How to Download Netflix Movies on MacBook or iMac?

MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader is the best software that helps you download Netflix videos on Mac. Any Netflix plan supported, it is able to download any Netflix video in full HD 1080P at a fast speed, and all original subtitles and soundtracks can be retained. You can download it from the button below.
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We all know that Mac users can only access the Netflix website through a browser because there is no Netflix App for macOS. If you are not using a MacBook Air/Pro or iMac with Apple Silicon M1/M2 chip, you can't install the Netflix app, download videos directly or watch Netflix content offline.

Mac users may have a hard time understanding this. Luckily, there's a workaround now. This post will provide you with 3 helpful tricks that will make it simple for you to download Netflix movies or TV shows on your Mac.

Warning: Videos downloaded from Netflix are solely for your personal collection; they should not be used for commercial purposes or in any other manner that violates the video's copyright.

Download Netflix Videos on MacBook/iMac

Download Netflix Videos on Mac with Downloader

Using specialized Netflix video download software is the most convenient, effective, and quick way to download Netflix films on a Mac.

I'd like to present you to MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader, a program made just for obtaining Netflix videos on Mac with any Netflix plan. For "lazy people", it features an inbuilt Netflix browser that lets you easily search for videos to download within the software. It also has a robust and sophisticated video downloading engine that can save a sizable number of Netflix video resources.

Highlighted Features:

  • Download any Netflix show or movie without installing the Netflix app
  • Support for exporting Netflix videos to MP4 or MKV format for offline playback
  • Preserve original quality in 1080P Full HD
  • Save audio tracks and subtitles in multiple languages
  • All downloaded videos are playable forever on iMac and MacBook Air/Pro, even if you cancel your Netflix subscription

Now, please follow the steps below and learn how to download Netflix TV shows and movies to MP4 on your Mac with MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader.

Step 1. Get the Best Netflix Video Downloader

Download, install and launch MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader on your Mac computer. Log in to Netflix with your account.

Log in to Netflix on MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader

Step 2. Search for Netflix Show or Movie

Copy the URL of the show or movie you like from the Netflix website and paste it to MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader. Or search for the video you want to download.

Search for Netflix Video

Step 3. Select Output Format and Quality

Click this icon on the right of the title and select the season or episodes. Then select the subtitle language and audio language.

Select Season or Episodes

Or you can preset them from the settings and each episode will be downloaded in the same format with the same subtitle type and in the same subtitle or audio language setting.

Settings of MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader

Step 4. Download Netflix Videos on Your Mac

Click the download icon on the right side of the video and start to download Netflix shows. When the download is finished, the movies and shows can be checked on the History module.

Downloading Netflix Video to MP4 on Mac

There is no doubt that you can quickly and easily download any number of high-quality Netflix movies to your Mac using MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader. Save all of your favorite Netflix videos that you previously couldn't download on your MacBook/iMac by downloading the software now!

Download Netflix Movies on Mac using Virtual Machine

There are several choices if you'd prefer to download movies via the Netflix app. While it is a little more difficult, you can setup a Windows virtual machine, run the Windows operating system on your Mac, and then install the Netflix app in a Windows environment and download films directly from the app.

You should be aware of your Mac computer's hardware and virtual machine installation restrictions to avoid download issues, because not all Mac systems can support the installation of a Windows virtual machine.

I'll show you how to setup a Parallels Desktop virtual machine, for instance, in the sections below.

  1. Open the Parallels Desktop ".dmg" installation file, locate the file in the "Finder" and select "Install."
  2. After following the prompts to approve and enter your user name and password, wait for Parallels Desktop to finish installing.
  3. Select "Install Windows" from the "Install Assistant" interface, and then wait for the process to be finished.
  4. Go to the Microsoft Store to get the Netflix app after installing Windows OS on your Mac.
  5. Sign in to Netflix and use the app to download your favorite Netflix movies!

Tip: Due to technical reasons, M1 Mac users cannot watch possibly Netflix videos offline on Parallels because error code U7354 appears, so this method is not suitable for M1 Mac users. To download Netflix videos to your Mac, you can use the MovPilot tool mentioned in Part 1, or read on for more information.

Download Netflix Movies on Mac via Netflix App

You may also download Netflix videos/shows by installing the iOS App if your Mac has an M1/M2 chip and is running macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 or earlier.

Of course, in addition to the restrictions imposed by the chip and the macOS operating system, you also need an iPhone or iPad running iOS 14.01 or later with the Netflix app already downloaded.

Then, you have to download iMazing, an iOS app exporting software, to your computer so that you can export Netflix App from your iPhone or iPad to Mac. The success rate of this method is modest, though, as not every App can be exported due to iOS restrictions. But it's still worth a try if you have an iPhone or iPad.

  1. Download iMazing and then open the software in the "Launchpad".
  2. Connect your iOS device to your Mac via USB cable and login with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.
  3. Click on "Apps" > "Manage Apps" > "Library" on the left menu, and the app will show all downloaded apps on your iOS device.
  4. Double-click on the "Netflix" app and select "Export .IPA".
    Tip: If the "Export .IPA" item is grayed out and cannot be clicked, it means that the iOS Netflix APP cannot be downloaded to your Mac under the current status.
  5. Run the "IPA" file to complete the installation of the iOS Netflix app, and click to activate the app.
  6. After logging in to your account, you can download Netflix videos.

FAQs on Downloading Netflix Movies or Shows on MacBook/iMac

Q1. Is It Possible to Download the Netflix App on Mac?

Yes, as previously said, you can use iMazing or install a Windows virtual machine to download the Netflix app on your MacBook/iMac.

But these are not recommended because the screens are usually too small to have a good streaming experience and the video quality is far worse than that on the Netflix web player or app. In this situation, downloading Netflix videos with MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader and watching the videos without the internet is the cleverer choice.

Q2. How Many Shows Can You Download on Netflix?

No matter which Netflix subscription plan you choose, you can store up to 100 videos on your devices. When your subscription ends, the device will no longer have any downloaded content. If you download more than 100 titles during your subscription, you will need to delete some titles from one of your devices in order to download more.

However, you can use MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader to download as many Netflix movies as you want to watch offline.

Q3. Will the Netflix Downloaded Shows or Movies on Mac Expire After 7 Days?

Movies or shows downloaded on the Netflix app will expire after 7 days. But if you download Netflix titles with MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader, they will never expire or disappear unless you delete them. The downloads are in MP4/MKV digital files unlike the ones downloaded on the Netflix official apps.


So which is the best way to download Netflix videos on Mac?

In fact, MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader is undoubtedly the best in terms of features and operations. With MovPilot, you can search for and download videos directly from the downloader. They are stored permanently on your MacBook/iMac and won't lose their validity even if you stop being a Netflix subscriber. You don't even need to download the official Netflix application!

The Netflix movies downloaded via the other two methods only exist in the app and can only be stored for a maximum of seven days, which is more relevant than the fact that they are difficult to use and have a low success rate.Use a reputable Netflix video downloader if you want to easily download Netflix 1080p videos on Mac!

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