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Here’s How You Can Watch Netflix Offline (Without An Internet Connection)

You can now watch whatever you want—even without an internet connection!

In addition to streaming their favorite titles, Netflix fans can now download certain titles—at no extra cost—for offline viewing. This can prove handy if you want to watch a show on an airplane, where internet access is expensive and usually not streaming-compatible, or during a long car ride when your service may be spotty.

Netflix says that many of your favorites are already available for download, with more on the way. Given the complexities of licensing, Netflix is beginning this feature with their own titles, including “Orange Is The New Black,” “Narcos,” and “The Crown,” and will continue adding more content in the future.

To download titles from Netflix on your device, you will need the following:

  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod running iOS 9.0 or later
  • A phone or tablet running Android 4.4.2 or later
  • A tablet or computer running Windows 10 Version 1607 (Anniversary Update) or later
  • An internet connection*
  • An active Netflix streaming account
  • The latest version of the Netflix Apple iOSNetflix Android, or Netflix Windows 10 app

Here’s what the feature looks like (below), and it’s available for phones and tablets running Android or iOS. You will need to update your device’s Netflix app to the most recent version. Here’s a link to the Netflix help department to learn more.

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You’ve already been able to do this with certain titles on Amazon Prime Video, and now Netflix is following suit.

As TechCrunch notes, “You can also select from two different quality options, depending on whether you want to prioritize video quality or device storage space.” This is a handy feature as handheld devices such as phones and tablets have far less storage capacity than the average desktop computer, after all.

Bottom line, it’s a great feature from the Netflix folks, so charge up those devices and start watching—wherever you go.

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Netflix Secret Genres

Speaking of awesome Netflix hacks, did you know there are secret genres?

As first discovered by What’s On Netflix, there is a way to access all these hidden categories to help you figure out what to watch.

Using your browser, go to the following url and swap out the ### with the code in the list below.

http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/###

For example, 25804 is code for military TV shows.  So just go to  http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/25804 and you will get a list of all the TV shows that fall under that category.

Some Interesting Categories

Some of the more interesting and useful categories I found are: Zombie Horror Movies: 75405, Quirky Romance: 36103, Dark Comedies: 869, Disney: 67673, Political Thrillers: 10504, and TV Comedies: 10375.

They even have categories broken out for children based upon age:

Movies for ages 0 to 2: 6796
Movies for ages 2 to 4: 6218
Movies for ages 5 to 7: 5455
Movies for ages 8 to 10: 561
Movies for ages 11 to 12: 6962

All Netflix Category Codes:

A

Action & Adventure: 1365
Action Comedies: 43040
Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568
Action Thrillers: 43048
Adult Animation: 11881
Adventures: 7442
African Movies: 3761
Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
Animal Tales: 5507
Anime: 7424
Anime Action: 2653
Anime Comedies: 9302
Anime Dramas: 452
Anime Fantasy: 11146
Anime Features: 3063
Anime Horror: 10695
Anime Sci-Fi: 2729
Anime Series: 6721
Art House Movies: 29764
Asian Action Movies: 77232
Australian Movies: 5230

B

B-Horror Movies: 8195
Baseball Movies: 12339
Basketball Movies: 12762
Belgian Movies: 262
Biographical Documentaries: 3652
Biographical Dramas: 3179
Boxing Movies: 12443
British Movies: 10757
British TV Shows: 52117

C

Campy Movies: 1252
Children & Family Movies: 783
Chinese Movies: 3960
Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
Classic Comedies: 31694
Classic Dramas: 29809
Classic Foreign Movies: 32473
Classic Movies: 31574
Classic Musicals: 32392
Classic Romantic Movies: 31273
Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147
Classic Thrillers: 46588
Classic TV Shows: 46553
Classic War Movies: 48744
Classic Westerns: 47465
Comedies: 6548

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Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118
Country & Western/Folk: 1105
Courtroom Dramas: 2748
Creature Features: 6895
Crime Action & Adventure: 9584
Crime Documentaries: 9875
Crime Dramas: 6889
Crime Thrillers: 10499
Crime TV Shows: 26146
Cult Comedies: 9434
Cult Horror Movies: 10944
Cult Movies: 7627
Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 4734
Cult TV Shows: 74652

D

Dark Comedies: 869
Deep Sea Horror Movies: 45028
Disney: 67673
Disney Musicals: 59433
Documentaries: 6839
Dramas: 5763
Dramas based on Books: 4961
Dramas based on real life: 3653
Dutch Movies: 10606

E

Eastern European Movies: 5254
Education for Kids: 10659
Epics: 52858
Experimental Movies: 11079

F

Faith & Spirituality: 26835
Faith & Spirituality Movies: 52804
Family Features: 51056
Fantasy Movies: 9744
Film Noir: 7687
Food & Travel TV: 72436
Football Movies: 12803
Foreign Action & Adventure: 11828
Foreign Comedies: 4426
Foreign Documentaries: 5161
Foreign Dramas: 2150
Foreign Gay & Lesbian Movies: 8243
Foreign Horror Movies: 8654
Foreign Movies: 7462
Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 6485
Foreign Thrillers: 10306
French Movies: 58807

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G

Gangster Movies: 31851
Gay & Lesbian Dramas: 500
German Movies: 58886
Greek Movies: 61115

H

Historical Documentaries: 5349
Horror Comedy: 89585
Horror Movies: 8711

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I

Independent Action & Adventure: 11804
Independent Comedies: 4195
Independent Dramas: 384
Independent Movies: 7077
Independent Thrillers: 3269
Indian Movies: 10463
Irish Movies: 58750
Italian Movies: 8221