While most of us are connected to the Internet pretty much 24 hours a day, there are times when being online isn't an option, like flying with an airline that doesn't offer in-flight Wi-Fi or while on vacation in an area with low, or no, coverage.
That means that if you want to watch some TV shows or movies on Hulu to entertain you on these occasions, you'll need to download them so you can access them while offline.
Hulu only introduced the downloading option in October 2019, and unfortunately, it's still only available to subscribers on the $11.99 per month No Ads plan — subscribers to the basic $5.99 per month plan aren't eligible.
You can download up to 25 titles at a time across up to five different devices, and they'll stay on your device for 30 days before expiring, giving you plenty to watch in the meantime.
Here's how to download movies and shows on the Hulu app.
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How to download on Hulu for offline viewing
1. On your device's home screen, tap the Hulu icon to open the app.
2. Since the downloading feature is still new and there aren't many titles available, it makes sense to go directly to the “Downloadable” section listed at the top of the “Search” menu.
- To find this option, simply tap the “Search” option in the menu bar at the bottom of your screen, then tap “Downloadable.”
3. Tap on the TV show or movie you wish to download.
4. Tap the small icon next to the episode or movie title you want to download, which contains a downward-pointing arrow inside of a circle.
5. Your file will then begin downloading. Once finished, you'll be able to access your downloads by tapping the “Downloads” option on the bottom menu bar.
It should be noted that downloading isn't available on desktop via the Hulu.com website.