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I have a 2017 MacBook Pro and an iPhone 8. I use Netflix app on my iPhone and have downloaded a movie in it for offline viewing.

Is there a way for me to stream the movie on my iPhone onto my MacBook? I can use the MacBook's larger screen for better viewing experience.

Can download Netflix on to phone but can't seem to do it on Mac?

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Stream from your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch to your Mac

The Netflix app for iOS supports AirPlay, a proprietary protocol stack developed by Apple, which allows wireless streaming between devices of multimedia content. This means that you can stream Netflix movies and shows from your iOS devices to any AirPlay-enabled devices over local Wi-Fi. And because the app also supports offline downloads, you have everything you need to enjoy Netflix offline on your Mac. Well, almost everything. You also need an app like AirServer so you can receive AirPlay streams on your Mac.

The easiest and proven solution is to access Netflix via Google Chrome browser on your Mac as @Nimesh Neema explained. You can even stream to any TV using Chromecast in Google Chrome browser and with $35 Cast dongle device (at any best buy) that plugs into any TV with HDMI plug.

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  • IIRC, Netflix app have restriction like non-ability to take snaps and mirror movie playback. Are they no longer applicable?
    – Nimesh Neema
    Aug 28, 2018 at 18:07
  • Netflix does support using AirPlay as streaming output from iPhone. It works fine with Apple TV. However to receive on Mac one needs to enable the Mac to receive with device like AirServer. Your answer is better, and that is what I use, just log in Netflix on Chrome browser, then I use chromecast to cast to my TV.
    – Ruskes
    Aug 28, 2018 at 18:26
  • Thanks. I was under the assumption all forms of mirroring and streaming are disabled. Please edit my answer to sort out any inaccuracies and add relevant information.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Aug 28, 2018 at 18:28
  • @NimeshNeema - Connecting a Mac using Safari to a projector or other display device restricts Netflix and other streaming services from broadcasting. Other browsers work just fine. This answer is probably what you were thinking of.
    – IconDaemon
    Aug 28, 2018 at 19:42
  • Thanks all, seems like I need AirServer. It is only relevant for when I'm working away.
    – rob
    Aug 31, 2018 at 19:26
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Netflix killed Airplay support on April 2019, so it is not possible anymore to use AirPlay in a macOS device to stream from a iOS one.

See this support article at Netflix for more information.

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You can connect your iPhone via USB to your Mac and use QuickTime to mirror the screen:

  1. Connect your iPhone via USB to your Mac.

  2. On your iPhone, if requested, trust your Mac.

  3. On your Mac, open a Finder window, select your iPhone in the sidebar and, if requested, trust your iPhone:

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    If you don't see your iPhone under "Locations", open Finder Preferences > Sidebar and check "CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices".

  4. Open QuickTime Player and select File > New Movie Recording.

  5. Click the Options pop-up menu and choose for Camera your connected iPhone.

  6. You should see your home screen now.

See here (up to step 6) for more information (note that you don't need to actually click the record button for this to work).

Using this method you don't need any third party apps. However, it's more of a workaround.

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  • This is a very nice trick, thank you for sharing!
    – jaume
    Aug 12, 2020 at 14:04
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    I had tried this on amazon prime a while ago and no video appears on Mac or the phone. Since this makes way for piracy, they may remove it too @jaume ;)
    – anki
    Aug 12, 2020 at 14:43
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    this does not work for netflix.
    – Hope
    Nov 2, 2021 at 7:51
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It is not be possible to stream a movie downloaded in Netflix iOS app onto Mac.

There is no official Netflix macOS app. You can only stream video from Netflix on a desktop computer using a Web browser and Internet connection. It is also not possible to download movie from Netflix website on a desktop computer.

To use Netflix on macOS, login with your Netflix account using any desktop Web browser (Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox).

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