How to Watch Netflix in 4K on Your Windows PC

Netflix logo of the Windows 10 application on a PC

Netflix offers a variety of TV shows and movies in 4K. You can watch them on your PC, but you will need the proper hardware, Internet connection, software and Netflix subscription. It's not as easy as streaming Netflix in 1080p HD.

The material you will need for 4K

To stream Netflix to "Ultra HD" on your TV, the only hardware you need is a 4K TV and a 4K compatible streaming box. It's pretty simple. On a PC, it's a bit more complicated.

You will need a PC with a 4K screen, with a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels. You can check the resolution of your screen by going to Settings> System> Display and viewing the "Resolution" dialog box.

The resolution of the display of your PC in the Windows 10 Settings application

The display must be able to operate at a refresh rate of 60 Hz. It must also support HDCP 2.2. Consult the manual that came with your monitor, or check the manufacturer's specifications online to see if the monitor has this feature. Netflix offers 4K streaming on your PC only if high bandwidth 2.2 digital copy protection is available.

Netflix also indicates that your PC needs a 7th generation Intel (Kaby Lake) or later for streaming. However, some older processors would work and many AMD processors will also work. You will not know before trying. You will just need a processor fast enough to handle the decoding of this 4K content.

You can find out if your PC has a sufficiently large new processor by going to Settings> System> About. Find the "Processor" information under "Device Settings." To determine the generation, look at the number after the dash. For example, in the screenshot below, "i7-4790 "means that we have a 4th generation Core i7 processor.

Display of the Intel processor generation of your computer

Minimum download bandwidth for 4K

According to Netflix, you will also need an Internet connection with a download bandwidth of at least 25 Mbps (megabits per second) for 4K streaming. The higher it is, the better it is.

You can test your Internet connection by going to SpeedTest.net or using Netflix's own software Fast.com speed test tool.

If your Internet connection does not respond to this speed, you will not be able to stream Ultra HD 4K on any device. Netflix however indicates that 5 Mbps will allow standard HD streaming in 1080p.

Netflix Fast.com Speed ​​Test Showing 500 Mbps

Software requirements for 4K

Even assuming you have the hardware and Internet connection to enable 4K streaming, you must use the right software. You can not just go to the Netflix website in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Netflix will not broadcast in 4K with these browsers.

To stream Netflix in 4K on a PC, you must use Windows 10. You must not use it on Windows 7. You must use the Netflix website in the Microsoft Edge browser or stream with the software. Netflix application of the shop.

Netflix does not let you broadcast in 4K on a Mac either. The only way to to watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac is by running Windows 10 in a virtual machine or via Training camp.

Netflix Windows 10 app showing Wine Country movie teaser

The Netflix plan you will need

Even if you have everything else, you can only broadcast in 4K if you pay for the proper broadcast plan. Only the most expensive "Premium" streaming package from Netflix offers 4K content.

You can see which Netflix distribution plan your account is using by directing you to your Account page on the Netflix website and clicking on "Change plan. "

The 4K Ultra HD package costs $ 15.99 per month, $ 3 per month more than the standard HD package. However, it allows streaming on four devices per month instead of two. Maybe could you upgrade and share a Netflix subscription with someone?

Netflix Standard HD Package vs. Ultra HD Premium Package

Even when you pay 4K, you need to make sure that Netflix is ​​set to 4K playback. Go to the account page on the Netflix website and click on "Reading settings. "Make sure it is set to" Auto "or" High ".

If it is set to "Low" or "Medium", Netflix will use less bandwidth for streaming, but will not broadcast in 4K.

Using Netflix data by screen reading settings

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How to find 4K content on Netflix

Finally, everything on Netflix is ​​not broadcast in 4K. Only part of Netflix content is even available in 4K. You can search for "4K" or "UltraHD" in Netflix to search for 4K content.

4K content search in the Netflix application of Windows 10

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