Netflix for Android Gets a New Screen Lock Feature to Avoid Accidental Touches

  • Netflix’s Android app has received a new screen lock feature with an aim to avoid accidental touches during movie marathons.
  • The screen lock button is located next to the Episodes and Subtitles options on the screen.
  • The feature is rolling out to users gradually since the past few days and is said to be a server-side update.

One of the common annoyances for users watching Netflix on their Android smartphones or tablets is that the screen can be accidentally activated with a press of your thumb or any other part of your hand depending on how you’re holding the phone/tablet. Keeping this in mind, the streaming platform has now introduced a ‘screen lock’ feature that allows users to touch the screen freely without interrupting the content.

The feature has been sent to the Android version of the app over the past few days and is likely a server-side update which means it may have probably appeared on many devices. It seems like iOS users have been left out of this particular feature for the time being, though an update should be on its way. Features like this have been available on third-party media players for quite some time now, so this is not particularly new to the industry.

The screen lock button will be located next to the regular buttons, and when pressed, will deactivate all other buttons and prompts on the screen (excluding subtitles) and only retain a tiny lock symbol on the screen. To go back to controlling the screen, the user has to tap the onscreen lock twice. Netflix has been one of the most widely used shows in the world right now, along with other streaming apps like Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, and so on. Including customer-friendly features has always been part of the streaming platform’s strategy.

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Via: 9to5Google