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Netflix Download Limit | How and What to do?

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Netflix in 2016 introduced the download feature which allowed users to download the content and watch it on the go. This feature is more widely popular in India with millions of daily users which are increasing day by day. The main reason for the popularity is because in many parts of India where the internet is a luxury. The download feature is very important at places with no Wi-Fi or mobile data signals. Even at flights, people use this feature to watch pre-downloaded shows, series, and movies. But soon after that, Netflix limited the number of downloads that can be kept on the device.

Before we dive into the topic, let us know what is Netflix Download Limit?

What is Netflix Download Limit?

To not let users, play tricks with Netflix by downloading the shows and then never turning on the internet even after the plan ends was the main reason for setting this limit. As per Netflix’s official website, at any instance of time, a maximum of 100 shows or movies can be downloaded in a single device. Other factors affecting downloads are subscription plans. Every show and movie has an expiration date of the downloads that depend upon the title and agreement with Netflix. A subscriber is informed about the expiration of download seven days before the actual date.

But why the date?

In the last decade itself, Netflix got a lot of latest and original series that helped create a great, larger and amazing library of TV shows, movies, series etc. the actual downloading limit for a user is decided by individual creators and not Netflix. Although, Netflix does not reveal the limit of downloads to the subscribers. Some titles can be kept for long whereas some can be kept for no longer than 2 days.

Common Netflix errors Might Occur

After all, there is no way to really know If a user is around the download limit or not even completed half of it. Whereas, there are certain errors that can help determining if a user is low in download limit. Following are some basic errors that a user faces at some point of time.

#1 Too many downloads (Error code: 10016-2005)

As per Netflix guidelines, A user can store a maximum of 100 titles on a single device. Even though the limit is far more for an average subscriber but many power users are prone to this error. If anyone gets this error, most probably the user has surpassed the limit. To solve the problem, either remove some titles from downloads or just upgrade the plan.

#2 Downloads on too many devices (Error code: 10016-23000)

Downloads depend on the subscription plan as discussed earlier. Downloading content on a various devices also depends on the subscription pack as well. If a person has a lower plan and tries to download on more than the maximum allowed device, this error will pop up on the device. In order to get over this error, one needs to delete the downloads or upgrade the plan.

#3 Reached the yearly download limit for specific title (Error code: 10016-22001)

As discussed earlier, Netflix limits people to download titles by setting a limit. The licensing limit is given by the producer of shows or movies which sets a limit to the number of downloads for a specific title on a yearly basis. If a person surpasses that limit, this error shows up.

All the above-mentioned errors can be resolved by following steps according to the error.

  1. Too many downloads error can be resolved by deleting the older downloaded videos that have been watched. To download the video, just move to the Downloads section in the Netflix app on either of the Android, iOS or windows 10. Also, the app allows a user to delete all the downloads at once. If the other device on which downloads are existing is unreachable, following the steps below will help you with that.
  • Open the account in browser.
  • Move to the profile icon in the top right corner.
  • Click on the Account option.
  • Now click on the manage download devices and there will be a list of all the devices.
  • Remove the devices by clicking the option.
  1. Using the Smart downloads will help a user maintain the downloads over multiple devices. This feature allows a user to download the next episode of the ongoing series downloaded, and also delete the previously watched episode or movie to maintain the space. For now, this feature is limited to Android platform only.
  2. Get rid of Download limits while offline using the device. For that, just keep a track on number of downloads of a title within a year because if someone surpasses the limit, one has to wait for another year to download the title offline on the device. 

So, this was the whole Netflix catch and we hope Team Techlogitic was able to solve the queries.

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Kunal Kumar
A 19 year old geek who works on things that lives on the web.

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