Netflix just made social distancing so much easier. Since people have been practicing self-isolation to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, they’ve discovered a genius app that lets them watch Netflix content with their friends. It’s called Netlix Party.
OK, so it’s not an app, per se: It’s a Google Chrome extension that’s free to download. Click here to put it on your browser. From there, use is pretty simple.
After hitting “Install Netflix Party” on the above link’s homepage, you’ll be redirected to the Chrome Web Store. Click “Add to Chrome” to officially finish downloading the extension. Then, go to Netflix and select any show or movie you’d like to watch. After, hit the “NP” icon that should now be on your address bar. Hit “Start Party” to kick off your joint viewing, and share the specific party URL to the people you want invited.
If you’re the invitee, click the party link your friend sent you. You’ll be redirected to Netflix’s website, at which point you’ll hit the “NP” button next to your address bar. This should automatically add you to the Netflix Party. A TikTok user made a full tutorial on how to do this if you’d like a visual:
This is a game-changer for people struggling with the necessary social distancing that has to happen right now. Naturally, the response on Twitter has been rapturous. “Friendly reminder for all the bored quarantined people, there’s an extension called Netflix Party that lets you watch synced up shows/ movies with your friends!!” one person posted.
Another wrote, “So Netflix recently launched this Google Chrome plug-in called ‘Netflix Party’ up to 500k ppl can watch the same movie/show in sync and has a chat room to allow for real time comments! I just added it to my chrome who’s down to do a movie night!? “
I know exactly what I’m doing tonight.