How to Download Netflix Movies on Mac and iPad

With content ranging from classic movies to docuseries, Netflix is one of the most streamed platforms to watch movies and TV shows. However, what if you are on a long flight or in a low-network area, and wish to continue watching from where we left off without needing the internet?

Well, you can download movies from Netflix on your Mac or iPad to watch offline. Want to know how? We’ll guide you. 

how to download netflix movies on mac and iPad

How to Download Netflix Movies on Mac and iPad

While you can always watch films and TV series on Netflix through a Chrome or Safari browser on Mac, unfortunately, you cannot download them for offline viewing.

Additionally, there is no Netflix app available on MacOS making it difficult to download movies. Currently, the app is only available on an iPhone, iPad, Windows PC, or even a Chromebook. 

However, some walkarounds can work out for you:

Option 1: On Mac

Follow the steps mentioned below to download any movies from Netflix on your Mac.

Method 1A: Install the Netflix App for iOS/Windows on Mac

Netflix provides a Windows app through the Microsoft Store. But you need to download the Windows OS on your Macbook. Check our guide on How to Install Windows 10 on Mac for Free.

Once downloaded, follow the steps below:

1. Download the Netflix app, open it, and log in to your account.

2. Navigate to your targeted video and click on the Download icon next to the episodes or movie.

click on the download icon next to the episodes or movie

3. Once downloaded, click on Downloads at the bottom of the menu to view the content.

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Method 1B: Screen Record Netflix Videos on a MacBook or iMac

An easy way out of watching movies and shows offline is to screen-record Netflix to watch later. You can also record a specific area of the screen and save it as a standard video file using apps like Movavi.

However, do note that this is a time-consuming method and you will not be able to use your Mac until the time you are finished screen recording your videos.

Method 1C: Use Third-Party Netflix Video Downloaders

Amongst all, the most efficient and practical method for downloading Netflix movies on a Mac is to use specialized third-party software.

MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader is specially designed to mimic the Netflix Mac interface. All videos downloaded via MovPilot are unprotected MP4/MKV files. If your Macbook or iMac is running macOS X 10.11 or later, you may download movies from Netflix to watch offline, even without any plan. 

1. Install the MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader on Mac and click on Sign in after entering your Netflix account email and password.

2. Search for any movie you want to download and click on the Download icon next to your shows.

Search any movie and click on the download icon

Your movies will be reflected in the left menu of the screen when they are finished downloading.

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Method 1D: Sideload Netflix for iOS on Mac

If you’re still on macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 or older, Netflix can now be officially installed on your Mac powered by Apple hardware.

‘Users can sideload iOS and iPadOS software from the App Store directly onto their Macs until macOS Big Sur 11.2.3. 

Note: The method mentioned below might not work on your macOS Big Slur if you have updated the OS to a new version as developers have taken down the sideload feature to avoid compatibility issues.

1. Open the App Store on your Mac and search for Netflix.

2. Click on iPhone & iPad Apps.

3. Click on the iOS version of Netflix to download it on Mac.

Once installed, you can stream or download content on it.

Option 2: On iPad

Unlike Macs, iPads and iPhones are compatible with the official Netflix app, making it easy to download any video directly from their platform. 

Note: Since not all versions of iOS offer the same features, some features mentioned in the article might not work. The following methods were tried on iOS 17.3.

1. Open the Netflix app and tap on the content you want to download.

2. Tap on the Download option.

Tap on the Download option

This way you can find all the downloaded shows on your Netflix account.

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Why Isn’t a Movie or TV Show Available for Download?

Sometimes you might have noticed that a series or movie on Netflix won’t download. Some reasons this happens are:

  • Copyright limitations frequently prevent some Netflix videos from being downloaded
  • Company that owns the exclusive rights to a film or television program may limit downloads while permitting streaming
  • Seasonal trends and the popularity of a show also factor in whether they will be available to download after their contract is over
  • Even Netflix original shows are occasionally subject to limitations, particularly if they are co-produced by another firm that owns the rights
  • Your subscribed plan does not offer a download feature on a desktop

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Is There a Netflix for Mac App?

Ans: No, as of now, there is no official Netflix app available to download on Mac.

Q2: Which Netflix plans allow for downloads?

Ans: Netflix premium plans can support a maximum of 100 active downloads per device. So, the total number depends on how many devices are included in your subscription. Ad-supported plans have a monthly download cap of 15 total downloads per device.

Its three plans Basic, Standard, and Premium allow for downloads to one, two, and four devices respectively.

Q3: Will the Downloaded Netflix Shows on Mac Expire After 7 Days?

Ans: Yes, most Netflix shows are available for up to 7 days after being downloaded. However, some also expire after 48 hours depending upon the title and subscription plan.

If you haven’t played the downloaded content, it remains available for 30 days.

Q4: How to watch Netflix in another country on Mac

Ans: You can watch Netflix shows from any country on Mac. However, you can use a VPN to change your region to watch specific shows.

We hope our guide helped you download Netflix movies on Mac and enjoy unlimited streaming of your favorite shows.

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