhone where you can remove files and apps.

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