Unless you’ve got something in mind, finding a new movie to watch on Netflix can be as difficult as going through a pile of nice-looking clothes on Amazon. You just don’t know what to pick.
One of the many things I personally hate about Netflix is the fact that you can see movie reviews. Although this feature was once present until it was yanked off, you have to depend on your instinct in order to pick a movie worthy of your time.
Another annoying thing is the fact that Netflix’s recommendation system will constantly push the same movie or TV series to your face even if you’ve watched those in the past. Even the “Similar” ones are not better in any way.
But the reality is that there are way too many movies and TVs on the platform than are pushed to your face which might be frustrating.
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Sometimes, I do have to literally Google what I’m going to watch based on reviews and recommendations from other people or just trust my instinct on a selection.
After so many methods, there’s actually a way by which you can in fact filter through the humongous library of Netflix’s titles through the genre in order for you to easily find your exact match.
That way, you won’t have to rely on an annoying suggestion or just randomly select a title and hope one of them ends up being good enough for you.
Introduction to Netflix Codes
There’s this thing called Netflix codes which is basically a number system that represents all the different genres or even subgenres on the platform. The system’s algorithm uses these codes to serve up recommendations based on how titles have been sorted into categories.
Take, for example, rather than going through the list of Cyberpunk sections, you can basically search for Dystopian Futures (2299461). That way, you’d get the actual result you want.
There are about 36,000 codes on Netflix all of which can be used to filter through the unending list of content on the platform.
One thing you should take note of is that Codes only work via Netflix’s website and not on mobile apps.
Furthermore, visit netflix-codes.com for a full list of codes all of which have been sorted into 20 categories. Then those categories are broken into specific subcategories. For example, if you click on Anime with the code 7424, then you’ll see a list of its subcategories such as 11881 Adult animation, 5507 Animal tales, 2729Anime Sci-Fi, and so forth.
How to use Netflix Codes
Rather than manually visiting the Netflix code website, you can actually download a Chrome extension to help you with the task by following the steps below:
- Click “Better Browse for Netflix.” to open the Chrome web store and download the extension
- Next, click Add to Chrome.
- Then click on Add Extension.
- Finally, open Netflix and sign in to your account on the same Chrome browser.
Right at the top of Netflix’s home page, you should see a new option that says “Browse all” at the top menu section.
When you hover over the new menu, you should see different categories listed as a drop-down. If you click on any of them, your homepage will change to titles and subcategories only from that category that you have clicked on…make sense right?
There’s another way by which you can go through Netflix’s codes website
- First, visit the netflix-codes.com on your web or mobile browser
- Then find the genre or subgenre you’d like to explore
- Next, click on the “Code” (the generic number right next to the genre or subgenre).
- If you already have Netflix’s app installed on your device, it should open automatically and take you directly to the selected genre or subgenre. Even if you don’t have an app installed, it should load the selection via the web or mobile browser.
- From there, you can look for the title you’d like to binge and grab your popcorn.
And if you’re like me and like to do things manually, you can do the following:
- First off, visit netflix-codes.com on your web or mobile browser
- Look for the genre or subgenre that you’re interested in
- Then open a new tab and enter the following URL https://netflix.com/browse/genre/INSERTNUMBER/ (Insert the number of the genre or subgenre that you want to explore).
- That way, you’d be taken straight to the page that corresponds with the URL.
That way, you can basically take absolute control of your experience on Netflix rather than allowing its algorithms to suggest boring titles for you.
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