How to Make Netflix Instant Streaming Clear on My Laptop

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Improve video quality when watching Netflix on your laptop.

Netflix is an online movie rental service that allows members to watch thousands of movies and TV shows. You can stream the Watch Instantly library to any computer with a broadband Internet connection, even laptops. However, the Netflix video player will adjust video quality based on your Internet connection and computer speed. If you are connected on a low-speed connection or do not have your computer set up properly, you may notice blurry video or frequent interruptions. However, a few simple tasks can improve the video quality when watching Netflix on a laptop.


Step 1

Close any programs that may be accessing the Internet on your laptop and any other computers connected to your Internet, if possible. This will ensure that the Netflix video player loads the highest quality video possible for your connection.

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Step 2

Move your laptop closer to your wireless router for a better connection if using Wi-Fi. You may want to use a wired Ethernet connection if you are having problems when connected through a wireless router.


Step 3

Move your laptop to a cool, well-ventilated area to improve overall performance. You may want to use a laptop cooling pad.

Step 4

Delete any temporary Internet files, cookies or other unneeded files to provide the Netflix video player with sufficient hard drive space for loading video streams.


Step 5

Contact your Internet provider to change the bandwidth for your Internet connection. A connection speed of at least 1.5Mbps is recommended for the highest quality Netflix streaming video.