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Want to know how to download shows and movies to watch offline with Showmax? Good news – all you need to do is download the Showmax app on your smartphone or tablet and then, when you’re in a free Wi-Fi zone, simply download the show of your choice. You can then watch the show offline, in the car, on the plane, or anywhere where there’s no – or bad – internet, and you won’t use any of your data while you watch.

You can download up to 25 shows, and you get to keep them for 30 days. Take note, though, that once you start watching a show, it will expire after 48 hours, but you’ll be able to download it again when you’re back in a Wi-Fi zone.

Ready to find out how?

Check out our guide for downloading to your iPad below – downloading to your Android tablet will be very similar. The process for downloading series is slightly different to downloading movies, so we’ve broken down both for you here.

How to download series on your tablet

1. When you’re online, click on the Series menu in the app using the Series icon on the bottom of the screen.
2. Select the series you want to download by clicking on the image. You’ll see that there is no “download” option here – only “play now”. The next step will show you how to find the “download” option.
3. Scroll down to see the list of episodes, and select the episode you’d like to download by clicking on its thumbnail. Now, tap “download”. (Note that each episode of a series is one of the 25 shows you get to keep in the app at any one time.)
4. When you choose to download you will get a menu of download quality options. For a tablet screen, we recommend selecting Good Quality or higher for the best viewing experience. You can see exactly how much data you will use to download for each option.
5. Once you’ve selected the quality, you will see that your show is downloading. Now all you have to do is wait for it to finish before selecting the next episode in the series, and following the same process.

How to download a movie on your iPad

1. Downloading a movie is a little simpler. Navigate to the movie menu in the app by tapping the middle icon at the bottom of the screen. This is what you’ll get.
2. Select the movie you’d like to download by tapping the image. We’ve selected True Grit as an example.
3. Select the ‘download’ option by tapping the ‘download’ button. Again, you’ll get a menu of download quality options. Select Good Quality, High Quality or Super High Quality.
4. You’ll now see that your movie is downloading.


How to check on downloads in progress

Click on the downloads icon on the bottom of your screen to see downloads in process. This is also where you’ll go to watch the shows that have already downloaded.

And that’s it! Happy watching!

Now that you’ve realised that you can watch movies and series on Showmax without spending any money on data, you’re probably tempted to sign up today for your 14-day free Showmax trial. 

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