Wanna watch Netflix in 1080p? Don’t use Chrome or Firefox!

So by now you must’ve heard that Netflix is global, right? Seemingly unlimited content that is also available around the globe(if you are using a Smart DNS!) can be streamed away at your heart’s delight.


However, there is only one small obstacle remaining between you and enjoying your favorite shows and movies in glorious 1080p quality. If you are using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser, 1080p playback for Netflix is NOT supported.

While nobody knows exactly why 1080p playback is not supported on these browsers, luckily there are still ways to enjoy your favorite content in the highest quality available! Keep reading below to find out how.

Start enjoying Netflix at 1080p quality today!

So you are all signed up for Netflix and you are ready to start streaming your favorite content, what’s next?

Let’s assume you aren’t using one of Netflix’s device-specific apps and want to stream using your internet browser. Well, as we mentioned above, if you use Chrome or Firefox, you will be missing out on 1080p quality!

Let’s take a look at a few steps you should take in order to make sure you are streaming at the highest quality possible.

Use a different Internet browser

Sure, this definitely seems like the easy way out of this conundrum, but it actually is! Using Internet Explorer or Safari (for Mac)will solve all your streaming problems. Microsoft Silverlight, which comes standard with Internet Explorer, supports 1080p streaming, while Safari relies on Quicktime to handle browser-based video streaming.

Quick tip: Keep using your existing browsers to enjoy the rest of what the Internet has to offer, but creating a shortcut to Netflix on your desktop set to using Internet Explorer or Safari means that you can keep using your old browser to surf the web.

In order to do this, create a shortcut on your desktop with the file path of Internet Explorer or Safari, followed by a space, and ending with the Netflix URL address. Take a look at the screenshot below to see exactly how this is done.

Netflix Shortcut

Enable 1080p streaming on Netflix

If you aren’t enjoying 1080p Netflix content, double check your Netflix account settings to make sure your streaming preferences are set to the highest quality possible. To do this, navigate your Netflix account page, click on “Playback Settings” under “My Profile” and make sure that “High” is ticked.

Netflix Playback

Keep in mind that this might also be affected by the type of Netflix subscription you have, as only Netflix’s highest tiered “Ultra HD” plan will give you true 1080p quality streaming. Additionally, keep in mind if you are using any of the device-specific Netflix apps (PC, Smart TV, gaming console, etc), these automatically enable 1080p streaming when possible.

Make sure your Internet connection can handle it!

Streaming content in 1080p is actually quite taxing on your Internet connection, even with a high-speed broadband connection. If you are subscribed to the “Ultra HD” plan want to stream at 1080p, keep in mind that Netflix estimates bandwidth useage at around 7 GB per hour of 1080p content streamed!

Netflix Recommendations

Netflix recommends a connection speed of at least 25 Mbps if you are subscribed to the Ultra HD plan, which is about an average or slightly above average speed based on your location.

Not sure what your Internet connection speed is? Check out this quick speed test to find out if you can stream Netflix in 1080p!

So, what are you waiting for!

If you are paying for 1080p streaming for Netflix, shouldn’t you be enjoying it as such?! With the steps mentioned above, you will be able to enjoy the quality that your favorite movies and TV shows were meant to be enjoyed in.

Additionally, if you haven’t unlocked the Netflix global catalog, take a look at our article about how to access all the content Netflix has to offer using a Smart DNS service like Blockless!

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Thomas Ujj Written by Thomas Ujj

Born in Canada, raised in the U.S, yet somehow living in Hungary. I have a passion for anything technology related, gaming, freedom and privacy, food and Italian football team AS Roma.

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