Fans of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel won’t be able to resist Disney’s streaming service, Disney+. Combining everything from old-school fairy tales to The Avengers, Disney+ is one of the most affordable services around at just $6.99/mo.
The question is: can you access it? Luckily, Disney has made its streaming platform available on a huge range of devices. Whether you’re looking to invest in a new streaming device, or just want to check the suitability of your current model, read on for everything you need to know about Disney+’s compatible devices. And to learn more about Disney+, visit our full review of Disney+.
Disney+ compatible devices
Almost every major device can access Disney+. From phones and tablets to smart TVs and game consoles, here’s the full list of compatible devices:
- Amazon Fire tablet (Fire OS 5.0 and later)
- Amazon Fire TV devices
- Android phones and tablets (OS 5.0 and later)
- Android TV (version 5.0 and later)
- Apple TV (4th generation and later)
- iOS phones and tablets (iOS 11.0 and later)
- LG Smart TV (WebOS 3.0 and above)
- PlayStation 4
- Roku (latest model of the following devices: Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4, Roku Express, Roku Express+, 4K Roku Premiere, 4K Roku Premiere+, 4K Roku Ultra, 4K Roku Ultra LT, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku TV and 4K Roku Smart Speaker)
- Samsung Tizen smart TV (2016 and later)
- Vizio SmartCast TV (2016 and later)
- Web browsers
- Xbox One
Disney recommends ensuring you have a high-speed internet connection, and checking your device is using the latest software. To get the most out of Disney+, TV components should be able to support high-bandwidth content. If you want to watch shows or movies in 4K ultra-high definition (UHD), your TV display will need to support HDCP 2.2.
Getting started with Disney+ is easy on any device. If you’re using a web browser, head to the Disney+ site to sign up. Other devices can download the Disney+ app from the relevant app store.
The only big name missing from Disney+’s compatibility list is Nintendo Switch. The streaming service may be available on the console in the future. But, right now, the only way to stream on the Switch is through the Hulu or YouTube apps.
Which device should I use to stream Disney+?
There are several things to consider when choosing your dream streaming device. The first thing that always comes to mind is price. Are you on a tight budget, or willing to splash out for a device with all the latest features? Some models cost less than $50, while others can retail for up to $300. And if you opt for a smart TV with Disney+, the price can go way over the $1,000 mark.
Next, think about the size. Are you happy with a box-style device, or do you want something that takes up less room? If you’d prefer the latter category, take a look at a compact streaming stick or Google Chromecast for your Disney+ needs. Finally, there’s streaming quality. Some people are happy with regular high definition (HD), but others want nothing less than 4K UHD.
Of course, streaming devices come with a bunch of other features like voice-controlled remotes and super speedy software. Whether you’re a smart home convert or a sucker for gaming, here are a few of the best Disney+ devices.
Best for smart home fans
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K combines high-quality streaming with smart home capabilities. Plus, it’ll cost you less than $50. This small stick-type device will seamlessly stream Disney+ content and comes with a nifty remote that’ll transform your home into a smart space. The remote can control both your Disney+-enabled Fire TV Stick and your TV’s power and volume. It features Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant too. Ask Alexa to play or pause content and search for specific titles. You can also connect it to thousands of smart home devices like lights and thermostats.
Best for super sharp streaming
Apple TV 4K
If you’re looking for one of the clearest pictures on the market, consider the Apple TV 4K. As the name suggests, this streaming box supports 4K Disney+ content. And it supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos technology for an even sharper look and cinema-style sound. Fitted with Siri voice control, the Apple TV 4K also comes with an intuitive, well-designed remote and easy-to-navigate interface. Starting at $179, it’s not the cheapest way to watch Disney+. But it’s a strong contender for its sleek look and feel.
Best for best value
Roku Streaming Stick+
For $49.99, the Roku Streaming Stick+ comes with a powerful feature list. Its small size means it’s barely noticeable and can easily be plugged into your TV’s USB port or connected to a wall outlet. The stick also comes with a separate power cable that contains a Wi-Fi antenna, so you can enjoy faster and clearer Disney+ plus on Roku. And if you want to watch a movie or show in 4K, you can. This competitively priced device even comes with a handy remote that controls certain TV functions and allows you to search with your voice.
Best for mega gamers
Xbox One S
Although Disney+ and PlayStation 4 are a great match, Disney plus’ Xbox One S compatibility is even better. A sleeker, more space-saving design, the Xbox One S can stream Disney+ content in 4K. (It can also play 4K Blu-ray discs.) Dolby Atmos enhances the audio so you can step straight into the worlds of movies, games and TV shows. The $299 console also comes with high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology for more vibrant colors and depth, and 2TB of storage space so you can download plenty of gaming and cinematic content.
Best for streaming on the go
Samsung Galaxy S10+
When you’re streaming Disney+ outside of the house, you’ll want a portable yet high-quality device. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ has a mega 6.4-inch edge-to-edge screen that can play movies and episodes in quad high definition + (QHD+). (That’s better than regular HD, but a slightly lower resolution than 4K.) It also features HDR technology for a better cinematic experience. Wi-Fi 6 tech can boost your internet speed, meaning less chance of buffering when streaming. And with a decent battery that powers down apps you’re not using, you can stream for longer. Prices start at $599.99.
The best device for Disney+ depends on how much you want to spend, your ideal picture resolution and any additional features you’re looking for. Roku devices tend to be a good value for traditional TV streaming. But if you can’t get away from your love of Amazon or Apple, try a Disney+-enabled Amazon Fire or iOS device instead. Both have options that connect to your TV and portable devices you can use no matter where you are.
Whichever device you choose, don’t forget to sign up for a 7-day free trial of Disney+. It’s the only free way to enjoy all the magic that Walt Disney created.