Does Android Support Netflix?

by David Nield

The video streaming service Netflix has an official Android app for phones and tablets which works on version 2.2 and above of the mobile operating system. However, movies and television shows cannot be streamed through an Android Web browser, though you are able to log into your Netflix account.

The Netflix App

The official Netflix app is compatible with any device running Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) or higher. This includes devices with a skinned or tweaked version of Android, such as the Kindle Fire. As long the the underlying Android version is 2.2 or later, the Netflix app is compatible. The app is free to download and use on multiple devices, though you will need to be subscribed to Netflix in order to watch content. The Netflix app enables you to resume watching a program or film you started to watch on another device, and vice versa.

Installing the App

To install the app from a desktop Web browser, log in to the Google Play store and search for Netflix. Select the app developed by Netflix Inc to see details, screenshots and reviews from other users. Click "Install," select your Android device, and the app is pushed to the selected phone or tablet. Alternatively, you can launch the Google Play app from the device itself and locate and install the Netflix app from there.

Using the App

The Netflix Android app provides the same selection of television shows and movies as the main Netflix website. When the app is first launched you are prompted for your username and password details; if you don't already have an account, you can sign up through the app itself. Once your credentials are confirmed, use the search button or the category list to find content to watch. Tapping on a film or program launches it in landscape mode. Any content you view on your mobile devices is logged as part of your Netflix viewing history.

Troubleshooting Problems

If you are experiencing problems signing into the Netflix app, make sure you are using the correct username and password and verify your account credentials through a desktop Web browser. If the app has problems playing content or you run into any other difficulties, uninstall the app from the Apps page of the Settings, then reinstall it from Google Play. Contact Netflix support directly to make sure your device is supported by the app and to report any persistent bugs.


About the Author

An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.

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