If you use Netflix often, there’s things you should be doing that’ll help you get the most out of Netflix. There’s tips and hacks to using Netflix that’ll make the experience overall more efficient and easier.
If you aren’t using these tricks chances are, you’re not using Netflix to its potential, and that’s costing you watching time. Make sure to check out our posts on improving Netflix streaming and troubleshooting issues, too, so you can get the most from your Netflix experience.
Let’s look at five Netflix hacks that’ll make using the streaming service better than ever.
5 Netflix Hacks You Should Know
Get HD Only Programming
If you’re using a big screen, HD-capable TV and you’re not watching Netflix in HD, what’s the point of your television? Did you know you can turn on HD-only streaming in Netflix? If you have no data cap or don’t binge watch Netflix, this can give you the best of the best streaming if you can handle it. Here’s how:
Go to “Your Account,” then “Playback settings.”
Choose “High,” then click “Save.”
Now, you’ll get HD programming for everything that’s available, so long as your connection is up the task. Remember that HD programming uses more bandwidth than you’re used to, so if your ISP or mobile network doesn’t provide it, watch your streaming carefully or else you’ll be paying more for service or find your service throttled during a binge watch session of House of Cards or Orange is the New Black.
Cheat Your Way to Log Out
Share a gaming console with your roommates or family? Ever log into Netflix, not under your account, and it auto-plays something that makes you cringe. Never again with this set of controller mashing:
On an Xbox 360/One or PS3/PS4, enter this code on the controller:
- Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up
Click “Deactivate” at the bottom of the Debug Menu that pops up, then log in to your Netflix account. Keep in mind: Your family, friends, roommates or whoever will need to do the same trick to get back into Netflix if you don’t log out before they get home or want to watch. So, make sure you log out after your Netflix session!
Bonus Hack: On a gaming console, this Debug Menu has a variety of settings and tweaks you can perform so long as you’re willing to deal with testing out features. You can change the bit rate and CDN from here, too, something we’ll touch upon in our last hack.
Use Your Android Phone as a Netflix Remote
So long as your smart TV or gaming console, along with your phone, is on the same Wi-Fi network, you can use your phone to control Netflix. You only need to pay for a single user account for this to work, so don’t worry about having to spend more to stream from your phone to your TV this way.
Log in to Netflix on your phone and pick a program to watch, use Android’s built-in stream feature to stream to your TV or game console. It’ll take a few moments for it to kick on, and you may be asked to login to Netflix before your program starts. Once it starts, the menu on your phone will change and you’ll be able to start, stop, fast forward, rewind to control Netflix from your phone.
Netflix Keyboard Shortcuts
If you’re using Netflix on your PC, you need to memorize these keyboard shortcuts:
- Space: Play/Pause
- Enter: Play/Pause
- Page Up: Play
- Page Down: Pause
- F: Enable Full screen
- Esc: Disable Full screen
- Shift + Left Arrow: Rewind
- Shift + Right Arrow: Fast Forward
- Up Arrow: Volume Up
- Down Arrow: Volume Down
- M: Mute On/Off
- CTRL + Space: Toggle by frame
The quicker you learn these keyboard shortcuts, the more pro you’ll become at Netflix on a PC. You’ll be surprised by how much easier it is to use Netflix, especially on a dual monitor setup with keyboard shortcuts, especially when interrupted.
Use the Hidden Stream Manager
If you’re on a PC, you can open the hidden stream manager in Netflix to change the bitrate and CDN you’re getting from Netflix.
To open the menu from a PC, use the following shortcut:
- CTRL + ALT + Shift + S
With the bit rate settings, you can choose a minimum and maximum at which Netflix will stream at. This can help if you don’t want HD programming but might want something in between what Netflix offers in its Playback settings menu (where you can only choose auto, Low, Medium and High.) This is something you’ll need to experiment with to see what works right with your Internet speed.
With the Content Delivery Network, or CDN, settings, you can change the servers that Netflix uses to delivery programming to you. In some cases, especially when you’re seeing a performance issue, changing the CDN settings can improve streaming slightly. It can also have the opposite effect, so make sure you test accordingly before changing these settings permanently.
Most Netflix users sign up, use the service, and never think about anything beyond that. If you use Netflix often, it pays off to learn everything you can about how to make it better. Improving streaming, getting better recommendations and learning how to get the best performance possible will give you the best Netflix experience possible, no matter how you watch the service.