There’s finally a way to stop videos from automatically playing on Netflix, and viewers of the streaming platform have been taking to Twitter to celebrate, according to USA Today.
Netflix announced the change in a reply to Twitter user @sarahhallowell, who tweeted on Jan. 29, “my entire kingdom for a way to turn off the autoplay while browsing Netflix,” USA Today reported.
Netflix tweeted their response on Feb. 6: “We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear.”
Some people find this feature helpful. Others not so much.— Netflix US (@netflix) February 6, 2020
We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear — members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews on Netflix. Here's how: https://t.co/6V2TjEW6HD https://t.co/zbz4E8fVab
The process for disabling the feature is simple, though it can only be done from a web browser for now, according to People magazine. Here’s how to turn off autoplay previews:
- Sign into your account from a web browser.
- Go to the “manage profiles” section and select the profile to which you’ll be making the change.
- Uncheck the box labelled “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices.”
Many Netflix users shared their excitement via Twitter at being able to undo the sometimes bothersome feature.
my anxiety before and after Netflix announced the ability to turn off autoplay previews pic.twitter.com/69CyHEG6RA— rob trench (@robtrench) February 6, 2020
Other Sarah is the person who, today, got Netflix to give you the option to turn off autoplay. We all owe her our lives tbh https://t.co/sSHFzaMARA— Sarah Gailey (@gaileyfrey) February 7, 2020
Me, logging into my Netflix account for the pure and unbridled purpose of turning off autoplay pic.twitter.com/WpnQL0po2f— Holly Lyn Walrath (@HollyLynWalrath) February 7, 2020
The autoplay feature has been a part of Netflix since 2016 and, according to a Netflix spokeswoman, was meant to make it “faster and easier for our members to find titles tailored to their tastes,” according to the New York Times.