Downloading of games possible with NBA app a

NBA app now lets you save games for offline viewing

In Games, Apps, and OS by Ramon Lopez14 Comments

THE NBA app for Android and iOS has improved dramatically over the previous months. In fact, it’s one of our favorite streaming apps across both ecosystems because it’s reliable and the interface is uncomplicated and easy to navigate. And because ever since we cut the cord on cable and went all-in on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and the like, it’s been our go-to app for watching NBA broadcasts.

The recent addition of Mobile View, which gives you a better view of the action on small-screen devices, and the option to listen to audio streams of all live and archived NBA games — from both teams’ broadcast partners, mind you — make it an essential download for any NBA fan. Provided, of course, it is paired with a League Pass subscription that unlocks all the app’s features, and more, for a price.

SEE ALSO: NBA 2K17 for Android and iOS review: Worthy of the name

Today, the NBA just rolled out an update that makes a League Pass subscription even more compelling, the app more like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

The newly updated NBA app now allows you to download full-length and condensed NBA games on your iPhone and iPad. Yes, you can now watch (and rewatch) LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers go up against any NBA team offline, anywhere in the world, just as you would your favorite TV shows and movies and songs on other paid steaming apps. The update hasn’t been uploaded to the Google Play Store yet, but we imagine it’s only a matter of time.

The NBA app now lets you download full-length and condensed NBA games on your iPhone and iPad. The update hasn’t been uploaded to the Google Play Store yet, but we imagine it’s only a matter of time.

So, how do you go about saving videos for later viewing?

1. First, you have to download the latest version of the NBA app.

Downloading of games possible with NBA app 1

2. Launch the app, then select the Games tab.

Downloading of games possible with NBA app 2

3. Choose an archived broadcast you’d like to download.

Downloading of games possible with NBA app 3

4. Tap the cloud icon on the right-hand side of the screen, then select a feed from the options available.

Downloading of games possible with NBA app 4

5. Select Manage Downloads to play videos saved to your library.

Downloading of games possible with NBA app 5

Keep in mind that downloads start at about a gigabyte each (it’s a full game, after all), so you may need to make some room for them. Also: You have to keep the app running in the background for the games to finish downloading.

How is the update treating you so far? Have you downloaded any games yet? Drop a line or two in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

Share this Post

Learn About This Author

Ramon Lopez

Facebook Twitter Google+

Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has almost 10 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.

  • Bernie Christopher

    This makes no sense. Someone help

  • Ivar

    Has anybody managed to get the app working while offline? How to solve this problem>

  • hah4hah


    I cannot watch the downloaded games on my ipad, when I’m offline. The app always shows a message that it want to get online. Are there a possibility to watch offline. In the past it wasn’t a problem.

    • Alex

      I have the same problem!!

    • Stan Quenehen

      Same for me, how can we solve this ?? Many thanks

  • Britelle Humfrey

    I love this app on my Android. How can I download onto my PC to watch on a bigger screen and save space on my mobile? Can I download directly onto my PC or is there a way I can transfer the file from my mobile to my PC? I’ve tried this but can’t get the video to play.

    • Hi, Britelle. Unfortunately, you can’t download games onto another device for later viewing. You can only watch saved games natively through the app.

  • Jørgen

    I’m using the download feature from the Android app – and it works beautifully! Commuting is now greatest time of day! 😉
    One single problem, though: I want to download – not to my phones internal storage – but to my phones micro sd card. I can’t seem to work that out. Any ideas? I’m on a OnePlus X.

    • Have you tried transferring the app to your SD card, and then downloading a video? We haven’t tried saving videos onto an SD card yet.

  • Alvin Roy Nemenzo

    anybody knows how to export it to my laptop? I’ve already downloaded some full game replays. My iPhone storage is about to reach its limit. I don’t want to delete my downloaded games. Thus, i want to save it to my laptop. Any idea?

    • That’s not an option for iOS devices.

      • Alvin Roy Nemenzo

        Thanks Monch! 🙂

  • rico

    Is there any idea when this will be available for android? The wait is killing me.

    • No word yet. We’re actually waiting as well. 🙂