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Can you watch Netflix without an internet connection?

Streaming usually implies the need for an internet connection, but does Netflix offer offline viewing?

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Quick Answer: Yes. Netflix has a “Downloads” feature that allows subscribers to watch TV shows or movies offline. But for this feature to work, an internet connection is required to download any content.

Netflix is a massive streaming platform, but streaming implies the need for an internet connection. Can you watch Netflix without one?

Maybe you have a data-limited connection that stops you from streaming videos regularly. Or maybe you want to watch a show or movie on your device in an area where you don’t have easy access to WiFi.

Whatever the situation, it would be nice not to rely on a stable internet connection to watch shows and movies from Netflix. So, can you use Netflix without the internet?

Will Netflix work without the internet?

Short answer: Technically yes, but you still need it to set everything up

Netflix has a feature that lets subscribers watch TV shows or movies while not connected to the internet. However, you will need an internet connection at some point to set everything up.

READ MORE: Can you still use a VPN with Netflix?

This works by downloading content onto your device. Netflix lets you download shows and movies directly to various devices, including iPhones, Android phones, Amazon Fire tablets, and computers.

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But not all of the content on Netflix is available to download. You will see a download icon (shown above) next to each movie or show that can be downloaded.

And, of course, once you download the content you want, you can watch it at any time on your device.

Let Netflix decide what you want to download

In addition to being able to manually download many shows and movies over an internet connect, Netflix has another feature for users.

Downloads for You, available on Android and iOS, uses an algorithm to download shows and movies over WiFi.

Essentially, it looks at the other content you’ve streamed and decides what would be helpful to download.

Maybe it’s more episodes of your favorite show. Or possibly the sequel to a movie you’ve watched recently.

Download & Go is very convenient

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So there you have it. Technically, you can watch Netflix without an internet connection, although you’ll need a connection to make any initial downloads.

But once you’ve downloaded the shows or movies you want to watch, you’re good to start watching without the internet.

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