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Netflix now picks what you should watch (Update: Rolling out to Android)

The new Netflix "Play Something" feature prevents you from needing to make any decisions about what to watch.

Published onOctober 4, 2021

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  • The new Netflix “Play Something” feature removes all decision-making for what you should watch.
  • Netflix will suggest films or series that you might be interested in with the tap of a button. It culls data from videos you’ve watched as well as items on your list.
  • This new feature is rolling out now to all Netflix users. It also works on Android mobile devices, too.

Update, October 4, 2021 (12:27 PM ET): The Netflix “Play Something” feature previously in limited availability is now rolling out globally for Android mobile devices. Folks with Android phones and tablets can simply hit the Play Something button and Netflix will choose some media for you.

Unfortunately, iOS systems are not compatible yet. Netflix will bring the Play Something feature to other platforms at a later date.

Original article, April 28, 2021 (03:59 PM ET): We’ve all been there: it’s been a long day, and you just want to curl up on the couch with some ice cream and watch a movie. But then you face a problem: what should you watch? There are so many choices! You’re supposed to be relaxing and, instead, you are stressed out and start to cry uncontrollably into your Chunky Monkey.

OK, maybe we all haven’t been in that exact predicament, but we’ve all faced the “What should I watch?” dilemma. Thankfully, Netflix is here to save us from ourselves by offering a new feature: the Netflix “Play Something” button.

Related: Netflix: Pricing, content, and everything else you need to know

As its name suggests, the Play Something button does just that: plays something. First, Netflix will suggest a film or series that you haven’t watched but it thinks you’ll enjoy. However, if that’s not good enough for you, you can hit the “Play Something Else” button and it will grab something from one of these categories:

  • A brand new series or film
  • A series or film you’re already watching
  • A series or film on your list
  • An unfinished series or film you may want to revisit

You can just mash the Netflix Play Something button over and over again until you finally land on an episode of Community you’ve already seen 672 times. Evening saved!

To use this new feature, you can find the button underneath your profile name or on the left of the screen in the menu section. It will also appear on the tenth row of your homepage.