There is a massive amount of television shows and movies available to stream online. From dramas to comedies, the possibilities are almost endless and there’s always something new to find.
With so much content at your fingertips, it’s impossible to watch it all at once. However, fortunately, there are numerous methods to save streaming shows for later, so you never need forget all those new releases you haven’t yet had time to watch.
Saving Shows In-App
Downloading from streaming sites is a great way to enjoy your movies or TV shows at any time.
1. Download Netflix Shows or Add Them to Queue
Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services around (our Netflix guide for everything you need to know). And its huge assortment of shows is arguably one of the main reasons people love it. Adding material to My List to watch it later is a simple process.
First, hover your mouse over the small image representing a show. Otherwise, click on it and go to the content synopsis page. Then, click the grey Add to List button. It also has a plus sign.
After adding a show, the button text changes and says In Your List.
The steps below let you save any show or film on Netflix. However, you can also download Netflix contentto watch later. To do that, sign into Netflix on a smartphone or tablet. Then, tap the menu icon on the top left corner and choose Available for Download.
After finding a download-ready show, click the download button. It looks like a downward arrow with a line underneath.
Concerned about data usage? You can select the desired download quality under App Settings. It’s also an option under the top left menu.
From App Settings, tap Video Quality. The download progress shows as a bar on the bottom of the app interface.
Downloading shows on Netflix is straightforward, and you can easily watch the progress bar on the bottom. However, not all shows are downloadable. Furthermore, downloaded content expires after several weeks.
Download: Netflix for iOS | Android | Windows Phone | Nintendo Wii | Xbox One and Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita | Chromecast | Roku | Select smart TVs (Starts at $7.99/mo)
2. Add Shows to Hulu’s Watchlist
Hulu is another well-known streaming service with a content queue. It’s called a Watchlist and combines the Queue, Favorites, and Shows You Watch in one place. To add to it, navigate to a show and select it. Then, look for the Add to Watchlist button and click it.
This feature also automatically compiles in-progress content. When you stop watching something before completion, the Watchlist remembers your place.
Alternatively, hover your mouse over any show. Then, look for the plus or minus icons. The plus icon adds content to the Watchlist and the minus symbol removes it.
Each Hulu episode also has a Watchlist button with a plus or minus icon. Click it to put the episode on your Watchlist or take it off.
One of the best things about Hulu’s Watchlist is the multiple ways to add content to it. The feature also pays attention to your habits and suggests content accordingly.
However, some users don’t like how the Watchlist replaced a few former Hulu queues. They weren’t aware of the change before it happened and found the differences overwhelming. People also complain it’s hard to locate the content they want to watch. Plus, you cannot officially download shows to watch offline.
Download: Hulu for iOS | Android | Chromecast | Amazon Fire devices | Nintendo Switch | Roku | Xbox One | Xbox 360 | Select Samsung TV models (Starts at $7.99/mo)
3. Rent or Buy Streaming Content on Amazon Video
Although this brand started as a bookseller, it’s now a familiar part of the streaming media landscape. All rented or purchased titles from Amazon Video appear in Your Video Library. It’s under My Account. Tap a title to start watching it.
Also, as an Amazon Prime member, you can download titles from the Prime Video section. First, connect to a Wi-Fi network. Then, go to a Prime title that sounds interesting. Select the Download option associated with the title. The icon looks like a downward arrow.
Amazon Video boasts a gigantic content selection. Also, it’s easy to browse. However, one small downside is that downloading TV episodes is not necessarily intuitive. To download TV shows, you have to go into the individual episode first. Furthermore, offline-available content has viewing windows. The timespan for access varies by title.
Download: Amazon Video for iOS | Android | Roku | Amazon Fire | PlayStation | Xbox | Wii (Prices for content varies)
Save Lists of Shows in Third-Party Apps
We’ve just gone over how to save or download content from popular streaming sites. These methods work well, but you still have several other options to consider.
4. Make Watch Lists in Evernote
Do you feel like you always say “So many shows, so little time?” Then it’s time to view streaming content in a more methodical manner.
Get started by using Evernote to create checklistsof shows to watch later. Then, go even further and organize them into notebooks. Make them according to genre, mood, cast members, and more.
On a PC or iOS device, click or tap the Insert To Do button. It looks like a checkbox.
It adds a checkbox to the left of listed items. To save time, highlight several, then click the Insert To Do button.
If using an Android gadget, go to the Note Editor. Then, swipe the bar above the keyboard. It displays formatting options. From there, tap the checkbox button.
Notes get collected in a default notebook named after your account. However, you can also make new notebooks.
Go to the Notebooks section on the left-side menu. Then, select the New Notebook button that has a plus sign. It adds another notebook to the respective area.
This method gives you a user-friendly way of keeping track of what to watch. Also, it provides an intuitive technique for segmenting your to-view list.
Making lists and notebooks with Evernote is a simple and easy process that will allow you to keep your running list of shows updated. You can even make lists with your voiceif typing isn’t your thing.
Download: Evernote for iOS | Android (Free, Premium starts at $29.99/yr)
5. Save Movie Trailers in OneNote
Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook, somewhat similar to Evernote. Besides storing text and drawings in the app, you can paste in movie clips and poster images.
Are you a visually oriented person? You can use this option to make a to-watch-later list similar to the content list on Netflix. Also, adding movie trailers or photos of movie posterscould help you get more excited about particular movies.
Begin by going to File, then New to create a new notebook. Next, source image and video files representing the content you want to stream later.
We’ll focus on adding pictures first. Go to the Insert tab at the top of the screen, select Images, and click Pictures.
From here, you can either add a picture from a file or URL. To do the first option, click Pictures on the Insert menu. If adding from a web address, type or paste the full internet address into the File Name box. Then, press Insert. Also, notice the Online Pictures option on OneNote’s Insert menu. It lets you find pictures using Bing.
To insert a video onto a OneNote page, copy the video’s URL. Then, go back to the Insert tab on the top of the screen and choose the Online Videos option. Paste the URL into the provided dialogue box.
An advantage of this option is that you can type notes over a picture. To do that, right-click on the image and choose Select Picture As Background. Use the handles on the picture’s corners to resize it if needed.
If titles alone just don’t trigger your memory, adding screenshots of Netflix or Hulu titles you want to watch later might be just what you need.
Download: OneNote for iOS | Android (Free)
6. Save Trailers and Reviews in Pocket
Although designed as a reading-centric app, Pocket works for URLs related to movies you want to see. Save URLs for films in your browser by clicking the Pocket button on the top of an open window.
Alternatively, add to a list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Besides saving URLs, you can also collect images or videos of shows to watch. Use the menu on the left to sort content.
On an Android device, click the Share button, and then choose Add to Pocket.
For iOS, you can either download a sharing extension or just copy a video URL into Pocket. The app detects the web address automatically.
Tagging a list item or making it a favorite allows for easily finding it later. The Tag button has a gift tag shape. Creating tags for movie genres, actors, or priority films are good possibilities. Enter your preferred title in the dialog box after finding the Tag option. To Favorite an item, click or tap the Star icon.
Pocket lets you save internet-based movie content in seconds, which is a definite plus. It also syncs across all devices and stores content in the cloud.
However, using the email address method of saving only recognizes one URL at a time. It gets a bit cumbersome if you have a lot of movies in mind.
Download: Pocket for iOS | Android | Windows Phone | Amazon Fire devices (Free, Premium starts at $4.99/mo)
7. Save Videos in Facebook
Facebook may be the first place you find out about shows to watch later. The next time you see a trailer or clip for something interesting, you can save it. Using a computer? Click the downward arrow button in the right corner of the post containing a video. Then, select Save Post.
To view saved content on a computer, go to facebook.com/saved after logging into your account.
On an Android device, click the icon of three vertical dots to the right of the clip. Then, select Save Video.
Using this technique on iOS is not as simple or intuitive. First, click the Share icon associated with the video. Then, choose Copy Link and use a third-party app (like Pocket) to paste video links.
This method is a hassle-free way to watch saved Facebook content on a computer or Android device.
If you’re like most people, Facebook is a go-to service. Why not just save the movie trailers and clips you see there to the platform itself?
Download: Facebook for iOS | Android (Free)
8. Try the Watch It Later Android App
Do you get most of your show recommendations from YouTube clips? Watch It Later is an Android app for that media habit.
Install the app, then click on a YouTube link. Instruct the system to always open content of that type with Watch it Later when prompted.
Taking that step gives you a thumbnail version of YouTube content and lets you choose between watching it now or later.
Download: Watch It Later for Android (Free)
9. Use the Vookmark App
Vookmark is a browser tool and app. On mobile devices, it enables saving videos from the built-in sharing window. After clicking on the Share icon for a video, select the Vookmark option.
Vookmark also works as a browser extension. Just click the icon in the corner of the browser. Doing that pulls up an options menu, letting you sort through saved content.
Download: Vookmark for iOS | Android | Web (Free)
How Do You Save Streaming Shows to Watch Later?
Keeping up with streaming content isn’t easy without a little help. Fortunately, the various tutorials, extensions, and apps covered above give you plenty of ways to stay on top of all of the movies and TV shows you can’t wait to see.
Which of these methods do you use to keep track of shows you want to watch later? Are any of them new to you? What are the top three streaming shows on your watchlist right now? And what are the top three movies on your watchlist? Please let us know in the comments below!