Can I watch Netflix on Nintendo Switch?

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With apps like CrunchyRoll being available on the Nintendo Switch, you'd think getting Netflix on the Switch would be intuitive. It would make sense for a portable entertainment system to connect you to Netflix. Unfortunately, the app is not currently available in the eShop and we're not sure if it will be. Although there is a way to get to Netflix, you cannot actually watch any shows with the Switch the way it is. 

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Can you set up Netflix on your Nintendo Switch?

Best answer: You can, but we don't recommend it. Netflix is not available through the Nintendo eShop. The only way to stream this service on your console is by jailbreaking your Switch, but there are risks that this opens your gaming system up to.

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While there is a way to get to Netflix on your Nintendo Switch through the hidden web browser unfortunately once you select a show or movie to watch it will ask you to download a plugin. This is due to the hidden browser not being updated enough to run a video. The only way you'd be able to download the plugin is to jailbreak your system which would leave it open to being able to be hacked and Nintendo would no longer assist with any issues your console may have. 

Other streaming options on Nintendo Switch

Netflix isn't your only option for streaming content! There are currently six streaming apps available for free download through the Nintendo eShop. The thing that's most similar is Hulu, a subscription for which gives you access to several shows and movies. For anime fans there's Crunchyroll and Funimation, both have free watching options as well as paid subscription plans.

Take your viewing back to your childhood and watch the very beginning of Pokémon with Pokémon TV! In addition to the hundreds of episodes throughout the animated series' time, there's also card and video game competitions available to view. There are even sing-alongs and other great content for kids. All of this is available for free.

Finally, there's also access to Twitch and YouTube to watch your favorite streamers! Twitch is largely known for video game streaming and is a great way to watch some gameplay before purchasing games or just to relax. YouTube has a wider variety of content creators from video game streaming, to music creation, educational videos, and more! 

Switch between games and shows

The portability of the Switch along with the great screen size makes for a great way to enjoy entertainment on the go. Although you can't watch Netflix, you can pull up any of the other streaming options available and set up one of the best stands for your console and stream anywhere with Wi-Fi from your portable Nintendo Switch! While there isn't any word of Netflix coming to Nintendo Switch's eShop yet, we'll be sure to update you here if that changes.

Alex Huebner

Alex has been working with iMore as a Freelance Gaming Writer for three years. You can also find a few articles of hers on Android Central and Windows Central. She regularly covers Nintendo Switch games and accessories as well as iOS game apps. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, you may also find her playing on the PlayStation and PC. When she doesn’t have a controller in hand she likes to spend her time with her husband, son, and dogs, exploring new places, or hiding away with a book (or comic book). A few of her favorite games include the Zelda franchise, Little Nightmares, and Animal Crossing.