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How to watch programmes when offline

You can download programmes from BBC iPlayer to watch anywhere, whether you're at home or on the go.

So even if you're miles from Wi-Fi, or your broadband's suffering from a case of buffering, you can still enjoy your favourite shows.

Get downloading on your device

On desktop and laptop computers you'll need to use BBC iPlayer Downloads.

On compatible Android mobiles and tablets, and on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, you can download programmes using the BBC iPlayer app. The BBC iPlayer app is available from the following stores:

How long can I keep programmes I've downloaded? 

You can now download most programmes for 30 days after they're shown on TV. 

You'll then have until the end of that same 30-day period to watch the download. 

At the end of the 30-day period, programmes will be deleted. So keep an eye on the expiry date of each programme you download to make sure you don't miss out!

Having trouble updating BBC iPlayer Downloads?  

Find out more about the process here.  

Got a specific question about downloading iPlayer programmes? 

If you're on a desktop or laptop, you can find out more about downloading on your computer here.

The guidance within this FAQ also applies to the iPlayer Kids app.

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