Netflix tips and tricks: 12 ways to get the most out of your Netflix subscription and viewing experience, including keyboard shortcuts and other hidden features

Netflix is easy to use, but there are tricks and tips that can help you make Netflix a better viewing experience.
After you have chosen the best Netflix plan and ensured that you are watching in the highest quality, you can start to set up profiles to personalize you account.

Netflix is available on many different devices. Each app has its own features.

You can, for example, use keyboard shortcuts to playback or apply codes in order to access obscure genres.

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Netflix is a great streaming service if you enjoy old-fashioned entertainment. Netflix is the largest streaming service, with over 183,000,000 paying subscribers streaming from almost every country in the world.

Netflix's huge catalog is a major reason for its popularity. It also has a growing collection of original programming that is not available elsewhere. Netflix's popularity is due to its simplicity of use. Netflix is available on almost every platform and offers tons of additional features that allow you to watch how you like.

These are a few tips and tricks that will help you become a Netflix master subscriber.

1. Select the right plan for you viewing habits

You can choose the Netflix plan that suits you best, depending on what you watch and how many people you have access to your account. Yuqing Liu/Business Insider

Netflix offers five subscription tiers. Each has its own price and features, even though most Netflix users subscribe to the Standard plan.

Anyone who remembers when Netflix was an online DVD rental service via mail (with no late fees!) It will surprise you to learn that the streaming giant still offers this service. Two DVD and Blu-ray plans allow you to rent movies and shows on physical discs in addition to the streaming plans.

You can switch your subscription anytime if you wish. You can also change your payment method if necessary.

2. 2. Personalize your account by creating profiles

Each profile is unique and has its own name, photo, and settings. William Antonelli/Business Insider

Netflix's personalized recommendation technology is among the best in the industry. It decides which titles will appear on your Netflix homepage. Each row is curated and organized based on what your watch, click on and search for.

If you are the only user of the account, this personalization can be a great feature. However, it is not possible to share the account with family and friends. Profiles are where the magic happens. Each Netflix account can have five profiles. This helps to keep everyone's preferences separated.

This means that if you enjoy telenovelas but your wife prefers sitcoms, each of you can create a profile to receive recommendations that are tailored to your tastes.

This is how to add a profile to your Netflix account.

Each profile comes with its own profile settings and profile image, which can all be modified in a matter of minutes.

You can choose which profile you want to open each time you log in to Netflix. It's easy enough to switch between profiles. However, it is faster to close Netflix and reopen it. If you decide later that you no longer need a profile you can delete it from any device.

3. Manage your Continue watching list

The Continue Watching list's lines will indicate how far you are in any particular episode or movie. William Antonelli/Business Insider

Netflix is synonymous with binge-watching. The Continue Watching list is one of the ways Netflix makes binge watching easy.

You can add a movie or show to your Continue Watching List whenever you finish a movie or show. It's easy to go back and start over when you return. Just click on the title you wish, and it will resume exactly where it left off.

The Continue Watching list does not have to be completely automated. You can remove any show from your Continue Watching list you don't intend to watch again.

4. To watch movies and shows offline, download the videos

You can download any movie or show from your phone or tablet. Shutterstock

Netflix is referred to as a streaming service because it streams movies and shows directly to your computer via the internet. Did you know you can stream Netflix from anywhere without an internet connection?

Here are the steps to download Netfix movies and shows for offline viewing. This feature is not available for all titles and only for mobile devices. If you are traveling to a place without an internet connection, the option to download movies or shows can be very useful. You might be traveling for a long time, or camping.

However, your downloads don't last forever. Most downloads will only last for one week on your device before "expiring." This means that you will have to download them again. The title determines how long each movie or show will last.

5. Use Netflix codes to find obscure titles

It can be difficult for Netflix to navigate its catalog. Reuters

Netflix will show you a list of movies that you have recently viewed or Netflix believes you'll enjoy.

Netflix is home to thousands of movies and shows, many of which are so obscure you won't see them on your homepage. How can you find new titles without having to go through your homepage? You're lucky if you use Netflix on your computer: Netflix codes can be used to find almost anything you desire to watch.

Netflix codes are a string of numbers that can be used to identify every genre or subgenre of movie or show. These codes can be entered into the URL bar of your browser to take you to a page listing all titles in that particular genre.

For example, to see every action comedy (43040), you'll go to Although there is no complete list of all Netflix codes, we have compiled a few of our favorite. These are:

1458 Wine and beverage appreciation

Cerebral Scandanavian movies: 995

Korean crime thrillers: 434

Creature features: 68995

Campy movies: 1252

Satires: 4922

Tearjerkers: 6384

Westerns 7700

Screwball comedy: 9702

Cult TV Shows: 74652

Goofy courtroom movies 285

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6. Get Netflix on your favorite devices

Netflix is available for all devices. Denys Prykhodov/Shutterstock

Netflix can be viewed on almost any device that has the Netflix app installed and can connect to the internet, unlike other streaming services. You can also stream Netflix on other devices than your desktop.

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Netflix allows you to watch Netflix on one, two or four devices depending on the price.

7. Use simple keyboard shortcuts that are easy to remember

These shortcuts will work on both Macs and PCs. Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

You don't have to use the mouse to control Netflix on your Mac or computer. You can select and control almost every playback option with your keyboard.

To play or pause the video, press Space Bar (PC) or Enter (Mac).

Press F to open Full Screen mode. To exit Full Screen mode, use Esc.

You can rewind 10 seconds using the left arrow keys, or fast forward 10 seconds using the right arrow keys.

You can increase the volume by pressing the up arrow key and decrease it with the down key.

Press M to muffle the audio

You can skip the intro if you are watching TV by pressing S.

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8. Set the highest quality video quality

You will get the best picture quality when you watch Netflix on a 4K television. Samsung TV/YouTube

Since the 90s' grainy VHS tapes, we have come a long ways. Today, you should see every drop of sweat on each actor's faces. If you can't, it's either because they aren't good at staying cool under pressure or the video quality isn’t as high as you would like.

Here are some tips to improve your video quality.

You should ensure you have an internet connection that is strong. Netflix will not allow you to stream HD content if your internet connection is slow. This video may be blurry or pixelated which can make it difficult to see fine details.

You should keep your battery life high and not switch to reduced power mode. Some devices may limit the power that apps can use if your battery is low. This could cause Netflix to have lower quality video.

Make sure you don't have HD video disabled in Netflix's settings. Every Netflix profile has a "HD Toggle" which allows you to choose the video quality Netflix should stream by default. You can choose from Medium, High, Medium or High or Auto. This will allow you to stream any video quality Netflix thinks your internet can handle.

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You can stream 4K Ultra HD in Netflix Premium if you have Netflix Premium and a compatible device. This is the best quality possible.

9. 9.Add captions, subtitles, or audio descriptions

Many shows include at least two audio tracks and subtitles in multiple languages. William Antonelli/Business Insider

Did you ever have trouble understanding the meaning of a movie's dialogue? Netflix has subtitles and caption tracks for every movie and show. Many titles have subtitles in multiple languages.

The opposite problem might occur. You may be able to hear the movie or show but not see it. It's important to know that most titles have an audio description mode. This mode gives the movie or show a narrator who describes what is happening on screen. This mode is similar to an audiobook but with visuals.

Through the language options menu, which is available every time you watch something, you can enable subtitles and audio descriptions. You can also turn these extras off if you decide later that they are not necessary.

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Netflix allows you to choose the language that Netflix displays text in and what language language you wish to hear it in. William Antonelli/Business Insider

Netflix may be an American company but not all Netflix users are native English speakers.

You can easily change the language of your Netflix account if you wish to use it in another language. You have over 20 languages to choose from.

There are two options on the language page. You can first choose the language in which menus and text are displayed. You can also choose the language you prefer to read and listen to, which affects what subtitles and audio tracks Netflix provides by default when you start a movie or show.

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You can stop Netflix from playing your top Netflix show automatically. Netflix

You might have seen a preview video for one of Netflix's latest movies or shows if you opened Netflix recently. These autoplaying videos are useful in finding new content, but they can also be annoying.

This feature can be turned off by many people. Navigate to your Account page to disable autoplay. After you have clicked "Save", scroll down to the bottom and uncheck "Autoplay previews when browsing on all devices".

You can also make it so that Netflix doesn't play the next episode automatically after you have finished an episode. You can do this by unchecking "Autoplay next episode of a series on every device." These settings are applied profile-by-profile. If you have multiple profiles you will need to modify the setting for each one.

12. Secure your account

Only share your Netflix account only with people you can trust. Reuters

Netflix requires that you provide Netflix with some personal information, such as your name, email address, and payment details. You don't want anyone to access your account.

Netflix allows you to change your password like any other website. All you have to do is go to the Account settings menu. It takes just a few clicks for you to log out Netflix from any device.

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The bottom line

Netflix is extremely easy to use. You have plenty of options to personalize your Netflix account, no matter what you're watching. You can also check out our list of the top streaming services.