In this tutorial, you’ll learn How to watch Netflix in full HD 1080p in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers. Microsoft Edge is the only web browser that offers users the ability to run the content in FHD resolution. HD Netflix streaming is limited to the Microsoft’s Edge browser. The other alternative is the below-par Netflix UWP app. Mac users have even more limited options since the official Netflix app is not available for Mac OS, nor can they download the Edge web browser. However, there is an extension and an add-on that you can install to watch Netflix in 2018p in Chrome and Firefox.
Before proceeding, users of popular Kodi media player can refer to this guide to install and watch Netflix on Kodi. Also, check how to download Netflix and Amazon Prime Video content to watch offline on Android phones.
Watch Netflix in 1080p [FHD]
Once you’ve properly setup the add-on or extension, play a full HD Netflix title available in 1080p. Now when the title is playing, tap the Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S keyboard shortcut which will open a new menu like the one shown in the image below.
In this menu, find the Video Bitrate column. If you have a Netflix account that has access to HD content, and the title you selected is in 1080p, you will see the option listed in the Video Birate column. Select it to play the title in Full-HD (FHD).
You will need to manually select the resolution for each video and repeat the above steps every single time you watch something on Netflix in Chrome or Firefox. For example, if you have finished watching current title and now want to stream the Netflix Original Stranger Things in 1080p, you will need to resort to the above steps to watch it.
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Issues With Netflix 1080p Streaming
The extension allows you to watch Netflix content in full HD resolution (1080p) but there are some limitations. One clear qualification relates to your Netflix plan. You need to be a subscriber to a plan that supports HD playback otherwise the 1080p streaming option will not show in the menu.
Another factor that decides whether you could watch content in 1080p is the speed of your internet connection. If your network is slow, Netflix will play the video in the quality depending on the available speed.
If you’re using a VPN to watch Netflix, it might be throttling your internet speed and as a result forestall Netflix from playing in HD. If you’re using the VPN to change the country and access titles not available in your region, you need to ensure that the HD version of the title you want to watch is available in that country. Sometimes, although on rare occasions, Netflix releases the HD version of certain titles in selected countries.
If you’re an own of a Mac or a Macbook, these extension are your only source of watching Netflix in 1080p. PC Windows 10 users can stream Netflix in 1080p in Microsoft Edge browser without any third-party add-on.