how to netflix party

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When you’re stuck at home, you miss out on watching Netflix with your friends. But just because you can’t meet in person doesn’t mean you can’t still watch together. Here’s how you can watch Netflix with your friends online.

You can make this happen with the Netflix Party Chrome extension. It allows you to create an online chatroom with your friends in which you can all watch the same movie or show simultaneously.

You can send messages in the chatroom, skip parts of the movie, or skip to the next episode of a show. In fact, if you watch a TV show, you can watch multiple episodes in the same chatroom. If you’re watching movies, though, you’ll have to create a new chatroom every time.

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A movie playing in a Netflix Party chatroom.

Again, Netflix Party is only available as a Chrome extension, so you’ll have to watch on your laptop or desktop instead of your TV or tablet. However, it’s worth the sacrifice.

We searched the App and Google Play Stores for alternatives. But thanks to Netflix’s strict policy on third-party apps, there are no reliable or secure options for doing this other than Netflix Party. And we recommend you don’t use apps that ask for your Netflix username and password.

The Netflix Party extension is incredibly simple to use. All you have to do is share a link with your friends. Once they click it and install the Netflix Party extension, you’ll all be able to watch Netflix together.

To get started, visit the Netflix Party Chrome extension page and click “Add to Chrome.”

Click "Add to Chrome."

In the popup, click “Add Extension.”

Click "Add Extension."

You’ll now see an “NP” icon in the extension bar. It will be grayed out when you’re not using the extension.

Now, open the Netflix website and sign in. Pick something you want to watch with your friends.

When the video starts playing, the “NP” icon in the extension bar will turn red; click it. Click “Start the Party” in the drop-down menu.

Click "Start the Party."

If you click the checkbox next to the “Only I Have Control” option, you’ll be the only person in the chat who can control the video or skip to the next episode.

Netflix Party generates a unique URL for your chatroom. Copy this and share it with your friends on the messaging platform of your choice. If you don’t want to enable the chat feature, just uncheck the box next to “Show Chat.”

Copy the URL and send it to your friends.

When your friends click the link, the video will immediately start playing. They’ll need to click the “NP” extension icon to enable Netflix Party, and then they’ll enter the chatroom.

Click "NP."

In the chatroom, you can monitor who has joined or left, as well as who has paused or fast-forwarded the video.

A movie playing in a Netflix Party chatroom.

To customize your profile, click your Profile icon in the top-right corner.

Click your Profile icon.

Here, you can change your profile icon or Nickname.

Change your profile icon or Nickname.

Now, all that’s left to do is sit back, watch the show, and use the chat feature whenever you want to comment on something.

When you want to end the party, click the “NP” icon, and then select “Disconnect.” If you close the video and go back to the Netflix home page, that will also disconnect the party and chatroom.

Click "Disconnect."

In Netflix Party, the chatrooms revolve around particular video streams, and there are no permanent rooms or chat histories. Once you’re done with a movie and you close the player, the chatroom also disappears.

Watching Netflix with your friends while you’re stuck at home is a great way to pass the time. It’s also just one of many ways you can watch videos together online.

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