10 tricks on Netflix: hidden codes, personalized subtitles, interactive episodes…

On August 29, 1997, the champion of video on demand, Netflix, was born. At that time, there was no question of offering online content or producing successful series and films. Indeed, Netflix was initially a DVD rental service delivered to your home. 25 years later, the streaming service is number 1, and has more than 221 million subscribers worldwide.

Do you use Netflix? Discover 10 tips that will make your life easier!

1. Change the appearance of subtitles on Netflix

Do you watch your favorite series with subtitles? Know that it is possible to personalize them. You can change the font, change the text size, change the color or even add a background. To change the appearance of subtitles on Netflix:

  1. From your browser, go to Netflix,
  2. At the top right, access the drop-down menu by hovering over your profile icon,
  3. Click on Accountthen in the section Profiles and Parental Controlschoose the relevant account,
  4. In the drop-down menu that appears, click Display of subtitles,
  5. Configure the subtitles according to your desires!
Customize your subtitles on Netflix. © CaptureBDM

2. Access Hidden Categories

On Netflix, we sometimes spend a lot of time finding the next content that will make us want. We explore the different categories of films (action, animated, comedy…) or series (teens, dramas, docuseries…) in search of the nugget!

But, did you know that there are “hidden codes” that allow access to a secret catalog? This provides access to a much wider range of categories, which includes all video content of a particular genre. All you have to do is log in to your Netflix account, type the following address: “www.netflix.com/browse/genre/”, then add the corresponding code.

For instance :

  • Stock : Asian action movies (code: 77232), westerns (7700), spy action and adventure (10702)…
  • Comedy: dramatic comedies (869), political (2700), romantic (5475)…
  • Horror : supernatural creatures (6895), abyss (45028), vampires (75804)…

You can also access content categories by director, by actor, by awards obtained… All the hidden codes are referenced on this website. What a way to save precious time!

3. Add a code to protect access to your Netflix profile

You share your Netflix account with several people and you don’t want them to be able to access your profile? Add a PIN:

  1. Go to page Accountvia the drop-down menu accessible when you click on your profile icon,
  2. In Profiles and Parental Controlsclick the profile in question, and then press Locking Profiles,
  3. Enter your account password, then check the box “Request the entry of a PIN code to access profile X”,
  4. Enter your PIN code (4 digits), then click on To register.
Other members of the account will no longer be able to access your history. © CaptureBDM

4. Disable Autoplay Next Episode

You have the binge-watching easy ? With Netflix, it’s hard to resist the temptation to watch another episode of a series when the end credits appear, and the next episode plays automatically. You can disable this option by following these few steps:

  1. Go to the page Account,
  2. Go to tab Profiles and parental controls, and select the profile concerned,
  3. Click on Reading Settingsthen uncheck the box Auto-play the next episode of a series on all devices,
  4. Press on To register.

Note that you can also disable autoplay previews here.

No more sleepless nights watching an entire season of Stranger Things. © CaptureBDM

5. Watch Netflix together with Teleparty

Everyone has made the mistake of starting a series together, and having to wait until they are together to be able to continue watching it. Fortunately, there is a service called Teleparty, which allows you to watch a Netflix series simultaneously, remotely. This service takes the form of an extension available with Google ChromeMicrosoft Edge and Opera, and also offers an Android app (iOS app coming soon).

Each person must be logged into a Netflix account in order to use Teleparty. You can be logged into the same account if you have a plan that allows simultaneous login on multiple devices.

Keep watching Netflix together, even apart. © Teleparty

Namely: Teleparty also works on YouTube, Disney Plus, HBO Max, or even Amazon Prime.

6. Use Keyboard Shortcuts

If you watch Netflix from your computer, you have access to various keyboard shortcuts to simplify navigation:

  • Pause : space bar
  • Full screen mode: F key (escape key to exit full screen mode)
  • Advance the video 10 seconds: right arrow
  • Rewind video 10 seconds : left arrow
  • Turn up the volume : up arrow
  • Decrease the volume : down arrow
  • Disable sound: M button
  • Skip intro: S button

7. Let Netflix choose content for you

Are you lacking inspiration? Netflix may be able to help:

  • Via the computer: you can access the tab Direct (located at the top right, between the magnifying glass symbol and the tab Youth). Netflix Direct is like a television channel that broadcasts live content 24 hours a day, according to a program schedule common to all users.
  • Via smartphone: on mobile, you have access to the tab For funwhich lets you discover new content through funny snippets.
  • Via television: if you watch Netflix from your television, click on the button surprise me which appears as a section in the home screen. Netflix will then suggest content that may interest you.

8. Learn a language with Netflix

Apart from entertaining you, Netflix can also be a good ally in learning a language. Indeed, there is a free extension that allows you to learn a foreign language while watching content on the VOD platform. Specifically, the extension Language Reactor (available on Chrome, and soon on Firefox and Edge) offers to add subtitles in two languages, a dictionary or even additional controls to facilitate video playback.

To make it easier for you, the reference site all compatible content with the extension, depending on the original language and the translated language.

9. Suggest movies and series to add to Netflix

It exists on Netflix a secret page which allows you to send suggestions for films or series that you would like to see appear on the platform. You can add up to 3 suggestions per form. Netflix, however, clarifies that it cannot respond to individual comments, but that your suggestions are heard.

No need to send the same suggestions several times. © CaptureBDM

10. Access interactive content on Netflix

Since 2017, Netflix has offered interactive content on its platform. The principle ? Let the spectator take part in the scenario by offering him the possibility of choosing different actions.

Concretely, throughout an episode, questions appear on the screen: the spectator must then make a choice among two proposals. His choice will then influence the rest of the episode.

To access interactive content from Netflix, type “interactive programs” in the search bar or click on this link.

There are interactive contents for children and for adults. © CaptureBDM

10 tricks on Netflix: hidden codes, personalized subtitles, interactive episodes…