How to download Sky movies onto your phone or tablet (via Sky Go, Sky Cinema or Now TV movies)


With the ability to stream movies to smartphones, tablets and laptops, it’s never been easier to watch movies on the go.

However, at times you might find yourself away from a Wi-Fi connection or beyond the reaches of mobile broadband, meaning streaming isn’t an option.

But all is not lost in such situations, as many streaming services and online distributors allow movies to be downloaded onto a device. This provides a way to watch your favourite films without a poor or dropped internet connection interrupting your viewing pleasure.

Sky Cinema is one such streaming service that offers movie and TV downloads for offline viewing on a phone or tablet.

And through the Sky Go app or the Sky-owned Now TV service, there are multiple ways for Sky TV customers to download their favourite flicks. If you’re unsure of how to do that, we’ve created this useful guide on how to download Sky movies onto your tablet or phone.

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How to download Sky movies on your phone or tablet using Sky Go

Things to know before getting started

Before we kick things off, let’s run down a list of things you’ll need so you don’t hit a few snags when downloading movies from Sky.

First things first, you need to download the Sky Go app and be a Sky TV customer to download movies from Sky Cinema. All Sky customers will also have a “Sky iD” and accompanying password, which you’ll need for logging in to Sky Go. You also need to have Sky Go Extra. This is an extra feature for the Sky Go app, which you need to pay an extra £5 a month in order to download movies as well as stream them.

Next, if you’re an Apple user and this is your first time using the Sky Go app, you don’t really have to worry about whether you’re device is compatible or not. The app works on a majority of Apple devices, from the iPhone 2 and iPad 2 onwards – just make sure you’re running iOS 8.1. You can see if you have this by opening your settings, selecting General and then About. You’ll then the version of iOS your iPhone or iPad is running.

With Android devices, you have to make sure your device is running Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. You can check what version of Android your device is running by going to your settings and selecting “About device”. This will show you the version number you have of the mobile operating system under the “Android version” header.

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Downloading Sky movies on Apple and Android devices

Step 1: Open the Sky Go app and select the movie you want to download.

Step 2: Find the download button and choose the option to “Download to phone/tablet” (depending on the device you’re using).

Step 3: Wait for your film to finish downloading. Once it’s complete, it’ll appear in the Downloaded section of the Downloads menu and be ready to watch.

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How to download Sky movies on your phone or tablet using Now TV

Things to know before getting started

Now TV offers its content in the form of passes, which grant you access to movies, TV shows, sports and kids shows, depending on the pas you’ve purchased.

To watch and download movies from Sky Cinema, you need to purchase the Sky Cinema pass. This means you’ll also need to start an account with Sky and install the Now TV app, if you haven’t already. Once you’ve downloaded a movie, it’ll only be available for 30 days. After starting your first watch, you’ll then have 48 hours before it’s removed, but in this timeframe, you can watch the film as many times as you like.

For Apple users, devices from the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 onwards are compatible with the Now TV app, accessed through the App Store. Android users should have no issues either, as the majority of devices are compatible with the Now TV app, which you can find in the Play Store.

However, you can’t download all movies on Now TV. Some films will have a no download icon next to them, which is usually an issue relating to rights restrictions. Movies can only be downloaded twice, so if you’ve already downloaded a movie once and decide to do so again, that second time will be your last.

It’s important to note that a downloaded movie can only be watched on the device you downloaded it on. You can’t transfer your download onto other devices.

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Downloading Sky movies on Apple and Android devices

Step 1: Access the Now TV app and find the movie you want to download.

Step 2: Once you’ve found it, tap on the info screen of the movie you’ve selected and press the download icon you’ll find there. You can also find the download icon next to the film you’ve selected.

Step 3: To see the status of the download, return to the main menu and go to the “My TV” section. From there, select Downloads and you’ll find the movie you’ve downloaded.

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