Being interrupted by someone when watching your favourite show on Netflix is frustrating. But when it’s you, things get complicated.
Smartphones are the most convenient mode to watch your favourite Netflix shows. You can use them to watch a show while travelling, in bed, sitting on the porch, etc. It’s like a smartphone frees you from all the boundaries and wires. But when your viewing experience is disturbed due to accidental touches on smartphone screens, particularly when using bezel less phones things get messed up.
But Netflix has a solution for it.
According to a report by 9to5 Google Netflix has rolled out a new Screen Lock feature for Android users. This feature aims to make watching shows on Netflix much easier.
How does this feature work and how will it help?
The new Screen Lock feature locks the entire Netflix UI. This means all those nasty actions that you perform accidentally like pausing the show, navigating to another episode, etc. can be avoided.
Once you start watching a show, the Screen Lock option appears at the bottom of the screen. To enable it simply tap on it. Once done all the button prompts like Play/Pause, Next Episode etc. will disappear from the screen.
To disable it, tap on your smartphone screen. You will now get an unlock prompt, tap it twice and you will get all controls back.
Note: Even when the screen is locked you can still check the status bar/notifications and can also exit the app using navigation buttons.
Is Netflix offering anything else?
In addition to this feature, Netflix introduced PIN Lock. This allows users to add four-digit PIN to every Netflix profile. Using it the account holder can add a PIN lock to every Netflix profile.
This feature is introduced as the part of the parental control program that will help parents make the platform secure for their childern. Using this option parents can hide adult titles from kids and can filter the content so that the kids’ profile gets access to content they should watch.
What We Think?
Both the features Screen Lock and Parental control via a PIN are helpful. Screen Lock will help avoid accidental pause while PIN Lock will help keep kids at bay from adult content.
Parent control is something Netflix users have been looking for, for quite a while. Now, that it is their parents will use it promptly and in time like this, parents control feature of Netflix will help keep a check on kids.
Also note, Screen Lock feature is staged roll-out. This means everyone will not get it at the same time. But it will be available soon for Android users and will help all those who mistakenly tap on the screen just to ruin their own watching experience.