Our long national nightmare is over. Not President Trump being removed from office. Not that a cure for the coronavirus has been found. Not that everyone in America has universal healthcare. I am talking about something that impacts every American with an internet connection and a Netflix account. Netflix is, finally, letting subscribers disable its autoplay feature when browsing through the homepage.
You know that annoying trailer that runs when you pause briefly on a selection. Or, in the case of some television shows, you get some random scene that does nothing to accurately describe the series. Yeah, you can stop that now.
You can even disable autoplay on the next episode of television series. It used to be an okay feature, but recently, they changed it to a minimum ten second lag until it starts the next episode. That is barely enough time to grab the remote and stop it. However, if you do like that feature, which is good to create that binge feel, you can leave it unchecked.
Unfortunately, at this point, you can only do it through a web browser. The cool part is that it will synchronize among all your devices that you use to log into Netflix. I tested it. I disabled it on my laptop and later went on Netflix through my Xbox One. Didn’t hear any annoying trailers. It was beautiful.
- Sign into your Netflix account on the web.
- Click your profile photo in the upper right and choose “Manage Profiles.”
- Choose the profile you want to disable autoplay for. Beneath the options for your profile name, language, and parental controls, you’ll see a section for autoplay controls.
- You can uncheck “Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices” to prevent Netflix from automatically starting up the next episode when you’re streaming a TV series. This option has been around for several years, but it’s possible you’ve never noticed it.
- You can also uncheck “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices” to stop clips from playing when you’re navigating around the Netflix home screen and other sections of the service. This is the new setting, the one that will let you browse the service without a trailer starting up every time you stop on a given show or movie.
Again, this can only be done on a profile by profile basis. There is not a master setting. So, if you don’t like the autoplay trailer or binge episodes option, you can disable it and other profiles won’t be affected. It is about time that Netflix did something so cool next to the “skip recap” and “skip into” options. Give that person a raise.