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.

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Netflix website

Netflix is available on Windows computers using a Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera 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 Netflix.com 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 of the Netflix.com menu bar.

  • 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.

Supported regions
Netflix supports streaming on Windows computers using supported browsers in all regions where Netflix is available.

Resolution
Windows computers support streaming in the following browser resolutions:

  • Google Chrome up to 720p

  • Microsoft Edge up to 4K*

  • Mozilla Firefox up to 720p

  • Opera up to 720p

  • Windows 8 app up to 1080p

  • Windows 10 app up to 4K*

*Streaming in 4K requires an HDCP 2.2 compliant connection to a 60Hz 4K-capable display, Intel's 7th generation Core CPU or newer, and the latest Windows updates. Check with the manufacturer of your system to verify specifications.

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

On some devices, you can also stream select titles with Dolby Atmos audio, including the models below.

Microsoft Edge browser on a Windows 10 computer or tablet (requires Windows 10 RS3 Build 16299 or later)

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

Netflix app for Windows 8

Netflix streaming features on the Windows 8 App include:

Supported regions

Netflix is available on Windows 8 in all regions where Netflix is available.

Navigation

  • Browse genre columns: Click or tap on a genre title to browse TV shows and movies.

  • Search: Click or tap the Search icon in the upper right corner.

  • TV Show or movie pages: Hover over a TV show or movie poster to call up a window with information such as a brief synopsis, years produced, or maturity rating. For full information, click or tap the title within the window.

  • Playback: Click or tap on a poster to begin playing a TV show or movie. While a title is playing, use the scroll bar at the bottom of the app screen to see more options. To exit video playback, click or tap in the upper left hand corner of the movie and select the back button.

  • Cortana Integration: On Windows 8.1+, use Microsoft's Cortana voice search to find titles. Example: "Netflix, find Bojack Horseman."

Resolution

Windows 8 supports streaming in 1080p.

Subtitles & alternate audio

Windows 8 supports subtitles and alternate audio on select titles, and 5.1 surround sound when available. Select the Subtitles and Alternate Audio icon at the bottom of the screen to configure subtitle and alternate language audio.

Netflix app for Windows 10

Netflix streaming features on the Windows 10 App include:

Supported regions

Netflix is available on Windows 10 in all regions where Netflix is available.

Navigation

  • Browse genre columns: Click or tap on a genre title to browse TV shows and movies.

  • Search: Click or tap on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner to access search.

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

  • Playback: Click or tap on a poster to begin playing a TV show or movie. While a title is playing, use the scroll bar at the bottom of the app screen to see more options. To exit video playback, click or tap in the upper left hand corner of the movie and select the back button.

  • Cortana integration: Use Microsoft's Cortana voice search to find titles, for example: "Netflix, find Bojack Horseman."

Resolution

The Windows 10 app supports streaming in up to 4K*.

Downloaded titles are available up to 1080p.

*Streaming in 4K requires an HDCP 2.2 compliant connection to a 4K capable display, Intel's 7th generation Core CPU, and the latest Windows updates. Check with your device manufacturer to verify specifications.

Downloads

Download select titles to watch when you can't be online. See our article about downloads to learn more.

Subtitles & alternate audio

Windows 10 supports subtitles and alternate audio on select titles, and 5.1 surround sound when available. Select the Subtitles and Alternate Audio icon at the bottom of the screen to configure subtitle and alternate language audio.

On some devices, you can also stream select titles with Dolby Atmos audio, including the models below.

  • Windows 10 computer or tablet (requires Windows 10 RS3 Build 16299 or later)

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

  1. From the Start menu, select Store.

  2. Bring up the Charms Bar by swiping from the right or moving your mouse to the upper right corner of the screen.

  3. Select Search.

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

  5. Select Netflix from the search results.

  6. Select Install.

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

  7. Return to the Start menu.

  8. Select the Netflix app.

  9. Select Sign in.

  10. Enter your Netflix email address and password.

  11. Select Sign In.

Your device is now connected to your Netflix account.

Netflix app for Windows 10

Install the Netflix app
  1. From the Start menu, select Store.

  2. Select Search from the upper right corner of the screen.

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

  4. Select Netflix from the results.

  5. Select Install.

    • If you are 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.

Your device is now connected 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

  1. From the Netflix app, swipe from the right side of the screen to open the Charms bar.

  2. Select the Settings option on the Charms bar.

  3. Select Sign Out.

  4. Select Sign Out again to confirm.

Netflix app for 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.

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

  • A Windows 10 computer or tablet with the latest Windows updates installed.

  • 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.
  • Intel's 7th generation Core CPU (i3, i5, or i7 models in the 7xxx or 7Yxx series) or newer, or a NVIDIA GPU that meets these requirements.

  • 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 computers and tablets using the Microsoft Edge browser or the Netflix app for Windows.

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

If using integrated Intel GPU:

  • Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1709).

  • CPU: 7th generation Core CPU (i3, i5, or i7 models in the 7xxx or 7Yxx series) or higher processor.

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

Note:
Devices must be enabled for HDR by the manufacturer.

If using discrete NVIDIA GPU:

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709).

  • GPU: 1050, 1060, 1070, and 1080 cards with at least 3GB of video RAM.

  • Graphics Driver: 387.68 (23.21.13.8768) or higher.

Note:
Devices must support Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 or higher.

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