8 Netflix Hacks You Need To Know About // #StreamTeam

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!)

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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.

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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.

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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

Want to curl up in front of a roaring fire? Just search “fireplace”, then press play to instantly enjoy a crackling fire no matter the weather. Too hot? Try the “oscillating fan” instead.

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.

netflix hacks7.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.

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Do you have any Netflix hacks of your own?

Disclaimer: As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam i will be sharing regular posts relating to Netflix and will receive products/services as part of my role, however, all thoughts are entirely my own.

24 Comments

  1. 16 September, 2016 / 8:36 am

    Great tips, I must admit, although we are regular users of netflix I don’t know about any of account settings or functions. So thank you xx

    • 16 September, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      I must admit, until Netflix shared the hack with us i was unaware of most of them as well! They come in super handy now though!xx (p.s. welcome to the world of blogging!)

  2. 16 September, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Ee used to have Netflix and the kids loved it. We also enjoyed catching up on series that we love. It’s great. I didn’t know half of these things, like deleting viewing history and kicking others off your account. Great features. We are on the search of a new series to watch currently! Love a nice evening in relaxing sometimes xx

    • 16 September, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      I completely agree, sometimes there’s nothing better than relaxing on the sofa with Netflix and a glass of vino!xx

  3. 16 September, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Such a fun but useful post. Thanks for the tips 🙂

    • 16 September, 2016 / 1:37 pm

      Thanks Chelle, these hacks have really come in handy for me lately so happy to share them! xx

  4. 16 September, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    Great tips! I very happily did number two last month hahaha! I didnt know you could personalise your icon. I don’t really watch Netflix much if i’m honest but the kids do x
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    • 16 September, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Hahaha, i think we’ve both made use of hack number two recently 😉 KERRY -You should totally watch it more, i’m 100% blaming Lotte for getting me addicted to it! xxx

    • 17 September, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      HAHA me too! I am so impatient so always watch ahead! xx

    • 17 September, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Have you not? I’d definitely recommend giving Netflix a go, i honestly can’t fault their service at all! xx

  5. 19 September, 2016 / 1:42 am

    This was super interesting. I didn’t know about half the features even though we use Netflix regularly! Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    • 20 September, 2016 / 9:41 am

      Well i hope you found it useful and some of the hacks come in handy for you lovely xx

  6. Stephanie
    19 September, 2016 / 2:24 am

    such great tips, i didn’t realise you could keep track of everyone whos using your account! x

    • 20 September, 2016 / 9:42 am

      Hope you found them useful. Yes, i think that’s one of my favourite features as i like to check in from time to time and see what the boys have been watching xx

  7. Jodie
    19 September, 2016 / 8:11 am

    Great tips. Do you know why there’s not many Disney films on Netflix? The old classics.

    • 20 September, 2016 / 9:44 am

      I don’t actually and i find it disappointing there’s not more on there because my boys love Disney film. I shall pose the question to them and see what they say! xx

  8. 19 September, 2016 / 10:35 am

    I love the auto play feature! Sometimes it isn’t soon enough and at the end of a gripping episode I have to press OK as I can’t wait for the seconds to count down! 🙂 xx

    • 20 September, 2016 / 9:45 am

      I am exactly the same…i hate having to wait for the next episode to start! xx

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