We would like to take this opportunity to issue a formal apology to our friends and family: We are sorry we never answer your texts/calls/smoke signals any more. The new stuff out on Netflix has been fan-freaking-tastic and we are addicted. Now that that apology is out of the way, let’s move on to why we’ve been sucked into Netflix these past couple of weeks. Not only is the streaming service churning out amazing new originals (Stranger Things, The Get Down), we just discovered an amazing hack that bumped up our Netflix game. And, of course, we’ll share it with you.


We just found out that we’ve been watching Netflix at a lower quality than we could have been. To make sure that Netflix is giving you the best for what you’re paying, log into your account on the site. Hit your name in the top right corner, then select “Your Account” and scroll to “Playback Settings.” If you pay for standard or premium Netflix, make sure you’ve got that high quality option checked.

But apparently, the type of browser you’re using can affect streaming quality too. If you’re streaming in Chrome, Firefox or Opera browsers, you’re going to be capped off at 720p. If you want the best possible quality, make sure you’re streaming in Safari, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to get up to 1080p hi-def.

The more you know, the more you stream…

Do you have any other Netflix hacks? Let us in on your secrets @BritandCo!

(h/t Field Guide; photos via Netflix, Getty)