Hulu Offline Viewing: How It Works & When to Use It

Hulu offers thousands of great movies and TV shows to watch, with a library of content that’s always updating. Up until now, you needed some kind of internet connection to connect to your Hulu account and watch content. Well, as of October of 2019, that’s no longer the case.

You can now download anything you want to watch to your smartphone using the Hulu mobile app. Then later, whether you have an internet connection or not, you can watch that content wherever you are. Currently, this feature doesn’t work on desktop devices when you access the Hulu website.

There are a few limitations to this feature. In this article you’ll learn what those are, how to use the Hulu offline viewing feature, and the best situations where this feature can come in handy.

Upgrade To Use Hulu Offline Viewing

Hulu offers a few different subscription plans, and not all of them include the offline viewing feature.

The four plans for Hulu include:

  • Hulu (ad-supported)
  • Hulu (No Ads)
  • Hulu + Live TV (ad-supported)
  • Hulu + Live TV (No Ads)

The only plans that support the offline viewing feature are the two “No Ads” plans. Once you’re done reading this article and decide you want to use Hulu’s offline viewing feature, you’ll need to upgrade to one of the No Ads plans.

How To Use Hulu Offline Viewing

If you haven’t updated the Hulu mobile app in a while, you may not see the ability to download content. Visit the Google Play store or the Apple store and make sure to run an app update.

Once updated, open the Hulu mobile app and browse to the content that you want to download. 

On any TV shows with multiple episodes, you’ll see a small download icon to the right of the episode title, next to the three dot menu icon.

Once you select this, the download for that episode will begin. You’ll see a status for the percentage downloaded show up as a circular line moving around the outside of the download icon.

For movies, it’s slightly different. When you’re browsing a movie title, you’ll see a new Download link and icon displayed right under the Watch Movie button.

Selecting this will initiate the download for that movie.

Managing Hulu Offline Viewing Downloads

In addition to the download status displayed on the download icons in the app itself, you can see the status of individual movie or TV show downloads in your notifications area as well.

You can initiate multiple downloads at a time. Which means if you have an upcoming trip coming up and you know you’re going to be “off the grid” for a while, connect to a good Wi-Fi network either at home or your local internet cafe, and initiate as many content downloads as you like.

The only limit to the number of content items in Hulu that you can download is the storage capacity of your smartphone. As downloads complete, you can manage all of your downloaded content in the Downloads area of the Hulu app.

To access this, select the Downloads button at the bottom of the main page of the Hulu app.

This will take you to the Downloads page, where you can find all of your downloaded content.

From here, you can simply tap any of the downloaded content to start playing it. This works whether or not you’re connected to the internet or a Wi-Fi network, since the content is streaming directly off your local device storage.

Not All Hulu Content Is Downloadable

You may notice as you’re browsing that some of the movies or TV shows don’t feature a Download link or icon.

This is because not all content on Hulu is downloadable. You could take your chances and just randomly check movies or TV shows that you want to download. But there’s an easier way.

On the Downloads page mentioned above, if you scroll down to the bottom you’ll see a See What’s Downloadable button you can select to see a list of all content on Hulu that you can download to your device.

Selecting this will open a new area on the Hulu app where you can browse all of the downloadable content.

As you can see, this area is organized into TV, Movies, Kids, or Newly Added Movies. Save some time by using this area, and you’re guaranteed that if you see something you like, you can download it to your local device.

When To Use Hulu Offline Viewing

The Hulu offline viewing feature is perfect for a number of situations you may find yourself in. A few of the most common include:

  • Taking a road trip with kids, you can download children’s TV shows to their mobile devices before the drive.
  • If you’re staying at a campground far away from internet access, you can download movies to watch at night in your tent.
  • When traveling to another country and you want to conserve data usage costs, load plenty of movies for the trip.
  • Protect your mobile device security by watching movies at a hotel without having to connect to a dangerous public Wi-Fi network.

If you’re considering upgrading to a No-Ad Hulu subscription, this could be one excellent reason to do it.

How to remap default folders on Windows 10

When you install Windows 10, it comes with a few folders already added to your user folder. These are the Desktop, Pictures, Videos, Downloads, Documents, Music, and 3D Objects folders. These folders aren’t like other folders. They’re Windows library folders and they’re the default locations that many apps access when saving files, or downloading them. By default, these folders are nested inside your user folder on the C drive however, you can change their location without breaking their ‘library’ function. Here’s how you can remap default folders on Windows 10.

Remap default folders on Windows 10

Open File Explorer to This PC and all the default folders will be listed under ‘Folders’. Right-click the folder that you want to move, and select Properties from the context menu. On the Properties window, go to the Location tab, and click the ‘Move’ button.

Select where you’d like files from this folder to be saved to. You can select a location on the current drive i.e., the C drive, or on a different drive however, you should NOT move the folder to the root of any drive. Make sure you create a new folder at the root of the drive you want to move the default folder to and nest the folder under it.

Click Apply. You will see a few prompts. The first will ask if you want to create a folder for the default folder within the folder that you selected. Go ahead and create it. The second prompt will ask if you want to move all files from the original/default location to the new one. Again, click Yes and move the files.

The folder that you add the library/default folder to won’t be visible in the drive but you will see the library folder itself. If you ever want to restore it to its default location, right-click it and select Properties from the context menu. Go to the Location tab and click the ‘Restore Default’ button. Confirm the on-screen prompts and the folder will be moved back to its original location.

Moving these folders doesn’t have much benefit unless you’re using a small SSD with a large HDD. In this case, moving these folders to the hard drive will save space on the SSD.

We should caution you that while this is a harmless change on Windows 10, not all programs/apps may like it or be able to work properly with the new folder locations. It’s highly unlikely that anything will break but it’s not impossible.

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How to move the Desktop folder out of OneDrive on Windows 10

OneDrive is deeply integrated in Windows 10 even though getting rid of it is as simple as uninstalling an app from the Control Panel. Even if you never set up OneDrive, and immediately remove it from Windows 10, chances are it will still have an impact on your system. Case in point, the Desktop folder might reside inside the default OneDrive folder. If that’s the case, here’s how you can move the Desktop folder out of OneDrive.

Remove OneDrive

If you haven’t already, you should remove OneDrive if you do not plan on using it. If you plan on using OneDrive but simply do not want the Desktop folder to be nested inside the OneDrive folder, you can still move it while keeping the app on your system. The point is if you do not plan on using this particular app, removing it is best.

Move desktop folder out of OneDrive

Navigate to the OneDrive folder. It’s still going to be there even if you’ve uninstalled the app. You can find it at the following location;

C:\Users\YourUserName\OneDrive\

Right-click the Desktop folder, and select Properties from the context menu. On the Properties window, go to the Location tab, and click the Restore Defaults button.

After you click this button, you will see a series of prompts confirming that you want to move the location of the folder. We strongly encourage you to read them before you confirm all of them. The files inside the Desktop folder will be moved when the folder itself is moved to its new/default location. There’s no need to worry about losing data but, you should read all three prompts, regardless.

Once the Desktop folder has been moved to its default location, you will be able to access it from here;

C:\Users\YourUserName\Desktop

All links to the desktop folder e.g., the one in Quick Access in the navigation pane in File Explorer, or the Desktop listed under This PC in the navigation pane in File Explorer will be updated automatically. Clicking Desktop will take you directly to the desktop.

If you manually created a link/shortcut to the desktop in some other folder, it is likely going to break after you move it back to its default location. You will have to update the folder path that you’ve given in the shortcut or link.

If you’re wondering why OneDrive was housing your Desktop, it’s so that you have access to it on all your Windows 10 systems. This is a way to sync desktop files between multiple systems and give users a more seamless transition between them.

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How to disable Messages from Firefox on the new tab page

Firefox has a data syncing feature much like Chrome’s syncing feature. Unlike Chrome’s syncing feature, Firefox requires that you create a special account for it. You cannot just use the Gmail account or any other account to sync your Firefox data across devices. Not a lot of people use Firefox sync so it seems reasonable that Mozilla would advertise the feature and its many other services. That’s exactly what it’s doing on the new tab page by showing you ‘Messages from Firefox’. Here’s how you can disable them.

Disable Messages from Firefox

Open Firefox and you’ll see a message at the bottom of the new tab page. Each new tab will have a message though it may be different on each tab.

To get rid of it, click the more options button at the top right, and select Options from the menu. On the Options page, select the ‘Home’ tab from the column on the left. Scroll down to the ‘Snippets’ section, and uncheck the ‘Updates from Mozilla and Firefox’ option. That’s all you need to do.

When you open a new tab page, the message will be gone from the bottom.

This is not the first time that Firefox has tried to use the new tab page to advertise a service. The only difference is, this time it’s advertising its own service. You will see messages promoting Firefox sync, add-ons, and maybe even its VPN service.

Before, Firefox was displaying ads for a cloud service that it did not own. The ads were said to be experimental at the time and users were unhappy about it because it was basically an ad on the new tab page. At the time, Firefox said it was an experiment but it seems this experiment was not benched. It’s still active but the ads are now simple messages that promote Firefox’s own services thereby falling into a sort of grey area for ads.

Objectively, this is no different than other browsers advertising themselves. Every time you visit the Microsoft website from a browser that isn’t Edge, you will see a banner at the top encouraging you to use Edge. Browsers still compete for market share. For many, the ‘browser wars’ may have ended with Chrome coming out on top but browser technology continues to evolve. Chrome has turned into a RAM hog, and Edge is now built on Chromium. A lot has changed and it is possible that a browser that’s better than Chrome unseats it at some point, hence the aggressive advertising.

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How to play Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Linux

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the first release of the Halo franchise on the PC since 2004. It’s a big deal. If you’d like to experience one of the best shooter franchises ever on Linux, you need to purchase it on Steam.

To get Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Steam for Linux, ensure that the Steam app is set up on your PC. Then, log in to the app, click “Store,” search for “Halo,” and purchase “The Master Chief Collection.” Or, click on this link here to buy it via Steam in the web browser.

Enable Steam Play

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a Microsoft Windows video game, and Xbox Game Studios doesn’t have any plans to release it on Mac OS or Linux natively. So, for this game to work on Linux, you must enable Steam Play, which will make it possible to play the game.

Setting up Steam Play on Linux is pretty simple. To enable it, open up “Settings” in Steam. Then, find “Steam Play” and check the box next to “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.” Or, if you’re having issues setting up Steam Play on Linux, follow our in-depth guide here.

Installing custom Proton

The default version of Proton that is included with Steam Play will run the Master Chief Collection on Linux fine. However, it will not allow the user to connect to Xbox Live, which is required to play online. Instead, we must install a modified version of Proton into Steam. Follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard.

Step 2: Using the mkdir command, create a new directory called “compatibilitytools.d/.”

Steam Linux

mkdir -p ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/

Steam Flatpak for Linux

mkdir -p ~/.var/app/com.valvesoftware.Steam/data/Steam/compatibilitytools.d/

Step 3: Download the modified Proton from Github using wget.

cd /tmp
wget https://github.com/GloriousEggroll/proton-ge-custom/releases/download/4.21-GE-1-MCC-2/Proton-4.21-GE-1.tar.gz

Step 4: Install the runtime into the directory using tar.

tar xvf Proton-4.21-GE-1.tar.gz -C ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/

Or, for Flatpak.

tar xvf Proton-4.21-GE-1.tar.gz -C ~/.var/app/com.valvesoftware.Steam/data/Steam/compatibilitytools.d/

Step 5: Go back to Steam and find the side-bar on the right. Then, right-click on Halo, and select the “Properties” button in the right-click menu.

Step 6: Inside of “Properties,” locate “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool,” and check the box next to it.

Click the drop-down menu next to “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool,” and select the option “Proton-4.21-GE-1”.

Step 7: Click the “Close” button to close the properties window.

Once Halo: The Master Chief Collection is using the custom version of Proton, the Xbox Live login window will work perfectly!

Installing Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Linux

Now that you’ve purchased the game via Steam and have the Steam Play runtime up and running on your Linux PC, it is time to install it. To install Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Steam via Linux, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Look in Steam for “Library” and click on it with the mouse to access your video game library.

Step 2: Inside of the “Library” section where your Steam games are, find “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” and click on it with the mouse to open up the game page for it.

Step 3: Find the blue “Install” button, and click it to start the installation of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Alternatively, right-click on it and select the “Install” button to initiate the installation process.

Step 4: Follow the on-screen prompts in Steam to set up the game on your hard drive. Once that is done, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will begin installing.

When the installation process is done, Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s blue “Install” button will turn into a green “Play” button.

Creating an Xbox Live account

Playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Linux requires an Xbox Live account. If you do not have an account, you must create one. To create a new account, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Note: you do not need an Xbox Live GOLD account to play, as this game is not on Xbox.

Step 1: Head over to the official Xbox website and locate the “Create an account” button. Then, click it with the mouse. Selecting this button will take you to the new account creation page.

Step 2: In the “Create account” box, write in an email address. It does not have to be a Microsoft email address to work.

Step 3: Enter a secure password in the “Create a password” box.

Step 4: Follow the rest of the on-screen prompts to get your new Xbox Live account up and running.

Playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection

All of the difficult setup to get the game running on Linux is done. Now, if you’d like to enjoy Halo, do the following.

First, click the green “Play” button in Steam to launch The Master Chief Collection on your Linux PC. Sit back and wait a couple of minutes, as the game may take a bit to start up for the first time.

Once The Master Chief Collection is running on your Linux PC, you will see a pop-up window that says, “Let’s get you signed in.” At this point, sign in to your newly created Xbox Live account.

Upon signing into your Xbox Live account in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, everything is ready to go. From here, find “Halo: Reach” and select it (as it is the only Halo title out yet for the game) to start playing!

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