Netflix has truly changed the world. Say goodbye to the days of Blockbuster, because this streaming service has changed things for good. No more worrying about renting an already scratched DVD or paying too much for a movie online, because Netflix has changed all of that.
While the streaming service might seem relatively straight forward, there's a lot of things you can do on it that you might not have originally known about. While Netflix already seems too good to be true, it somehow has managed to get even better.
There are plenty of things you can do to make your movie and television watching experience so much better. There's also plenty of things you can do within Netflix's home menu screen to make picking out a film or show even easier than before. Plus, with the added help of some plug-ins, your Netflix experience can be more enjoyable than ever before.
There are plenty of things you probably never realized you could do while using Netflix. There are so many tricks and hacks that your movie experience is bound to become even better than it was before once you gain a bit of insight.
Here are the 15 Things You Never Knew You Could Do On Netflix.
15 Stop Buffering Via A Secret Menu Screen
In order to avoid those awfully dreaded buffering moments that seem to happen way too often, check out Netflix's secret menu. Just press Shift, Alt, left click, and a secret hidden menu should pop up on your screen. From there, click on the stream manager. This will give you the ability to match up the buffering rate with the playback.
This will set it up so that you're no longer waiting on buffering to watch your show. You can go back to whatever you were watching with ease. Whether it was My Little Pony, The Defenders, or 13 Reasons Why, you'll be set and ready to go.
14 Access More Specific Genre Screens
Regardless to contrary belief, there are more genres than just what Netflix shows you on your home screen. If you want to make more specific choices when it comes to your movie and television selection, there's a way to work that out.
Netflix sets up their genre URL's like this: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/#### with the pound symbols referring to a specific genre code. Therefore, if you want very specific genre choices, such as Comic Book, Superhero, or Disney Movies, you can make it happen.
Plenty of websites have the codes readily available for you to pick and choose from. If your genre choices are too specific when compared to the regular Netflix audience, you can use these codes to get you to the genre page that you really want to watch.
13 Check Out New Features Before Everyone Else
Netflix allows users to access pre-launched components of their site before actual release dates. If you want to feel special, you can become part of Netflix's elite by simply completing a few easy steps.
Under your settings, there's an option called "test preparation." Once you click on that, it will not only give you access to new Netflix features before everyone else, but you'll also be helping Netflix out. Trying out new things through Netflix allows the company to figure out what works and what doesn't work for their audiences.
While this option does give you access to new and exciting features within the Netflix site, it unfortunately does not give you access to Netflix movies and shows before their release dates. You'll still have to wait for those along with everyone else.
12 Add Rotten Tomatoes Ratings
Everyone knows that Rotten Tomatoes is the best place for critic reviews. The website rounds up everyone's reviews, so you don't have to go off researching for an hour before picking a movie to watch.
Unfortunately, Netflix doesn't have the best reviewing system like Rotten Tomatoes. Instead, Netflix's star ratings system is based on users who might be biased against a movie or show for any number of weird reasons.
If you want the option to see Rotten Tomatoes, as well as IMDb information, right next potential movies and shows you're going to watch through Netflix, then you can download an extension.
There's a few that will allow viewers to see this information without having to leave the Netflix website. That way, you'll be able to know what you're getting yourself into before you actually start watching.
11 Delete Embarrassing Television and Movie Choices From Your History
Netflix is super handy by regularly showing you shows and movies based on your previous history. The thing is, though, that if your history is kind of weird and you don't want anyone to know about it, you can actually delete things from your history as though it never even happened.
When you go to https://www.netflix.com/viewingactivity, you'll be able to see everything you've watched. Viewing your activity will either make you feel proud that you've seen every episode of Parks and Recreation, or super embarrassed that you've watched Hitch on six separate occasions.
If you want to delete some of the things from your viewing history, all you will have to do is click the "X" on the right side of the title. Unfortunately, you can't delete things in bulk, so if you have watched a ton of shows and movies, it might take you a bit to delete all those Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse episodes.
10 Ban People From Piggy-Backing Off Of You
Whether it's because you have a large family, too many friends, or think someone is taking advantage of you, sometimes your kindness of letting people use your account gets out of control. The thing is, Netflix realizes this and gives you the option to get rid of all that extra baggage.
Instead of having the awkward conversation of asking people to stop using your account, you can shove them off of it instead. All you need to do is go to your account page. From there, you can click "Sign Out of All Devices" in order to kick people off. Then, you just have to change your password. If you simply just change your password without signing everyone out, they'll still be signed in and thus able to use your account.
The only unfortunate part of this is that it can take up to 8 hours for every user to be logged out of your account, so tell them to enjoy The Defenders and Orange is the New Black for as long as they can before their access is denied.
9 Request A Show Or Movie
While there are some days when it seems like Netflix has it all, there are also other days where you realize they're selection is actually pretty slim and they don't actually have everything you want.
Yes, Netflix has tons and tons of options, but there are still some pretty major movies and shows that they don't have access to. Thankfully, Netflix has a request form that you can fill out in the help center.
Netflix gives you three spaces to fill out with any shows or movies you want to see from them. That being said, you can go back and request more than once, though they do ask you to not repeat any previous requests.
While this is a great option, the chances of you gaining a Netflix show through a request by yourself is small. What's important to think about, though, is that, if everyone is requesting the same show or movie, Netflix will work harder to acquire it for their library. Fingers crossed that Seinfeld and South Park make their way over to Netflix soon.
8 Stop The Next Episode From Automatically Playing
Everyone's been there before. You tell yourself you're only going to watch one episode of Master of None, then you end up watching the entire season in just one day. If you lack the self control to say no to Netflix when it automatically moves onto the next episode of a show then you might want to disable that option through your account, especially when you have things you actually need to do.
Netflix has also been doing this thing lately where it auto-plays to another show once your show is over. Do you really want to switch over from Gilmore Girls to What the Health? without your permission first? It seems doubtful.
In order to disable the auto-play feature, you'll need to look for "Playback Settings" under the "My Profile" section of your account. From there, find where it says "Auto-Play" and then you should see the "Play Next Episode Automatically" box. Uncheck that box and you'll be good to go.
7 Change How The Subtitles Look
Most people believe that the subtitles are fine the way they are. Netflix does have a pretty decent handle on how their subtitles work. However, not everyone sees things the same way. It's a good thing that Netflix realizes this. The streaming service actually gives users the option to change how the subtitles look on screen.
When looking at you account information, you'll see a button underneath your "My Profile" that says "Subtitle Appearance." Click on that and from there, you'll be able to change the subtitle font, size, shadow, and color.
While this isn't the most important thing to viewers, there are actually a lot of people out there who need this type of help. Shouldn't everyone get the chance to enjoy every part of Jessica Jones?
6 Never Be Questioned About Your Entertainment Choices Again
If you say you haven't sat through an entire season of a Netflix show before, you might be lying to yourself. Whether you're watching Arrested Development, The Crown, or Luke Cage, there's a good chance that either you or someone using your account has gone through a marathon before.
Thankfully, there are external extensions you can add onto your computer to make that pesky and judgmental "Are you still watching?" question disappear after you get through two episodes of your show. These apps can also get rid of that countdown to the next episode that always appears at the corner of your screen once an episode has ended.
Since these are external extensions, they can only be used when watching Netflix on your computer versus through another device.
5 Randomize Your Streaming Choices
Have you ever spent more time trying to figure out what you're going to watch next than actually watching a television show or movie? It's okay because most people have done the exact same thing. Thanks to another brilliant extension, though, you don't have to worry about making such hard decisions anymore.
There are external extensions that allow you to essentially play "Netflix Roulette" when it comes to your streaming choices. So, once a television show or movie ends, you won't have to worry about figuring out what to put on next. Instead, the extension will do it for you.
Randomizing your Netflix marathon sessions will lead you to watching some of the best that Netflix has to offer and introduce you to great content that you might not have even realized was there before.
4 Change The "Maturity" Level On An Individual Account
If you're okay with keeping the moochers on your account, you can edit their maturity level based on the user. It might be because you have a few kids using your account, or it also might be because you want to play a joke on your dad, making him only able to watch Disney's Sophia the First and Dinotrux. Either way, you can limit what users are allowed to watch on your Netflix account.
Under the "Manage Profiles" page, you'll be able to click on one specific user and change their maturity settings. The options include for little kids only, for older kids and below, for teens and below, and all maturity levels. Click which one you want for that specific user and you'll be set.
3 Use Keyboard Keys to Fast Forward and Rewind
If you're watching Friends for the millionth time and want to fast forward past the bad parts and rewind back to the good parts over and over again, stop worrying about trying to get the bar at the bottom of the screen in the right place. Instead, use your keyboard keys to get the job done.
All you have to do in order to rewind is press shift and then the arrow pointing towards the left. If you want to fast forward, you can also press shift and then the arrow pointing towards the right.
There are other options too. The most common one that people know is pressing space to pause or play. There is also pressing the F key to go to full screen and pressing the up and down arrows in order to change the volume.
2 Download Movies And TV Shows To Watch When You're Not Online
While there are very few times most people don't have access to the internet or data, it's still useful to know that you can download Stranger Things and watch it whenever you want. This is mostly helpful for blackouts and plane rides, as this is the twenty-first century and Netflix is accessible almost anywhere.
All that being said, if you do want to download Netflix shows and movies then you have to install the Netflix app in order to do so. You also have to be prepared as you obviously need an internet connection in order to download what you want.
In the app, there should be a download symbol next to the movie or show you want to download. Not everything in Netflix is downloadable, but it seems like all original series and films are available for this feature.
It's pretty basic and simple. If the show or movie you download is no longer available through Netflix after you have downloaded it, the download will also disappear, so don't try to hoard everything since it's pointless to do so. Additionally, there is, unfortunately, a time limit on downloaded content.
1 Use Less Or More Data By Adjusting The Quality
If you want to save data while watching Netflix on your phone, or see things in high definition while watching on your computer, you can mess with those setting within your account.
Head over to your Netflix account page. From there, click on "Playback Settings." This will lead you to a page that gives you options for data usage per screen. When you first get there, it should be set on "Auto" which says it provides you with "default video quality and data usage."
There are other manual options though including "Low" which has "basic video quality up to 0.3 GB per hour," "Medium" which has "standard video quality up to 0.7 GB per hour," and "High" which is the "best video quality up to 3 GB per hour for HD, 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD." There are obviously plenty of options to suit your Netflix needs.
Do you know of any other interesting things you can do on Netflix? Let us know in the comments!