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Netflix adds smart download management for offline content

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Netflix has revealed smarter downloads on Android, an update to its offline downloads feature that enables the app to manage content on its own.

The old offline download experience isn’t going anywhere, but rather Netflix is adding a second downloading option — smart downloads — that ensure the user’s favorite content is always available offline without using up excess phone or tablet storage.

Existing offline download support involves the user manually downloading the content they want, watching it, then manually erasing it once finished.

That’s fine in some cases, but not ideal for episodic shows.

That’s where smart downloading comes in.

When enabled, the Netflix app will automatically download the next episode in your preferred show while connected to WiFi, replacing the most recent watched episode with it.

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