I will get right to the point; Netflix has finally listened to its subscribers and will now allow you to turn off the autoplay preview feature on their service. The autoplay feature will begin playing a trailer or video clip when hovering over a tile when browsing for content. Now, with the option to turn autoplay off, videos and films won’t begin to play trailers or video clips automatically as you search for content.
Netflix stated that: “We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear – members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews on Netflix.”
You can turn off autoplay for every device at once. Here’s how: Sign into Netflix from a web browser, select “Manage Profiles” from the menu, then select the “User Profile” you want to update. Next, uncheck the button that says “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices”, click “save” and you’re all done.
Autoplay will then be turned off across all your devices that use the service, including smartphones.
On a personal note, I don’t mind the autoplay feature, and I like being able to see Netflix trailers or video clips for a quick preview snapshot which helps me determine whether or not I want to watch a particular movie or series. However, its nice to now have the option to turn this feature off.
NOTE: There may be a delay before the setting takes effect. You can force an update by switching to another profile, then switching back in order to reload your profile with the updated setting.