How to Download Netflix Shows/Movies to an SD Card

Usually I don’t watch Netflix on a phone or tablet’s small screen, so it’s been a little while since I even opened the app. So it was a nice surprise today when I finally updated my app and noticed something great:

WHAT’S NEW

  • SD Card support*. New “Download Location” app setting that lets you control where to save downloaded content: Internal Storage or SD Card (new permission requested)
  • Bug fixes
    *This feature is not available on all devices.

You probably already heard that Netflix has been allowing some downloads to your devices so you can watch them later, such as on a plane or over slow connections. This change makes it much better to actually use your phone/tablet to watch videos, because you don’t have to fill up the on-board memory which is usually smaller and already pretty full. Now instead you can use a relatively cheap SD card to hold it in addition to your device’s regular memory storage. (They’re currently 32 gigs for only $10-$12, and 64 gigs for $24.99, the 128 gig monster pictured above is $56.33 currently!).

How to Set it Up

It’s pretty easy to set up. Just download the latest version of the Netflix app, and after opening it, and set the SD Card as your download location (that’s what this update allows, so you no longer have to move them manually!). Click the download button on the show/movie that you want on your card (pictured above in “The Crown” screenshot).
Note: Not all shows are available, Netflix Originals are and many more are being added each week.

And if your phone or tablet doesn’t have a slot for an SD or SD Mini (both work), you might have made a mistake in purchasing something that you can’t cheaply expand the memory of! SD Cards are not only great for watching movies on a plane, but saving all your pictures there by default – allowing you to remove it and download your pictures any time even if your phone dies or breaks.

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