If you are an avid Netflix user, you might have come across the frustrating “Are you Still Watching” prompt. This prompt typically appears when Netflix suspects that you have stopped watching a show. While it may help save your data and Netflix’s bandwidth, it can be quite annoying, especially during a binge-watching session. Unfortunately, there is no built-in option in Netflix to disable this prompt. However, there is a workaround that involves using a third-party Chrome extension on your desktop. Here’s how you can do it.
Disabling Netflix’s “Are You Still Watching?” Prompt on Desktop
If you are using Chrome or any Chromium-based browser like Microsoft Edge, which supports Chrome extensions, you can use either the “Never Ending Netflix” or the “Netflix Pause Removal” Chrome extension.
The “Netflix Pause Removal” extension is designed specifically to remove the “still watching” prompt, while the “Never Ending Netflix” extension offers additional features such as skipping title sequences, ending credits, and auto-playing promoted videos. If you want a distraction-free binge-watching experience, I highly recommend using the “Never Ending Netflix” extension.
However, please note that the “Never Ending Netflix” add-on is not available on the Firefox extension store. In that case, you can use the “Netflix Pause Removal” add-on instead.
Disabling the Prompt on TV and Mobile Devices
Unlike on the desktop, there is no direct option to disable the “Are You Still Watching?” prompt on TV and mobile devices. However, you can try the following alternatives:
- Engage with the app by changing the volume or skipping the title sequences.
- Manually start the next episode by disabling the autoplay feature. You can do this by selecting your profile, going to account settings, navigating to playback settings, and turning off the “Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices” option. Remember to save your changes. From then on, you will need to manually click on the next episode button.
While the “Are You Still Watching?” prompt can be annoying, it serves a purpose in saving data and bandwidth for Netflix. According to Netflix, this feature helps them save an average of 2 billion GB of data every week worldwide. It also ensures faster streaming for viewers. So, do you find this prompt useful or just an annoying interruption? Let us know in the comments below.