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How can I stop Netflix’s autoplay feature on PCs and phones?

Stop Netflix's autoplay
Please, stop: Netflix won't let you rest after watching a show

Sometimes you need a moment to process what you’ve just watched on Netflix – whether that’s to mull over the delicate plot of Dark, book a holiday after Chef’s Table or chastise yourself for watching yet another episode of Friends. 

However, like Miss Trunchbull in Matilda, the streaming service is intent on stuffing you with as much content as possible. Case in point: the “countdown” before the next episode automatically plays. “Forget the end credits and don’t even think about going outside,” Netflix seems to whisper in your ear. “Here’s the season finale of The Good Place.

But how do you stop Netflix’s autoplay feature and take back control of your viewing activity?

How can I get rid of Netflix’s countdown feature?

With incredible ease. If you’re using Netflix via a desktop browser, click on your profile icon in the top-right of the window. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Account.

When the settings page pops up, scroll down to the “My Profile” section and click on “Playback settings”. After that, it’s just a case of unchecking the “Play next episode automatically” box (see below) and clicking save. Job done.

Get rid of Netflix's countdown featureThe process is equally straightforward in the Netflix app: tap the menu “burger” icon in the top left of the screen and scroll down to Account. This will open a browser window. Again, scroll down to “Playback settings” in the “My Profile” section and uncheck the box.

Unfortunately, you can’t turn off the autoplay feature directly via a smart TV app, but fear not: once you’ve unchecked the box via a browser, the change will be applied across all of your devices.

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