How to download Disney Plus content for offline viewing
Ever since it launched back in 2020, Disney Plus has exploded in popularity thanks to its exciting original content and Disney Plus Star expansion. But you might be wondering, is it possible to download Disney Plus content for offline viewing? If so, how?
Titles can be downloaded while a Disney Plus subscription is active. There aren’t any limitations on how many times the same title can be downloaded or the amount of time you have to watch a movie or TV show. Technically, your offline viewing on Disney Plus is restricted only by your storage space. You can download content to up to 10 smartphones or tablets, too. With a bit of preplanning, there’s no need to miss out on Disney Plus content when you’re not online (or if you want to save on potentially expensive data usage). The only catch (if you can call it that) is that a compatible device must be connected to the internet and you have to access Disney Plus at least once in a 30-day period.
So, without further ado, here’s our simple step-by-step guide for how to download Disney Plus content, along with a list of the devices they can be downloaded to.
Disney Plus compatible devices
Disney Plus is compatible with a ton of devices, but offline downloads are only available for a few.
For reference, here’s a full list of devices you can use to stream Disney Plus:
- Amazon Fire
- Android phones and tablets (Android 5.0 and up)
- Apple TV
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (iOS 11.0 or later)
- LG smart TVs
- PlayStation 4
- Samsung smart TVs
- Sony smart TVs (Android-based)
- Web browsers
- Xbox One
Of those Disney Plus compatible devices, only the mobile ones – namely, iOS and Android devices – support downloading and offline playback of relevant Disney Plus content (according to our tests and research). Sadly, that means your PC or Mac is unable to download content for offline viewing, but as long as you have an iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone/tablet, you’re good to go. For those devices, here are the steps to downloading content.
Downloading Disney Plus content to watch offline
Enter your login details or sign up for an account.
Tap on your account icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Tap on ‘App Settings’
Change download settings, like internal or external storage (on compatible Android devices) and ‘Download Quality’.
Standard is smallest and selected by default. Medium is moderate quality and takes a moderate amount of storage space, while High takes up the most space but looks the best. Disney Plus conveniently gives you an approximate amount of content-per-hour based on your available storage.
Tap back out to the home screen.
Tap on the TV show or movie you want to download
Hit the download arrow (or Season download arrow for TV, then select the relevant seasons; note that you can only add 20 episodes at a time). Note that downloads tend to happen simultaneously, so it’s best to prioritise and wait if you want something to watch sooner rather than later.
Tap on downloads to view download progress and watch stored content.
To delete content, click on the mobile-device tick item to delete an individual item by selecting ‘Remove Download’.
Alternatively, hit ‘Edit’ then check the individual boxes of content you want to remove or tap the box at the top to select all and remove everything.
Where are Disney Plus downloads stored?
Unlike when you download any old video from the internet, Disney Plus offline downloads don’t simply pop up in the Downloads folder on your iOS or Android device. Every Disney Plus title is encrypted, which means the only way you can find them, add them and delete them is through the official Disney Plus app.
Why do they do this? Well, it’s an anti-pirating feature, designed to prevent people from sharing Disney’s copyrighted content. It’s also a lot easier from a user experience perspective to have all the content housed in the one app, rather than sending it to random folders on your phone. It’s the same thing Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime Video do.