Tech tips: How to get better show recommendations on Netflix

Tech tips: How to get better show recommendations on Netflix
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Netflix users can create a custom My List for their favourite shows or shows that they want to watch but do not have the time to watch immediately.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Netflix allows users to create separate profiles, My List, and rate shows.
  • This enables Netflix to suggest users shows of their liking.
  • While setting up their Netflix account, Netflix asks users to select three or more films and series that interest them the most.

If you are new to Netflix and want the streaming platform to good shows to you, the ones you are likely to watch or binge — the first step is to select three or more films and series that interest you the most once you have set your profile. Netflix also gets an understanding of your preferences once you start watching shows or movies on the platform. You can also give a Thumbs up or thumbs down to a film or a series. Every time a user gives a film or series a thumbs up, Netflix is likely to recommend similar stories. Whereas, when users give a thumbs down, Netflix will be less likely to recommend those kinds of shows in the future. To rate a show or a movie, you can follow the given steps:

— On Netflix via browser: Place the cursor on the title you want to rate and select the thumbs up or thumbs down icon.

— On mobile: For Android – select the title you want to rate, select ‘Details & More’ and then tap on the ‘rate’ option to select the ‘thumbs up/thumbs down’ icon; for iOS – select the title you want to rate and tap on the ‘rate’ option select the thumbs up or thumbs down icon.

— On TV: Choose the title you want to rate and then select the thumbs up or thumbs down option.

You can also create a custom My List for your favourite shows or shows that you want to watch but do not have the time to watch immediately. Adding shows to ‘My List’ on your profile serves as a reminder for every time new episodes or seasons of those shows are updated on the platform. When you add titles to your list, Netflix learns your preferences better and recommends more such series and films. You can add shows to My List by following the given steps:

On Netflix via browser: Place the cursor on the title you want to add and select the ‘plus’ icon.

My List will appear as a row on your profile. You can also access it on a browser or laptop by clicking on ‘My List’ at the top of the page; on the app by clicking on Categories. And on TV from the pop-up menu on the left.

Lastly, you can create your own profile on Netflix — if you have multiple people sharing your account that is. Each Netflix account, no matter what plan you are on, lets you create up to five profiles, add a name and a profile photo. You can even set maturity ratings for kids or teenagers at home. So, go ahead and keep your profile just for yourself, while encouraging others to create their own. You can even set a 4-digit PIN on your profile to make absolutely sure no one else is watching from it.