Even if you pay to watch Netflix in HD on your mobile

Even if you pay to watch Netflix in HD on your mobile, this can leave you without enjoying it

Even if you pay to watch Netflix in HD on your mobile, this can leave you without enjoying it

Even if your mobile is of good quality, very recent, high-end or promises you a good screenyou can find yourself with this situation, and there is a person to blame for it, even if you did not even know of its existence until today.

Google Widevine is responsible for having a good mobile phone and a high-resolution screen, which would allow you to watch movies, series and other Netflix content with the best image quality, You can’t play HD content. In this case, you will have to settle for videos in SD (up to 720p). The same does not happen on YouTube, where you will be able to see all your videos well because it does not work with this system, and now we will tell you more about it.

What is Google Widevine?

Digital rights management or DRM is frequently used by copyright holders to limit the use of digital content to certain devices. It is frequently applied to multimedia content such as music, movies, books and other content that its creators do not want you to access unless you meet their conditions, such as paying a subscription.


You can watch content from Netflix and others online services in HD on your mobile thanks to Widevine. This is precisely a solution or DRM that allows you to protect the content, compatible with multiple formats and cross-platform. Netflix and other sites use it to prevent piracy because it is one of the best known and most practical. To do this, it uses a combination of CENC (Common Encryption) encryption, license key exchange, and adaptive streaming quality, which manages and delivers video to users.

There are 3 levels depending on the protection and encryption level, which are Widevine L1, L2 and L3. To be able to watch Netflix in HD, Google Widevine L1 is required.

In Widevine L1, videos are processed under the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), processor and security related components. This is not the case with Widevine L3, which has no access to encryption and processing hardware and is the reason why videos do not reach higher resolutions with it. If your mobile has this level 3 you will not be able to watch HD videos on your mobile, while with level 1 yes. The problem is that not all mobiles have Widevine L1 and you may not know if your smartphone has it. On Android mobiles you will not find level 2, so we remove it from the equation.

How to know which Widevine has your mobile

To have access to this information, you can easily see it in the quality of the videos you watch. If you are not sure, or you do not know if this is responsible, you can resort to an external application. In any case, you don’t need it, since you will be able to access this information directly from Netflix.

Doing it is easier than you imagine:

  1. Open the app on your mobile
  2. In the upper right corner, click on profile
  3. click on application settings
  4. Scroll down to Diagnostics
  5. press on Playback Specifications
  6. Next to Widevine, see if L1 or L3 appears

If you watch L3, you won’t be able to enjoy HD quality as Netflix can only play in standard definition (SD). In case it appears L1, you can enjoy the best quality image without problems. If not, please contact Netflix directly to resolve it.

If you want to check the information to make sure or because you don’t have Netflix, but the streaming service that gives you problems is another, check with the manufacturer of your mobile or use a trusted apps as DRM Info. Among the data it gives you, at the bottom you will find the Security Level. Another application that offers you a lot of interesting information, among which is this one, is DevCheck Device & System Info.

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