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Can you download Netflix movies on laptop? Here’s what you need to know!

Netflix needs no introduction. The pandemic has only increased its subscribers as it was one of the best sources of entertainment during lockdowns. Can you download Netflix movies on laptop? If that’s the question on your mind, we’re here to answer it!

Netflix is a popular streaming service that provides users with a large amount of content to watch. While streaming in general means it would internet connection, Netflix has the added ability to download videos so you can watch them later. Previously, Netflix allowed downloads only on mobile devices. But now, you can download movies on your laptop for offline viewing.

Can you download Netflix movies on laptop?

The answer is Yes. While you can watch Netflix from your desktop, you can simply log in to your Netflix account from any browser, to download content for offline viewing, you will need the Netflix app.

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The app is available free for Windows 8 and later. Go to the Microsoft Store and download the app. Once you download the Netflix app, make sure that the app is updated to the most recent version.

  • Go to your laptop’s Start menu
  • Click on the Netflix icon
  • Select Updates or Download

If any update is available your laptop will do so automatically.

Next, set the playback quality by following these steps;

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  • Go to the menu icon that you see on the left of the program screen
  • Next, find the App settings
  • Under Downloads, click on the “Video Quality”
  • Choose either Standard or High

Do remember, that all of the content on Netflix is not available for download. To check which ones are available for download, go to the Menu button in the upper left and then choose “Available for Download.” If you see a download icon (arrow pointing downward) means that particular content is available for download.

Tip: If you are unable to download a video even though it clearly shows available, ensure that someone else had not downloaded it on your plan and saved it for offline viewing. That said, make sure you have enough space on your laptop.

If you find the movie of your choice, click on the download button and save the content. The video will be downloaded to the quality you chose in your settings. So, make sure you set the quality correctly before starting the download.

Depending on the playback quality, internet speed, and the length of the video, it may take a few minutes to an hour to download the movie. Typically, a 90-minute movie has a file size of 500MB to 2.0GB so make sure you have enough space on your hard drive.

Do note, that you will have to save the content in the same drive as that of the Netflix app. Usually, it is the laptop’s hard drive. However, you can’t download movies to a USB or SD card.

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This way you can download your favorite movie and watch it in your free time. All you need to do is click on the “My Downloads” section of the app and start watching the content offline.

You can delete the movie after you are done watching it. However, do remember that if a show is not available for streaming on Netflix, it won’t be available for download as well. So, make sure to keep an eye on the show or movie that leaves the service if you don’t want to miss out on watching your favorite show!

Why download Netflix videos on laptop?

Downloading shows or videos in advance can be great if you’re heading to a place where there is no Wi-Fi or if your flight is delayed or if you simply need to watch it later.

Also, since your laptop has a much bigger screen, good speakers, and better resolution than your smartphone, you will enjoy a better viewing experience.

Final Thoughts

Now that we have answered- Can you download Netflix movies on laptop, you can go ahead and download as many videos as you want to. Watch your favorite show from your laptop in the hotel room, on a plane, or anywhere you don’t have access to the internet. Leave your comments below to share your experience!

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Varsha Kamath
Varsha Kamath
I have been writing content for various businesses for the last decade or so. Apart from writing content, I enjoy reading and travelling.

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