Use this secret Netflix trick to watch something new during the holidays

Use this secret Netflix trick to watch something new during the holidays

This story is part of 12 days of tipsthat help you get the most out of your technology, your home and your health this holiday season.

Ready to kick back on the couch and unwind from your vacation? A Netflix marathon is a great place to start. If you are tired of seeing the same list above Netflix TV shows and movie recommendations, scrolling is not really the best way to find something new to look at. It’s also not a great way to find other niche genres you might be interested in.

But there’s a secret trick to filtering your Netflix library by genre to find exactly what you’re looking for: Netflix codes. Instead of passively accepting the algorithm’s choices, learn how to use Netflix codes to find your own next binge-watch.

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What are Netflix Codes?

Netflix codes are based on a number system that corresponds to a different genre or sub-genre, which the algorithm uses to categorize and serve recommendations. For example, instead of browsing Horror, you can search Small Town Scares (81496215) for more specific results.

So far, Netflix has around 36,000 codes. Note that codes can only be used on Netflix’s website and not in the apps.

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This is what you will see when you visit the Netflix codes website.

Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

Where can I find Netflix’s secret menu?

Check out for a complete list. There are around 20 categories such as anime, foreign movies and classic movies. These categories are divided into more specific sub-genres. For example, horror films — coded 8711 — contain 12 more codes such as deep sea horror films, zombie horror films, teenage screams and more.

How do I use Netflix codes?

The easiest way is to install the Better Browse for Netflix extension for Chrome. This is how:

1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for “Better Browse for Netflix”.
2. Click Add to Chrome.
3. Click Add extension.
4. Sign in to your Netflix account in a new tab.

At the top of the Netflix home screen, you should see a new option — Browse all — next to My List. Click on it to search manually or browse the available subgenres.

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Use the code 5475 and you’ll unlock a range of romantic comedies on Netflix.

Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

Another way is through the Netflix codes website. This is how:

1. Visit in your PC or mobile browser.
2. Find the genre or subgenre you want to explore.
3. Press the code next to the genre or subgenre you want.
4. If you’re on a device that has the Netflix app installed, the app should open and take you directly to the genre or subgenre you selected. If you don’t have the app installed, it will open Netflix through your browser and you can see the specific movies and shows that are available.
5. Press title you will see.

You can also use the Netflix codes manually in your browser. This is how:

1. Visit in your PC or mobile browser.
2. Find the genre or subgenre you want to explore.
3. Type in another tab but replace INSERT NUMBER with the specific genre or subgenre code.
4. You will be taken to Netflix to read the titles available in that section.

From there, you can either note the movie you want to watch and return to the app on your preferred device, or log in to watch in your browser.


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