18 October 2022
Even though Netflix does not support account sharing among users, it knows a lot of users do that. This is the reason it has been working on ways to remove password sharing completely. It has announced a new feature that will allow users to sign out others from their accounts remotely. It will also show a list of all devices that were used for streaming content recently.
The feature is called Manage Access and Devices which explains what it is meant for. It will show you a list of the most recently active devices using your account. It will show the device type, the profile used, the last watched date and time, and the estimated location of usage. There is a Sign Out button next to each device which you can click to kick that particular user out.
The official announcement blog post reads,
"With the busy holiday season just around the corner, many of our members will be on the move and watching Netflix wherever they are traveling to see family and friends. Logging in to your account while at a hotel or even your friend’s house is easy and intuitive, but occasionally people forget to log out. Today, we’re launching Managing Access and Devices, a new feature in Account Settings that allows you to easily view recent devices that have streamed from your account and to log out of specific devices with just one click."
The feature is the latest step from Netflix in the direction of cracking down on password sharing. It recently announced Profile Transfer functionality that allowed users to import their profile data to a new account. It has also launched a new cheaper but ad-supported subscription tier in a few select countries.