Internet connection speed recommendations

These are the recommended internet download speeds for playing TV shows and movies on Netflix.

Recommended megabits per second

Broadband connection


Minimum: 0.5

Standard definition (SD)


High definition (HD)


4K/Ultra HD (UHD)


To watch Netflix in HD, you need:

Manage Netflix bandwidth usage

If your internet service provider applies a limit to your bandwidth or data, you can set video quality settings to Low or Medium to use less data.

Check connection speed

You can check your connection speed on many devices from within the Netflix app.

If you're using a mobile device or computer, visit to test your speed.
  1. Begin from the Netflix home screen.

  2. Navigate up and select the Settings link or icon .

    • If you don't see the Settings icon, your device doesn't support this feature.

  3. Select Check your Network.

  4. The Netflix app will verify that you can connect to the internet and reach Netflix. It will also check your connection speed.

If your connection is slower than you expect, contact your internet service provider for help.