Netflix saves the downloaded content in a particular folder. Follow these steps to find the Netflix download location in Windows 10 and 11.
When it comes to streaming, Netflix is one of the best. At least that’s how it used to be. Not only because of Netflix’s colossal catalog but also because of its ease of use and quality shows. Not to mention, Netflix allows you to download your favorite shows for offline viewing using the Microsoft Store app.
Downloading lets you watch your favorite shows without worrying about internet stability and connectivity issues. When you download a show or movie on Netflix in Windows, it is automatically saved to the disk in a proprietary and encrypted format. Add to that, the app is pretty lightweight and has all the features you’ll ever need.
As good as it is, the more shows you download, the more disk space it consumes. This is especially true when you download shows in high quality or 4k resolution.
Though the Netflix app is good at showing how much disk space all the downloaded shows are using in your system. It will not tell you the actual Netflix download location. Knowing the Netflix download location is helpful to see all the folders and downloaded content.
So, if you ever want, follow the below steps to find the Netflix download location and where it saves all the downloaded offline video content.
Here’s the Netflix Download Save Location
Being a Microsoft store application, like any other store app, Netflix stores everything it downloads inside a particular folder within the Windows System drive. That is, inside your C drive.
- Open the File Explorer.
- Copy the below path.
- Paste it into the File Explorer address bar.
- Replace “username” in the path with the actual username of your Windows account.
- Press the Enter button.
- You will see all the Netflix downloads in this folder.
Steps with a bit more detail:
1. To find the Netflix save location, open the file explorer with the keyboard shortcut Win + E. You can also click the File Explorer icon on the taskbar or Start menu.
2. After opening the File Explorer, paste the below path in the address bar at the top and press Enter. Remember to replace the dummy username with your actual Windows username. For example, my Windows username is “windowsloop.” So, I substituted “Username” with “windowsloop.”
3. This is where Netflix stores all the downloaded files and offline content. You will see many files with numbers as their names and no file extensions in this folder. Even if you move the Netflix app using the Settings app, the Netflix download location will not change.
Since Netflix uses numbers or alphanumerics for the file names, there is no way to tell which file relates to which video, movie, or tv episode.
Keep in mind that all these files are DRM protected (encrypted) and are tied to your specific account. You cannot play them using regular media players like VLC or Movies & TV apps. You need to use the Netflix player while signing in to your Netflix account.
Important note: If you have installed the operating system or the Netflix app in some other driver, Netflix saves the downloads in that drive. In that case, you might have to modify the folder path shown above accordingly.
Other than backing up all the files in the Netflix download location in Windows 10 and 11 to restore them after reinstalling or refreshing the operating system, there is not much you can do with these files.
I hope that helps. If you like this article, check out how to change the downloads folder default location and how to trim videos with the Movies & TV app in Windows 10.