If there’s anything the COVID-19 pandemic has made us do, that is it has further indulged us in our obsession with that one app that has helped us in maintaining our sanity in these troubled times – the all-powerful and absolutely entertaining… Netflix! The pandemic may have shrunk our world as most of us experienced being on lockdown at any point in the past three months, but thanks to Netflix, it didn’t feel like we’ve not “seen” the outside world as the streaming app exposed us to so many TV shows and movies not only from Hollywood but from all corners of the world. Admit it, you grieved as Nairobi met her untimely death in her team’s second grand robbery outing in Money Heist. Of course, who wouldn’t want to consider staying in the spectacular Hotel del Luna even if we are pretty much alive? Moreover, what made Netflix tick to most users is that when a Netflix Original program premieres, all the episodes are already available on the same day. Honestly, who can say no to a Netflix marathon? The wormhole Netflix takes us to does last for hours and hours, and before you know it, weeks and months have gone by, taking our minds off the harsh realities of the pandemic.
So by now, you must think that most, if not all of us are already experts in operating Netflix. Well, just because we spend so much of our time using the app and having our fill of movies and TV shows doesn’t mean we already know how to maximize its use. Chances are, we are only exploring around 5% of this app that has so much content, we may need at least three lifetimes to finish everything it offers. But then, why not explore ways to maximize our use of the app so that we can thoroughly enjoy ourselves? Here are some Netflix features you may want to know, some of them old, others only recently introduced.
Scrub your viewing history
Just like when we delete our browsing history to make sure that nobody using the family laptop sees that we’ve been poring hours on online shopping sites, there is now a way for you to clean your Netflix viewing history, just so that nobody else knows what programs you watch.
Whether you’re partaking in the Love social media trend, don’t want your family to see 365 dni in your viewing history, or simply watched a particularly cheesy sitcom you’d rather forget about, we’ve got you covered.
Look for “Hidden” Programming
With millions of shows available on the app, Netflix users would never run out of things to watch. So, if you are already losing interest and getting bored with your current movie and TV show selections, you may want to look into other genres, using codes that will open a whole new world of programming for you.
If you weren’t a binge watcher before the pandemic, odds are you’re one now. If you’re a long time binger and you’re looking to take things to the next level, or you’ve been trying it out for the first time over the past few months, we have some advice for you. After all, life hacks aren’t just for weird things to do with lemons.
Can you watch Netflix offline?
TO answer the question, yes. You just need to know how. This is perfect for users who may have intermittent internet connection or if you have mustered enough courage, moving somewhere.
As it turns out, Netflix now allows you to download a lot of their content for offline viewing — this way, you can still bring your favorite TV shows with you on long trips and plane rides.
Netflix with your friends
Nowadays, Netflix and chill is not only a solitary activity we thought it is. Just because we can’t crash into somebody’s couch and have the whole gang watch something doesn’t mean we can’t have our friends watch something on Netflix with us. As popularized by apps like Zoom, virtual gatherings are the best we can do with strict social distancing still the norm. And now, you can host a view party on Netflix!
Netflix Party is a free Google Chrome browser extension that allows users to watch movies and TV shows on the streaming platform together from different devices.
The extension, which is unaffiliated with Netflix, was released in mid-March when local officials had just started implementing coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions that have kept friends and family home for months in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.
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