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How to Delete Netflix History When You Have Been Naughty During Corona Lockdown


Netflix is one of the biggest content providers across the world and hosts a huge list of Movies and Shows. Netflix uses an amazing algorithm to keep track of all the viewing history and use that data to refine the suggestions for each user on the platform. However, this can quickly go out of hand if you were naughty and watched something you were not very proud of.

By Akhil Taneja - 
7th Apr 2020
How to delete netflix history

Highlights of the Story

  • Netflix uses viewer history to refine the suggestions for each individual users
  • Recently played Movies and shows are shown in the “Continue Watching” section of the application sometimes
  • It is easy to delete the history of a particular show or movie from Netflix if you don’t want it to show up

A couple of days ago when Coronavirus hit out massively and people started staying indoors, Netflix turned out to be a great savior for most people. With people being restricted from going to work, schools, colleges and even to play outside, everyone found themselves with ample of time not knowing what to do.

In such desperate times with nothing much to do, users headed to online content providers such as Netflix, Prime, Hotstar, and YouTube so much that these streaming providers started reducing the streaming quality by a little to ensure that their infrastructure and the infrastructure of the local ISP’s are able to handle the massive increase in bandwidth without causing a failure.  

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In India, most of us share a common account for Netflix, Prime Video and Hotstar with our friends or sometimes even family. This can turn out very cost-effective, however, these services use your streaming history to personalize your suggestions. This can get out of hand if you’ve got naughty during the lockdown and streamed adult movies or any content that you are not extremely proud of. This content can not only hinder your suggestions in the future but sometimes they also show up in history and can turn out a bad thing for some users. 

Steps to delete Viewing History on Netflix

To remove the Netflix viewing history:

  • Open on your browser and hover over your profile picture, this should be present in the upper right corner of the screen. This should present you with a list of drop-down options to select from, here, look for the Account option and click it. This will navigate you to the Account Section of your Netflix Account. This section includes additional information about your account including the registered email address, payment mode, and your currently subscribed plan.
  •  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the Viewing Activity link under the My Profile section.
netflix viewing activity
  • Now, click on the Viewing Activity link in your profile section, the newly loaded page should present you with a list of your recent streaming activity. Find the activity that you wish to hide and click on the X next to the title to remove it from the viewing history.
netflix delete view history
  • If you wish to remove an entire show from the watch history at once, then you can select the Remove Series option and the entire show will be removed from your watch history. 
netflix steps to delete viewing history

The above steps work on Desktop, Laptop and even mobile device browsers and all the streams that you have removed from the viewing history will be deleted from your watch history within 24 hours. Unfortunately, there is no option to delete all the history at once and you will have to do it manually.

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