How to use the Disney+ app to download and watch movies and shows offline

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  • On Tuesday, November 12, Disney launched its new streaming service, Disney Plus ($6.99/month or $69.99/year after a seven-day free trial). Additionally, Disney Plus can be bundled with ESPN+ and Hulu ($6 monthly savings).
  • With the Disney Plus app, subscribers can download and watch shows and movies without Wi-Fi on up to 10 mobile and tablet devices.
  • To get started, you must first install the app and download titles while connected to the internet. From there, accessing and deleting downloaded shows and movies is simple.
  • Subscribers will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. This content includes original programming exclusive to Disney Plus.
  • Below, we break down how to download, access, and delete titles from your Disney Plus app.

Will Disney Plus have an app?

Yes, Disney Plus has an app. Not only can you stream its expansive collection of classic and new TV shows and movies on up to four devices simultaneously, but you can also download these titles as often as you’d like using the Disney Plus app for mobile and tablet devices. However, it’s unclear at this time if there are any exclusions on specific shows or movies.

From the app, subscribers can watch downloaded shows and movies on their phones and tablets without Wi-Fi or a cellular connection. In order to watch offline, you must download the app and the titles you want to watch while connected to the internet. The download icon, located on the bottom menu, allows you to access your saved shows and movies in one place.

Unlike competitor streaming services, there is no limit to the number of titles you can store and watch on Disney Plus – just make sure you have enough storage on your device and be sure to log in to the Disney Plus app from one of your devices at least every 30 days so the downloads don’t expire. Additionally, you can download the same title as many times as you’d like.

In comparison, on Netflix, you can only download 100 shows and movies on a single device, and depending on your subscription plan, you can only watch downloaded content on one to four devices at a given time. Additional restrictions also apply.

With Hulu, you’ll run into even more restrictions. Hulu users are limited to 25 episodes and movies downloaded at a time, which are only available on up to five compatible devices. Another caveat is that downloads are also temporary, and there are other limitations.

How to download Disney Plus movies and shows, right from your mobile or tablet device:

1. First, install the Disney Plus app and make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi.

  1. Sign in to your existing account or create a new Disney Plus account.
  2. Select the title you’d like to download.
  3. If it’s a single title, tap the download icon, which is the downward-facing arrow at the bottom of your screen. For TV shows, tap the icon to the right of “Season” to download an entire season. If you only want to download a single episode, tap the icon that’s to the right of the episode title.
  4. Once the download is finished, you can enjoy your show offline from anywhere.

2. Finding your downloaded content is easy.

  1. Select the download icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. You’ll then see every title you’ve ever downloaded. There’s no limit to how much you can save to your account.

3. Deleting titles from your downloads is easy too.

  1. Tap the download icon at the bottom of the screen to view your archive.
  2. Choose the title you want to remove and select the checkmark icon to the right of it.
  3. Select “Remove Download.”

Sign up for Disney Plus here. You get a seven-day free trial before paying $6.99 per month.

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