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Hacks Only Netflix Experts Know To Use

Updated April 9, 2019 1.8k votes 551 voters 51.5k views18 items

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If you think there's only one way to Netflix, you're in for a whole new experience next time you fire up the world's largest streaming service. As experts will tell you, there's a whole world of Netflix tips and tricks including add-ons, shortcuts, and well-concealed gems that take your viewing to the next level. While the home screen may look pretty basic and one-size-fits-all, it's really anything but.

Fortunately, a little ingenuity and know-how are all that's necessary to soup up your Netflix account. From unearthing hidden Netflix categories to obtaining the sharpest image quality available, there are tons of ingenious little workarounds you won't find in the Netflix FAQ. What's more, most Netflix hacks don't require any special technical prowess. If you can use a computer, you can take advantage of the best possible Netflix experience. 

Next time you embark on a no-holds-barred binge of the best TV on Netflix, you'll be doing it with style. 

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    Use Hidden Category Codes To Find Content Beyond What Netflix Suggests

    Netflix bases the programming it suggests to you on the programming you've previously watched. If you haven't watched a particular genre before, you won't know if Netflix carries any content that falls in that category unless you search for a specific program title.

    However, Netflix actually has a vast system of genres and subgenres and you can access them all by using hidden codes. These codes will take you beyond the few lines of suggestions Netflix splashes across your home screen. To utilize a specific code, type www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXX into your browser address bar, substituting the code for the Xs. The Telegraph has a full list of codes; a few select include:

    • Dark Comedies: 869    
    • Campy Movies: 1252      
    • Cult Horror Movies: 10944
    • Experimental Movies: 11079
    • Quirky Romance: 36103        
    • Tearjerkers: 6384
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    Selectively Delete Your Viewing History

    It's no secret Netflix uses a specially-designed algorithm to show you the kind of content it thinks you want to see. But what if you were feeling frisky one night and watched that very saucy French movie about the amorous piano teacher and her randy student? Or what if you accidentally watched the Gus Van Sant remake of Psycho instead of the original Hitchcock classic?

    One wrong click and your Netflix recommendations are flooded with similar movies to The Piano Teacher and Psycho (1998). To skirt this issue, go to the Viewing Activity section of Netflix's website and click on the little cross-out icon at the end of the row of the title you want to eradicate from your viewing history.

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    Create Different Profiles For Yourself

    If you're the sole user of your Netflix account, creating different profiles helps the system curate more content for you. This is really handy if you have wildly divergent viewing tastes.

    If you set up one profile for, say, British sitcoms and another for classic westerns, you're allowing the Netflix algorithm to focus more on each genre and find other titles, genres, and subgenres that are related. Give each profile a unique name and icon so you can keep all your different channels distinct and readily identifiable.

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    Change Subtitle Formatting

    Subtitles aren't always easy to read. Luckily, Netflix offers a way to customize the layout and formatting of their subtitles. Go to the Subtitle Appearance page under your account settings.

    You can choose font style, text size, and even shadow effects. You can also pick the color of the background and window in which the subtitles appear. And don't worry - if you make bad formatting decision, you can easily switch to another layout or restore the Netflix defaults.

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