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Netflix makes it easier to manage downloaded shows on Android

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Troy Mann | 10 July, 2018, 23:24

Smart downloads will only queue up shows you've already downloaded in the past - it won't randomly download a suggested show, thankfully - and the automatic deletion of old episodes will free up space on your device.

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.

According to a Netflix spokesperson, "this feature only operates on WiFi and can easily be toggled on and off depending on your preference".

Netflix's Smart Downloads will initially only be available on Android smartphones and tablets. "Today, downloads is a manual process - you have to download [TV episodes] one at a time, then delete them".

A download status bar will appear on the screen when a new episode is downloading, and users will be notified when the download is complete. Users should make sure that they've updated to the latest version of the Netflix Android app in order to start using Smart Downloads. 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.

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Smart Downloads will only work for TV shows and not for movies, standup specials and other types of content.

Smart Downloads deletes Season 1, Episode 1, and automatically downloads Season 1, Episode 4.

The following video shows you Smart Downloads at work, while this help page should provide more information on how to make it work on your mobile device.

You download Season 1, Episodes 1-3. But the service can determine with "high confidence" that you'll probably want to continue watching a show you've downloaded.

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