How To Stream and Play Netflix 4K UHD Video on a PC Computer


Streaming Netflix content in stunning 4K Ultra HD (UHD) resolution on a PC provides an immersive viewing experience with crisp detail and vivid colors. However, there are specific hardware, software, and internet requirements to achieve 4K streaming from Netflix on a Windows or Mac computer.

This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to set up your PC and Netflix account to stream content in 4K UHD.

Hardware Requirements

To stream Netflix content in 4K UHD on a PC, you need:

  • 4K Monitor: A 4K monitor or TV with HDCP 2.2 support and at least 60Hz refresh rate. Most modern 4K displays meet these specs.
  • GPU: An NVIDIA GTX 1050 GPU or newer, or an AMD RX 400 series GPU or newer. The integrated GPU in an Intel 7th-gen Core i3/i5/i7 CPU or newer also supports Netflix 4K.
  • HDMI Cable: An HDMI 2.0 cable that supports 18Gbps bandwidth. Lower bandwidth cables may cause issues with 4K video signals. Using a DisplayPort connection instead of HDMI can also resolve certain handshake issues.
  • HEVC Video Extension: The High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) extension enables 4K streaming on Windows PCs. Install it from the Microsoft Store for $0.99.

Software and Browser Requirements

To stream 4K content from Netflix on a PC, you need:

  • Windows 10 or 11: 4K streaming is only supported on Windows 10 or the newer Windows 11.
  • Microsoft Edge Browser: Edge is currently the only browser that supports Netflix 4K streaming on Windows PCs. Chrome and Firefox are limited to 720p.
  • macOS 11+: On Mac computers, you can stream Netflix 4K using the Safari browser in macOS 11 Big Sur and newer versions.
  • Netflix App: The Netflix app from the Microsoft Store will also allow you to stream Netflix video in 4K on Windows 10 and 11 PCs.

Internet Connection Speed

To handle 4K streaming, your internet connection’s download speed must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 4K streaming: 25 Mbps
  • 1080p HD: 5 Mbps
  • 720p HD: 3 Mbps

Use a speed test site to confirm your internet connection meets the speed requirements.

Netflix Account Settings

To enable 4K streaming on your Netflix account:

  1. Login to your Netflix account on a web browser or in the Netflix app.
  2. Go to your Account page and open Playback Settings.
  3. Select the “High” streaming quality setting. This will serve the maximum available video resolution including 4K UHD.

The change can take up to 8 hours to take effect across your devices.

Finding 4K Content on Netflix

While Netflix offers a large library of 4K titles, not all content is available to stream in Ultra HD. To find 4K movies and shows:

  • Open the “4K” category on the Netflix homepage
  • Search for “4K” or “UHD”
  • Check that the content displays a “4K” or “Ultra HD 4K” tag on its details page before playing

This confirms it can stream in 3840 x 2160 resolution given sufficient internet speed and compatible hardware.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you still face issues with 4K Netflix streaming after following the steps above:

  • Update your device drivers, GPU drivers, Windows/macOS to the latest versions
  • Use a different HDMI port or cable
  • Try connecting your 4K display via DisplayPort instead
  • Restore your device to factory default settings
  • Contact Netflix support for further assistance


Streaming Netflix video in 4K Ultra HD delivers a crisp, highly detailed viewing experience for movies and shows. By using compatible hardware, software, browsers, and account settings as outlined above, you can successfully watch Netflix content in glorious 3840 x 2160 resolution on a Windows 10/11 or Mac computer.