How to Set Up and Use Netflix Party

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Movie nights are an important social tradition, but you can't always get everyone together in the same room. For a variety of reasons including distance, illness, or time, you may have trouble coordinating a Netflix viewing session with your friends and family. Luckily, an extension for the Chrome web browser called Netflix Party may be able to help you out.

Netflix Party helps you sync up and view movies from the streaming service to several computers simultaneously. Here's how to get it and take your next movie night online.

Netflix Party is available for Chrome, Roku, and Apple TV; and only on a computer, not a mobile device.

How to Install Netflix Party

You can install Netflix Party like any other Chrome extension. Here's where to find it.

Everyone you're watching the movie with also needs to install the extension.

  1. Navigate to the Extensions section of the Chrome Web Store.

  2. Search for Netflix Party using the search bar in the upper-left corner.

    A screenshot of the Chrome Web Store with the search bar highlighted
  3. Find the extension in the search results and click Add to Chrome.

    A screenshot of the Chrome Web Store with the Add to Chrome button highlighted
  4. Click Add extension in the confirmation window.

    A screenshot of Chrome Web Store with the Add extension button highlighted
  5. Chrome will install the extension.

How to Use Netflix Party

Now that you've installed the extension, you can start using it. Here's how to set up a viewing session with your friends and family, wherever they are.

  1. Go to the Netflix website in Chrome.

  2. Click the Sign In button.

    A screenshot of the Netflix website with the Sign In button highlighted
  3. Enter your credentials and click Sign In.

    A screenshot of the Netflix sign-in page with the Sign In button highlighted
  4. If you have multiple profiles on your account, select the one that you want to use.

    A screenshot of the Who's Watching screen on Netflix's website
  5. Select the movie you want to watch and start playing it.

  6. Click the red Netflix Party icon in your toolbar.

    A screenshot of a movie playing on Netflix with the Netflix Party icon highlighted
  7. Click the box next to Only I have control to prevent your guests from using playback controls during the party.

    If you don't check this box, anyone in your party can play, pause, rewind, or fast-forward the movie.

    A screenshot of a movie playing on Netflix with the Netflix Party menu highlighted
  8. Click Start the Party.

    A screenshot of Netflix Party with the "Start the Party" button highlighted
  9. A window will open containing a URL. Share the address with your friends so that they can join you.

    To join, your other party members will click the link and then select the Netflix Party icon in their own browser.

    A screenshot of the Netflix Party interface with the Copy URL link highlighted
  10. Netflix Party also includes a live chat feature so that you and your friends can talk during the movie. Check the box next to Show chat to open the chat window on the right side of the screen.

    Having chat open won't cut off part of the video. The movie window will scale down when the chat is visible.

    A screenshot of Netflix Party with the Show Chat box highlighted
  11. To chat, type a message into the box and then press Enter or Return.

    A screenshot of Netflix Party with the chat box highlighted
  12. The chat window also provides information about the playback, including time stamps and notifications when someone plays, pauses, or skips around in the movie.

    A screenshot of Netflix Party with the chat window highlighted
  13. To end the Netflix Party session, click the Disconnect button.

    A screenshot of Netflix Party with the Disconnect button highlighted