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Netflix’s “Post-Play” feature is primarily aimed toward binge-watching. It’s nice if you’re catching up on all five seasons of Breaking Bad, but if you’re not consuming your TV in marathon 18-hour sessions, it can be annoying. Fortunately, you can turn it off.
Don’t get us wrong, we’ve all fallen into the Portlandiaesque-just-one-more-episode trap, which is why Netflix’s autoplaying abilities are so ingenious. It turns out however, we don’t always want to watch a full series in one sitting. Sometimes we like to pick and choose episodes on their individual merits, not just because they’re next up in the queue, or maybe we just want to watch one episode and then something else.
Whatever your particular needs and wants, you’re not stuck with Post-Play, you can turn it off, though it’s not exactly practical.
Turning Off Post-Play
Disabling Post-Play isn’t something you can do casually. In fact, unless you know the option exists or go looking for it, you might never find it. That’s because Netflix buries it in your account settings, which means you have to use Netflix.com.
The upside to this is that by applying the change to your viewing profile, it’s universal, which is also it’s downside because next time you’re casting from any of your devices and you want stuff to autoplay, you have to reenable it.
To begin, go to Netflix.com using your browser of choice. On the dropdown menu next to your name in the upper-right corner, click “Your Account” from the choices.
Next, on the My Account screen, look for “My Profile” and click “Playback settings.”
The Playback Settings options are pretty simple. The first is where you can specify data usage per screen; the default is “Auto.”
Under the data usage settings, uncheck the box next to “Play next episode automatically” and then click “Save.”
The next thing you need to do is reload any apps you have connected to your account, which means, if necessary, quitting and reopening them.
On iOS, double-tap the Home button and swipe up the Netflix app, then reopen it.
On Android, tap the right Overview button and swipe to close the Netflix app, then reopen it.
Since Post-Play is now disabled across all your devices, other computers, gaming consoles, etc., if you want to watch the next episode, you will have to physically click the play button. You can also go back to browsing Netflix or watch a different episode from that series.
To reenable Post-Play, simply retrace the steps outlined above and recheck the box in Playback Settings.
It would be a lot more convenient if we could just turn Post-Play on and off on a per app basis. Sadly, Netflix’s app settings are pretty Spartan. Perhaps the best workaround is to create a second profile and then select it if you want to autoplay all ten seasons of Friends.
While we think Post-Play certainly makes sense and is nice to have, it’s good we can also curb the temptation to binge or pick and choose our own watch-lists. Have a question or comment you’d like to add? Please leave your feedback in our discussion forum.
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Vulnerabilities in Windows AutoPlay could compromise your PC’s security. Here’s how to disable it locally and at the Group Policy level.
- Press the Windows key or click the Windows icon in the lower-left corner of your desktop.
- Type in autoplay and click on the AutoPlay Settings option.
- From this screen, toggle AutoPlay For All Media And Devices to Off. Also switch AutoPlay defaults for removable drives and memory cards to Take No Action.
- Press the Windows key or click the Windows icon in the lower-left corner of your desktop.
- Type gpedit and click on the Edit Group Policy option.
- Under Computer Configuration, navigate to Administrative Templates > Windows Components > AutoPlay Policies.
- Under AutoPlay Policies, click Turn Off AutoPlay.
- Toggle the policy to Enabled and set Options to All Drives. Click Apply.
- Click on Set The Default Behavior For AutoRun.
- Toggle the policy to Enabled and set the default behavior to Do Not Execute Any AutoRun Commands. Click Apply.
A recently revealed flaw in Windows 10 AutoPlay could cause a PC to bluescreen–even when locked–by simply inserting a malicious USB drive.
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The reported flaw would require an attacker to have physical access to the victim’s computer, but the analyst who discovered it said it would be an easy jump to create malware capable of remotely triggering the same exploit by mounting a virtual drive.
AutoPlay and AutoRun both make life easier for PC users, but automatic execution of media can be dangerous. If you want to protect your PC, or those on your network, from attacks like this you need to disable AutoPlay and AutoRun in order to be safe. Here’s how to do that both from the Settings app and in Group Policy.
Disabling AutoPlay in Windows 10’s Settings app
The easiest way to find the appropriate item in Windows 10’s Settings app is to simply tap the Windows key or click on the Windows icon in the lower-left corner of the screen. When the Start menu opens just type autoplay and Windows should find the appropriate item (Figure A).
The window that pops up will show the appropriate items you need to toggle (Figure B). Set Use AutoPlay For All Media And Devices to Off and set Removable Drive And Memory Card to Take No Action. That’s it!
Disabling AutoPlay and AutoRun in the Group Policy Editor
For a deeper level of control, and to disable AutoRun as well, you’ll need to turn to the Group Policy Editor. Windows administrators should be able to find the necessary policies by following these same steps but will need to apply them to organizational units in order to make them take effect across their domains.
SEE: Securing Windows policy (Tech Pro Research)
Start by opening the WIndows Start menu again, but this time type gpedit. When the Group Policy Editor appears in the search results (Figure C), click on it.
In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following folders under Computer Configuration: Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> AutoPlay Policies (Figure D).
It’s important to disable both AutoPlay and AutoRun, as they have different functions: AutoPlay pops up a dialog window prompting a user to do something with inserted media, whereas AutoRun simply looks for an INF file and starts executing it to install software. Both are risky.
First, click on the Turn Off AutoPlay item. On the screen that opens (Figure E) set the item to Enabled. Look for the Options window, which should default to All Drives when you enable the policy. Leave that as-is. Click Apply and the window will close.
Next is to change the Set The Default Behavior For AutoRun item. Click on that and you should see the screen shown in Figure F.
Again, toggle the policy to Enabled and look under Options–It should say Do Not Execute Any AutoRun Commands. If it does, leave it, and if not, choose that option. Click Apply and you’re all set.
At this point, individual users won’t need to take any other actions, but they will need to manually launch CDs and other media inserted into their PCs. That adds a bit of hassle, but it’s nothing compared to having to save a compromised machine or dealing with the fallout from stolen data.
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Netflix and chill takes on a whole new meaning when binge watching. Plowing through a whole series in days seems to be the whole point of the service’s auto-play feature. Netflix automatically starts the next episode of the current series, often before the credits are even finished rolling. There’s only a few seconds in which to abort the next episode. Once it’s started, it’s already too late.
Of course, auto-playing the next episode can be disabled on Netflix. This will change the behavior of the Netflix app or web browser viewer to stop at the end of the current episode. There will be a convenient button to start playing the next part of the series, however it won’t actually play until clicked.
Turning off auto-play provides more time for an intermission, or a graceful exit from watching Netflix for the day. Follow these steps to disable any series from auto playing the next episode on Netflix:
- Open netflix.com in a web browser
- Click the Sign In button
Autoplay next episode can also be turned off from the avatar menu. Click your avatar for profile settings. Then navigate to Account -> Playback Settings and uncheck Autoplay next episode in a series. Each profile must be changed manually.
To make sure the new settings take effect across all devices, you may have to log out and log back into Netflix on each device.
Netflix has become the standard for streaming services, and the one we’re simply stuck with. There’s no escape from Netflix, and for those of us trapped in its ever-expanding wormhole, there’s one feature that’s been incredibly annoying for years — autoplay.
Whether you’re browsing genres to figure out what to watch, or just enjoying the ending credits of a movie, autoplay is the bane of any watcher that isn’t ready to pounce like a feral cat to stop the next episode of a series from playing automatically.
Simply put, autoplay is annoying — and now there’s a way to disable it permanently on your account. You can toggle this feature on / off in your Settings, and we’ll explain how to do it in the simplest way possible below. It’s very easy, and doing it can save savvy watchers from being subjected to the trailers and whims of Netflix.
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There are two settings you can disable to removes autoplay — trailer autoplay while browsing, and next episode autoplay.
- How To Disable Autoplay:
- Sign in to Netflix on a Web Browser.
- Left-click the icon in the top-right corner — select Manage Profiles from the drop-down menu.
- Select the profile you want to alter.
- On the Edit Profile menu, uncheck the options under Autoplay Controls.
- Left-click Save to complete these changes.
There are two new boxes you can toggle on / off under Autoplay Controls.
- Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices.
- Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices.
Unchecking these boxes will disable autoplay on all devices — so you won’t have to deal with autoplay on your console or smart devices. It might take some time for these changes to take effect, so don’t expect an instant change on all your devices. If you want to force an update, just swap to a different profile, then swap back to the profile you want to use.
Now Netflix just needs to stop skipping credits on movies. I need that wind-down period after a film to reflect on how I’ve just spent two hours of my life.
Netflix’s Post-Play feature can now be disabled in your account settings.
Back in August 2012, Netflix announced a new feature called Post-Play. The thought behind the feature was to make it easier for those of us who binge on a steady stream of episodes from the same TV series.
With Post-Play, Netflix will automatically begin playing the next episode, without requiring any interaction from the user. Every two episodes you’re asked to confirm you’re still watching and haven’t nodded off to sleep.
As with any feature, Post-Play isn’t for everyone; but until recently, it was enabled by default with no way for Netflix users to turn it off on streaming-supported devices. TechHive originally reported in October 2013 that the option to disable Post-Play would be coming, eventually. Fast-forward and now Netflix has finally enabled the setting, again as first reported by TechHive.
To disable Post-Play should you not enjoy having an endless stream of mindless content thrown at you, you’ll need to log into your account on Netflix.com.
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Click on the Playback Settings link, found in the “Your Profile” category. Here you can edit the amount of data, or stream quality, Netflix will use with your account, as well as uncheck the box to disable Post-Play.
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Simple enough. Now, who do I have to talk to at Netflix in order to get Post-Play on Apple TV? I want this feature.
I love Netflix, but browsing for new material is a nightmare. Every time I’m on a show or movie for more than a second or two, the preview starts to play. And it’s loud and often not at all the kind of content I seek. I hate that preview autoplay, Dave! Is there a way to disable it?
You might think that displaying information on a collection of movies and TV shows would be a fairly easy task but for as long as Netflix has been around, it’s been tinkering with the user interface. Back in the old days, it was basically a DVD-by-mail service and the interface was basically via a Web browser. $3.49 a disk mailed directly to your house! When there’s relatively little content – like Apple TV+ – it’s not too critical to have the browse and discover features be that great, but when you consider the thousands of series and movies that Netflix has, it’s a lot more complicated to ensure we can find fun and interesting new content. Plus, if it looked identical every time you connected on your phone, computer, or TV, well, you’d assume nothing changed and get bored with the service.
All of which is to say that the preview autoplay feature in Netflix is intended to help us find interesting new content that piques our interest and while it can be a good discovery tool, it’s often not. In fact, asking about how to disable it is one of the most common questions on the Netflix Reddit group!
And, as of February, 2020, you finally can do just that.
But let’s start with a historical screen capture of the Netflix home page circa 1999:
Four movies shown and a banner affirming “Now with over 3,700 DVD titles to rent!” We’ve moved along quite a bit in the evolution of TV, the Internet and streaming video content services, that’s for sure!
Know how when you get to the end of an episode of a series on Netflix that it automatically plays another episode? That’s called “autoplay next episode” on Netflix and looks like this:
Turns out you can disable that feature too if it’s responsible for keeping you up too darn late night after night. 🙂 In fact, the controls are located in exactly the same place.
But you have to log in to Netflix via a Web browser to get to them. That’s right, you can’t get to these settings on your TV, tablet or in the Netflix app on your phone. Log in by going to www.netflix.com and you’ll be able to choose which profile you want to use:
You can see that ours are a bit whimsical and yes, it’s true, our dogs and cats have their own Netflix profile too!
What you want to do here is click on “Manage Profiles” then choose your own profile from the list.
You’ll be able to change the picture and name:
Note that you can limit content for your children’s accounts here (though it’s not particularly great parental controls). Much more importantly, below these set of options are the two checkboxes that people have been asking about for years:
The first choice, Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices. can enable or disable the automatic progress to subsequent episodes when you’re watching a series. Yes, it’s the end of binge watching! Well, it can be: you’ll still see the button for the next episode, you’ll just have to actually click or tap on it to proceed.
That second choice is what you seek, however, Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices. Uncheck this and your Netflix browsing experience will be quite different and quite a bit calmer too.
Me? I have both checked for now, but knowing I can disable or stop autoplay previews on Netflix definitely is a good thing.
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People watch Netflix on different devices; TVs, Chromecasts, laptops and desktops, phones, and tablets. On some devices there is more than one way to watch e.g. on Windows 10, users can watch Netflix in any browser or they can use the official Netflix app. The only problem is that some Netflix features that can be modified on a desktop browser cannot be customized on an iPhone or an Android. If you’re annoyed with Netflix automatically playing the next episode in a series, you can disable it on literally every device you watch on. There’s an option in Netflix’s playback settings that lets you disable autoplay and it works across all devices.
You can stop Netflix automatically playing the next episode from your desktop. You can do it from your phone as well but it will redirect you to Netflix’s web interface which is where you will make the change. It will work just the same but you’re essentially still using the web interface to do it instead of the official Netflix app.
On your desktop, visit Netflix and sign in. This setting is made on a per-profile basis so make sure you’ve selected your own profile and not that of someone you share the account with. Once you’re on the Netflix Browse screen, click your profile icon at the top right and select ‘Account’ from the dropdown.
Scroll down to the Profile section and select ‘Playback settings’.
The Playback Settings page lets you choose the default playback quality but it also lets you disable autoplay on Netflix. Uncheck the ‘Play next episode automatically’ option and click Save.
Netflix will still link you to the next episode however it will no longer automatically play it and you won’t see the countdown to when the next episode starts to play.
If you’re looking for a way to autoplay the next episode without the countdown, your options are limited. For example, if you watch Netflix in Chrome, you can install Flex Assist and it will get rid of the Netflix countdown. If you prefer to use a different browser then you’re going to have to look for an add-on or extension that does what Flex Assist does. Chrome and Firefox are the only two browsers that have a fairly large library of extensions and add-ons. Both Opera and Edge support add-ons but their libraries are modest and most are geared towards productivity instead of making binging on Netflix easier.
The autoplay next episode feature on Netflix is great when you are binge-watching a show on a cold Sunday afternoon, making it so you don’t even have to touch the remote to watch the next episode of your new favorite show. Despite this undeniable benefit, I however find this feature to sometimes make me watch another episode even though I didn’t really want to.
I live this specific situation pretty much every night. I plan to go to bed when the currently playing episode is over, but all the sudden, another episode starts. “Well, we might as well watch this one too now, but we’re definitely going to bed when it’s over.” I’m sure this will sound familiar to many of you.
Autoplay next is also pretty bad for kids sitting in front of Netflix as they don’t really get a chance to do something but watch what’s coming next, encouraging them to stay on the couch instead of being more active.
However, autoplay next is not a fatality as the feature can be disabled. In this post, I will show you how to stop the Netflix autoplay next episode feature for each profile you have set up under your account. This will put you back in control as you’ll be able to decide what to watch next on your own terms.
Stop autoplay for the next episode on Netflix
It’s important to note that autoplay next is a feature that is set at the profile level. For example, if you have one profile for you and one for your kid, you can choose to disable auto-next for your kid’s profile but not for yours. The steps described below will then have to be repeated for each profile.
1) In a web browser, log in to your Netflix account. Note that you cannot do that directly from the Netflix app as it has to be done from a browser.
2) In the drop-down on the top right, click Account.
3) Scroll down to the Profile & Parental Controls section.
4) Click to expand the profile you want to change.
5) Go down to the Playback settings option and click Change.
6) Uncheck the box that reads Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices, then click Save.
If necessary, repeat the process for each account.
Going forward, when you get to the end of an episode, the next one will not start playing automatically. Instead, you will have to use the remote to manually select the next episode. Autoplay will also be disabled on other devices such as your iPhone or iPad. So likewise, you will have to manually select what you want to watch next once an episode is over.
While not life changing, disabling autoplay next puts you more in control but more importantly, it can also prevent your kids from vegging out all day in front of Power Rangers Ninja Steel.
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If your Netflix is automatically casting or connecting, it could interrupt your relaxing and entertainment plans. So, you need a quick fix to enjoy a wide variety of award-winning documentaries, movies, TV shows, much more without any problem.
How to stop Netflix from automatically casting? Navigate to your ‘Account page,’ go to your profile’s ‘Profile & Parental Controls,’ and choose ‘Playback Settings.’ After that, go to ‘Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices,’ uncheck the box, save the changes, and refresh your device.
Some of the underlying reasons your Netflix is automatically casting or connecting may not be clear. However, you can fix the error with ease if you use the tips below. Check out the list of the Best Streaming Devices on Amazon now!
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How To Stop Netflix From Automatically Casting?
- Navigate to your Account page from your web browser.
- Go to your profile’s Profile & Parental Controls.
- Choose Playback Settings.
- Go to Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices.
- Uncheck the box.
- Click on Save.
- Refresh the device to pick up your updated settings.
- Switch to a different profile, and then switch back.
- Alternatively, sign out and then sign back in.
How to Stop Netflix From Auto-Casting on My iPhone/Android?
- Go to the Play Store app and open it.
- Search for the word “Netflix” in the search bar.
- Tap the Netflix app from the search results.
- Tap Update.
After updating the app, you should choose when to turn on the auto-casting feature with ease.
- Be sure your device is Google protect certified: Go to Settings >About, and then check under Play Protect certification.
- Turn off or adjust Parental Controls.
- Clear the Play Store cache.
- Ensure your Android is version 8.0 or higher: Open the Settings app>About phone or About tablet. You should then scroll down to find the Android version.
- Install the app directly from Netflix.
If you want to update the app on your iPhone, you should do the following:
iOS 13 and Higher
- Tap the App Store icon.
- Tap Profile.
- Find Netflix.
- Tap Update.
- If prompted, enter your iTunes password.
If that fails, contact Apple.
iOS 12 and Lower
- Tap the App Store icon.
- Tap Updates.
- Find Netflix.
- Tap Update.
- If prompted, enter your iTunes password.
Visit Apple Support if you’ve encountered an issue.
How to Stop Netflix from Automatically Connecting to TV?
- Unplug your TV from the power outlet for at least 60 seconds.
- Plug the TV set back.
- Turn the TV back on.
That should be enough to fix the error causing Netflix to cast when you don’t want that to happen automatically.
How to Stop Netflix from Connecting To:
- Go to Settings and then Preferences.
- Navigate to Xbox App Connectivity.
- Change the connectivity to ‘Only from profiles signed in on this Xbox” from ‘Allow from any device.’
- Open the Netflix channel on the device.
- Go to the Settings menu. If prompted, choose a watch profile.
- Select Sign Out.
- Select ‘Yes’ to confirm your selection.
- Choose Settings.
- Select Applications.
- Choose Manage All Installed Applications.
- Scroll down and choose Netflix.
- Select Clear Data.
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So, if your Netflix is casting or connecting automatically and you don’t like the experience, you know what you should do. Follow the above steps. If the problem persists, contact an authorized expert to help you fix it.