Netflix finally brings its smart downloads feature to iOS devices

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It's not that often that we see non-Google apps get exclusive features on Android, but it does happen, and Netflix proved as much back in July when it released a clever trick for its Android app.

Popular multimedia streaming service provider Netflix has finally introduced Smart Download feature in the iOS version for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch models. As for how the feature actually works, well, it will identify the series and the episodes users are watching and then decides when to activate the automatic download action. The feature ensures the user always has a couple new episodes to watch after the one they finished, as well, so that there's more than only one thing to watch if WiFi is unavailable to grab the next download.

The "Smart Downloads" feature works the same way on the Netflix app for iPad and iPhone, and can be activated or deactivated in two manners. Now, when you finish watching a downloaded episode, Smart Downloads will delete it, and then automatically download the next episode. And there really is a bit of smarts to how it works. This apparently enables the app to automatically download episodes of a TV series via Wi-Fi and stack them ready for consumers to watch and once it is viewed, the latter gets deleted and new episodes get downloaded.

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With the smart downloads feature switched on, the Netflix app will wait until your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network before deleting watched episodes and downloading the next available one. The feature is created to automatically delete an episode before it installs a new one.

Netflix says the feature is available on its Windows 10 app as well, though we aren't sure when exactly that launched.

Netflix claims that it wants users to spend less time managing their downloads and spend more time actually consuming content, something the Smart Downloads feature will help them accomplish.

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