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How to turn off Netflix’s most annoying feature: auto-playing trailers

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If you’ve spent any time at all scrolling through Netflix’s library then you will have undoubtedly come across its most annoying feature: those pesky trailers that auto-play whenever you have the nerve to stop on the home screen for roughly 0.2 seconds. But there’s now a way to turn off auto-play trailers on Netflix. 

It’s relatively simple, too. All you need is access to an internet browser on your laptop and PC. Here’s how to make your Netflix experience stress-free by turning off the previews, teasers, and trailers that play before selecting a movie or TV show.

The first thing you need to do is log in to Netflix on the web – not any mobile or console apps. The fix will apply to all devices, however.

Select which account you want to turn off auto-play. If you have multiple user profiles, you’ll have to do this workaround separately for each.

From there, click your profile picture in the top right-hand corner of the screen and go down to “Account.”

Go down to Profile & Parental Controls, click the arrow to the right of your profile scroll down and click “Change” next to Playback Settings.

Now we’re getting to the good part. Simply un-check the box marked “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices” and click save. You can also stop new episodes from auto-playing after an episode has ended if you’re one of the purists, like me, who loves a good credits sequence.

TL;DR? Here’s how to stop trailers from auto-playing on Netflix:

  • Log into your account on the web
  • Select your profile
  • Go to “Account”
  • Click “Change” next to Playback Settings in the Profile & Parental Controls section
  • Uncheck “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices”

So, now you've sorted that out, here's what you should be watching on Netflix.

Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.