How long do Netflix downloads last before they expire?




Netflix has come a long way from the days when it was a mail-in subscription service for DVD rentals. Netflix, now the biggest name in the streaming revolution, has thousands of TV shows and movies, ready to stream and enjoy anytime, even on the go.
One of the best things about having a Netflix account is being able to download some shows and movies to your mobile device. This feature is a boon if you’re taking a long car ride or flight and need something to pass the time, or want to watch away from a WiFi network without using up your mobile data for the month.
Now, naturally, Netflix downloads can’t last forever; that would essentially mean you own the movie, which is not how streaming services work. The amount of time downloads can stay on your device can vary by license, or even by title, and some titles do not allow downloads at all.
Most downloads last seven days; if a download is due to expire in less than seven days, Netflix displays the days or time remaining next to the title on the app’s Downloads page.
Another common time limit is that many downloads expire 48 hours after you hit play on the title, after which you’ll need to download it again, if the option is available.
When a download has expired, you’ll see an orange exclamation point and the word expired next to it. However, this is not really something to worry about, as long as you are connected to a WiFi network, you can download it again just as quickly, or choose a different title to download.
Here’s how to download and re-download Netflix shows and movies.
1. Find the movie or episode you want to download in your Netflix app.
two. If it’s available for download, you’ll see a downward-pointing arrow to the right of the episode. Tap it to start downloading.
If you’ve already downloaded the episode and it’s expired, the process is pretty much the same:
1. Find the title or episode, either in the Downloads tab or in the show or movie.
two. Tap the orange exclamation mark that says “Expired.”
3. In the pop-up menu, tap “Renew” to start the download.
Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company Axel Springer, is a member of the Netflix board of directors.

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