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How can I watch programmes when I'm 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 buffering, you can still enjoy your favourite shows.


On desktop and laptop computers you'll need to use BBC iPlayer Downloads. You can find out all you need to know about BBC iPlayer Downloads, including how to install it and how to use it, in our Getting Started with BBC iPlayer Downloads on Computers FAQ. 

If you're having problems downloading programmes on your computer, try the steps in the Troubleshooting problems for Downloads on PC and Mac FAQ. 

Mobile or Tablet

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:

You can find out if your device is compatible by checking the Are BBC iPlayer downloads available on my phone or tablet device? FAQ.

If you're having problems downloading programmes on your mobile or tablet, have a look at our Mobile and Tablet Downloading FAQs for more advice. 

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!

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

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