How to Adjust Video Quality on Netflix

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Netflix—the popular online streaming service—has a lot of different content and it’s no wonder you can get caught up in a Netflix binge. It’s certainly happened to me. Is the content looking a little grainy or not so high-def? You can change the video quality of Netflix’s streaming service a few different ways.

Netflix on Windows and Mac

Open your Web browser of choice for viewing Netflix movies and shows.

  • Go to the Netflix website and log in to your account.
  • Click the arrow to the right of your Netflix profile picture, then click on “Your Account.”  Netflix account
  • On your Account page, scroll down to “Playback Settings” and click on it.                   Playback Settings
  • Next, choose your preferred video quality setting.                                                         Netflix Video Quality

You’ll also be able to check the box for “Auto-play.” This prompts the next video in a series to play—or un-check the box if you want to control when the next video starts.

Netflix on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire HD

Find your Netflix app on your mobile device or download it from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon App Store if you don’t already have it.

  • Open the Netflix app.
  • Tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.                                                                    Netflix Mobile
  • Swipe down to “App Settings.”                                                                                                                                Netflix mobile App settings
  • Open App Settings and choose the video quality. Alternatively, select “Off (Wi-Fi only)” so as to not use any cellular data, especially if you don’t have an unlimited data plan on your smartphone.                                                                               Netflix Mobile Video Settings

Important: if you have a Wi-Fi-only device, that’s the only option you can select for Netflix streaming video.

As a side note, you may also want to bump the streaming quality down a notch if you notice a lot of buffering or pausing in the video playback. This shouldn’t be a problem unless you have a super slow Internet connection or you’re too far away from your router’s Wi-Fi signal. In that case, standard definition is better than nothing when Netflix is your go-to streaming service.

So, there you have it—you can now adjust the streaming video quality of your Netflix shows and movies!

Posted by Heather on June 16, 2016

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