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Netflix will finally let us disable the awful preview autoplay with latest update

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Netflix will let users diasble preview autoplay  - finally. 

For years, users have complained about the feature on the streaming giant's homepage. As you browse, a preview for the selected show or movie automatically starts playing, making for a noisy and distracting viewing experience. 

Netflix didn't release a statement about the ability to disable preview autoplay, instead opting to respond to a user's complaint on Twitter. The response was short and sweet. 

"Some people find this feature helpful. Others not so much," Netflix stated on Twitter. "We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear — members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews on Netflix."

The dreaded autoplay feature has been in place since 2016, and was designed to keep viewers' eyes on the screen, whether that means keeping them engaged in the show they are watching or sucking them into a new show or movie. Despite this, Netflix made and is still on our list of the best movie and TV streaming sites

How to disable preview autoplay on Netflix

If you want to disable preview autoplay on Netfflix, it's a fairly straightforward process. 

  • Sign into Netflix
  • Select "Manage profiles" from the menu
  • Select the profile you'd like to disable the feature on
  • Uncheck the box "Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices"

This will update your preference on all devices, whether you're on your phone, tablet, or television. 

But with this latest update, that's not all you can do. Netflix says that you can also opt to disable autoplay of the next episode of a series on all devices. 

All you need to do is access the same menu and profile and uncheck the option "Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices."

Still not satisfied? There's a wealth of streaming services on the market. Check out our Disney Plus review  and our Amazon Prime Video review to see if those are the right fit for you and your family.