With more than 203 million global subscribers, it’s safe to say that Netflix is one of the world’s favorite streaming platforms. If you’re one of the millions of happy streamers, you might be wondering how to get even more value from your monthly fee.
The good news is that Netflix offers plenty of extra functionalities that many people don’t know about. Here we go over five top Netflix tips for 2021, from secret codes to IMDb plug-ins, there’s something here for every viewer.
Let’s get started with our top tip: global streaming.
1. Unlock global content
For our first hack, you need two things: a Netflix account and a quality Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. When you watch Netflix with a VPN, you can actively hide your IP address and therefore skirt any annoying geo-blocking restrictions. So if you connect your VPN to a server in Australia, for example, and then open your Netflix account, you’ll be able to see and watch Australian Netflix. Likewise for any country you’d like to watch Netflix in, albeit virtually of course.
The key benefit here is that you’ll have access to content you couldn’t access otherwise, and the knock-on benefit is that VPNs encrypt your traffic and so provide an additional layer of cybersecurity too.
2. Get IMDb ratings in Netflix
The Internet Movie Database (aka IMDb) is well-known as the net’s home of movie ratings, rankings, and additional information. Now, there are extensions that allow you to view iMDB ratings on the Netflix platform, without opening another page. Quickly and easily see what other viewers think of a movie and show before you commit.
You can find the Chrome extension here, and there is also a Firefox version available.
One of the hardest things about the global pandemic is staying physically away from family and friends. Lockdowns and stay at home orders have taken a toll on all of us, and made the simple pleasures in life, such as sharing a movie with friends, difficult.
Netflix offers up one solution with its Netflix Party extension, a handy little tool that allows you to watch a movie or TV show simultaneously with friends. There’s no lag or latency and a chat bar on the side means you can also comment on what you’re watching.
4. Download content for later
If you live in a place that’s prone to extreme weather, you might find yourself contending with power outages, and accordingly, a lack of internet or phone signals. Or perhaps you’re spending time in a place without modern conveniences like TV and WiFi and you have small children who demand morning cartoons. In these cases, you definitely need some entertainment to while away the hours.
Luckily, Netflix allows you to download certain shows and movies to watch offline. Look out for the download arrow on many pieces of content.
5. Cover your tracks
Okay, you don’t need to hide your viewing history from your significant other, but perhaps you’d rather they didn’t know you spent six hours watching Cobra Kai. To delete your history, head to Account > Profile > Viewing Activity and remove any compromising titles.
Hopefully these five Netflix tips help you get more out of your subscription in 2021. Happy watching!