How to download shows and movies from Hulu


Hulu has a never-ending trove of movies and TV shows to dig into, but it can be tough to put in the viewing hours when your work schedule is so demanding. Fortunately, Hulu lets you download content for offline viewing. This means you’ll be able to watch certain Hulu movies and shows even without an internet connection.
Downloading Hulu content isn’t too difficult, but there’s a few things you’ll need to make sure of before you start looking for titles to add to your library. Here’s everything you need to know.
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Difficulty Easy Duration 5 minutes What You Need Web browser
A downloads-supported Hulu subscription
Opt for a different plan, if necessary
So, you have a compatible device and a Hulu subscription, but you see no option to download your favorite movie or show. You’re out of luck if you’re only paying for the basic, ad-ridden $8 plan. The download function is only offered on the following two tiers:
Hulu (No Ads) — $18/month
— $18/month Disney Bundle: Hulu (No Ads) + Disney+ and ESPN+ — $25/month
— $25/month Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV + Disney+ and ESPN+ — $90/month
If you need to switch plans to benefit from offline download Hulu viewing, do the following:
Step 1: Open Hulu in your web browser and log in. You cannot make account changes using Hulu’s mobile apps.
Step 2: Click or tap your Account icon located in the upper-right corner, and select Account in the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Enter your password if prompted.
Step 4: In your Subscription panel, select Manage plan and choose one of the three plans that support downloads.
Step 5: Click the Review changes button and then click the black Submit button.
Make sure you have a compatible device
Currently, you cannot download your favorite shows and movies to your computer, a set-top box, or a gaming console. Yes, we’re aware that Windows 11 has a Hulu app, but it’s excluded from the download club. To watch offline, you’ll need a mobile device from Amazon, Android, or Apple.
Here’s the complete list of compatible devices:
Fire OS 5 or higher
Fire HD 6 (4th generation)
Fire HD 7 (4th generation)
Fire HDX 8.9″ (4th generation)
Fire (5th generation or higher)
Fire HD 8 (5th generation or higher)
Fire HD 10 (5th generation or higher)
Android 5.0 or newer
Screen with 800 x 480 resolution minimum
iOS 13.0 or iPadOS 13.0 or newer
iPhone 5S or later
iPad 5th generation or later (iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, and iPad mini 2, 3, and 4)
iPod Touch 6th generation
Note that timing is limited
Downloading content to your device is similar to renting digital media. You can store it for a specific amount of time, but once you click play, that timeframe shrinks significantly.
Hulu restricts you to 25 downloads
You can store up to 25 downloads on up to five supported mobile devices at one time. That’s among five compatible devices, not per profile. If you go over that limit, the Hulu app prompts you to delete a previous download.
You have 30 days to start programming
You can store downloaded content for 30 days. Once you start watching the show or film, your time limit moves to the next step.
There’s a two-day watch period
You only get 48 hours after clicking play. If you never complete a specific show or movie in that timeframe, the download expires, and you must renew the content.
How to find and download content
With all that out of the way, finding and downloading content is extremely easy.
Step 1: Tap the Search icon located in the global navigation bar at the bottom.
Step 2: Tap the Downloadable option on the following screen and browse through Hulu’s library of downloadable content and find what you want to view offline.
Step 3: For shows, tap the Download icon — it resembles an arrow — next to each episode. For movies, tap the Download icon displayed beneath the Watch movie button.
How to delete downloaded content
Once you finish watching your offline content, you can delete it immediately. The following steps pertain to deleting the media at a later date.
Step 1: Tap the Downloads option in the navigation bar at the bottom.
Step 2: Tap the Checkmark icon located to the right of your downloaded content. Then, Tap the Delete download option in the resulting pop-up menu.
How to adjust video quality for downloads
Hulu uses Standard resolution by default, allowing faster downloads and less storage. You can switch to High, but the content will take longer to download and consume more space on your device.
Step 1: Tap the Downloads option in the navigation bar at the bottom. On the resulting screen, tap the Settings gear icon located in the upper-left corner (iOS) or upper-right corner (Android).
Step 2: Tap the Video quality setting on the following screen.
Step 3: Select the Standard or High option.
How to renew expired downloads
There are two types of expired media. If you downloaded content and didn’t finish watching before your 48-hour limit, it expires, forcing you to renew your temporary license. The second type is media that’s currently leaving or removed from Hulu. Typically, you’ll also see this content listed under the Expiring section in My stuff. Once Hulu pulls this programming, you cannot watch it.
Step 1: Tap the Downloads option in the navigation bar at the bottom.
Step 2: Tap the Expired icon located to the right of your expired media.
Step 3: If available, tap the Renew download option.
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