How to turn off auto-playing previews on Netflix from your iPad

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If it wasn’t already clear, streaming services are the “next big thing”. More and more people are cutting the cable and switching to a streaming only lifestyle. At the forefront of this for many, has been Netflix, although new services are arriving all the time.

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Netflix has been killing the game for years now, and the company has been trying to keep its platform updated. Some of the interface updates have been welcomed, and others have become nothing more than an annoyance. But the catch is that if Netflix doesn’t want to lose its user base, it has to quickly make moves to keep its customers happy.

How to turn off auto-playing previews on Netflix

One of the more annoying aspects of a recent Netflix is the auto-playing previews. This is found when you are browsing the streaming service and an ad for a show or movie starts playing. For some reason, Netflix decided this would be a good way to get folks semi-interested in different content, but it’s just become an annoyance.

Here’s how you can turn off auto-playing previews from your iPad:

  1. Open Safari on your iPad
  2. Navigate to
  3. Log into your account
  4. From the Profile Page, select Manage Profiles
  5. Choose the profile you want to change
  6. Under Autoplay controls, uncheck the box labeled Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices
  7. Click Save

Next time you start browsing Netflix for the next great show to spend hours watching, you won’t have to deal with auto-playing ads. Not all of the “ads” are horrible, but it can be annoying when the ads start to play while you’re just looking around.


Despite so many different streaming services coming out of the woodworks, Netflix isn’t going anywhere. The company continues to pour money into new and original series/movies. Netflix is clearly not afraid to keep trying new things.

With the addition of this basic control, it’s also clear that Netflix is still listening to its customers. Now let’s just hope that the company continues to churn out great shows in the future. If you have any questions about using Netflix, let us know in the comments below.

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