12 Hidden Features of Netflix You Didn’t Even Know About

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Netflix is now a part of every day life. It has replaced video rental shops of yesteryear, and spawned colloquial terms like “Netflix or Chill .”. Having Netflix running in the background is so common that the company even checks in with you every few episodes to ensure you are okay.

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It’s easy to forget Netflix’s humble beginnings as DVD-by-mail service launched in the late ’90s — you can still rent DVDs and Blu-ray’s from them through a separate subscription, if you’re so inclined — and no one could have predicted how successful they’d become, certainly not their competitors.

Despite how deeply the streaming service is embedded in our lives, there are still a few features that the average user might not be aware of. We’ll show you 12 lesser-known features that can help you maximize your subscription fee and make the most out of your binge sessions.

Remove the “Are You Still Watching?” Prompt

Binge-watching may not be the best habit, but it’s something we all do from time to time. Although we appreciate Netflix checking in to see if our awake, and gently prompting us with a digital stick so we can take a break, stretch, and maybe even step outside, sometimes it’s too much.

If you want to binge, then you will binge. You don’t need a faceless interface that guilt-trippingly catches you for watching more than three episodes at a time. Netflix sometimes lacks the “chill” factor, which is a shame considering how closely it is associated with the term. There’s a way out.

Browser extensions such as Never Endering Netflix may override the prompt and allow you to watch your favorite shows from sunup until sundown. You can also skip the title sequences and skip the “Next Episode” countdown.

Did you really watch 28 episodes in a row, or did you just watch one really long movie? This is a question that your future philosophers and therapists should ask. You have snacks to eat, and a couch imprint to create.

Host an

Digital Watch Party

Sometimes, you just want to go to a movie with friends and family but not to meet people in person. You might be experiencing a global pandemic or you may just want to see two things at the same time. We won’t pretend that we understand the human mind.

Teleparty, formerly known as Netflix Party, is a browser extension that allows you to host virtual movie night. It is easy to set up and is free. All you have to do is install Teleparty, pin it to your toolbar, open the video you want to watch, and start your party. To make it feel more like watching a movie with friends, you can hit play and everyone in your party can view the same content simultaneously.

Teleparty has added support for other streaming services, including Hulu and Disney+, earlier this year. They plan to continue adding more services in future.

Customize Your Subtitles

If you’ve spent your youth listening to loud music and cranking up the volume in your headphones, it is possible that you have hearing loss. In order to avoid this, turn the volume down when you watch TV or movies. Subtitles don’t only work for hard-of-hearing people. Surveys suggest a growing number of people prefer to have the subtitles on regardless of their hearing status and that’s especially true among young people.

Streaming allows viewers to access content from other regions of the globe that they may not have previously had access to. Netflix offers a wide range of foreign language content. This includes indie films and manga. While we don’t intend to get into the subs-vs.-dubs debate (that’s for another conversation), we want to ensure you understand how to get the best from your subtitles.

Netflix’s subtitle preference menu offers a number of customization options. There are seven font options, three sizes and eight colors. You can also add background or windows to the screen, as well as five different fonts.

You can view any combination of these options from the preference menu. These preferences, unlike some other features on this list are not limited to computer viewing. They will appear on any device that supports them.

Turn Your TV into an Audio Experience

From the early silent films to the present day, movies and television have largely remained visual experiences. Although the medium’s nature has always had a tendency towards alienating those with visual impairment, this is no longer true.

Whether you’re experiencing vision loss, or you just want to enjoy your favorite shows and movies without being tied to a screen, Netflix offers audio descriptions for a large and growing selection of their content.

You can access this feature through a browser, a phone app, or on your television. After you have started a show click on the Audio and Subtitles menu. It looks like a speech bubble. Select Audio Description.

A narrator may add short descriptions of actions or settings in between lines of dialogue. This creates a visual picture of the screen and transforms it from a visually-oriented medium to an auditory one. This might appeal to you if you enjoy audiobooks and radio plays.

While the translation may not be perfect, it is a good way to adapt from one medium or another. It’s great for re-experienced content that you already know, while you’re distracted, and provides an enhanced experience for those who would otherwise have to rely solely on the dialogue.

Delete Your Viewing History

We live in an age of ever-decreasing privacy. Sometimes it feels like every step we take is recorded in our digital permanent records. Your phone’s GPS tracks your movements and records your online searches. The embarrassing things you post to Myspace or Facebook as a teenager are also recorded and stored.

The same applies to your Netflix viewing history. The streaming platform uses that information to serve up new content you might be interested in, but that doesn’t mean your roommate, partner, or parents need to know about it.

There are many reasons to remove a particular title from your viewing history. Perhaps you don’t want your partner to see that you have been repeating the same guilty pleasure for two weeks. Perhaps you don’t want your roommate to see that you have watched the latest episode without you. Netflix has your back, no matter what.

By visiting the viewing activity page, no one ever need know what you’ve been watching. Simply go to your history, click the icon to hide the offending content from your viewing history, and it will be removed from your records within 24 hours.

It is important to remember, however, that this also removes the title from the recommendation algorithm. Netflix will not offer similar content to you unless you watch the same title again.

Password Protect Your Profile

It’s not uncommon for people to share a single Netflix account with friends and family. Although sharing an account is convenient, it can also cause problems if other people’s viewing habits interfere with your streaming experience.

Some users may be able to alleviate this problem by creating separate profiles, but it doesn’t stop your child from accessing your profile to view content they don’t want to see. There’s also nothing to stop them from watching 156 episodes of Pokemon in a row and messing up your recommendations.

But there is something you can do to stop them. You know passwords are protected for accessing your account. However, you can pin lock your profile to prevent other users from accessing your account.

Open up Netflix in a browser and hover over the arrow in the top-right corner, then click Account. Scroll down to the Profile & Parental Controls area and choose your profile. You’ll see a Profile Lock option that allows you to create a pin code to gain access.

You won’t have to worry about your sibling deleting your viewing history. You can protect your algorithmic integrity and privacy with just four digits.

Add Ratings from Trusted Sources

With so many new content constantly being added, it can be difficult to decide what is worth your time and what to avoid. Friends and family can be a great source of information, but only if they have the same tastes. Even then, it is possible to burn through a season quickly and leave you looking for something new.

In the age of the internet, you don’t have to make decisions all by yourself. Almost anything can be crowdsourced. Content recommendations are no exception. Metacritic and IMDB are two of the most trusted review aggregators that provide ratings from both viewers and professional critics. To access this data, you will need to search for movies and TV shows one by one. There’s an easier way.

The Trim browser extension lets you incorporate ratings information from IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic without having to pull out your phone or open a separate tab. At a glance, ratings appear on the Netflix homepage screen. You can also choose to remove selections based upon minimum rating scores or release date. This makes it easier to find your next obsession.

Download Videos to Watch Offline

Streaming allows us to get rid of bulky media collections and stream endless movies directly from our smartphones, computers or televisions. It requires an internet connection to function.

It’s fine to be at home, or have a reliable internet connection when you’re on the move. What happens if the internet or power goes down? What happens if your internet or power goes out while you are on a road trip? Accessing the internet can also mean losing your entertainment. Netflix has a solution that works. It doesn’t need any extensions.

Netflix allows for you to download selected movies and episodes to your computer or phone to watch offline. This requires some planning, but it is an excellent solution for those who don’t have a reliable internet connection.

Downloading isn’t available for every title and there are some limitations to the amount of time you can keep a title once it’s downloaded, but a well-planned stockpile should get you through a connection drought.

The process is simple, just open the app on your phone and navigate to the title you want. You’ll find a button below the play option if it’s available to download. You can view it until it expires or watch it again as many times as you like. You will never again need to pay for internet access on an airplane.

Request a Title

The nature of streaming services is that titles can change. You might miss the opportunity to see something you wanted, or it may not be available at all. You are at the mercy of any content that they have negotiated licensing agreements for. It’s almost like visiting a friend’s home and being limited to what is available on the shelves.

If you find that there’s something you’d really like to see, but it isn’t available among its more than 15,000 titles, don’t despair. Request a title to help Netflix decide which titles to add to its platform.

Decisions about which titles they acquire are complex and often involve a number of factors including existing rights agreements. You can influence their regional taste by sending them your wishlist.

Netflix provides a simple form for sending requests. Although it is unlikely that a single request will lead to the sudden appearance of your favorite movie or show, there are ways you can send requests .

Casting your vote for new content may alert Netflix to changing tastes. It doesn’t cost anything to do so.

Use category codes to find the perfect watch

Netflix offers thousands of titles, but only a small portion of them are displayed on your homepage. The interface takes your viewing activity into account when deciding what to populate, but it’s still only a small glimpse into the deep collection of content available. You might not find your next favorite show under the rubble, or at least it won’t without some help.

You can either search for titles one by one and hope for luck, or you could narrow down the options to exactly what you want with category codes. Netflix categorizes its content using tags. Each tag has an associated code. Knowing what they are is the trick. Lucky for you, the collective knowledge of the internet has compiled a comprehensive list of Netflix’s category codes.

If you want an action movie, you’ll find everything Netflix has under code 1365. You can also drill down to subgenres if that is not enough. What about an action comedy? You’ll find them with code 43040.

Open Netflix using a browser. Replace the number string at end of URL with code of your choice. The user interface will automatically refresh with the type of titles you are looking for. You will instantly have access to a whole suite of previously unpublished content. The more you use this trick the more your homepage will reflect your personal tastes.

Let Netflix Roulette Choose For You

When we were children, we loved to watch the same movie over and over for many weeks or even months. You had a limited selection of DVDs and VHS tapes, so you had to pick your favorite ones and stick with them.

Streaming services face the same problem. The sheer number of options can be overwhelming, and you can easily find yourself scrolling and scrolling until your food goes cold and your eyelids grow heavy, paralyzed by indecision.

When that happens, you can step aside and let someone else make the final decision. A computer is the best choice in this instance. Netflix Roulette is a fun tool by Reelgood which allows you to select a genre, IMDB score, and a number of other options before hitting a randomizer which decides what you should watch.

If you feel particularly brave, you can choose to leave all options empty and just browse the entire Netflix catalog. You can create an account to have access to content from other streaming services such as Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Disney+ and many more.

Life is full of hard decisions. But choosing your entertainment shouldn’t be one of those.

Become a Beta Tester for the Newest Features

These features will help you to become a master of your Netflix streaming channel. If you feel that these features are not enough to satisfy you, you can sign-up to be a beta tester to get all the latest features before everyone else.

Netflix continues to improve its user interface. However, as with any company launching a new product, they need feedback before the full rollout. You can sign up to become a beta tester and be the first to experience new features before the rest of the customer base.
Log in to your Netflix account using a browser. Click the arrow near your profile picture and choose Account. Under Settings, you’ll see an option for Test Participation. You’re ready to go!

While you may not notice any changes immediately, but Netflix will be ready to launch a new feature and you’ll be the first to try it.

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