Here's how to see the very first thing you watched on Netflix

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Here's how to find out the first thing you watched on Netflix.

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Netflix wants you to know just how much you've been binge-watching its TV and movies . By following the steps in a new how-to posted on the Netflix UK Twitter account Monday, you'll get an almost endless list of everything you've watched -- and you can find out the first piece of content you ever streamed through the service.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Log in to Netflix on a desktop computer. 
  2. In the top right corner, hover over your account image until the drop-down menu appears. 
  3. Click account, and then scroll down to the "my profile" section to select "viewing activity."
  4. It'll load up a huge list of all the content you've watched, and you can even choose to hide items from your viewing history. 
  5. You can then scroll (and scroll and scroll) through your viewing history to get to the bottom to see the first thing you ever watched, or you can hit the "download all" button. It'll download a spreadsheet to your computer that you can scroll through much faster. 

There is one caveat, though: If you've watched a movie or TV episode multiple times, it will only show your most recent viewing. My viewing of A Christmas Prince, for example, is logged as being on Dec. 23, 2019, when I know very well I've watched that movie dozens of times since it launched in November 2017.

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