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How to prevent a movie from showing on your viewing history

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mike08b

Bedford, OH

#1 Dec 2, 2011
Netflix has been plagued with a viewing history section on your account. Unfortunately, this history cannot be deleted or altered if there were a movie that you would rather not be there for other people to see that you have watched. This is especially the case for families who don't want their children seeing any adult shows that you watch.

All over the internet, people ask how they can clear their viewing history. While some have found mini solutions, there is no straight forward way to clearing the history.

Rather than clearing the history, there is a way to prevent a movie that you are watching to ever show up on the history. And it is extremely simple!!!

So here it is: when you are done watching your movie, DO NOT let the movie run out of time. Do whatever you have to do to keep it playing, even rewind it a bit. While the movie is playing, do one of two things:
1) if you are on a computer, close the window that the movie is playing in. DO NOT click the stop button in the window or anything else. Just while the movie is playing, close the window.
2) if you are on another device (wii, bluray player, etc.) then cut off power. Just powering off the device may not work. What I do is I just unplug the cord from the back of the device.

Why does this work? Netflix sends the info of the movie that you watched to your account AFTER you are done with the movie (whether that means you physically stopped the movie or the movie ended). Therefore, if you suddenly close out of the movie (like cutting off power to the device), the movie never stopped as Netflix would have expected it to. Therefore, it doesn't send any record to your account.

I accidentally found this out when I was watching a movie and the power went out. After power was restored, I tried to resume the movie via my "recently watched" section but noticed the movie wasn't there. After some experimenting, I found that movies do not post if power is cut off (or if you are on a computer, you just suddenly close the window).

Again, the movie must be playing and cannot be stopped with the normal stop button. Once you press the stop button, Netflix sends the record to your account.

Depending on the device, unplugging power to the device while it is on may cause damage, either to the hardware or even the software in some cases. Therefore, be careful to not do this often. If you are on a simple device (like a Wii or bluray player), there shouldn't be any problem with unplugging it. However, computers should not be unplugged while they are running, as this can cause serious damage. Most other devices will be fine because they do not multitask like a computer does. Therefore, it is not doing anything other than streaming video so therefore the sudden loss of power doesn't affect the device nearly as much as it would affect a computer, which is completing thousands of processes all the time.

If done correctly, if you log onto your netflix account, there will be no record of the movie that you were watching.
Aaron Carter

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Oct 22, 2012
alright i can now watch breaking bad
Krystal

Fredericksburg, VA

#3 Nov 15, 2012
Would this work if I closed my web browser using task manager?
Jimmy

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#4 Dec 8, 2012
It seems that Netflix has plugged this loophole. I closed a window I was watching and checked my Netflix history...it shows up.
lisa

Waite Park, MN

#5 Feb 21, 2013
does this work for ps3?
David

Fort Riley, KS

#6 Mar 15, 2013
To jimmy, maybe there is a chance that you stopped the movie earlier, so the movies info was already sent? I really do hope this works, instead of watching something I don't want people to see, I'll just experiment....
DOESNT_WORK_ANYM ORE

Bothell, WA

#7 Mar 20, 2013
It doesn't work for me, I just tested it out cause I wanna watch Breaking Bad. I went started a Spongebob episode and watched like 9 minutes of it, then I exited full screen (but I never paused it) and then I closed my web browser, when I just re-opened my browser and clicked on Netflix it showed Spongebob under Recently Watched.
Frank

Port Huron, MI

#8 Mar 21, 2013
Yeah, I've tried this before, and it's doesn't work.
Nikolaus

Crystal Lake, IL

#9 Mar 23, 2013
As of March 3013 they have fixed that glitch; it is no longer poseable to do that when instantly streaming on your computer.
Naomi Angelina

Teasdale, UT

#10 Mar 30, 2013
mike08b wrote:
Netflix has been plagued with a viewing history section on your account. Unfortunately, this history cannot be deleted or altered if there were a movie that you would rather not be there for other people to see that you have watched. This is especially the case for families who don't want their children seeing any adult shows that you watch.
All over the internet, people ask how they can clear their viewing history. While some have found mini solutions, there is no straight forward way to clearing the history.
Rather than clearing the history, there is a way to prevent a movie that you are watching to ever show up on the history. And it is extremely simple!!!
So here it is: when you are done watching your movie, DO NOT let the movie run out of time. Do whatever you have to do to keep it playing, even rewind it a bit. While the movie is playing, do one of two things:
1) if you are on a computer, close the window that the movie is playing in. DO NOT click the stop button in the window or anything else. Just while the movie is playing, close the window.
2) if you are on another device (wii, bluray player, etc.) then cut off power. Just powering off the device may not work. What I do is I just unplug the cord from the back of the device.
Why does this work? Netflix sends the info of the movie that you watched to your account AFTER you are done with the movie (whether that means you physically stopped the movie or the movie ended). Therefore, if you suddenly close out of the movie (like cutting off power to the device), the movie never stopped as Netflix would have expected it to. Therefore, it doesn't send any record to your account.
I accidentally found this out when I was watching a movie and the power went out. After power was restored, I tried to resume the movie via my "recently watched" section but noticed the movie wasn't there. After some experimenting, I found that movies do not post if power is cut off (or if you are on a computer, you just suddenly close the window).
Again, the movie must be playing and cannot be stopped with the normal stop button. Once you press the stop button, Netflix sends the record to your account.
Depending on the device, unplugging power to the device while it is on may cause damage, either to the hardware or even the software in some cases. Therefore, be careful to not do this often. If you are on a simple device (like a Wii or bluray player), there shouldn't be any problem with unplugging it. However, computers should not be unplugged while they are running, as this can cause serious damage. Most other devices will be fine because they do not multitask like a computer does. Therefore, it is not doing anything other than streaming video so therefore the sudden loss of power doesn't affect the device nearly as much as it would affect a computer, which is completing thousands of processes all the time.
If done correctly, if you log onto your netflix account, there will be no record of the movie that you were watching.
Does it show up in your "Because you watched;" thing?
changed my password

United States

#11 Apr 4, 2013
I thought I would be cheap and share my password with my family. But it felt I would be judge for every movie I watched. I could only watch family friendly movies. I had enough of not getting to watch the movies/ shows I wanted so I just changed my Netflix password since I am the one paying for Netflix. The can get their own account it is only $8 dollars. Right now I would it even share my library card because it keeps record of books you have read
leanne

Hobbs, NM

#12 Apr 7, 2013
This is really my only complaint with netflix, My kids are too old for the kids only version and I don't want them to see everything that I have watched. Really a pain in the neck.
Annie

Reseda, CA

#13 Jun 29, 2013
Would this work with iPads/iPhones ?
Just use Amazon

Overland Park, KS

#14 Jul 20, 2013
Just use Amazon, it is cheaper than netflix and it lets you deleter you recently watched list.

Since: Aug 13

Lanham, MD

#15 Aug 1, 2013
Don't allow yourself to get tricked by these type of trash. I you want cheap tv go to this website http://goo.gl/hJOKJs this website gave me over 3000 channels from all around the world. and it is only intenet tv. the price is originally $127 but this website got us a deal from the creators for a one time $27 fee and then you will have anything that any television has so i'm just telling you guys this so that I won't feel so damn stingy......ell at least that's off my chest
come on stop reading and jump on this limited time offer http://goo.gl/hJOKJs
just sayin

Blytheville, AR

#16 Aug 1, 2013
chidog12 wrote:
Don't allow yourself to get tricked by these type of trash. I you want cheap tv go to this website http://goo.gl/hJOKJs this website gave me over 3000 channels from all around the world. and it is only intenet tv. the price is originally $127 but this website got us a deal from the creators for a one time $27 fee and then you will have anything that any television has so i'm just telling you guys this so that I won't feel so damn stingy......ell at least that's off my chest
come on stop reading and jump on this limited time offer http://goo.gl/hJOKJs
dont allow yourself to get tricked by jerks who post links that are hidden. all they want is your credit card information. that 27 dollar fee is nothing compared to what they will really charge on the card. In addition who knows what will be loaded on your computer if you click on that link.

so if you want to get scammed click on the above link.
cloud

London, UK

#17 Aug 4, 2013
DOESNT_WORK_ANYMORE wrote:
It doesn't work for me, I just tested it out cause I wanna watch Breaking Bad. I went started a Spongebob episode and watched like 9 minutes of it, then I exited full screen (but I never paused it) and then I closed my web browser, when I just re-opened my browser and clicked on Netflix it showed Spongebob under Recently Watched.
Just closing your web browser wouldn't work because there will be an 'on close' script which will send your data anyway.

“truth is a three edged sword”

Since: Jan 11

Babylon 5, Epsilon Eridani

#18 Aug 4, 2013
just create a different profile. the new feature should be available if not now real soon.
Kelly

Niagara-on-the-lake, Canada

#19 Aug 8, 2013
I would say just watch a ton of little kid movies and skip to the end so the bad movies get pushed off the list
lambadio

Mississauga, Canada

#20 Sep 8, 2013
I don't know the first explained solution worked for me, it really did. one have to got patience.
Good luck all.

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