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Netflix for Android is now far more useful than iOS app - here's why


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Netflix’s decision to enable subscribers to download content for offline viewing was its most significant update in years.

Today, the feature became far more useful, at least for Android users.

An update for the Netflix Android app enables content to be stored on a microSD card, meaning users can now stow away far more content.

The new Download Location feature enables users to choose whether supported shows and movies are saved to the internal storage, or the expandable storage.

Given microSD storage is now cheaper and more capacious than ever, Android fans can load their device with enough content to get them through weeks of internet-free hardship.

Of course, given iOS does not, never has and likely never will support expandable storage there’s not much hope of iPhone and iPad owners benefiting from an update.

Netflix added offline storage in November, long after Amazon afforded its subscribers with the same functionality.

Due to rights restrictions, not every title in the library is available for offline viewing, far from it, but much of Netflix’s original content is.

In the release notes, Netflix says this feature isn’t supported on all devices, but the firm doesn’t elaborate.

The update is available from the Google Play store now.

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Will this encourage you to dig out the old Android tablet? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


January 25, 2017, 11:20 am

This is one of the most pathetic articles I have seen in a long time. The author hasn't explained how Netflix on Android is more useful. The App behaves the same way if movies are loaded on a 256GB iPhone or an Andoid device with a 256GB storage card. So absurd this author.

Alex Walsh

January 25, 2017, 11:53 am

I think he's explained it well enough; allowing storage of downloads on a SD card means you can stick a £30 128GB in your Android phone against the £100 extra that 96GB of additional storage will cost on an iPhone 6s,

Providing your Android phone has a SD slot of course (mine happens to).


January 25, 2017, 11:55 am

a) apple devices do not support SD cards
b) a 256gb iphone 7 is £200!!!! more than the 32gb

seriously.... work it out

Seymour Cat

January 25, 2017, 12:15 pm

"Hello Clarice, do you hear the bleating of the iSheep?"


January 25, 2017, 12:28 pm

What does it matter? The offline downloads are only available for a limited time only anyway, you can then renew after expiry but seriously how is that far more useful that you just get get and external storage option? Even the HQ versions I have been downloading are less than 1GB each, don't think i'd need to store anymore than the 211 further films I could download to my "iSheep" device :|


January 25, 2017, 12:30 pm

Irrelevant. That is difference between storage and phone devices. Has nothing to do with Netflix.


January 25, 2017, 12:32 pm

Clearly you know nothing about me. I have android devices too. I am not beholden to any one platform. Yes, I prefer to have storage slot. However, the article talks about different phone design that is irrelevant to Netflix. How does Netflix for android provide anything more on an android device without a storage slot???? It doesn't. Sounds like your the fanboy. Learn to think critically.


January 25, 2017, 12:33 pm

Difference is phones, not app capability. How is this article relevant if my android device doesn't have expandable storage? It isn't because there isn't anything more capable or by Netflix on android.

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