Netflix Downloads can eat up a lot of space on your Android device. In order to tackle that, there is a simple Use workaround you could use to transfer all your netflix Downloads to an external SD card and save space therefore freeing some space from your internal storage.
Although, smartphones have a certain amount of allocated internal storage, hence you need it for the smooth running of your apps, photos, and everything else on your device. It is interesting to know that Netflix allows it’s customers to download content to an SD card, thereby saving a whole lots of space on Android.
In this article, we are going to be elaborating on how you can possibly downloaded Netflix downloads to an SD card and again show you where to find the downloaded movies on your phone’s SD card.
Follow every bit of steps below to learn how to Save Netflix Downloads to an SD Card
There’s a simple three-step process to download Netflix movies and TV shows to your microSD card:
Step 1. Open the Netflix app and click on More, after which locate App Settings.
2. Now scroll down to the Downloads section and tap Download Location. Here, select SD Card from the list.
That’s it. The app will show you how much free space you’ve got left on your card, and how much of it your Netflix content is using.
For now on wards all your future downloads will be stored on your microSD card. Thus every other thing you’ve already downloaded before now will remain on your device internal storage. If you want to transfer them into your SD card, you’ll have to re-download it.
As a form of reminder, Netflix downloaded content s do not last forever. Hence the number of times you get to download a movie, and how long you can keep it, thus depends solely on the license for each piece of content. Some downloads expire within 48 hours of you starting to watch them; others that have less than seven days left will show the expiry date on the Downloads screen.
Furthermore, Netflix content cannot be shared out even after downloading any piece of content from the app neither can it be shared by moving your Netflix content from your device internal storage to your SD memory card.
In addition, if a movie or TV show eventually leaves the Netflix library your download will disappear at the same time.
How To Locate Netflix Downloaded Content On SD Card
After downloading Netflix movies and TV shows to your SD card, you may be wondering, where does the content get stored at in your SD card?
Note that all netflix content are highly encrypted and thus hidden by default in your device or phone. nevertheless, you can thus gain access them using a file manager app. We recommend Files by Google.
It’s free and comes without bloatware associated with many other file managers.
How To Find Netflix Download Location On Storage
1. Open Files and click on SD card, click on the hamburger then select Show hidden files. (You’ll need to find the equivalent setting if you’re using a different file manager.)
2. Now, navigate your way to Android > data > com.netflix.mediaclient > files > Download > .of
There you’ll see some folders with 8-digit random numbers as the name. Open one of those to find a downloaded movie.
All Netflix downloads are highly encrypted like earlier mentioned and is in the NFV format. You can’t save your Netflix downloads to the Gallery app, or watch them in any other player.
If you’ve already downloaded movies to your phone’s internal storage and would like to move them to your SD card instead you can try moving them manually using your file manager. Via the Same method above through cut and paste from your internal storage to your SD card Storage.
However, you will have to move them back before you watch them, and you can’t open the Netflix app in the meantime because it will no longer be recognize in the downloads.