How to Get Netflix on a Non-Smart TV

Your old TV doesn't have to keep you from new entertainment

It seems like Netflix is everywhere, streaming from phones, tablets, and smart TVs. But not everyone has a smart TV in their living room, and older TVs aren't automatically equipped for Netflix viewing. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to watch Netflix on your non-smart TV so you can enjoy your favorite shows, movies, and special events from the comfort of your couch.

We'll explore how to add Netflix to your non-smart TV using Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, a video game console, or even your laptop.

With any of these methods, you'll need a Netflix account and password to watch Netflix content on your non-smart TV. Netflix offers a 30-day trial if you want to try it out before signing up.

Watch Netflix on a Non-Smart TV With Apple TV

With Netflix on your Apple TV, watch Netflix programming on your non-smart TV as long as it has an HDMI port.

The instructions for adding Netflix to your Apple TV differ depending on your Apple TV version.

Apple TV 2 or Apple TV 3

To connect your Apple TV 2 or 3 to your Netflix account, make sure you are on the Home screen and follow the steps below.

  1. From the main Apple TV menu, select Netflix.

  2. Select Already A Member? Sign in.

    If you are not yet a member, set up your membership on the Netflix website.

  3. Enter your Netflix email and password.

  4. Your device is now connected to your Netflix account.

Apple TV 4 or Apple TV 4K

To connect your Apple TV 4 or 4K to your Netflix account, make sure you are on the Home screen and follow the steps below.

  1. From the home screen, select the App Store.

  2. In the App Store, search for Netflix to find the app, then select Get to start the installation.

  3. After installation, the Netflix app will appear on the home screen.

  4. Launch the Netflix app.

  5. Select Sign In to use an existing Netflix account.

  6. After choosing Sign In, enter your Netflix email and password.

  7. Your device is now connected to your Netflix account.

    Netflix on Apple TV

Watch Netflix on a Non-Smart TV With Roku

With Netflix on your Roku, watch Netflix programming on your non-smart TV. To watch Netflix with a Roku, create a Roku account and then follow the steps below. The instructions differ for a Roku 1 and newer Roku devices.

As of Dec. 1, 2019, Netflix no longer supports these older Roku devices: Roku 2050X, Roku 2100X, Roku 2000C, Roku HD Player, Roku SD Player, Roku XR Player, and Roku SD Player.

  1. From the main Home screen, navigate to Home and select Netflix.

    If Netflix is missing, navigate to the Roku Channel Store, then Movies & TV. Select Netflix, then Add Channel, then Go to channel.

  2. Select Yes on the Are you a member of Netflix? screen.

  3. A code will appear. Enter this activation code on the Netflix site.

  4. Your Roku is now connected to your Netflix account. 

    Screenshot of Roku with Netflix on non-smart TV

Newer Roku Models

  1. From the main Home screen, navigate to Home and select Netflix.

    If Netflix is missing, navigate to the Roku Channel Store, then Movies & TV. Select Netflix, then Add Channel, then go to channel.

  2. Select Sign In on the Netflix home screen.

  3. Sign in to your Netflix account.

  4. Your Roku is now connected to your Netflix account.

Watch Netflix on a Non-Smart TV With Chromecast

With Netflix on your Chromecast, watch Netflix programming on your non-smart TV. Before you can set up Netflix on your Chromecast, you must first install and set up the Google Home app on your mobile device.

Set Up Chromecast on the Google Home App

  1. Plug in the Chromecast.

  2. Download the Google Home app.

  3. Connect your mobile device to the same Wi-Fi network that you intend to use with your Chromecast device.

  4. Open the Google Home app and set up the Chromecast as a new device.

Set Up Netflix on Your Chromecast

  1. Launch the Netflix app on your device and sign in.

  2. Select the Cast icon from the upper or lower right side of the screen.

  3. Select your Chromecast from the list of available devices to launch the Netflix app on your TV.

  4. Select a TV show or movie to watch and press Play.

  5. Your Chromecast is now connected to your Netflix account.

    Google Chromecast

Watch Netflix on a Non-Smart TV With Amazon Fire Stick

Accessing Netflix via your Amazon Fire Stick device is another way to watch Netflix programming on your non-smart TV.

To connect your Amazon Fire TV device to your Netflix account, make sure you are on the Home screen and follow the steps below.

  1. From the main screen, select Search.

  2. Enter Netflix into the search box, then select Netflix.

  3. Select Download.

  4. When the download completes, select Open.

  5. Select Sign In and log in with your Netflix account information.

  6. Your device is now connected to your Netflix account.

    Amazon Fire Stick

Use a Game Console to Watch Netflix on a Non-Smart TV

Some video game consoles support Netflix streaming, allowing you to watch Netflix programs on your non-smart TV. Instructions vary by system.

Using Netflix With PlayStation 3, 4, and 4 Pro

  1. Download the Netflix app:

    From the Home screen, go to the TV & Video section and select the Netflix icon. Select Download.

    If you're not already on the home screen, tap the PS button in the middle of your controller.

  2. Select Sign in on the Netflix home screen.

  3. Navigate to the TV & Video section and select the Netflix icon.

    You must be signed in to your PSN account to access the TV & Video section.

  4. Enter your Netflix email address and password.

  5. Your device is now connected to your Netflix account.

If you didn't see Netflix as a choice in the TV & Video section, go to the PlayStation Store. From there, choose Apps, then Movies/TV. Find and select Netflix, then select the Download button.

Use Netflix With Xbox One and Xbox 360

Download and watch Netflix from both Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles. To connect your Xbox to your Netflix account, make sure you are signed in to your Xbox Live account

  1. Download the Netflix app:

    Navigate to Apps and select Netflix to download the app.

  2. Once downloaded, navigate to the Apps section, then select the Netflix tile.

  3. Select Sign In.​

  4. Enter your Netflix email address and password and select Sign in again.

  5. Your XBox is now connected to your Netflix account. 

    Xbox One video apps

Use Netflix With Nintendo Wii and WiiU

It's easy to watch Netflix with any Wii version.

  1. From the Home screen, select the Wii Shop.

  2. Select Start.

  3. Select Start Shopping.

  4. Select Wii Channels from the upper-right corner.

  5. Select Netflix. (In some cases, the Netflix icon appears before you select Start Shopping.)

  6. You’ll see either a Download or Free option.

  7. Choose Wii System Memory on the Download Location screen.

  8. Select Yes to confirm. Wait for the Download Successful message.

  9. Navigate back to the Home screen and select Netflix.

  10. Sign in to your account.

  11. Your Wii is now connected to your Xbox account.

Connect a Laptop to a Non-Smart TV to Watch Netflix

Connect your laptop to your TV with an HDMI cable and stream Netflix content from the laptop to the TV. Your TV must have an HDMI port and your laptop needs a video-out port.

A MacBook may require a Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt) adapter. Make sure to check which port your Mac has before buying a cable.

Once connected, choose the right input option on your TV. Press the Source button on your remote and select the input that matches the port you plugged the cable into, such as HDMI. Then, go to Netflix using a browser on your laptop. You should now see Netflix on your TV.

With a Windows PC, if you don’t see an image on the TV, press the Windows key + P. Then, select Duplicate or Second Screen Only.

With a MacBook, if you're not seeing Netflix on your TV screen, go to System Preferences and choose Display. Select the Arrangement tab and then select the Mirror Displays checkbox.

If you see Netflix images on your TV but no sound is coming from the TV, you likely must adjust your laptop's sound settings to specify that you want to use external speakers (in this case, the TV's speakers). Here's how:

Adjust PC Sound Settings

  1. On Windows, select the Start button, then choose the gear icon to go to Settings.

  2. Type Sound into the search box, hit Enter, and then choose Manage Audio Devices.

  3. Select the Playback tab, then select the icon representing your TV or the HDMI output.

  4. Select the Set Default button, which should now be active.

  5. You should be able to see and hear Netflix programming on your TV.

    Laptop connected to TV
     Photo by Oliur Rahman on Unsplash

Adjust Mac Sound Settings

  1. Go to System Preferences by selecting the Apple icon in the top left or the System Preferences icon in the Dock.

  2. Choose Sound.

  3. Select the Output tab along the top.

  4. Select the TV’s speakers as your choice.

  5. You should be able to see and hear Netflix programming on your TV.