Find Hidden Netflix Treasures With This Simple Trick
Outwit the Netflix algorithm with a little keyboard sorcery.
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You may be one of the millions of Netflix users who's streamed Suits during the past few months (despite the password crackdown), along with a variety of dramas and originals. While Netflix may tune in to your habits with movie and TV show recommendations that are spot on, it's not always the best way to find something new to watch. There's a chance you're overlooking a few gems and niche genres. There's also a chance those personalized suggestions are based on a profile you shared with someone.
You're in luck, though. There's a secret hack for filtering Netflix's catalog by genre to find exactly what you're searching for: Netflix codes. Learn how to use them to choose your own next binge-watch instead of accepting the algorithm's suggestions.
What are Netflix codes?
Netflix codes are based on a number system that corresponds to a different genre or subgenre, which the algorithm uses to categorize and serve up recommendations. For example, instead of scrolling through Romance, search for movies using 8883, or 5475 (romantic comedies) for more specific results. You can also get into the hype surrounding code 9875, which will take you down a rabbit hole of true crime.
So far, Netflix has about 36,000 codes. Note that codes can only be used on Netflix's website and not in its apps.
Where do I find Netflix's secret menu?
Check out netflix-codes.com for a full list. There are about 20 categories like anime, foreign movies and classic movies. Those categories are broken down into more specific subgenres. For example, horror movies -- coded 8711 -- houses 12 more codes like deep-sea horror movies, zombie horror movies, teen screams and more.
The easiest way is by installing the Better Browse for Netflix extension for Chrome. Here's how:
1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and search "Better Browse for Netflix." 2. Click Add to Chrome. 3. Click Add Extension. 4. Log into your Netflix account in a new tab.
At the top of the Netflix home screen, you should see a new option -- Browse All -- next to My List. Click that to search manually or scroll through the subgenres available.
Another way is through the Netflix codes website. Here's how:
1. Visit netflix-codes.com in your PC or mobile browser. 2. Find the genre or subgenre you want to explore. 3. Tap the code next to the genre or subgenre you want. 4. If you're on a device that has the Netflix app installed, the app should open and take you directly to the genre or subgenre you chose. If you don't have the app installed, it'll open Netflix through the browser and you can view the specific movies and shows available. 5. Tap thetitle you want to watch.
You can also use the Netflix codes manually in your browser. Here's how:
1. Visit netflix-codes.com in your PC or mobile browser. 2. Find the genre or subgenre you want to explore. 3. In another tab, type in http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/INSERTNUMBER, but replace INSERTNUMBER with the specific genre or subgenre code. 4. You'll be taken to Netflix to peruse the titles available in that section.
From there, you can either make a mental note of the movie you want to watch and go back to the app on your preferred device, or log in to watch in your browser.
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