27 May 2020
If you are someone who prefers to watch Netflix movies and TV shows using their smartphones, you might have experienced accidental touches. These can be an annoying thing to happen as at times, they result in the content get paused, skipping ahead or getting rewind. Thankfully, the development team has taken note of the issue and has released a fix.
Netflix's Android app now offers a new Screen Lock option that works exactly the way its name suggests. It simply disables all of the app's options so that whenever any accidental touch happens, they do not do anything. The lock will make all features like fast forward, fast rewind, Next episode, brightness adjustment, and audio & subtitles become non-functional. It can be enabled anytime by tapping the Screen Lock option twice after the content has been played.
It is worth noting that the option only locks Netflix's in-app options. All other features and functions of your phones will continue to work as usual. It means you will still be able to access Android's navigation gestures/menus and swipe down to minimize/exit the app whenever you want.
Once the lock is active, it will show Screen Locked message whenever you will tap the screen intentionally or unintentionally. There will also be an additional option called Unlock controls? which needs to be tapped if you would like to disable the lock. This new feature is currently limited to Android devices with no words on release for iOS counterparts yet.