How to Sign Up for a Netflix Account

How to Get Netflix

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Netflix is one of the most popular paid streaming services on the internet, and allows you to stream a wide variety of movies and TV shows to your computer, TV, or mobile device. Getting a Netflix account only takes a few minutes, and the basic streaming service allows you to watch anything available on the service on any device.


Getting a Netflix Subscription

  1. Visit the Netflix website.Although most devices that support Netflix allow you to create an account through that device, you will generally find it faster and easier to create your account on a computer.
    • Netflix is not available in all areas. If Netflix is unavailable in your region, click here.
    • If you want to subscribe to the Netflix DVD delivery service in the US, The sign up process is very similar to the streaming service.
  2. Click the "Start Your Free Month" button.All memberships start with a one month trial. It will require entering in payment information, but if you cancel your membership within the first month you will not be charged.
  3. Create an account.Creating an account simply requires entering your email address and creating a password. You can also create an account using your Facebook account, which can be useful if you're trying to keep your online accounts to a minimum.
  4. Choose your plan.There are three streaming plans that you can choose from:
  5. Enter your billing information.You will need to enter your credit card and billing information. You can also use PayPal to pay. You need to enter a valid card, as Netflix will charge after the trial period is complete.
    • If you are signing up for the DVD rental service, make sure that you enter your mailing address correctly so that you receive your DVDs.
  6. Check the boxes for the devices you plan to use.This won't have much bearing on your service, but gives Netflix information about where people are watching from. You can still connect to devices that you don't select on this page.
  7. Rate the sample selection.You will be shown a selection of titles from the Netflix library. Select three titles that you enjoy. This will help Netflix determine which titles they recommend for you. As you continue picking titles to watch later on, Netflix will adjust your recommendations, so don't worry too much about what you pick right now.
    • Use the Netflix DVD website to set the order that you want to receive your DVDs in. You can adjust the list and add new titles whenever you'd like. When you send a DVD back, the next DVD on the list will be sent to you.

Watching Streaming Video

  1. Watch on the Netflix website.You can log into the Netflix website and watch directly from your computer. Use the search bar to find specific titles, or browse the different categories. You can use any web browser. You will be prompted to install the Microsoft Silverlight plugin if it is not installed already.
    • If you are trying to watch Netflix from a region that doesn't support it, click here.
  2. Watch Netflix on your phone or tablet.You can log into Netflix on your mobile device by downloading the free Netflix app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Streaming Netflix videos on a cellular data connection can eat through your data allotment quickly, so be careful when watching and roaming.
  3. Watch Netflix on another device.Netflix is available on more and more devices. Many Smart TVs and Blu-ray players come with a Netflix app installed, set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku support Netflix, and most gaming consoles have a Netflix app available as well.
    • The process varies from device to device, but generally you will just need to download the Netflix app and log in with your account.
    • See this guide for detailed instructions on setting up the Netflix app on the Wii.
    • See for detailed instructions on setting up the Netflix app on the PS3.
    • See this guide for detailed instructions on setting up the Netflix app on the Xbox 360.

Accessing Netflix from Other Regions

  1. Open Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.These browsers make it easy to install an add-on that lets you trick Netflix into thinking that you're connecting from within the US (or other supported market).
  2. Visit the Hola Unblocker website.This browser add-on will redirect your traffic through a server located in the country of your choice, allowing you to trick Netflix into thinking you're connecting from within that country. You can get it for free
    • Hola Unblocker is connecting via proxy made as simple as possible. The same results can be achieved by connecting to any proxy server or VPN located in the country you want to connect to Netflix from. See this guide for more details on proxies and VPNs.
  3. Click "Get Hola, It's Free!".This will install the Hola add-on to your browser.
  4. Restart your browser after the installation.You should see the Hola button next to your browser's address bar.
  5. Visit the Netflix site.You will still need to sign in with a valid subscription in order to watch video.
  6. Click the Hola Unblocker button in your browser.This will open the Hola Unblocker menu.
  7. Select a country that supports Netflix.You can see a list of all the supported countries on the Netflix website.
  8. Click the "Refresh" button.The site will change to the local version of the country you selected. Be aware that if you choose a country that uses a different language, the interface will be in that language.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How is a DVD disc defined in terms of rental numbers? There appear to be a lot of multi-disc options. Does a multi-disc selection count as one rental?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes; you rent by the title of the movie, not the number of discs.
  • Question
    Do I need internet on my TV?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you are asking if you need the internet to watch Netflix on your TV, then the answer is yes.
  • Question
    Do you need an Apple TV box before you sign up?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. Netflix can be used on computers, phones, tablets, and other devices that support it - not just Apple products.
  • Question
    What happens if I cancel my membership within the trial month?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It should continue to work until a month has passed since you've started the trial.
  • Question
    What if I don't have a smart TV?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can still watch Netflix if you have a computer by going to their website and logging in, or you can download the app onto your smartphone.
  • Question
    How much is Netflix monthly?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on the plan, a regular plan starts at around .99 a month. Other plans cost up to .99 or .99 for premium plans and you can get those to watch on multiple screens at once.
Unanswered Questions
  • Is there a number I can call for more information
  • If I have Netflix on my iPad, how do I get it connected on my TV?
  • How do I get the Netflix app icon?
  • Where do I find the channel lineup for TV watching with Netflix?
  • How can I get Internet on my TV for Netflix?
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  • Netflix requires a minimum 0.5 Mbps connections speed to stream video, though this will result in low-quality picture. For HD-quality image, Netflix recommends at least a 5 Mbps connection. See this guide for details on checking your connection speed.

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