Netflix PartySource: Joseph Keller/iMore

Whether you're taking a break while working from home or having a night in while digitally hanging out with friends, Netflix Party is a great tool to keep you in touch while also keeping you on your couch. It's a Chrome extension that lets you share a movie or TV episode with your friends through a special link so you can all watch it at the same time.

After starting Netflix Party, a chat window opens to the side of the video in your browser, letting you and your friends chat while the video plays. It's a great way to both keep in touch and watch something together when circumstances keep you from doing so in person.

Here's what you need to know about setting up and using Netflix Party.

How to install Netflix Party

Netflix Party is a browser extension for Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers like Brave and Microsoft Edge. You'll need to install one of those browsers to use it. For our purposes, we'll just use Google Chrome.

  1. Open Google Chrome on your Mac or PC.
  2. Navigate to Netflix Partyin your browser.

    Open Chrome, head to Netflix PartySource: iMore

  3. Click Install Netflix Party to be taken to the extension's Chrome Web Store page.
  4. Click Add to Chrome.

    Click Install Netflix Party, click Add to ChromeSource: iMore

  5. Click Add extension.

    Click Add extensionSource: iMore

How to use Netflix Party

Now that you have the extension installed, it's time to actually use it.

  1. Open Netflix in Google Chrome.
  2. Sign in to Netflix if you need to.

    Head to Netflix, sign in if neededSource: iMore

  3. Start watching a TV show or movie.
  4. Click the Netflix Party button towards the top-right corner of the browser.

    Play movie or show, click Netflix Party buttonSource: iMore

  5. Click the checkbox if you want sole control over the video.
  6. Click Start the party.

    Click checkbox, click Start the partySource: iMore

  7. Click Copy URL.
  8. Send the link to your other party members. They need to have Netflix Party installed on their browsers, too.
  9. Type in the message field to send messages to one another as you watch the movie or show.

    Click Copy URL, type in message fieldSource: iMore

Now, you just watch the movie or TV show with friends and chat with one another while you're doing it. If you checked the box in the Netflix Party extension, you will have complete control over pausing, playing, and scrubbing through the video.

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