How to Watch Netflix in 4K on Mac (Hint: It’s Not Through Safari)

How to Watch Netflix in 4K on Mac (Hint: It’s Not Through Safari)

If you want to watch Netflix in 4K on your Mac, there are a few things you need to know. First, you’ll need a 2017 model and you’ll need to be running Windows 10 on your Mac. It may seem complicated, but I’ll explain how you can make it work.

Until recently, Mac users didn’t have the option to watch Netflix in 4K. But now, there’s a way for you to enjoy Ultra HD content on your Mac, even though it’s not officially supported by macOS. Here’s how:

Currently, the only way to watch Netflix in 4K on your Mac is through Windows. You can do this by running Windows on your Mac using programs like Bootcamp, Parallels, or VMWare Fusion. Personally, I recommend Bootcamp because it’s free and easy to use. However, before you get started, there are a few things you’ll need:

What You’ll Need to Watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac

First, you’ll need to upgrade your Netflix account if you haven’t already. This will give you access to watch content in 4K. The upgraded account costs $13.99 per month, but it allows you to watch Netflix on four different screens simultaneously.

The second thing you’ll need is a copy of Windows 10. Netflix in 4K is only supported on Microsoft’s Edge browser and the official Netflix app for Windows 10, so you won’t be able to use an older version of Windows.

The third thing you’ll need is a 2017 Mac. This is because the 2017 Mac models use Intel’s Kaby Lake processors which support the 10-bit HEVC codec required for viewing Netflix in 4K on a PC.

If your Mac doesn’t have a Retina display, you’ll also need to get a 4K display. There are plenty of great options available on the market. Just keep in mind that depending on your display choice, you may need to get an adapter like Apple’s USB-C to Digital AV Multiport adapter.

Setting Up Your Mac for Watching Netflix in 4K

If you want a complete Windows experience on your Mac, I recommend using Bootcamp. This will partition your hard drive and create a separate drive for installing Windows 10. You can then choose the Windows 10 option when you start your Mac, ensuring that everything functions smoothly.

Alternatively, you can use a virtual machine like Parallels to run both Windows 10 and macOS simultaneously. This eliminates the need to constantly switch between the two systems. If you have two monitors, you can even have Windows running on one screen and macOS on the other.

Once you’ve selected your preferred option and installed Windows 10, you can use Microsoft’s Edge browser or download the Netflix app from the Microsoft Store. Simply sign in to your Netflix account and start enjoying 4K content.


If you have any questions about watching Netflix in 4K on your Mac, let us know in the comments below.

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