What Internet Speed Do You Need for Netflix?

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021 · 10 mins


What Internet Speed Do you Need for Netflix?

Understanding bandwidth

Bandwidth is the maximum rate at which data from the internet can be downloaded to your computer. Bandwidth is measured per second in bits. Note that bits, the common measure of file size, are different from bytes. One byte equals 8 bits, so 8 megabits is equivalent to 1 megabyte (MB). A 1MB file would take eight seconds to download if you have a 1 megabit-per-second connection.

An MP3 file, which would weigh about 6MB, will take about 48 seconds to download on a 1 Mbps link. It will take about 11 hours for a 5 gigabyte, or 5,000MB, movie.

What is the minimum required speed for Netflix streaming?

Marketrealist reported that Netflix in India has over 2 million subscribers and over 5 million active users. It has become one of the most popular video streaming platforms there in the country, and has generated a hefty revenue for the streaming platform.

The required download speed to stream Netflix depends on the quality of the video. Streaming standard definition video requires a minimum of 3 Mbps and HD videos require at least 5 Mbps and Ultra HD videos require 25 Mbps. Netflix Help Center said that just 0.5 Mbps is enough to actually start a video stream but using under 1.5 Mbps will automatically lead to poor video quality.

Is 25 Mbps fast enough for Netflix?

Listed below are the internet speed recommendations for playing TV shows and movies through Netflix.

  • 0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed
  • 1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed
  • 3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality
  • 5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality
  • 25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality

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Watch Netflix in HD

To watch Netflix in HD, make sure that you have an HD plan, then set Auto or High to set your video quality setting. As long as you have a link speed of 5.0 megabits per second or higher, titles can play in HD.

Manage Netflix Bandwidth Usage

Video of higher quality uses more bandwidth than video of inferior quality. You can manage bandwidth consumption by adjusting the video quality settings to low or medium to use less data if your service provider applies a bandwidth or data restriction to your Internet service.

Check Your Connection Speed

Within the Netflix app, many devices allow you to check your link speed. Follow the steps below to check your connection speed.

  • Start with the Netflix home screen.
  • Go and select Settings or the gear icon.
  • Click on “Check your Network.”
  • The Netflix app will check if you are able to connect to the internet and reach the servers. It will also verify your connection speed.
UsageSpeed Requirement
General web surfing, email, social media1 Mbps
Online gaming*1-3 Mbps
Video conferencing**1-4 Mbps
Standard-definition video streaming3-4 Mbps
High-definition video streaming5-8 Mbps
Frequent large file downloading50 Mbps and up

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