Netflix has finally answered the plea of many, many customers and now offers a way to disable automatic video playback when you surf the home screen. If you've had enough of trailers for shows or films that start playing when you pause a selection, this is the option you've been waiting for.
The most important thing to know is that you can only change this setting by logging in to Netflix with a web browser; from now on there is no way to do this from the Netflix app on your smartphone, tablet or TV. But the process couldn't be much easier.
- Log in to your Netflix account on the Internet.
- Click on your profile photo at the top right and choose "Manage Profiles".
- Select the profile for which you want to turn off automatic playback. Under the options for your profile name, language and parental controls you will see an auto play section.
- You can remove the checkmark from "Automatically play next episode in a series on all devices" to prevent Netflix from automatically starting the next episode when you stream a TV series. This option has been around for several years, but it is possible that you have never noticed it.
- You can also clear the "Automatically preview playback while browsing on all devices" check box to prevent clips from playing when you navigate around the Netflix home screen and other parts of the service. This is the new setting that allows you to browse the service without starting a trailer every time you stop at a certain show or movie.
All changes you make apply to all devices on which you use Netflix. However, the company notes that you sometimes notice a delay before the chosen institution takes effect. To work around this, all you have to do is switch to another profile on your Netflix account and then switch back to your own profile. Autoplay must then be switched off immediately (if that is your preference).
Once autoplay is turned off, you can continue your indecisive scrolling through Netflix's many rows of entertainment options. Hopefully you can choose a little easier now that you are not bothered by videos that are being played everywhere.
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