How to Make Netflix HD or Ultra HD: The Easiest Way to Change Netflix’s Picture Settings

When it comes to streaming media, it’s hard to find an app better than Netflix. With one of the largest libraries of movies and TV shows in the world, Netflix is the go-to place for originals and legacy content alike. No longer do you have to rush out to a video store to grab a new movie for Friday night. Instead, watching something is just a few clicks away, making it perfect for anyone looking to expand their streaming library.

Unfortunately, Netflix’s one weakness is its reliance on high bandwidth internet connections to provide a crystal-clear viewing experience. If your favorite Netflix Originals are coming in at lower resolutions than you’d expect, changing your picture settings is super easy.

Changing Netflix Picture Settings: Making Netflix HD or Ultra HD


Before we go into changing your resolution settings, it’s worth making sure you have a subscription that allows for HD or UHD content. Netflix technically starts at $8.99 per month, but to gain access to sharper content, you’ll have to make the jump to the $12.99 or $15.99 per month plans. Those allow for HD and UHD, respectively, as well as upgrading how many devices can stream Netflix at once.

Changing Netflix picture settings on Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Firefox

When watching content on Netflix via a web browser, it’s not initially obvious how you can alter your playback settings so don’t worry if you can’t find them right away. You’ll also need to make changes for your smart TVs and streaming devices by logging into

  1. Log in and select your profile (if you have multiple on one account).

  2. Click on the down arrow by your profile name and select “Your Account”

  3. Navigate to “Playback Settings” under the “My Profile” heading.

  4. Here you can select if you want Netflix to automatically configure the best picture setting for you, or set it to “Low”, “Medium” or “High” depending on your internet connection speed.

In “My Profile”, you can also set how subtitles appear across all supported devices.

Changing Netflix picture settings on Android and iOS

Sometimes streaming content on the go can be taxing on your data plan and phone battery. It’s times like these that downgrading visual quality could really save your phone bill and keep your battery going for that little bit longer. Thankfully, finding your picture settings in Netflix’s mobile app on Android or iOS is super easy.

  1. Log into Netflix and select your profile (if you have multiple on one account).
  2. Click the menu button, or swipe your finger right from the left edge on Android
  3. Scroll down to “App Settings” and select ‘Download Video Quality’

  4. Tap ‘High’.

  5. Scroll back up and tap ‘Cellular Data Usage’ then tap ‘Maximum Data’ for higher video quality.

Mobile users also have a helpful option to automatically restrict data usage by selecting “Mobile Data Saver” in “App Settings” on Netflix’s app menu. You can also tell Netflix to only run via Wi-Fi if you don’t want to use data at all.

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