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鈥檚 move on to why we鈥檝e 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鈥檒l share it with you.


We just found out that we鈥檝e 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鈥檙e paying, log into your account on the site. Hit your name in the top right corner, then select 鈥淵our Account鈥 and scroll to 鈥淧layback Settings.鈥 If you pay for standard or premium Netflix, make sure you鈥檝e got that high quality option checked.

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

The more you know, the more you stream鈥

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

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