How to Watch Netflix Offline on a Chromebook

This guide will take you step by step through the process of downloading movies on Netflix so you can watch them any time – whether you’re online or not.

Chrome OS notification of a Netflix movie downloading

  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. a Netflix movie download in progress

  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. From there you’ll be able to play anything you’ve downloaded whether you’re online or not.
  20. the Netflix downloads icon in the Netflix App

  21. That’s it!

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