Netflix is available on all manner of different devices these days, but does that include the Nintendo Switch?
If you have a Nintendo Switch, you may be wondering if you can watch Netflix on it. Let’s find out…
Can You Watch Netflix on the Nintendo?
Nintendo Switch supports some streaming services, but Netflix is not one of them. At least officially.
This means that you cannot enter the eShop and download the Netflix application. In fact, as of this writing, the streaming services provided by Nintendo Switch through eShop are limited to Hulu, YouTube, and Funimation.
You also cannot watch Netflix with the console’s web browser. It will not work.
However, you can install Android on Nintendo Switch, and Netflix is available on Android. This is a complicated process that Nintendo does not support. Doing so will invalidate your warranty and can only be done by users who understand the process and consequences.
For most people, it is best to hope that Netflix will officially support Nintendo Switch in the future.
In a 2017 interview with The Washington Post, Nintendo of America’s then-president Reggie Fils-Aime said that Nintendo was talking to Netflix—of course, a lot of time has passed since then and nothing has come to fruition.
Can You Watch Netflix on Other Nintendo Consoles?
Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U used to have Netflix specific apps.
However, as of December 31, 2020, the Netflix app will no longer be available for new users to download from the eShop.
On June 30, 2021, the Netflix application will be completely closed for existing users. At that time, no Nintendo game console will be compatible with Netflix.
Now, you just need to enjoy the limited video streaming options supported by Switch and watch Netflix on another device.