How to Watch Netflix Offline on a Chromebook

This guide will take you step by step through the process of downloading movies so you can watch Netflix Offline on a Chromebook.

Chrome OS notification of a Netflix movie downloading

While you may watch Netflix in a browser window most of the time, that won’t work without an Internet connection. If you have a flight, long commute on a train or are going to be somewhere without Internet access, being able to watch Netflix while offline is a great way to kill time. Here’s how to do just that –

  1. First things first, head over to the Google Play Store and download the Netflix App by clicking the large Install button.
  2. the Netflix App in the Google Play Store

  3. Once the installation has completed, click the Open button or launch Netflix from your Chromebook ‘shelf’.
  4. the Netflix App in the Google Play Store after the App has been installed

  5. The first time the Netflix App opens it will require you to provide your account sign-in credentials. Enter them in the spaces provided and sign in. Then select the Profile you wish to use (if you have more than one).
  6. the profile selection screen in Netflix

  7. Now just surf around Netflix as you normally would. When you find a movie you want to download so you can watch it offline, select it. Below the movie synopsis look for a Download button. Not all movies and TV shows are available to download, but the majority are. Click the Download button to begin the download.
  8. a Netflix movie synopsis with the download button highlighted

  9. A blue ‘timer’ icon will appear next to the Downloads section in the Netflix App.
  10. the netflix download icon with a file being downloaded

  11. If you select the Downloads area from the bottom navigation bar you’ll be able to view a ‘real time’ summary of your current downloads.
  12. downloading files to watch on Netflix Offline on a Chromebook

  13. The Notifications area of Chrome OS will also display detailed information about your Netflix downloads.
  14. Chrome OS notification of a Netflix movie downloading

  15. You’ll even be notified once the download has completed.
  16. Chrome OS notification of a completed Netflix movie download

  17. The movie (or TV show) will now display a ‘check mark’ icon indicating that the file is available to watch offline.
  18. the Netflix downloads button with an indication the file has been downloaded

  19. When you want to watch that movie simply open the Netflix App and navigate to the Downloads section. Now you can watch movies and TV shows from Netflix offline on a Chromebook!
  20. the Netflix downloads icon in the Netflix App

  21. That’s it!

With Chromebook hard drives being fairly small, you may want to download Netflix movies onto an SD card instead.

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2 thoughts on “How to Watch Netflix Offline on a Chromebook”

  1. When I try to download Netflix on my Chromebook it only gives me the option to add it remotely to other devices, Why?

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