The size of downloadable Netflix videos depends on the duration of the video. An hour-long standard definition (SD) video file roughly takes about 1 GB of space whereas the same video file takes up to 3 GB when it’s in HD. An ultra HD video file (of one-hour duration) can take up to 7 GB. A couple of Ultra HD movies can easily fill up your drive!
With default settings, Netflix is installed on the drive where Windows 10 is installed. The problem with this setup is that Netflix saves all downloaded videos (know Netflix download location) on the same drive where it’s installed.
If your PC’s system drive is running out of free space or if you don’t want to fill up the drive where Windows 10 is installed with Netflix downloads, you should consider changing the default download location of Netflix.
As you might have discovered by now, Netflix app for Windows 10 doesn’t offer a way to change the default download location. While we can create a symbolic link to the Netflix’s downloads folder, the workaround doesn’t work always.
Luckily, there is an easy workaround to change the default download location of Netflix in Windows 10. The best part is that you don’t need to create any symbolic link.
We use the provision to move installed apps in Windows 10 to change the download location of Netflix. When you move the Netflix app to a different drive using this provision, Netflix saves all downloaded videos to the new location (drive).
When you move the Netflix app, it will also move already downloaded videos to the new location. So, you can safely move Netflix app even if you have already downloaded some videos from Netflix.
Change Netflix movie download location in Windows 10
Here is how to change the Netflix download location in Windows 10.
Step 1: Open the Settings app. Navigate to Apps > Apps & features.
Step 2: Scroll down the app list to see Netflix entry. Click on the Netflix entry to see Move and Uninstall buttons.
Step 3: Click on the Move button and then select the drive where you would like to save the Netflix app and Netflix downloads. Please make sure that the drive you just selected has plenty of free space. Finally, click on the Move button again to move the Netflix app.
Note that the app is moved to the root of the selected drive. Windows 10 will automatically create a new folder called WindowsApps at the root of the drive and move the Netflix app there. You cannot select a folder under the selected drive as the new location.
Please note that this will also move already downloaded videos to the new location. If you have tens of GBs of downloads, it might take a while to complete the move.