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.
Disable The 'Are You Still Watching?' Prompt
Paradoxically, Netflix's "are you still watching?" prompt is only helpful when you don't see it. If you're asleep or away from your sceen when it pops up you won't have to rewind when you return, but otherwise it just breaks the flow of intense binge sessions.
Unfortunately, Netflix doesn't offer a way to disable this prompt, but there is at least one workaround. Download the Google Chrome web extension Never Ending Netflix, and you'll never have to see that maddening message again.
Never Ending Netflix is perfect for binging. It will automatically move on to the next episode, and it will skip opening titles so you can watch uninterrupted.Is this a great tip?
Fix Buffering By Going To The Shift + Ctrl + Option/Alt + S Menu
Few things in life are as maddening as being wrapped up in a good movie or TV show only to have connectivity issues break up the flow of the action. Next time this happens, press Shift + Control + Option/Alt + S and a secret menu will pop up.
Choose a lower number from the center column labeled "Video Bitrate," then click "Override." You're reducing the quality of the streaming content to make it less demanding on your bandwidth and therefore easier to stream.Is this a great tip?
Volunteer To Test New Features Before Anyone Else
Want to be a part of Netflix's Next Big Thing? Opt-in to take part in their A/B Testing program. This will allow you to test out certain functions before they're officially released (or not released) to the public. Go to your Account Settings to access "Test Participation," then toggle the off-switch into the on position.Is this a great tip?
Download Content To View When You're Not Online
There's really only one requirement to hit the 'Flix: an internet connection. But if you're traveling and don't have access to the web - or if your normal connection is shaky at best - you're in for a headache.
Instead, download content beforehand to have it stored away for future use. It takes some extra planning and you'll need to have sufficient storage space on your device, but if you're in for a long flight or you live in an area where the speed of dialup would be an improvement, downloaded content is the only way to go.
Bear in mind not all movies and shows are downloadable (yet).Is this a great tip?