How to watch Netflix movies on your iPhone X even if you're offline [tutorial]

Going to an off-the-grid trip and afraid of missing your favorite Netflix shows or movies? Fear not. The new iPhone Netflix app now allows you to save your favorite movies or shows so you can watch them even when your device is not connected to the internet. This short tutorial will walk you through the steps on what you need to do to make that possible. Just make sure to plan ahead and do the downloads using your home wifi. Netflix contents can take several GBs so you want to make sure that you’re using your home wifi or any other fast wifi to download them. Unless you are on an unlimited data plan, or you can afford to pay humongous cellular bills, downloading via wifi should be a wiser choice.

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Choose video quality of Netflix videos you want to download

Your iPhone Netflix app allows you to see a snapchat of the remaining storage space on your device so you can estimate the amount of content to download.

Before you download shows or movies, you may also want to change their video quality. By default, all downloaded Netflix contents are set to Standard resolution but if you want to view them in finer, high resolution output, you can change the standard setting to Higher. This, however, will consume more storage space as better video quality also means larger file size. If you want to see the storage chart and change the video quality of your Netflix contents, follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install Netflix app from the App Store. If you’ve already installed Netflix ahead of time, make sure that you it’s updated to the latest version.
  2. Open Netflix app.
  3. Tap the Menu icon at the upper left side (three-line icon).
  4. Scroll down and tap App Settings.
  5. The chart of your iPhone’s data usage will be at the bottom.
  6. Tap on Video Quality to switch from Standard to Higher, or vice versa.

How to download Netflix movies to your iPhone X

If you think the Netflix app on your iPhone X is only useful when you’re online, think again. Netflix no longer restricts their contents for online viewing only and in fact, it’s now perfectly legal to download them for offline viewing later. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open Netflix app.
  2. Tap the Menu icon at the upper left side (three-line icon).
  3. Tap Available for Download to access the list of available shows and movies that you can download in your country.
  4. Once you’ve you’ve find the show to download, tap on it.
  5. Find the Download button to begin the download process. If you’re planning on downloading a TV series, you’ll need to download individual episodes.

How to access downloaded Netflix shows and movies

Once you’re done downloading the movies or shows, you’ll need to access them first in order to view them. Here’s how:

  1. Open Netflix app.
  2. Tap the Menu icon at the upper left side (three-line icon).
  3. Open the main Menu up again and tap My Downloads.
  4. Tap on the show or movie you have downloaded to watch it offline.

How to delete downloaded Netflix shows or movies

Downloaded Netflix movies can take serious GBs out of your iPhone’s storage device so you want to make sure that you delete them afterwards. This is especially important if you’re on vacation and need all available storage space you can spare for photos and videos. Removing downloaded Netflix movies is easy. Follow these steps in order to purge them from the system:

  1. Open Netflix app.
  2. Tap the Menu icon at the upper left side (three-line icon).
  3. Open the main Menu up again and tap My Downloads.
  4. Swipe left on the downloaded movie or show and tap the X to delete it.
  5. Alternatively, you can tap Edit in the upper right corner and tap the X next to each download you want to remove.

How to delete all downloaded Netflix shows and movies at once

If you want to delete all Netflix downloads, you can do so by doing these steps:

  1. Open Netflix app.
  2. Tap the Menu icon at the upper left side (three-line icon).
  3. Tap App Settings.
  4. Tap Delete All Downloads.
  5. Confirm Delete.

Netflix downloads expire

Keep in mind that downloaded Netflix won’t last forever. The expiration date is not the same for all contents although most of them gives you ample time to watch them. Some contents may only last for 2 days while others may last as long as a week.

If you did not have the time and were unable to watch your downloaded contents, simply redownload them the next time you get the chance. Doing so will refresh the expiration timer for that content.

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