Part of Netflix’s appeal is that it just works—whether you’re on a phone, a tablet, or a smart TV, just fire up the streaming service and pick up where you left off. Dig a little deeper under Netflix’s simple interface, though, and you’ll find a number of ways to tweak and customize your viewing experience, as well as a selection of handy add-ons to make use of. Discover how to get more out of the popular streaming service with this list of tricks.
1 Download episodes for offline viewing
This is one of Netflix's newest features and one that you'll find enabled in the latest apps for Android and iOS. If something can be downloaded to your phone or tablet—ready to watch when you don't have a strong internet connection—it will have a small arrow icon next to it.
Whether or not your favorite movies and shows can be cached for offline viewing depends on the deal Netflix has struck with their creators, but all of the original Netflix content can be downloaded, plus plenty more besides. So next time you have a long trip ahead, remember to download some videos for your flight, bus, or train ride while you're packing.
2 Dive into Netflix's hidden categories
For reasons unknown, the Netflix library is organized into many more categories than you'll ever see on the front screen. Sure, you can find an expected grouping like plain old drama, which lives at netflix.com/browse/genre/5763. But if you replace that "5763," you can uncover a world of hidden, oddly specific categories..
If you want to roll the dice on your viewing choice, you can guess a random category number. But given the sheer volume of options, it's best to use an unofficial guide to see what's available: Everything from deep sea horror movies (45028) to movies for ages 8-10 (561). When you're stuck for something to watch, let the category guide you.