How to download Disney Plus content for offline viewing
There were quite a few hush-hush details about Disney Plus in the lead-up to launch but, now that it’s here (for three places in the world, at least), one of the bigger questions has been answered: offline viewing. Unlike competing streaming services that took time to add this feature, Disney Plus has launched with the option for downloading and offline playback of supported titles.
Relevant content can be downloaded while a Disney Plus subscription is active. There are some (admittedly reasonable) restrictions, though (you’ll need a VPN to access that link if you’re outside of the US, Canada or the Netherlands). For first-party Disney content, 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. The only catch there is a compatible device must be connected to the internet and you have to access Disney Plus at least once in a 30-day period.
This is also how you can watch predownloaded content outside of regions in which Disney Plus has been released, as advised by Disney. In terms of devices, Disney Plus is compatible with the following gizmos:
- 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). And for those devices, here are the steps to downloading content.
Enter your login details or sign up (there’s a seven-day trial for first-timers).
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. And 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.
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).