Netflix app for Android rolls out feature that prevents accidental skips and pauses

Netflix app for Android rolls out feature that prevents accidental skips and pauses

Self-isolating at home?

Well, that’s no problem because Netflix is there to save you from boredom. That is just one of the things to do now, right?

With over thousands of movies and TV series, you will surely never run out of something to watch over this period of quarantine.

You would not mind that social distancing when you are cozied up in your home watching your favorite movies or discovering new ones on your smartphone.

Now would be the perfect time to catch up to that TV series you have been keeping aside due to your busy schedule.

Netflix offers a wide variety of movies and TV shows of all genres.

Now, the media service is rolling out a feature that makes tuning in to the app more worthwhile.

Related: How To Chromecast Netflix (Step-by-step Guide)

No more accidental skips and pauses for the app – a new feature rolling in

Imagine this:

Watching a movie on its climax, you don’t mind watching it on a small screen because you are that engrossed in the film.

You move just a little and adjust your grip when suddenly, the movie froze. Worse, it skipped a couple of seconds and you are suddenly lost of what’s happening.

No more accidental skips and pauses for the app – a new feature rolling in
No more accidental skips and pauses for the app – a new feature rolling in

Well, worry no more. Netflix seems to have heard all our collective plea has got your worst nightmare answered.

The media service has rolled out a helpful feature to its Android app that will make that inadvertent time jumps a thing of the past. No more crying over accidental pauses.

The feature rolled out to most Android devices over the past few weeks. But Netflix has kept mum and not said much about it. So, you probably won’t notice the feature’s already available.

How to use Netflix’s ‘lock screen’ button feature

Known as the “Screen Lock Button”, it was first reported by 9To5GooglePressing on the button brings you to a different user-interface which includes the play/pause and the timeline scrubber, and a lock icon on your screen.

GIF credits to 9To5Google
GIF credits to 9To5Google

When you want to get back to the playback UI, you are going to have top press the lock icon twice.

After that, the entire UI comes back and you will be able to use everything back to normal. If you turn the feature off, you can easily turn it back on.

Want to try out this feature? Follow these steps below then.

  1. When watching a movie or TV show enter it into a full-screen mode
  2. Tap the screen anywhere to display the on-screen controls
  3. Tap “Screen Lock.”
  4. Then, you should see a padlock icon popup with the message “Screen Locked. Tap to Unlock.” This will disappear after a few moments and you can finally watch the movie or TV show without the fear of accidentally stopping/pausing and skipping a few seconds.
  5. If you want to access the UI again, click the screen to display the control and tap the padlock icon to unlock the controls. Voíla!

But one thing to remember though, the feature is far from perfect. This is just to keep you from accidentally stopping or skipping a movie, or even to your kids.

Finally, this feature will only be available for a moment to Netflix for Android app at the moment. The iOS rollout will come in very soon as its usage of the app, in general, has dramatically increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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