I think we’re all guilty sometimes of making out we have crazy, busy lives on social media when secretly we spend many nights and weekends curled up with Netflix and a giant bowl of popcorn. I know I do. And there’s nothing wrong with that – we all need a little down time, and what better way to spend it than catching up with Orange Is The New Black or binge-watching Stranger Things (because I totally DID NOT spend an entire evening watching the whole series last month!)
Everyone is always looking for ways to make their lives a little easier and Netflix is no different. It’s already the most user-friendly thing around, but you may be surprised to learn that there are ways to make it even easier to use.
Here are eight useful Netflix hacks you need to know about:
1.Hide your Netflix viewing history
Netflix is for sharing. But if you share an account with someone else – a partner, relatives or friends – you may not necessarily want them to see everything that you’ve been watching. Or maybe you promised your significant other you’d wait to watch the next episode of Orphan Black but just couldn’t help yourself. Luckily you can delete all evidence that it ever happened. Simply go to Netflix.com/viewingactivity and click the X to the right of the show you’d like to remove.
2.Kick the ex off your Netflix account
Relationship ended? It’s time to kick them off your Netflix account. Pronto. Under My Account, go to Settings and click “sign out of all devices.” Then change your password to keep your ex from logging back in. If they had their own profile, you can easily delete it from your account by going to Netflix.com/ManageProfiles .
3.Keep tabs on who’s been using your account
Been a little too generous with your Netflix login? To find out just who’s been watching what, when, and on which device simply go to Netflix.com/AccountAccess for a full and comprehensive list.
4.Don’t miss a word
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may be surprised to learn that all movies and TV shows on Netflix have the option to add English subtitles. To activate subtitles, select the movie or TV show you want to play, head to “Audio & Subtitles” in the options panel, then press back once you’re done.
Wish everything could be in bright pink Comic Sans? You can change the colour and font of subtitles to make them a little more you. Under My Account, go to My Profile and click “Subtitle Appearance” to make changes. You can tweak everything from colour and font to the background and drop shadow appearance.
5.Create the right atmosphere
6.Control how much data you’re using
Watching Netflix movies or TV shows on a tablet or smart phone device uses up to 3GB per hour for each HD video. Gulp. If you want to avoid exceeding your data allowance and prevent excess charges, you’ll be pleased to hear you can adjust your usage settings.
The Netflix app lets you choose your Cellular Data Usage setting – Wi-Fi Only, Low, Medium, High, and Unlimited.
If you’re watching via a web browser then go to My Account and under Your Profile click on Playback Settings. Here you’ll be able to choose the quality of your video and how much data you want to use.
7.Turn off the auto-binge setting
By which I mean the unhelpful auto-play feature that seemingly takes you from one episode to the next and the next without you having to lift so much as a finger. Brilliant if you’re binging on Orange Is The New Black…not so brilliant if you’re kids are on the hundredth episode of Peppa Pig. There’s only so much of that pink piggy one mama can take in a day.
If you want to disable the autoplay function, then there’s a way. Under My Account, go to Playback Settings and uncheck “Play Next Episode Automatically”. (You can thank me later!)
8. Personalise your profile icon photo
It’s perfectly normal for viewing preferences to differ between family members, so it makes sense for each to have their own profile. You can have up to 5 different profiles, including a safe section for kids. Under my account, go to Manage Profiles and then click on a profile to edit the icon photo.