Friday, January 6, 2017

Cheapskates on the Move, Saving Data--Offline Netflix (UPDATE: International availability)

Netflix downloading is HUGE!

As of December 2016, Netflix now allows downloading content for viewing offline.  This is huge for those of us who are occasionally offline for extended periods of time.  (NOTE:  As of Jan 2017, we have T-Mobile.  We are able to stream through our Binge On while in Puerto Rico so we're loading up for the black hole of T-Mobile coverage--USVI!)  UPDATE:  Many cruisers (including us) were under the assumption Netflix didn't work outside the US.  This isn't quite true!  Netflix is worldwide but the selection varies by country.  You may not be able to get your favorite shows, but you may be able to find something new--which is exactly what we're looking for.  It DOESN'T work in the Bahamas (unless you're using a VPN, which I believe, Netflix is on to) which is probably where we all got confused.

Netflix has an excellent help section, but I'll share some screenshots (from my iPhone) to make it easier:

First, make sure you have the latest software update that makes downloading possible (see photo above):   App store, & click "Updates" on bottom right.  

Log in, then click at the top left...

Not all shows can be saved offline--try "Available for Download"

When you find something, it will look like this.  Tap on the arrow at the right to download

Saved offline downloads look like this

To play or delete, just tap the blue arrow

Check out the blog, cheapskates-on-move-tv-movies for info on mirroring your iPhone or iPad to the TV.


  1. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We've been using it here in the Bahamas and really enjoying it. I had dropped Netflix quite a while ago since we never had enough bandwidth to stream, but it only takes a few minutes to download a full length feature movie. Thanks again for the heads up!

    S/V Kintala

  2. Good info! Last I heard it didn't work in the Bahamas. Love our technology!