Ultimate Netflix tips and tricks for coronavirus lockdown – including shortcuts and secret codes

SPENDING all of your time on Netflix these days? You'll want to upgrade your binge-watching game with these handy tips and tricks.

As the ongoing coronavirus crisis forces more of the world's population indoors, we reveal the handy shortcuts you didn't know existed.

Netflix hidden genres

FindFlix: Netflix Secret Category Finder is a Google Chrome extension or Firefox add-on.

Downloading this feature will allow you to search through all of the hidden category codes without ever leaving the Netflix site.

Once you've downloaded the extension, simply click on it whilst your on Netflix and type in your specific viewing request.

You can also use our handy guide to Netflix genre codes.

How to host a long distance Netflix viewing party

If you want to watch Netflix with your friends but none of them live nearby then this doesn't mean you can't have a Netflix viewing party.

Netflix Party is a handy Google Chrome extension that allows you to watch Netflix with anyone.

Once you have downloaded the extension you can create a shareable link, which all your friends can click on for the same time viewing experience.

Netflix Party even comes with a chat feature so you can easily discuss what's happening.

How to disable the "Are you still watching?" prompt

If you're tired of being judged by Netflix's "Are you still watching" prompt then you can simply turn it off.

The Never Ending Netflix Chrome extension disables the prompt for you.

It also lets you do other useful things like automatically playing the next episode.

Rotate the video

If you find your laptop slipping whilst you watch Netflix in bed then don't strain your neck over it.

You can rotate the Netflix video using Netflix Flip, which will rotate your screen by 90 degrees.

Use Netflix on a computer or laptop? Try these useful shortcuts

Here are some handy keyboard shortcuts…

  • Spacebar – toggle play / pause
  • Enter – toggle play / pause
  • F – full screen
  • Esc – exit full screen
  • Left Arrow – rewind 10 seconds
  • Right Arrow – fast-forward 10 seconds
  • Up arrow – volume up
  • Down arrow – volume down
  • M – mute toggle
  • Shift-Alt-Left Click – adjust the streaming bitrate (to improve or reduce the quality of the video)

Volunteer to test new Netflix features

If you want to be the first to try new Netflix features then opt in to the test participation scheme.

This is where new features like rating systems and interfaces are trialled.

To sign yourself up just go to “Accounts,” then “Settings,” and look for the “Test Participation” button.

Turn it on and get testing.

How to request Netflix content

If you're a big fan of a certain TV series or a film but Netflix doesn't have it then you don't have to suffer in silence.

You can send a request directly to Netflix asking them to consider getting your favourite content.

Simply go to the "Request TV shows or movies" of the Netflix help website, where you can make up to three content suggestions at a time.

If you're really desperate to see your favourite film on the TV platform then you can even start a live chat with Netflix or call them directly.

How to turn off Netflix autoplay previews

To turn autoplay off, sign into Netflix from a web browser.

Select Manage Profiles from the menu, then choose the profile you'd like to update.

It's only possible to make this change on a web browser.

However, once applied on a web browser, it will affect all of your devices.

Netflix says that there may be a delay before the setting kicks in.

You can force the update to take effect by switching to another profile, then switching back to yours.

This reloads the profile with the updated setting.

Play Netflix roulette if you're feeling indecisive

If you're struggling to find something to watch on Netflix, a "random" button may be the answer.

An online tool called Netflix Roulette picks out a show or movie so you don't have to.

It even lets you filter by genre and IMDB rating to help hone your searches.

You can even add other streaming services like Amazon Prime Video to search through all your viewing options in one place.

You can find the Netflix Roulette wheel here.

In other news, Facebook has pledged to give $100million to help 30,000 small businesses survive the coronavirus outbreak.

Instagram has banned dangerous, reckless and insensitive coronavirus filters.

Criminals are taking advantage of the Covid-19 outbreak by sending scam emails claiming to be from the WHO.

And, we debunked some of the most outrageous coronavirus conspiracy theories.

Do you know any great Netflix tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments!

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