Can You Stream Netflix in 4K with 5G? Now that 5G network coverage is spreading at a rapid rate in the United States, it’s time to start talking about potential 5G use cases that are worthwhile for the average consumer. So we explore 5G technology and ask one of the most important questions: Can you stream Netflix in 4K with 5G?
In theory, the answer to this question is yes. In practice, we are probably not quite there yet. 5G is faster than 4G in parts of the United States, providing higher download speeds and a more consistent connection. However, it’s unlikely that you will be able to stream Netflix in 4K with 5G right now. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be possible in the future.
Streaming quality limits
The fact that 5G isn’t powerful enough to handle 4K streaming isn’t the only obstacle here yet. Some major 5G carriers compress and limit the quality of streaming video on certain plans, which currently makes it impossible to get anything above 1080p on your mobile device. So if 4K streaming is something you really want, just make sure you understand the limits of your phone plan before you jump on the 5G bandwagon.
Another factor to consider here is whether or not Netflix is streaming 4K content to your devices.
How to tell if you’re getting Netflix in 4K
Did you know that not all Netflix plans offer the same streaming quality? If you think you are not getting Netflix in 4K, the first thing to do is go to the source and check your plan. If you’re on the most basic level, you’ll be stuck in a void without HD. The standard plan, which most people probably have, supports HD streaming at 1080p, but not 4K.
So if you want 4K Ultra HD from Netflix, the first thing you need to do is sign up for the Premium plan – which is the only option that offers this level of quality.
Check your settings
If you have the premium plan and you still don’t get Netflix in 4K, the next thing you can do is go to your playback settings and check what your data usage is set to. Here’s a quick rundown of what each means:
- Low: Streaming at this level will use approximately 0.3 GB per hour. Streaming in low quality will force the content to play in standard definition. This is the best option for those with bad connections or those streaming with data limits.
- Way: Average quality streaming will record your data usage up to around 0.7 GB per hour. At this limit, you will still be locked in the standard definition.
- High: Depending on your network, you can use 3 GB per hour for basic 720p streaming or up to 7 GB per hour for 4K Ultra HD streaming.
- Auto: As the name suggests, this will allow your streaming quality to fluctuate with your current internet speeds and network connection to provide the most stable streaming experience.