How To Save Tv Shows To A Laptop Or A Mobile Device?

Last updated Aug 16, 2020

Today most of us use internet streaming services to watch our favorite TV shows and films. But what happens if you are in a situation where you do not have access to the internet for a period of time? Maybe you are on a long flight, and you need to entertain yourself for a while until you arrive at your destination.

There are some ways you can save some of the TV shows and films to your laptop and/or mobile device and have access to them when they are not connected to the internet.

Watch Netflix offline

If you have a Netflix account, then you will be able to download some of their TV shows to your laptop and watch them offline. This feature has been available on mobile devices (via Netflix app) for quite a while, but a few years ago, the company enabled it on Windows 10 computers.

The first thing you need to do is install the Netflix app onto your device (this method may not work if you own a Mac). To see which content is available for download, you have to click on the menu icon in the top left corner of your screen. Once you are presented with a list of options, click on the “Available for download.” This will show you all the Netflix content that is available for download onto your laptop.

The next step is to select a TV show (or a movie) that you wish to download. Once you click on the title, the streaming screen will pop up, and below it, there will be a button that says “Download.” This way, you can download the entire movie. If you wish to download a TV show, you will need to repeat these steps for each individual episode. It will take a few seconds for your movie or TV show to finish downloading.

If you want to find it later, all you need to do is click on the menu again and select the “My Downloads” from the list. And that is it. You will be able to see your TV shows and films offline.

If you want to delete the TV shows that you have already seen from the selection, all you need to do is click on the “Edit” (which is in the top right corner) and tick the TV show episodes you want to remove. There will be an icon of the garbage bin in the top right corner of your screen. Click on it when you are done selecting.

Download and Watch TV Shows and Movies on Hulu

If you have a subscription to Hulu (No Ads), you can download a lot of TV shows on your mobile device and watch them when you don’t have an internet connection.

This feature is available via the Hulu app on iPhones and iPads, Android devices, and Amazon Fire tablets. Open the app and look through the selection. If the video has a “Download” button next to it (typically represented by the arrow pointing down with the circle around it), then you can save it onto the device and watch it offline.  You can have 25 films or episodes downloaded onto your device at any one time.

If you wish to download some new ones, just erase the ones you have already seen. Once you start watching the episode or a film, you have 48 hours to finish it. After that, your download will expire. But if you have not started watching the film yet, it will be available to you offline for 30 days from the day of the download.

Google play

You can also view videos, Tv shows, and films via a Google Play Movies & TV app. You will need to buy the video, but then you will be able to play it on five devices maximum.

There is also an option of renting a video for a more affordable price, but in this case, you will only have the opportunity to watch it on one device. The rented video will be saved in your account, so if you want to watch it on the other device, you need to erase it from the first device.

So how do you download the content? Well, firstly, make sure that your device is connected to your Wi-Fi or to the mobile network. Open the Google Play Movies & TV app and click on the library.

Find the TV show or the film you would like to save (you may need to download one episode at a time when it comes to TV shows). There will be a download button next to the video. Click on it, and the content will be saved; you will be able to access it by tapping the menu and then “Settings.” The app is available both on Android and on IOS devices.

Amazon Prime

Millions of people all over the globe use their Amazon Prime accounts to listen to audiobooks, watch TV shows and films, read books on Kindle, and ship their orders faster. You will need to pay 119 dollars per year to access all of the aforementioned perks.

And the service is available on both Android and IOS devices. Everything (meaning the video content) on the Amazon Prime can be downloaded and watched without the Wi-Fi. Just click on the download button and then access your downloads by clicking on the “My stuff” on the screen.


Vimeo is yet another site that offers its users downloadable content. You can watch the site’s content in high definition. The main perk of this app is that it is free and does not require a subscription.

There are some other ways to download video content from the internet as well, but one thing you must remember is that the vast majority of the video content that exists online is protected by copyright laws, and for that reason, it should never be duplicated or distributed without permission.

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