Social distancing doesn't mean you have to watch it alone — Netflix

Yolanda Curtis
March 29, 2020

While this would usually call for some Netflix and chilling, this time a lot of us are doing it solo.

The Netflix Party extension for Google Chrome lets you synchronize a show or movie as you watch it with others, and includes a chat option so you can discuss the ins and outs of whatever you're watching.

The plug-in is free to download and use, but everyone participating must have a Netflix account and add Netflix Party to their own browser. Netflix representatives are instructed not to try to troubleshoot it or attempt to answer questions about it.


Sadly the extension is only available for Chrome, but that's as good a reason as any to embrace Google's browser.

Unfortunately, Netflix Party doesn't support switching between shows and movies, or even changing to another episode within the same show, but that's a feature now being worked on.

This part is easy. How it works is deceptively simple - you can watch whatever show/movie you want, together and chat while you're watching. This emerging invention allows Netflix users to host long-distance movie nights with a synchronized video stream and live text chat.


You can grab Netflix Party from the Chrome Web Store.

Then hit the Netflix Party extension that appears in red at the top of your browser. Then click "Start Party" to get the party started, and share the party URL to invite friends. The layout is similar to Twitch, with video taking up most of the screen and a chat box on the right side. You can send it to as many people as you want.

According to the extension, turning off your Netflix Test Participation Settings will also give you a better experience. They just have to click on the link to join the video.


Once you guys are done watching, click on the extension again and press "disconnect".

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