How to Watch Movies on Plane Without WiFi

How to Watch Movies on Plane Without WIFI

Plane rides are often boring and exhausting. You can’t sleep or move. Furthermore, if a flight is long, your belly may swell and you may already have used all of the in-flight entertainment options. In such a case, you may need a way to spend time. Internet service is often not available on the plane. That’s why you can’t even use social media to keep you busy. In this article, we will discuss various methods to watch movies on a plane without Wi-Fi. So if you are planning a trip, read this guide and make your journey less boring.

Different Ways to Watch Movies on a Plane Without Wi-Fi

To watch movies on the plane, you should have video streaming apps on your mobile and laptop. Various video streaming services like HBO, Amazon, or Netflix provide you with the latest content, movies, and shows. In this way, they will save you from the outdated content available on the plane. However, you may need to tweak or subscribe to these devices to access the offline mode feature. Below we will describe ways by which you can turn your mobile, laptop, or tablet into an entertainment source for planes.

How to Watch Movies on Plane Without WiFi
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Watch Shows or Movies Through Netflix Offline

Previously, Netflix didn’t have a feature that allowed downloading of content. In November 2016, Netflix launched this feature allowing users to stream quite a number of TV shows and movies. With Netflix offline, you can save movies or shows for offline use. You just have to download the movies from your waiting list before boarding the plane.

Netflix on MacBook is available only in IOS 9 and later versions, Android OS version 4.4.2 and up, and Windows 10 OS. Having Netflix offline on a MacBook made long flights much more convenient.

The number of TV shows or movies that you can download for later use is limited. However, they are still enough to get you through the long flight. Here is how you can use Netflix offline:

  • To use Netflix offline, you should have it downloaded to your device.
  • Go to the Netflix app’s menu on the home screen.
  • Find the “available for download” option and select it.
  • There will be a list of movies and shows available for download, which you can watch even when you don’t have Wi-Fi.
  • Moreover, you can also search for your favorite show in the search bar and see if it is available for download.
  • You can see all your downloads under the “My Downloads” option.

One thing to remember here is that you have to download shows before boarding the plane; otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy this amazing feature of Netflix. But before downloading, make sure you have enough storage to store the content.

Offline Video Streaming on the Amazon Video App

The second way to enjoy movies on a plane without Wi-Fi is through the Amazon video app. In 2015, Amazon launched its offline streaming service. The content available for download viewing is limited compared to online streaming options, but it still has quality content. The Amazon video app offers offline viewing. The Amazon video app is available the Amazon video app. However, one drawback is that the Amazon video app is not accessible on laptops. But this app is compatible with both Android and IOS devices. Here is the method to use the app.

  • Download the Amazon Video app on your mobile.
  • Browse through different TV shows and movies and find the one for you.
  • An arrow icon pointing downwards will appear next to the movie title. Click on this icon to download the movie.
  • You can access your downloaded content under the “Downloads” tab in the app.

You need storage in your phone to download the content from Amazon, just like Netflix.

HBO Mobile Video Recording App

HBO video recording app is the third way to watch movies on a plane without Wi-Fi. HBO doesn’t feature offline features like Netflix and Amazon. But you can legally record your favorite movies and shows and watch them later on. It’s like a modern version of DVRs. This feature of HBO is absolutely legal. It’s either free or paid, depending on the show. But you can record the show, save it on your mobile and watch it later on.


We have described plenty of legal ways to watch movies on a plane without Wi-Fi. So if you are scheduled for a long plane trip, make sure to download movies from Netflix, Amazon, or record shows from HBO. In this way, you can enjoy your flight while watching quality content.

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