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Hulu Expands Offline Downloads to Android Devices, So You Can Watch On-The-Go

Jason Gurwin

Earlier this month, Hulu announced that customers with the Hulu No Ads plan ($11.99) would now be able to download content offline to their mobile and tablet devices. While at the time it only was available on iOS devices, starting today customers with Android devices are getting the feature as well. To access it, you will have to upgrade to the latest version of the Hulu App from Google Play.

Streamers will be happy to learn that the vast majority of Hulu’s shows and movies are available to download on-the-go. This includes Hulu Originals like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Act, as well as past seasons of hit shows like Family Guy, This is Us, and How I Met Your Mother, and ER. Over time, it’s expected that more shows should become available as offline access is included in new content agreements.

To access the feature, you’ll notice a new Downloads tab at the bottom of the Hulu App. This is the new hub that includes all shows you previously downloaded as well as the ability to “See What’s Downloadable.” If you are just browsing the app though, you can search for any title on Hulu and if it’s available for download, there will be a download icon on its details page.

Each Hulu account will be able to download across 5 different devices. At any given time, you can have 25 titles or movies downloaded across those devices. For instance, multiple episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale will count as a single title. The downloads will last for up to 30 days, but once you start watching content, the download will expire after 48 hours. You won’t have to re-download the content to access it, instead you will just have to renew the download when you return online.

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