Netflix's 'smart downloads' cue up your next offline episode automatically

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So if you finish watching a season finale on your commute into work, you can connect to your office Wi-Fi and the next season's premiere will be waiting for you on your ride home. Not a great deal of friction, to be sure, but it was evidently enough that Netflix has developed a way to automate the process.

TVLine reports that Netflix has added a new "smart download" feature to the Android version of the app, although there's no word on when it'll arrive for iPhones or iPads. Stocking up on a full season of a show will still need to be done manually if you need to keep them on-hand, but those who just watch an episode or two on public transportation will likely find this new feature to be quite convenient.

The new Smart Downloads feature is now only available on the Android version of Netflix. Usually, iOS and Android apps are updated at the same time, or iOS users get the new features first and Android users sometime later (we're looking at you, Snapchat).

"Even though we have a great personalization system, we don't know what's the next movie you're going to want to watch", he said. "Whether it is smart downloading or viewing a mobile preview, we realize the best part of Netflix is connecting with the stories you will love in an easier and more fun way".

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Netflix isn't clear about what happens when you watch the entirety of a show's available episodes. That's a great way to save money on your cellular data plan if Netflix streaming isn't included in your deal, or you don't have an unlimited data plan. We assume it will delete the final few episodes from your device and then simply not download anything after, but you'll have to test it out to see if that's true. Before you Smart Download any of those, however, this otherwise knowledgeless writer recommends you dive into as many consecutive episodes as you possibly can of Bill Nye Saves the World.

How it works Smart Downloads feature is available under the download section in the application.

Tap on the Downloads icon within the application.

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