Netflix’s Premium plan can stream videos in 4K or Ultra HD, but many users complain that they don’t see the 4K option on their device. While Netflix does offer 4K streaming, there are a lot of ifs and buts that one must know about. In this post, we will share how you can stream 4K videos on Netflix.
How to stream 4K videos on Netflix
- Minimum Requirement
- Streaming 4K content on Windows, macOS & Android
- Set UltraHD Playback in Netflix
- Find 4K content on Netflix
Be aware that streaming 4K videos on your smartphone is going to be an expensive process if you are on mobile data. Make sure to download HD content when you are on Wi-Fi to watch it later.
1) Minimum Requirement for 4K/UltraHD Streaming on TV
- The computer or monitor should have a refresh rate of 60Hz.
- Steady & High-Speed internet connection (25Mbps+).
- Streaming quality set to Auto or High.
- HDCP 2.2 for TV and Monitors.
Regarding HDCP 2.2, it is a copy protection technique. It creates a secure connection between a source and a display so no hardware can intercept in between and create a copy. It applies to HDMI ports, Wireless HD, Miracast, practically anything which is going to send 4K data. Further, even Soundbars will need to have this standard to secure audio.
So if you are buying a 4K TV or Monitor or a Soundbar, make sure to check for HDCP 2.2 compliance.
2) Streaming 4K content on Windows and macOS
Windows & macOS
When streaming content in Ultra HD on Windows, you will need to use Microsoft Edge or Windows 10 App. On macOS, Ultra HD is still not supported, but I am assuming with Edge now available on it, it can become a possibility. We might have to wait for it come out of beta though.
Streaming 4K Content on iPhones and Android Devices
Netflix only supports streaming content in HD and HD+ resolution on iPhones and Android devices. On compatible devices, you can playback content in HDR format as well. However, since mobile and tablet displays themselves don’t have 4K display resolution, it makes sense that Netflix does not offer 4K streaming on mobile devices.
3) How to set Ultra HD/4K Playback in Netflix
If your device & internet connection meets the minimum requirement for Ultra HD Playback, you can force Netflix to stream content in 4K resolution whenever possible.
Navigate to Netflix Playback settings in your account, and select Data Usage per Screen to High. It will make sure to play HD or UHD quality. The later works automatically when your devices meet the minimum requirement.
Lastly, when browsing the catalog on Netflix, look for an Ultra HD icon to see if the content is available that quality. If you don’t see it, search Netflix for the terms “4K” or “Ultra HD” to find titles available in Ultra HD.