If you do not have the option to store downloaded TV shows or movies on your SD card on your Android phone or tablet, it's typically caused by an issue with the SD card itself. Follow the troubleshooting steps below to resolve the issue.
Try using a different SD card in your device. If you're able to successfully store downloaded TV shows and movies on a different SD card, there may be a problem with your original SD card that requires formatting or replacement. For assistance with formatting your SD card, consult your device manufacturer.
If you have completed the steps above but are still unable to store downloads on your SD card, your device or SD card may not support this feature and you will need to use internal storage to download titles from Netflix.
The idea behind a Chromebook is an always-connected, always-online super lightweight computer that doesn't need a bunch of storage or local apps to accomplish what you need to get done on the go. The reality is that you still very likely do need expandable storage from time to time for things like downloading TV shows, books, or other media you need to access without Wi-Fi or on a slow (or metered) network. Fortunately, downloading Netflix and Plex content directly to your Chromebook's SD card storage is a snap, and we'll show you how to do it.
To get started, you first need to open your Chromebook's settings, click "Device", select "Storage Management," then "External Storage Preferences," and finally identify and enable your SD card, as shown below. To speed things up, you can also just search for "External Storage Preferences" in settings or in the Chrome OS launcher and enter the menu right away. Once you've enabled your external storage, you need to restart your device before proceeding.
In the Android preferences, select the "Apps & notifications" entry, and you'll find a list of your installed Android apps. Scroll through until you find the app you wish to use with SD storage and tap on it. To speed things up, you can alternatively search the Android settings for the respective app, as shown a bit further below for Plex. If you want to enable SD card support for multiple apps, you will need to do so one at a time by repeating the following steps.
Finally, to force these changes to take effect, completely shut down any apps you adjusted and restart them again. Your apps, like Netflix and Plex, will now be able to use your external SD card to store downloads.
The beauty of being able to store offline content on the SD card is that you can theoretically never run out of space. Netflix, by default, stores content for 30 days per device, so even if you forget to delete the content from your SD card, it will be deleted automatically after that time. No fuss, no muss.
Netflix rolled out a new feature in its latest update for the Android operating system on Tuesday: the ability to download shows to your device's SD card. When saving a show for offline viewing, users will now be prompted to choose a download location, either Device Storage or the SD card.
This could offer an interesting new way for users to consume their video content. Theoretically, it could allow users to download far more episodes and films than they would otherwise and build up huge catalogs of offline shows. However, as a Netflix rep told Engadget, "You can download content to multiple SD cards. However, there are limits to how many simultaneous downloads a member can download at one time, along with limits on how long a download will remain accessible. This ensures that the feature is being used for its intended purpose." Additionally, users won't be able to share SD cards amongst multiple devices as the content on the card will only play on the device that it was originally downloaded with, the rep explained.
For those of you with very limited internal storage on your device, but have a Micro SD card slot, this likely opens up Netflix downloads as an option. Just invest in a decent sized Micro SD card (e.g. a 32GB card costs around $10(Opens in a new window)) and get downloading. All the Netflix app requires is a new permission to allow access to the card.
While this should allow more content to be downloaded at any one time, there are still restrictions. Engadget(Opens in a new window) spoke with a Netflix rep who explained that content can be downloaded to multiple SD cards, but playback can only occur on the device downloading the content. Downloads only remain playable for a limited time, and there's also limits on how much you can download.
Specific limitations weren't given by the rep and also aren't listed in the Netflix Terms of Service(Opens in a new window) (Section 4.5). If you have a big enough SD card you can always try and find out what those limits are.
For example: Spotify doesnt even recognize the sd card. So downloads just hit the phones storage with no option to select the sd card. Netflix has the identical issue; I can only select internal. Google Play Music lets me at least choose the SD card in their settings but the moment I pick the sd card option the app just crashes.
Hi, I have a little problem with my sd card too. I have a SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC Class 10, previously used in a Z3 compact, I reformatted it before installing in the XZ1 compact. I put the sd card in the phone before using it for the first time, and than I formatted it again in the XZ1 compact.
I set the camera app to save videos and pics directly on the sd card, but when I end recording a video it often says that sd card is not available. The video is actually saved on the sd card, but the app cannot display the little preview on the bottom, and after that at times I can't use the app to take other pictures or videos because it says that the sd card cannot be found. I have to restart the camera app, and at times the error pops up again before recording or taking pictures.
Initial setup was, that I've got the phone brand new and let it boot up without the SD card then do the setup bits. Then insert the brand new sd card and let it format thru the phone. Enable sd card encryption. Which lead to the situation mentioned above (card is not recognized at all)
What I've done now is to factory reset the phone with the sd card inserted and boot and setup the phone with the sd card in place this time. Then format it again thru the phone (I have not activated sd card encryption yet) and all of a sudden spotify, netflix, ... work with the sd card just as expected.
Permissions of unknown devices set plain wrong (insert sd card after setup process vs known devices during setup process) just feels whack to me. But I'm somewhat apple-esque and don't want to dig into the insides of android.
If my device was rooted you could just set chmod the sdcard to 777 or something open and it would probably be the remedy. I just take it as an early adaptor pain of 8.0. For now everything just works and I'm very happy with the device .
I had Google Play Music suddenly become unable to play any music with SD card chosen as storage location in settings. Changing to internal fixed playback, but trying to choose SD card again crashed the app every time. Podcast Addict app could not download to SD card saying to check if the folder exists, is accessible and writeable, or sometimes saying that the card is mounted in read-only mode.
Had a similar (the same?) problem once, the camera apparently switched on its own accord to saving photos and videos to the internal memory, (and I'm not talking about the Burst Mode). I'm not sure if it was that time or another that the file manager that I use, MiX, was suddenly unable to see the SD card. In any case, a reboot solved the problem.
Netflix allows you to download TV shows and movies from the Netflix app on iOS, Android, Windows and Amazon Fire tablet so you can watch them offline. However, only Android or Amazon Fire device supports downloading TV shows and movies to SD card.
You can store downloaded TV shows and movies to an installed SD card on your Android or Amazon Fire device. To use Netflix's external storage feature, users only need to select "Download Location" in the Netflix App to move movies in offline viewing mode to the MicroSD, and then they can catch up with the show anytime and anywhere regardless of the Internet speed.
This could provide users with an interesting new way to consume their video content. In theory, it could allow users to download far more TV show episodes and movies than they otherwise would, and build up a huge catalog of offline videos. However, there is a limit to the number of simultaneous downloads a member can make at one time (up to 100 active downloads per device), as well as a limit on how long a download will remain accessible. This ensures that the feature is used for its intended purpose. In addition, users will not be able to share the SD card between multiple devices, as the content on the card can only be played on the device from which it was originally downloaded. Downloads will expire after a period of time, and some have a limit on how many times they can be downloaded per year. Some titles will expire 48 hours after you first press play. Titles that are no longer available on Netflix will expire when they leave the service, regardless of when they were downloaded. 2b1af7f3a8