Three easy steps to save your favorite Netflix shows to your Mac (to allow offline viewing)

Are you wondering how to save your fave Netflix movies on a Mac so you can view them later offline? There surely is a way to do that though the method may be in conflict with Netflix terms and conditions (if you happen to read them anyway). The steps mentioned here require a screen recording software so it’s not really that straightforward to do. Don’t worry, the steps are not rocket science at all and they still fall within the realm of easy.

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Step #1: Choose your screen recording software

Like in Windows, you can find many screen recording apps for a Mac. Some of them are paid and many are free. Most free screen recording software have limited capabilities though, including shortened recording time. If money is not an issue though, we recommend that you stick to one screen recording software and get the full version. This post does not promote any particular screen recording app so feel free to use Google and search for the one you like.

For reference, you can start by checking these popular screen recording software as suggested by many users:

  • Snagit
  • ScreenFlow
  • Camtasia
  • Apowersoft Mac Screen Recorder
  • Monosnap
  • QuickTime

For tutorial purposes, we recommend that you stick with Apple’s stock screen recorder, QuickTime. It’s for you to decide later on if you think you need to get a different app for this purpose or not. Based on our own experience, QuickTime is good enough to record and save Netflix shows.

Step #2: Login to your Netflix account

You obviously have to login to your Netflix account next to proceed. If you’re using a third party browser, it’s fine though we recommend that you stick with Safari since it’s most compatible with QuickTime. If you’ll be using a different screen recording software, avoid using Safari as you may encounter an error when playing Netflix.

Step #3: Start recording your Netflix show using QuickTime

Once you’re browser is in order, make sure that it’s on full screen so the screen recorder will capture the entire screen. You can of course choose to record the size of or portion of the screen you want but we recommend that you set your browser in fullscreen mode.

Then, do the steps below to start recording:

  1. Open QuickTime Player.
  2. Click File tab and select New Screen Recording.
  3. To change the recording settings, click the arrow next to the Record button. If you don’t want to record a voiceover or other audio, choose None as your microphone. If you want to show a black circle for every onscreen click, choose Show Mouse Clicks in Recording. To avoid annoying mouse movements in your recorded show later on, just disable Show Mouse Clicks in Recording option.
  4. To monitor audio while it’s being recorded, use the volume slider.
  5. To start recording, click the Record button , then click anywhere on the screen to begin recording the entire screen. Or drag to select an area to record, then click the Start Recording button within that area.
  6. To stop recording, click the Stop button  in the menu bar, or press Command-Control-Esc (Escape).

That’s it! You just have recorded your Netflix show. The next time you feel like viewing it, there’s no need for you to use Netflix or even pay for it.


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