There’s a problem with Netflix…those binge worthy episodes of your favorite show go down as easy as a family-size bag of salty chips. You settle on the couch for an episode or two and next thing you know, it’s past midnight and you still have to get up early for work.
What worse than watching too much Netflix? Netflix cheating. That’s right, making a promise to save that show, but then watching it anyway.
I’m a member of the Netflix #streamteam, so this is a sponsored post. All my opinions are my own.
Hide the Netflix Cheating
Thankfully there’s two ways to hide your cheating heart…at least when it comes to Netflix.
Profiles and History
The first method is the easiest. Make sure everyone in the family has their own Netflix sub-account! Then ONLY watch those shows you’re sharing on their account. For example, my husband and I are tearing through all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother, because honestly, we can’t get enough of Neil Patrick Harris. Then one night, Rick fell asleep…and. I. Could. Not. Stop. I burned through another 3 episodes before I realized how late it was getting.
Now if you happen to watch a show or two you promised to save on a shared account, or ahem, the other person’s account…it’s still an easy fix. Go to your Netflix account on either your computer or your mobile device. Click over to your profile. On mobile that’s in the upper left hand corner under the 3 lines. On a desktop, it’s on the right upper corner.
Look for “account.”
Scroll down to “viewing activity” and you’ll be given a list of the shows you’ve watched. Click the X to delete that episode–or whole series–from your history!
Now, if you Netflix cheated while on your spouse’s account, you’ll need to make sure you switch profiles first! Each profile saves it’s own viewing history, which is how Netflix can suggest shows based on YOUR own viewing habits.
This is also a good way to clean up your suggestions if you’ve watched too many kid shows on your account instead of using an account just for your kid. Remember, Netflix has a great child setting that will only show “family friendly” programming to your kids. If you have tweens and teens, you can also use the profiles to set parental controls. This will let an older child use the standard Netflix account interface, but prevent them from watching PG-13 (the teen setting) or anything over an R (the adult setting).