How to use Netflix on your Windows computer or tablet

Use this article to learn about Netflix features on your Windows computer or tablet, and how to set up and sign out of your account. If you don't know if Netflix works on your device, follow the steps in the “Set Up Netflix” section. The Netflix app is available on Windows 8 and later. If you're using an earlier version of Windows, you can watch Netflix.com from a web browser.

Netflix Features
Set Up Netflix
Sign Out of Netflix
Netflix in Ultra HD
Netflix in HDR

Netflix is available on Windows computers using a supported browser or the Netflix app for Windows 8 or Windows 10. Netflix streaming features on Windows computers include:

Navigation

  • Browse rows of movie posters: The main page displays rows of TV shows and movies for you to browse. You can also browse genres from the Browse drop-down.

  • Search: Search for specific TV show or movie titles, actors, directors, or genres from the search box in the upper right corner.

  • TV Show or Movie Pages: Hover over a specific TV show or movie poster to see additional information, such as a brief synopsis, year(s) produced, or maturity rating. For full information, click or tap the title within the window.

  • Playback: To play a TV show or movie, click a poster. While your title is playing, use the scroll bar at the bottom of the player screen to fast forward, rewind, or see more options. To exit video playback, select the back button in the upper left corner of your screen. If the scroll bar or back button are not visible on your screen, move your cursor until they appear.

  • Cortana Integration: On the Netflix app for Windows 8 or Windows 10, use Microsoft's Cortana voice search to find titles. Example: "Netflix, find Bojack Horseman."

Downloads

The Netflix app for Windows 10 supports downloading titles so you can watch when you can't be online. See our how to download TV shows and movies article to learn more. Downloaded titles are available up to 1080p.

Subtitles & alternate audio

Select the Audio and Subtitles icon to choose an alternate language track or turn on available subtitles.

On some Windows 10 computers, you can also stream select titles with Dolby Atmos audio using the Microsoft Edge browser or Netflix app (requires Windows 10 RS3 Build 16299 or later).

Resolution 

Windows computers support streaming in the following resolutions:

Browser or app

Resolution

Google Chrome

720p HD

Microsoft Edge

4K Ultra HD*

High Dynamic Range

Mozilla Firefox

720p HD

Opera

720p HD

Netflix app for Windows 8

1080p HD

Netflix app for Windows 10

4K Ultra HD*

High Dynamic Range

*See "Netflix in Ultra HD" for system requirements

Note:
Some unsupported browsers may still work, but we can't guarantee the Netflix experience on them.

Netflix website

You can watch Netflix on your Windows computer by visiting netflix.com. Watching on netflix.com is supported on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera browsers.

  1. From your preferred browser, visit netflix.com.

  2. Select Sign In.

  3. Enter your Netflix email and password.

You are now signed in to your Netflix account.

Netflix app for Windows 8 or Windows 10

  1. From the Start menu, select Store.

  2. Select Search.

  3. Type Netflix in the search box and press Enter.

  4. Select Netflix from the search results.

  5. Select Install.

    • If you're prompted to sign in, sign in with your Microsoft information.

  6. Return to the Start menu.

  7. Select the Netflix app.

  8. Select Sign in.

  9. Enter your Netflix email address and password.

  10. Select Sign In.

You are now signed in to your Netflix account.

To sign out of the Netflix account on your device, follow the steps below.

Netflix website

  1. From your preferred browser, visit netflix.com.

  2. From the Netflix home screen, hover over your profile name in the upper right corner of the page.

  3. Select Sign out of Netflix.

  4. You are now signed out of your Netflix account.

Note:
These steps will only sign you out of Netflix on your current browser. If you are signed in to your Netflix account on more than one browser, you will need to repeat these steps on all browsers that you use to access Netflix.

Netflix app for Windows 8 or Windows 10

  1. From the Netflix app, select the More Options icon in the upper right corner.

  2. Select Sign Out.

  3. Select Sign Out again to confirm.

  4. You are now signed out of your Netflix account.

Netflix is available in Ultra HD on Windows computers and tablets. To stream in Ultra HD, you will need:

  • Windows 10 with the latest Windows updates installed.

  • An HEVC video extension must be installed.

    Note:
    Many Windows 10 devices have HEVC video extensions pre-installed. If you're not sure or need help installing video extensions, contact the device manufacturer.
  • The Microsoft Edge browser or the Netflix app for Windows 10.

  • A 60Hz 4K capable display (with HDCP 2.2 connection if external display).

    Note:
    Every monitor connected to your computer must meet these requirements to successfully stream in Ultra HD.
  • If using an integrated GPU: An Intel 7th generation Core or newer CPU, or AMD Ryzen CPU.

  • If using a discrete GPU: A Nvidia Geforce GPU that meets these requirements, or an AMD Radeon RX 400 series or newer GPU.

  • A Netflix plan that supports streaming in Ultra HD.

  • A steady internet connection speed of 25 megabits per second or higher.

  • Streaming quality set to Auto or High.

Netflix is available in HDR on Windows 10 using the Microsoft Edge browser or the Netflix app for Windows.

To stream in HDR content on your Windows computer, your display must meet these requirements, and your system must meet or exceed the following requirements:

If using integrated Intel GPU:

  • Windows 10 (version 1709 or newer)

  • CPU: Intel 7th generation Core or newer CPU with integrated GPU

  • Graphics Driver: 22.XX.XX series, version 4708 or higher

If using integrated AMD GPU:

  • Windows 10 (version 1809 or newer)

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen CPU with integrated GPU

If using discrete Nvidia GPU:

  • Windows 10 (version 1709 or newer)

  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 or higher with at least 3GB of video RAM

  • Graphics Driver: 387.68 (23.21.13.8768) or higher

If using discrete AMD GPU:

  • Windows 10 (version 1809 or newer)

  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 400 series or newer

Note:
Devices must be enabled for HDR by the manufacturer and support Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 or higher.

If you don't know if your computer meets these requirements, contact the manufacturer.