There is a feature in Google Chrome browser that creates a shortcut similar to the official Netflix application on any Linux based computer. If you are using a computer that runs on the Linux operating system, then you can create an application. To know more about it, continue reading the post.
Netflix does not offer an official application for Linux operating systems, but you can create a browser shortcut that behaves like an “impromptu” streaming service app. The shortcut, made by Chrome, directs the user to Netflix without having to log in and without the address bar in sight. From there, you can stream the video you’re playing to other screens via the HDMI port or Google’s Chromecast feature – just like the mobile app or Windows 10.
Although shortcut functionality is available in other browsers, Chrome has great support for Netflix, making it the safest bet. If possible, install Chrome on your PC for this feature only and focus your conventional navigation on another browser. The following tutorial was done on Elementary OS, a derivative of Ubuntu, but the instructions apply to any other variant of the free operating system.
Note that if you uninstall Chrome, the Netflix app will also be deleted. Therefore, in order to keep using Netflix on your Linux based computer, then you need to make sure that Google Chrome browser is installed on the computer or else Netflix app will not work. Here are the steps you need to perform in order to create a shortcut for Netflix app on your Google Chrome browser in Linux based computer.
Step 1: Open the Google Chrome browser.
Step 2: Navigate to the Netflix website.
Step 3: It is important that you log in, so the shortcut will have your credentials saved.
Step 4: Wait for Chrome to load and make sure you have successfully logged in to Netflix.
Step 5: Click the Chrome menu in the upper right corner and choose the “More Tools” option to access the “Create Shortcut” setting.
Step 6: Save the “app” with the name, you want and confirm “Create”. Do not forget to leave the “Open in new window” option checked.
Step 7: Depending on the type of Linux distribution, the shortcut will be saved in a different place: taskbar, desktop or menu – as is our case.
Step 8: If you like, drag the shortcut to the taskbar so that it is available there.
With this trick, you will be able to create a shortcut for Netflix app on the desktop of your Linux based computer. But, make sure you have installed Google Chrome browser on the computer or else you will not be able to perform the steps in the right way.