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Quick Tips: Set up and manage Netflix profiles

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Quick Tips: Set up and manage Netflix profiles

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Learn how to split your Netflix account between different users using profiles.

If you share one Netflix account with multiple people in your home, you probably notice how the recommended videos you get are all over the map. This is especially true if you have a kid in your house. Thanks to my five-year-old, Netflix thinks I'm some kind of maniac who wants to watch Breaking Bad and Daniel Tiger back-to-back. So, to make Netflix useful again, create different user profiles on your account, log in on your computer, and you'll either see a pop-up window right away introducing this new feature or you can go to the top right corner, click on your name, and select manage profiles. Here, you can add up to five profiles on your account and name them whatever you want. After creating the profile, hit the edit button and you can call out that the profiles for a kid under the age of 1, we should keep Sons of Anarchy from showing up in your kid's recommended shows. You can also choose between a few different avatars if you're feeling cute. Now, while there's a check box to keep grown-up content from kids, there's still no check box for keeping your history of kid shows from popping up in your grown-man profile. So, here's the trick for parents to start fresh. Set the primary profile and all of its psychotic viewing habits as your kid's profile and check the box for under 12 to keep things clean. Then, make a new profile for yourself and maybe a separate one for your spouse and these will be clean slates, free from any Phineas and Ferb or that Canadian monster, Caillou. Next time you boot up Netflix, you should see a prompt to choose your profile. It's currently working on the web as well as Apple TV and iOS and should be rolling out to other devices soon. For more quick tips, visit howto.cnet.com. I'm Donald Bell for CNET, changing lives -- one Netflix Queue at a time.

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