Bless Netflix, where would we be without it? It has seen us through a global pandemic, economic upheaval, and, for more than a few of us, a breakup or three.
It’s also one of the world’s most popular streaming platforms. Current statistics suggest that Netflix boasts more than 203 million subscribers globally.
In 2021, there’s plenty of new content hitting the platform, keep an eye out for movies such as Pieces of a Woman and The Dig. If you’re more of a series viewer, pencil in Sky Rojo and Clickbait. For documentary lovers, The Lost Pirate Kingdom and Into the Deep are sure to be big hits.
How to make the best out of your subscription
If you’re one of the 203 million fee payers, and you’re looking for ways to get the most bang for your subscription buck, you’re in the right place. Here, we go over our top five Netflix tips, starting with our number-one hack — how to travel the world virtually through your account…
1. Connect with a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
When you use a VPN to stream Netflix, something magical occurs: you are suddenly able to access a whole world of content that is otherwise not available to you. That happens because Netflix’s available content is varied from country to country, for example, if you live in the US, what you see on the platform is different to what viewers in the UK or Spain, or anywhere else, can see and watch.
With your VPN connected though, you are able to self-select a server location. So if you want Spanish Netflix, connect your VPN to a server in Madrid, or Barcelona, then open your Netflix account. Choose a VPN company with a broad range of servers in many locations and you’ll have a ton of international content to choose from.
2. Hide any embarrassing titles
Let’s suppose you stayed up half the night watching Cobra Kai long after your significant other went to bed. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could hide your embarrassing watch history for them. Or perhaps you cheated and watched the show you’re only meant to watch with them and no you need to pretend that didn’t happen.
Either way, Netflix allows you to remove any indemnifying moments in your watch history. Head to your Account, then Viewing History, and selectively delete items.
3. Kick off the scrubs
Like most of us who pay for a Netflix subscription, you’ve probably accrued a few moochers over the years who, instead of paying for their own account, have just kept connecting to yours. It is free, after all.
If you’re sick and tired of carrying these people and supporting their viewing, kick them off your account by changing your password and selecting “sign out of other devices.” Voila, now you are the only one with access to your account.
4. Download content and watch it offline later
Some, but not all, of Netflix’s content can be downloaded to your device and then watched later when you’re offline. This handy feature is ideal if you’ve got kids and you’re heading somewhere with limited wifi. Just look for the download icon (a down-facing arrow) and click.
5. Access the Netflix “bible”
Netflix’s back catalog is so huge that the streaming service organizes its content in some rather niche categories. These categories are accessible via Netflix codes, which, when compiled into a list, become the Netflix “bible.”
There are codes for every conceivable genre, sub-genre, and even sub-sub-genre of content you can imagine. Find a complete list here.
Here’s hoping that our Netflix tips get you settled in for a night of quality binge-watching. Happy viewing!