Is There A Netflix App for Mac? How Can You Watch Netflix Movies on Mac Offline?

Posted by Bertha Miller to Movie List, Netflix | Updated on July 29, 2020

On iPad or iPhone, it's easy to download Netflix movies or episodes to watch offline through the app. But what if you want to do so on MacOS? Is there an app for Mac making it available to save the movie or episodes offline easily? Or how can you watch movies offline on Mac? Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do so, but there is a way.

Netflix hosts over thousands of movies and shows for subscriber to watch. You can stream videos on your Mac and Macbook Pro once you subscribe as a member. However, if you want to save movies or episodes offline, it can be a hot potato. You might want to download Netflix application for Mac to make things done, but found nothing. If so, you got the right place! This guide helps you easily watch Netflix movies offline on Macbook, Macbook Pro/Air, iMac.

Where to Download Netflix App for Mac?

Unlike Windows and mobiles users, Mac users are served to watch Netflix movies, TV shows through web browsers with plug-ins. Actually there is no official desktop app for Mac available.

The easiest way for Netflix offline viewing on Mac is to download the alternative of best free Netflix desktop app for Mac here!

Part 1: How to Watch Netflix on Macbook Air/Pro via Web Browsers

Firstly, not all web browsers have a access to watch Netflix on Mac. The site is available on Mac computers using a Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Safari browser. Take Safari as an example, if you're running on macOS 10.10 Yosemite or above, Netflix is directly available in its native browser - Safari (in latest version) - with the built-in settings for html5 videos. The only thing you need do is to open Safari and visit its official website, sign in your account and enjoy.

But conversely, if you want to watch Netflix movies or TV shows on Macbook Pro/Air, iMac based on macOS 10.9 Lion or earlier, you need to install a plug-in called Silverlight. Here comes the steps on how to install Sliverlight on Mac:

1. Open Netflix and select any title to play.
2. When a Silverlight dialog box opens, select Install Now.
3. Open the Downloads page and double-click on Silverlight.dmg. For Safari, the Downloads page is in the upper right corner of the browser.
4. Right-click or hold Control on your keyboard and select Silverlight.pkg. Select Open on the pop-up menu.
5. Select Open on the prompt that says Silverlight.pkg is not from the Mac App Store. Are you sure you want to open it? Opening Silverlight.pkg will always allow it to run on this Mac.
6. Follow the prompts to complete installation.

Safari works fine on streaming most of titles. But comparing to directly watch movies or TV shows on app like what you do on Windows, iPhone iPad, there are some limitations. You are unable to stream Netflix 4K movies, 3D movies on Mac. Mac computers support streaming up to 1080p, depending on your browser. (Google Chrome/Firefox up to 720p, Safari up to 1080p). But is there a way to watch Netflix 4K UHD, 1080p/720p HD on Macbook Pro/Air offline without a hiccup? Surely yes with an alternative to Netflix desktop App for Mac.

[Big News 2020] With the expected update of macOS Big Sur, you'll soon be able to watch Netflix 4K contents on Mac. Apple's next generation macOS Big Sur comes with an update to the Safari, which supports watching Netflix in 4K, along with Dobly Vision HDR.

Part 2: Get Netflix App for Mac Alternative to Download Netflix Offline

Though there is no Mac version app of Netflix to save movies offline easily, it doesn't mean you cannot make things done. MacX Video Converter Pro can be served as an alternative to Netflix Mac app, which downloads and records screens on Macbook Pro/Air freely. This might seem troublesome for some, but it's the most efficient way we've found to download DRM protected Netflix shows and movies on Mac.

It records Netflix HD, 4K UHD screens on Mac OS (10.5 and above) with HiFi audio and remarkable output video quality reserved.
You're able to convert recorded movies to MP4, MOV, M4V etc. for watching on Mac computer, sharing with your friends (only for personal use), editing on iMovie, Final Cut Pro etc.
This best screen recorder for Mac is also capable of capturing whatever you're watching or operating on Mac desktop, such as video game walkthrough, tutorial, problem behavior, or online clips etc.

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How to Capture Netflix Movies Offline on Mac OS

Step 1: Open Netflix. Firstly, open the website and log into your account. Then find the movie you are interested in.

Step 2: Free download the Netflix app for Mac. Free download MacX Video Converter Pro on your Mac computer. If you want to record screens on Windows platform, you can also download the MacX Video Converter for Windows.

Step 3: Record Target Netflix 4K Movie. Launch the program, click on "Screen Recorder" > customize capture settings > confirm the session preset, frame rate, output folder, audio device, or other parameters > Tap the blue Record button to starting recording.

Step 4 (Optional): Convert the Video. The recorded movies are saved in .mov format. If you wanna watch them not only on Mac, but also Windows, iPhone iPad Android devices , you can go back to the main interface of the Netflix video converter and click on "+ Video" > choose MP4 as output format > RUN to convert Netflix to MP4 format.

If 4K contents are your cup of tea, this best Netflix App for Mac alternative also allows you to download 4K contents from Netflix similar sites such as YouTube. Firstly visit YouTube to find the movie and copy its URL. After the program is installed and launched, click on YouTube icon, and paste the URL you copied, then click on Analyze to detect the movie details. Choose output format, resolution, video size you desired and tap Download Now button to save Netflix movies offline on Mac.

Now that you're unable to download Netflix Mac app, it goes up to you to choose a way to enjoy Netflix movies on Mac. When there is a good network condition, you're suggested to streaming the movies or TV shows on Mac with web browsers. If not, why not take advantage of the Netflix app for Mac alternative to record and download Netflix for enjoying offline?

Best Netflix App for Mac to Download Movies Offline

MacX Video Converter Pro can easily record Netflix movie or TV shows screens with original audio on Macbook Pro/Air, iMac etc. so that you're able to enjoy your Netflix movies offline on iPhone iPad Android devices, 4K UHD TVs, 4K video player on Mac or Windows computer smoothly.

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