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Android Users Can Now Be Free From Their Netflix Viewing Mistakes

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Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

With much of the U.S. still under orders to shelter in place, there’s not much to do besides stay home and binge watch streaming video. Thankfully, for people who’ve been watching a lot of Netflix on their mobile Android device, Netflix has finally made it possible to remove shows from your Continue Watching row.

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Up until now, Netflix users haven’t really had a way to manage their Continue Watching row directly on an Android phone or tablet, which sometimes meant shows you finished a long time ago or titles you sampled but later abandoned for whatever reason could get stuck in the Continue Watching row for years.

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However, in a new update rolling out to the Netflix app on mobile Android devices over the next few weeks, removing a show from the Continue Watching row will be as simple as tapping the three dot menu icon next to a show and selecting the Remove From Row option.

Unfortunately, the Netflix app for mobile Android devices is being updated gradually in waves, so it’s possible the latest version of the app may not have been pushed out to your device just yet. If you’re confused about which version of the app you have, you can simply look at the Continue Watching row, as the older version of the Netflix app doesn’t contain the necessary menu option (as seen below in a screenshot from a phone that hasn’t received the latest update yet).

The older version of the Netflix app for mobile Android devices seen here doesn’t have the needed three-dot icon needed to remove shows from the Continue Watching row.
The older version of the Netflix app for mobile Android devices seen here doesn’t have the needed three-dot icon needed to remove shows from the Continue Watching row.
Screenshot: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

Meanwhile, for people binging Netflix on other devices, the good news is that you already can delete shows from the Continue Watching row by hiding titles from your viewing activity, which can be done by logging into your Netflix account in a web browser, going to your profile, opening the Viewing Activity section, and hitting the icon next to individual shows. Alternatively, if you don’t want Netflix to track anything you watch, you can simply select Hide All.

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Admittedly, while this isn’t a massive change to the way Netflix works on Android devices, being able to more easily remove shows is a nice way to clean up the app’s suggestions or simply hide the fact that you may have invested too much time into Love Is Blind. 

Senior reporter at Gizmodo, formerly Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag. Was an archery instructor and a penguin trainer before that.

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On another note, I finally figured out how to remove the up next movies from the top row of the Apple TV interface on the TV. Even though I had finished watching Midsommar, it wouldn’t go away, so my kids kept seeing that title card on the screen every time they watched a cartoon. I had also removed it from the app but it still showed up on the TV.

To remove a movie from being displayed there, select the movie and hold down the large square button on the Apple TV remote and it will bring up some options. One of those options is to remove the selected movie.