Netflix has become Australia’s most popular streaming entertainment service by a wide margin. If you’re fresh to the service you might not realise there’s a wealth of useful options and shortcuts hidden beneath the hood. Here are some of our favourites — from manually adjusting the streaming rate to deleting your viewing history.
How to find Netflix’s original programming
Netflix produces a ton of original content, but finding it can be difficult if you don’t know the show names. Type “Netflix” into the search bar to see a complete list of Netflix originals, all in one place. (Our tip: Start with House Of Cards!)
How to quickly browse Netflix by genre
Have you noticed how certain movie genres don’t appear on the front page? To see more, click the row names on the homepage in your browser. This will bring up a full gallery of TV shows and films within that genre. (Fun fact: Netflix has tags for over 75,000 micro genres – and they all have a unique code.)
How to find Netflix 4K content
If you own an Ultra HD TV, type “4K” in the search bar to see a full list of TV shows and movies available in 4K resolution.
How to instantly play Netflix movies on PlayStation 4
Hitting the Options button on the PS4 controller while a title is selected will play the video directly, without viewing the detail page first.
How to change Netflix video quality
If you’re worried about data usage, you can manually adjust the streaming rate by hopping into Netflix’s secret menu. You can access it on the desktop by pressing Shift+Alt+Left Click, or on consoles using the Konami code. Alternatively, head to your Netflix account settings and choose Manage Video Quality and select one of three options. (If you want high-def to be your default, select High.)
How to eliminate Netflix buffering
You only need a minimum of .5 mbps to stream Netflix content, although 5 mbps is recommended for HD quality. If you find your program constantly pauses to buffer, you can manually adjust your streaming options in the aforementioned secret menu (see above). For smooth viewing, simply match up the playback with the buffering rate.
How to access Netflix subtitles
All programs on Netflix have the option to add English subtitles — handy if you’re watching a cockney movie or are hard of hearing. To activate subtitles, select the movie or TV show you want to play, head to “Audio & Subtitles” in the options panel then press Back once you’re done. Your movie will now play with English subtitles.
How to change Netflix’s subtitle appearance
You can change the colour and font size of subtitles to match your eyesight or personal style preference. To do this, head to Your Account and select Subtitle Appearance. You can tweak everything from colour and font, to the background and shadow appearance. (Pro tip: Watch Mean Girls with pink subtitles on a powder blue background.)
How to delete Netflix titles from your viewing history
If multiple people have been using your account (or you just want to hide your embarrassing movie selections), head to Your Account and under My Profile select Viewing Activity — here you can see all the shows you have recently watched and can delete accordingly. Handily, this also wipes the titles from Netflix’s activity log, so they’ll stop messing up your auto-recommendations.
How to watch Netflix overseas
If you’re planning an overseas holiday there’s a pretty good chance your account will continue to work like magic. You will also have access to all the titles available in that region while you’re over there.
Here’s a complete list of Netflix-friendly nations (deep breath): Aland Islands, American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Belgium, Bermuda, BES Islands (NE), Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao (NE), Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Finland French Guiana, France, Germany, Greenland (Denmark), Grenada, Guadeloupe (FR), Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey (Baliwick of), Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey (Baliwick of), Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Martinique (FR), Mexico, Montserrat (UK), Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten (NE), St. Barthélemy (FR), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin (Collectivity of), St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Turks and Caicos Islands (UK), Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
If your Netflix viewing experience is connected to a keyboard, you can utilise various inbuilt shortcuts instead of struggling with a mouse or trackpad. Mute by hitting the “m” key. Go full screen by hitting the “F” key. Adjust volume with the up and down arrows. Rewind with Shift+Left arrow buttons and fast-forward with the Shift+Right arrow buttons. Check out this post for additional shortcuts.