Netflix Finally Gives Users The Option To Stop Autoplaying Trailers

A much-maligned Netflix feature is getting the boot. Well, users are getting the choice to give it the boot, at least.

If you’ve ever browsed Netflix, you’ve likely encountered this scenario: Curious about a title, you linger over a selection for just a few moments. Before you can navigate away or investigate more, a trailer for the show or movie starts blaring.

“We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear,” Netflix Tweeted in an announcement about the new option. “Members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews.” Netflix also claimed that “some people find this feature useful,” but judging from the response from users, “some” people actually means “very, very few.”

Here’s how to use your newfound freedom of choice: First, you have to sign in to your Netflix from an actual web browser. From there, you’ll need to click on your profile in the top right corner and choose “Manage Profiles.” Select the profile you want to edit, and underneath options about the account name, default language, and parental controls, a choice for “autoplay controls” will be visible.

Turn that option off, and you can now browse without being bombarded with an aggressive trailer. Or, just keep browsing really quickly.

Artie Beaty