Why You Need HDR Netflix On Your Phone/Tablet (And How To Get It)

For the past few years, Netflix has been investing heavily in High Dynamic Range content – AKA ‘HDR’ – in a bid to make its movies and TV shows look better than the competition. This is especially noticeable on portable screens where the deluxe colour palette really shines.

With that in mind, here are all the phones and tablets that currently support the tech – and how to access it.

HDR is a digital imaging technology that provides a greater dynamic range of luminosity than standard imaging techniques. This results in significant improvements to colour, contrast, and brightness without increasing the native pixel count.

The cool thing about HDR is that you don’t need a 4K display to take advantage of the superior picture quality – if your screen supports the formats Dolby Vision or HDR you’re good to go.

This currently includes the following devices.

[referenced url=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/04/hdr-on-netflix-do-you-need-to-care/” thumb=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2016/04/Daredevil-410×231.jpg” title=”What Is ‘HDR’ On Netflix And Do You Need To Care?” excerpt=”Netflix Australia has announced plans to add 100 hours of High Dynamic Range (HDR) programming by August, with another 50 hours slated to appear by the end of 2016. If you’re not a card-carrying videophile, you might be wondering what this announcement means and how it affects your Netflix viewing experience. We explain everything you need to know.”]


  • Honor 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20
  • Huawei P20
  • LG G6
  • LG G7
  • LG G7 One
  • LG Q9 One
  • LG X5
  • LG V30
  • LG V35
  • LG V40
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 Plus
  • Razer Phone
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
  • Sony Xperia XZ3


  1. 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  2. 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  3. iPhone 8
  4. iPhone 8 Plus
  5. iPhone X
  6. iPhone X Plus
  7. iPhone XS
  8. iPhone XS Plus
  9. iPhone XR

There is one caveat, however: To access HDR content, you need to subscribe to Netflix’s ‘Premium’ 4 Screen plan which currently costs $17.99 per month. Unfortunately, HDR is not available on cheaper plans. (You can see what version of Netflix you’re currently using here.)

In addition, a steady internet connection speed of 25Mbps or higher is required. If you have manual settings enabled, you must also set streaming quality to ‘High’.

With the above criteria fulfilled, HDR content is yours for the taking! There are literally hundreds of TV episodes and movies available in this format, with more added every month. (Pretty much all new ‘Netflix Originals’ are now offered in HDR.)

You can quickly find HDR content by typing “HDR” into Netflix’s search box. Enjoy!

[referenced url=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/01/how-netflix-uses-hdr-to-guide-your-eyes/” thumb=”https://www.lifehacker.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2017/01/HDRmonitor-410×231.jpg” title=”How Netflix Uses HDR To Guide Your Eyes” excerpt=”Netflix has declared 2017 the year of High Dynamic Range (HDR) programming. The popular streaming service has already dramatically expanded its 4K HDR content – and there’s a lot more to come in the months ahead.

Last year, we were invited to check out the company’s state-of-the-art colour correction suite in New York where Netflix Originals receive a fresh lick of digital paint in the HDR conversion process. Here’s everything we learned.”]


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