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17 Tips Every Netflix User Needs To Know

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2. Use less data when streaming from your phone or tablet.

You can't adjust streaming quality to standard definition with just the Netflix app.

Log into Netflix on your mobile or desktop browser, go to your Your Account > Playback Settings > Manage video quality, and set it to the lowest streaming quality (typically 480p).


3. Unblock movies when you're traveling abroad.

Movies and shows are restricted to specific countries. You can use mediahint (free for a week, $3.95/month) or Hola (free) to unblock media in your location.

5. Stop thieves/moochers from using your account.

Suspicious recommendations on your homepage? Check Your Account > Viewing Activity > See recent account access, and see if any of the device locations look weird.

If so, go back to Your Account and click Sign out of all devices. It may take up to three days to go into effect.


7. Get trailers and IMDb ratings right on the page.

Netflix Enhancer ($1/year) is a Chrome browser extension that adds more information about the film to your page. You can also opt for the old extension, which is free.

8. Use these essential keyboard shortcuts.

F = full screen

Shift + Left Arrow = rewind, Shift + Right Arrow = fast-forward

M = mute

Up arrow = volume up

Down arrow = volume down

Enter = play/pause

Page Up = play

Page down = pause

ESC = exit full screen

10. Watch movies with your long-distance lover or BFF.

Head to and watch videos from Netflix, YouTube, and more with up to 10 of your friends or family. The streaming quality is surprisingly fast. You don't even need an account to get started.


11. Find out when new movies and shows come to Netflix.

Like the company's Facebook page in your country. What' and are also good resources.

12. Make subtitles bigger or smaller.

In Your Account, click on Subtitle Appearance to make text larger or smaller, or change its color.

TIL: "Slut" is the Swedish word for "end," pronounced "sloot" or "slüt." The more you know.


15. Look for *very* specific genres using this URL.

Netflix sorts their films in a ton of different categories that they don't show you. Copy and paste this URL:, then add a code from this document to see films from such categories as "drama based on books," "tearjerkers," or "dark comedies."