Netflix allows you to download movies and shows to watch offline with the Netflix app for Windows 10. But where is the Netflix download folder?
Finding the location of your Netflix downloads is necessary to solve this puzzle. However, remember that Netflix doesn’t give you the option to change the download location. Also, the company doesn’t allow you to browse to the place where your downloads are saved.
If your drive is filling up fast, you can manually move the downloads to another location. When you want to watch them again, just copy them back to the original location.
Where Are Netflix Downloads Stored?
- Open File Explorer from the Taskbar.
- The Netflix folder is a hidden folder. To display it, go to the View tab and then click on the Option menu button on the right.
- In Folder Options, select the View tab and scroll to the Files and Folders settings. If it’s not checked, then select the Show Hidden files, folders, and drives setting to enable it.
- Click OK.
- From the File Explorer, you can navigate to the Netflix download folder. The full path is:
Here [USERNAME] is the Windows folder with your current username.
It might sound obvious but you can also copy-paste C:Users and then select the folder with your username. Just append the file path after that to get to the folder without drilling down into the hierarchy.
The Netflix download folder will be empty if you have never downloaded any movies or shows with the Windows 10 Netflix app. However, once you download something you’ll see a bunch of files here. The largest will belong to the actual media file.
Notice that there are no file names that will help you identify the movie or show. Rename the largest file and Netflix will no longer recognize them. Also, you cannot play them with any media player except the Netflix app.
You can delete the files and reclaim some of the space on your hard drive. But that can be done from within the app as well.
Until Netflix adds a few more file management features, at least the location can help you manage your hard drive space when it starts to run out.
Manage Netflix Downloads on Android Devices
Space becomes a more critical issue on phones. So check out our previous article to find out where Netflix downloads files to on an Android device and then save space by moving Netflix content to an SD card