Did you know that Netflix allows users to delete history of movies and shows that they watched from “recently watched” list? This feature was not available for long time, and you have it now. We will be showing you how to delete recently watched shows/movies from history on Netflix.
Are you a movie buff? Do you love watching blockbuster movies online? It is not always possible to watch movies when it is released in the theatres. You may be too busy with your personal commitments. Another option is to buy a DVD of your favorite movie. But, what if the DVD stops working when you badly feel like watching the movie again? These things can happen to anytime and it becomes really hard for the crazy movie fan in you.
Sometimes, in addition to movies, you may also miss out on watching your favorite TV program due to some busy schedule. You may not get a chance to watch the same program again on TV. Netflix solves all these issues.
What is Netflix?
Netflix is a website that allows you to watch your favorite movie or TV program whenever you wish without spending much from your pocket. Now, that sounds great right. Netflix was founded way back in the late 1990s by two former employees of Pure Software, Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings. Netflix revolutionized the concept of watching movies and Television programs online. By the end of 2015, Netflix had more than 44 million viewers in America alone. The main reason for the popularity of Netflix is that it not only provides fast streaming of movies and videos, but is very cost effective and contains a wide range of movies and videos.
By signing up with Netflix, you can watch more than 2200 movies and television programs. Netflix stores information about your viewing history and it makes it easy for you to revisit any of your favorite movies and programs to watch again. But, what if you don’t want your viewing history to be visible? You feel like deleting the history of previously watched movies and programs on Netflix. Till recently, Netflix did not have the option to delete previous history. It is only recently that they have introduced this feature. Let’s see how we can delete the viewing history in Netflix.
Simple and Quick way to Delete Recently Watched Shows on Netflix
In Netflix, your previously viewed items not only show there in your history, but also in various places in Netflix like “Continuous watching” items. Suggestions will be shown depending on your viewing history. You must double check whether the delete operation is reflected in all the areas mentioned above when the history is cleared.
There are actually two ways in which you can delete your Netflix history. Both ways are different from each other. We will first look at the most straight forward method.
Deleting the Netflix History – For managing your Netflix account, you have to use a web browser. Even if you use Netflix in your Smartphone, it will use a web browser to open Netflix. For removing your history, you need to login to your Netflix account. After logging in, click on the option “Your Account” to view your account settings. From there, scroll down to select “My Profile” option. After that, click on the “Viewing Activity” option.
In the “Viewing Activity”, you can see the list of movies and TV programs you have watched till date. You can also see an “X” present on the right side of each entry. When you press on the “X” close icon, it will delete the entry. You need to keep in mind that the list of items displayed there can be long based on your viewing history. If you have been viewing many movies and TV programs, the list will be pretty long, whereas if you are not used to viewing much, then it will be short.
Delete Full History in Netflix
If you want to remove the complete history of your Netflix, you need to remove all the entries under “Viewing Activity”. Netflix will not ask you for confirmation when removing the entries. That means, you can quickly remove the entries that you don’t wish to see in your profile viewing history.
Netflix usually takes around 24 hours to update the changes in all devices. In most cases, you can see that the entries are removed immediately.
Replacing your existing profile- Another way of removing your viewing history is by replacing your existing profile in Netflix. It may sound a little confusing, but actually the process is not that difficult. For this, you need to login to your Netflix account. Now, hover over your profile image and click on the option “Manage profiles”.
You can now add a new profile by clicking on the option “Add Profile”. Make sure you give a completely new name to your profile.
Once you are done with creating a new profile, go and delete your old profile. For deleting your old profile, go to “Manage Profiles”, click on the option “Edit” that is displayed next to the old profile name and now delete the profile.
It will ask for confirmation whether you want to delete the profile or not. Press on “Delete Profile” button again to delete the profile permanently.
This way your entire profile history will be deleted and you will have a new profile for using Netflix. Both the options given are easy and will help you avoid the embarrassment of someone seeing your viewing history in Netflix. Another benefit of removing your viewing history from Netflix is that it will stop showing recommendations. That means you can find the latest updates in your page rather than the recommendations given by Netflix.
Control Your Kids on Netflix
Many parents also choose to have multiple profiles. So, when your kid logs in to your account, he will have a separate profile. In this way, you can make sure kids do not get access to see what parents have viewed.
For creating multiple profiles, you first need to login to your Netflix account and then click on the option “Add Profile”. If you are going to create profile for your kid, make sure you check the option “This profile is for kids under 12” when you create the profile. This option will restrict the content your kids can access in Netflix. Many parents choose this option as it is safe and can avoid your children from misusing Netflix.
With the option to delete your viewing history, Netflix just added another feather to their cap. So, sign in for a Netflix account and watch all your favorite movies again and again whenever you feel like!