How to Delete Recently Watched on Netflix

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Netflix does a lot of things exceptionally well, but content discovery is not one of them. It’s surprisingly difficult to dig deep into the company’s library to find enjoyable new stuff to watch. Instead, users often have to rely on the not-user-friendly secret codes How to Enter Netflix's Secret Codes How to Enter Netflix's Secret Codes Using Netflix's secret codes requires a little fiddling on your end. Read More .

In theory, you shouldn’t need to use the codes. The Netflix apps do have a list of recommended shows that are supposedly generated by sophisticated algorithms that analyze the videos you’ve already watched.

But what if you and your partner share a single Netflix profile? It’s an easy mistake to make 7 Mistakes You're Making While Using Netflix 7 Mistakes You're Making While Using Netflix We have compiled a list of mistakes you're making on Netflix. The hope being that by finding a better way of doing things you'll be able to get more out of Netflix. Read More , but it doesn’t take much for the algorithm to become confused.

Luckily, hope is not lost. You can remove shows you’ve watched from your Netflix history, and thus prevent the algorithms from considering them when suggesting new content.

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How to Delete Recently Watched on Netflix

If you want to delete shows from your recently watched list on Netflix, follow the simple step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Navigate to and click on Sign In.
  2. Enter your Netflix credentials and click Sign In again.
  3. Click on the primary Netflix user’s name.
  4. Click on the small arrow in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  5. In the dropdown menu, choose Account.
  6. Go to My Profile > Viewing Activity.
  7. You will see a list of all the shows you’ve watched.
  8. To remove a show or movie from the list, click on the X next to the show’s name.

You can also edit your show ratings by clicking on the Rating tab in the top right-hand corner.

Remember, if you’ve watched multiple episodes of a series, you need to remove them all for Netflix’s algorithms to stop considering them.

Did it work for you? You can leave any questions or queries in the comments below.

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  1. SE
    January 15, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    This is one of the most aggravating processes I've encountered on the Netflix website. The "Most Recently Watched" list should be (1) easier to locate, (2) able to sort as well as delete titles (3) able to hold your place in the list when you click on a title to view its details.
    A major confusion is that while editing the list, if I click on a title to read a description, the back arrow takes me back to the list, but lands in a different spot, or it starts over at the top. And the worst is that when it starts over at the top, the shows I deleted before exiting the list show up again, making me unsure whether the first time I deleted them took effect. Do they need to be deleted again? Why did the titles remain after I deleted them the first go-round? I know Netflix says the process takes 24 hours, but shouldn't the website interface at least maintain/show my current editing activity on the list and not appear as if I hadn't done anything?)