How to Use the Screen Lock Feature for The Netflix App

It can be annoying to inadvertently press a Netflix playback control button on your mobile device. The new Screen Lock feature helps avoid that.

Do you find it annoying when you accidentally touch a playback control or trigger subtitles while watching Netflix on your phone? Well, a new Screen Lock feature for Android users allows you to lock the screen. Here’s how to use it.

Note: At the time of this writing the screen lock feature is only available on Android phones and tablets. If the feature goes live on iOS devices and the web versions we will update this article.

Screen Lock to Disable Netflix Playback Controls

To enable the feature, start playing a show or movie you want to watch on Netflix from the app. Then tap the screen for the playback controls to display. From there you should see a “Screen Lock” option in the lower-left corner of the screen. Tap on it to lock the screen and hide all of the playback control options.

To unlock the screen at any time, tap the Screen Locked button. You will then be prompted to tap the screen again for verification. Then the playback controls will return on the screen.

Tap the Screen Locked button and the confirmation button to unlock playback controls.

It can be frustrating and annoying when you accidentally tap a button that messes up your viewing experience. Especially on your phone where it’s easier to inadvertently tap the wrong thing. This new feature allows you to prevent that. It stops buttons such as “Play/Pause” and the skip ahead or behind buttons from displaying on the screen.

The feature is still rolling out to Android users so if you don’t see it, make sure the Netflix app is up to date. You can manually update your apps to see if that gives the option to you. If not just hold tight as the new feature comes to your phone or tablet.

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