Parents who share a Netflix account with their families know the distinct pain. After putting your kids to bed, you sit down to watch a sexy new drama (or for me, The Great British Bake Off), and up pops on your TV screen: “Because you watched Lalaloopsy: A Sew Magical Tale, here’s Luna Petunia, My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake!” Your shows! What happened to all your shows?!
Your account has been tampered with — again.
Engineer and dad Mike Angiulo got fed up with his offspring messing up his Netflix history and lists, so he came up with a sneaky solution that he shared with binge-watching mums and dads everywhere: Change your profile name to something your kids would not want to click. For example, on Angiulo’s account, “Dad” became “Install Windows Updates Now.”
Everyone at home kept watching Netflix using my profile. Messed up all my lists and history… so I renamed “Dad” to “Install Windows Updates Now.” Problem solved. pic.twitter.com/33tpvghLCf
— mike angiulo (@mikeangiulo) April 7, 2018
Other names that could work include: World News, Shut Down or Delete Netflix. All those click-happy fingers will stay far, far away.
You can also go the opposite route and change your kids’ profile icons to something more fun, such as characters from Trollhunters. (Just click “Manage Profiles” and select the edit icon on the profile you wish to change.)
Either way, as you sit back on your couch next to an invasion of Shopkins and Hatchimals, you can watch your own damn shows like the adult you are.