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This article was published on February 6, 2020


How to opt out of Netflix’s autoplay previews

How to opt out of Netflix’s autoplay previews
Rachel Kaser
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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

It looks like Netflix finally listened to reason — and the complaints of millions of viewers. You now have the option to disable the preview autoplay feature on Netflix, meaning those loud-ass videos that pop up every time you try to sneak in some Witcher during the work day will bedevil you no longer.

So how do you set this life-saving feature up? Easily, it turns out.

[Read: Netflix is turning One Piece into a live-action series and I’m worried]

Netflix differentiates between two different kinds of autoplay. The first is autoplaying the next episode in a series, and the second is the autoplaying previews (the ones you see when you open up Netflix to browse). You can turn both off, or only one — Netflix has conveniently separated them in to different toggles. Luckily, you can find both in the same place.

After you sign in, navigate to the menu with your profile tiles. Click “Manage my profiles,” which should be under all of the tiles. Then click on the profile you want to adjust (which, in my humble opinion, should be all of them). Under the profile image, you’ll see two options: “Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices” and “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices.”

Uncheck one or both of them. There you go. No more autoplay for that profile.

Strangely, I could only do this on the desktop site — I couldn’t find the option my iPhone app, even though I’d just updated it. Here’s hoping it’ll eventually migrate there too.

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