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Netflix for Android now has a screen lock option to prevent clumsiness

You can now watch Netflix on your phone without accidental touches.

Published onApril 21, 2020

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Have you ever accidentally touched your phone’s display while watching Netflix? Isn’t it irritating when your timeline gets scrubbed randomly, or you end up pausing the show, or worse, you skip an entire episode by mistake?

Well, Netflix has heard you. At least its Android users. The streaming platform has added (h/t: 9to5Google) a new screen lock option to the media controls on its Android app. The option is visible on the bottom left of the Netflix UI when you start streaming something.

Pressing the screen lock option locks the entire UI, including the play/pause buttons. This ensures accidental touches don’t hamper your viewing experience. You won’t be able to access the player controls until you tap on the “Screen Locked” button to unlock the UI.

It’s a small feature addition, but could go a long way, especially if you’re watching Netflix on your phone with kids. Below is a GIF showing how exactly the screen lock feature works, courtesy of 9to5Google.

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