How to Download iPlayer Shows to your Phone or Tablet

You can now download BBC iPlayer programmes on your smartphone and tablet device to watch offline. This means you’ll be able to catch up with your favourite shows, even when you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection or a mobile signal.

You can download as many programmes as you want for free and store them for 30 days. Once you’ve pressed Play, you can keep watching for seven more days.

The mobile-downloads feature is currently only available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5.1, but it’s set to launch on Android soon.

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To record shows, simply tap the Download option on the programme you want to save and, when you next connect to Wi-Fi, the show will automatically start downloading to your device.

It’s ideal for long journeys and holidays when internet availability is patchy.