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Netflix is probably the best streaming services available right now. There are plenty of others, including Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, plus a bunch of niche streaming services, but Netflix is currently the gold standard despite shrinking the size of its catalog by half in recent years.
Whether you are brand new to Netflix or have been using it for several years, there are a few settings you can change to make Netflix even better. And by delving into the settings you can create the perfect Netflix experience for you and your family. And it should all take you no more than a few minutes.
To access your Netflix settings on the web, just sign in to your account. Then, click the arrow next to your profile at the top and select Account. Voila, let the customization begin!
Create Multiple Profiles
If more than one person in your household uses the Netflix account, multiple profiles can come in handy. This is especially helpful if you allow your children to watch content on Netflix.
Scroll down to the My Profile section and click Manage profiles. You can also jump to this area quickly by clicking the arrow next to your profile (as above) and selecting Manage Profiles.
Click Add Profile and enter a name. If you mark the checkbox next to Kid?, only movies and television shows available for children ages 12 and under will be available. Hit the Continue button when you finish.
You will now see the new profile displayed alongside your other options, and can click to switch between them.
Set Up Parental Controls
To ensure that your child can only access content that you approve of, you should enable the Netflix parental controls. Scroll down to the Settings section and click Parental controls. Enter your password when prompted and then create a four-digit parental control PIN.
Netx, adjust the PIN protection level by choosing the age groups or using the slider. Click Save when you finish.
Now if a user profile tries to access content outside of the level you set up, they will be prompted to enter that PIN.
Adjust Playback Settings
For quality and convenience, you can adjust the data usage-per-screen and auto-play options. Scroll down to the My Profile section and click Playback settings. You can then choose from the default video quality, low quality, medium quality, or high quality. That default setting can be one of the annoying things about using Netflix.
Beneath that, you can enable or disable auto-play using the checkbox. This lets you control whether or not you want the next episode of a television show to play automatically or not. When you finish, click Save.
Customize the Subtitles
If you enjoy watching Netflix in another language using subtitles, you can completely customize their appearance. Scroll down to the My Profile section and click Subtitle appearance.
Here, you can choose the font style from seven options including “Casual” and “Block,” and you can pick a color as well. You can also select a text size from small, medium, or large.
You can also add a little flair to your subtitles with four different shadow options for the text along with the shadow color. Finally, you can select a background and window color if you like. As you experiment with each of these options, the sample at the top will change automatically for you to review. When you finish, click Save.
Update the Communication Settings
You can stay up to date with the exact types of Netflix news and details you want via email. Scroll down to the Settings section and click Communication settings.
You can then mark which emails you would like to receive — beware of Netflix email phishing scams — such as updates on new features, newly added content, special offers, and helpful surveys. When you finish, click Update.
Decide Your List Order
If you would prefer to decide the order of shows and movies in your list, you can change this easily. Scroll down to the Settings section and click Order in My List. Then, mark the Manual Ordering radio button and click Save.
You can then rearrange content in the My List section rather than having Netflix recommendations at the top.
Now, just click the arrow next to Browse in the top navigation and select My List. Then, just drag and drop content in the order you want it. You can also click Move to the top on any piece of content and that TV show or movie will pop to the top of your list. Or just click the X to remove an item completely.
Find Hidden Genres
You may not be aware of this, but Netflix has a slew of hidden categories just waiting for you to discover.
For instance, you can see the “Action” genre when browsing and select a sub-genre such as “Action Thrillers”. But did you know that there is a hidden category for “Mind Bending Action Sci-Fi and Fantasy”?
Or maybe you love the “Horror” genre and often pick “Cult Horror” as your sub-genre of choice. However, there is also a hidden “Werewolf Horror” category for those looking for a specific creature feature.
A handy website for accessing these hidden categories is Netflix Hidden Codes. You can browse through the list or enter a keyword into the search box. Click on one of the options and you will see options for that sub-genre open directly in netflix.com.
Change Your Mobile Settings
You have a few Netflix app settings that can be customized on your Android or iOS mobile device. Open the app on your device, expand the left-hand menu, scroll towards the bottom, and select App Settings.
You can then adjust the data usage options. By default, Set Automatically is enabled, but you can change it for playback on Wi-Fi only, Low, Medium, or High Usage, or Unlimited.
In addition to data usage settings, you can control the video quality between Standard (faster with less storage) or Higher (uses more storage).
For Android users, you may notice an additional setting for Notifications. You can mark the box to enable this option and receive alerts for new content, suggestions, or other types of Netflix notifications.
Make Netflix Work Better for You
These simple adjustments can greatly improve your Netflix experience. Plus, if you share your account with others in your home, everyone can benefit from these changes. The nice part about these settings is that if you change your mind, you can easily revert back to the defaults.
And here’s something you might not have considered, yet: If you’re trying to learn a new langauge, why not let Netflix help you? Here’s how:
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