How to Download Netflix on a Mac [Aug. 2022]

Netflix is one of the biggest streaming services on earth. Even more popular than Hulu, Sling TV, or Disney+ Hotstar in Canada. It has millions of paid (and free) users, and it’s growing exponentially every year.

Unlike the majority of media platforms out there, Netflix isn’t available for Apple devices like Mac or iPhone.

The problem with this situation is that people would love to download Netflix on their computer to watch it offline anytime they want.

However, unfortunately, you can’t do such a thing if you don’t own an Android phone/tablet or Windows machine.

This article will show you how to get around this issue and download Netflix on Mac in four different ways: through Windows, iOS, Screen Recorder, and using QuickTime.

This guide is the same for all of the regions of Netflix such as American Netflix.

4 Ways To Watch Netflix Offline On Mac

Below are the 4 ways to watch Netflix offline on Mac.

  1. How to download movies from Netflix to Mac via Windows
  2. Run Netflix on iOS Devices via Mac
  3. Record Netflix on a Mac with a Screen Recorder
  4. Use Quicktime on An iPhone Or iPad with Mac

1. How to download movies from Netflix to Mac via Windows

You can download movies from Netflix to your Mac. If you know that you won’t be connected to the internet, or if you don’t own an Apple product, then Windows is a good way for you to watch Netflix.

A good solution is to install Windows 10 on your Mac and download the app from Microsoft’s store. You will need a PC from a reputable company like Dell or Lenovo for this.

Here’s how you can download the Netflix app on Windows:

  • Go to the Start menu and select Store.
  • In the search field, type Netflix then hit Enter.
  • Then click “Install”.

2. Run Netflix on iOS Devices via Mac

To use Netflix for iOS on a Mac, download the app. If you have a Mac with an M1 chip, then most apps will work on macOS Big Sur or later. But this is not guaranteed. Apple might take away the option to use it at any time.

To use Netflix on an iPad or iPhone on a Mac, follow these steps:

  • Open the Mac App Store.
  • Search for “Netflix” in the App Store’s search field.
  • Select “iPhone and iPad apps” in the drop-down menu.
  • To download it, click the cloud icon or download button.
  • Open the Netflix app on your Mac to get started.

Use interface of the iOS app of Netflix iOS is built for touch displays rather than Macs, so you’ll have to get used to tapping the Touchpad.

3. Record Netflix on a Mac with a Screen Recorder

You can use screen capture software to record Netflix videos on your Mac. It’s not the easiest way because you’re limited in what you can do while recording, but it does not allow for better quality video when compared to other methods.

Screen capturing is against Netflix’s terms and conditions, but violating these terms could result in your account being suspended. Use at your own risk.

You can also watch Netflix shows and movies with it, but there are lots of reasons why you should not do this:

  • Netflix does not like this (You could get suspended)
  • It will make everything else difficult for you (you can’t be doing anything on your Mac while recording)
  • The video quality will be bad if the internet connection is not good. And the videos take up a lot of space on your hard drive.

You can use QuickTime to capture your entire screen and record Netflix programs on your Mac for free by selecting QuickTime Player from the Applications folder.

Choose File > New Screen Recording from the menu bar to start recording your screen.

To document both audio and video, click the record button, then pick Microphone > Internal Microphone.

To record the entire screen, simply click anywhere on the screen; however, if you only want to select Netflix, utilize the drag and selection tool.

4. Use Quicktime on An iPhone Or iPad with Mac

You can still use this technique to listen to Netflix audio offline, but it doesn’t work for video streams. QuickTime no longer allows you to catch Netflix video streams.

If you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch already, this is by far the easiest way to watch Netflix and download shows legally on a Mac.

You may use the iOS app to get Netflix on your devices iPhone or iPad and then make a connection with your Mac to watch without internet access.

Follow these instructions to watch Netflix offline on a Mac:

  • Make sure you’re using iOS 13 or higher on your iOS device. Go to Settings > General > About and check to see whether you have iOS 13 or greater installed.
  • On your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, open the Netflix application.
  • Look for the download symbol in the description of any show or film to see if it’s available for download. Not all Netflix movies are downloadable, so if you can’t find them, you won’t be able to download them.
  • Download the shows or movies you wish to watch offline. You may download up to 100 titles at once.
  • Go to Downloads in the Netflix app on your iOS device to see a complete list of all the shows and films you’ve downloaded.
  • Connect your iPhone or iPad using a Lightning cable or a USB lightning connector.
  • Select “Trust Your Mac” if prompted on your iOS device.
  • In the Finder window, select your iPhone from the sidebar, then choose “Trust Your iPhone” or “Trust Your iPad,” as needed.
  • Your iPhone or iPad should now be listed in the Locations part of the window.
  • On your Mac, open QuickTime Player and select File > New Movie Recording.
  • Select Camera from the Options pop-up menu for your connected iPhone or iPad.
  • You should now be able to see your home screen on which you can start watching Netflix shows or films that you’ve downloaded onto your computer.
  • To begin viewing TV episodes or films that you’ve downloaded to your Mac, go to Downloads in Netflix on your iOS device.

Final Thoughts

The easiest way to watch Netflix offline is by using your iPhone or iPad, but there are a few limitations.

You can use the iOS app on your phone and connect it with QuickTime Player for Macs in order to stream content without an internet connection.

If you have an older version of iOS installed on your device, be sure that it’s updated before attempting this method.

The other drawback is that not all shows and movies available through the service will allow downloading; if they do, there’s no limit as long as you don’t download more than 100 titles at once (which would take up too much space).

Just make sure to update any old versions of Apple OS or iTunes software before trying these methods!

Oliver Grayson

Oliver is an ambivert who scratches his creative itch by writing on different topics of interest. Being a movie buff, he’s almost always updated about the latest movies and shows releasing worldwide. When he’s not writing or binging movies, he’s gaming and socializing online from his couch.