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Lock Your Netflix Profile With A PIN Code

A single Netflix account is usually shared by a bunch of people. Here’s how to lock your Netflix profile using a PIN code, to keep it away from others.

Have you ever wanted to protect your account and prevent third parties from accessing them in the event that they do? It’s entirely possible to put a PIN code on all your content, that shows up before you start watching. This boosts your account security and allows you to ensure others are unable to watch your content, and muck up your recommendations and profile. Thankfully, Netflix parental controls limits viewership from any age to R21.

Also read: How To Get The Best Netflix Streaming Experience

Here is how you can setup a PIN on your Netflix account:

STEP 1: Go to your account settings from the top right corner by clicking Your Account and navigate to to Parental Controls.

How to access account settings.

STEP 2: It will then prompt you to enter your password. Proceed to do so.

Enter your password.

STEP 3: From here you can set your PIN and the age restriction for your content, by dragging the cursor you can set what age restriction you want. Dragging it to older kids will allow content only for contents PG and 7+ to be watched without a PIN.

Setting the bar according to your settings.

If you want a PIN on everything, drag it all the way to the end. This restricts nearly all content except the shows for little kids to be restricted by a PIN. This is what one can use to ensure no one else uses your profile.

Setting the restrictions to affect anything above G.

Now you have successfully added a PIN to all your content! In the event that your account is compromised, individuals cannot access your content without a PIN.  Unless they know what your password is, they cannot change this either.

Here is a sample of this concept in action, when we set the bar to toggle at Little Kids and up. Richie Rich has a ALL rating on the Netflix site, and you can see that we can’t access it on our profile without a PIN code.

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Netflix understands your account security and you will be notified if there are any changes on your account. This also means that sensitive details such as your credit card info is completely censored.

If you wish to turn off the setting, simply take your slider to the end of the bar and click on Save.

How to turn off the PIN

Also read: How To Remove The Annoying “Continue Watching” Popup From Netflix

Aside from your account security, you can set age restrictions for your content if you share this account with other members.  Assuming you have children, you can prevent that from accessing content that they should not be watching.

If you are using the 2-screen or 4-screen plan, setting the PIN can also prevent your content playing from being abused. Every time your content is opened on multiple screens – be it the recommended Windows 10 app or Edge browser –  it will require you to enter your PIN to play any movie or TV show.

  • Bill DeWitt

    Doesn’t really lock the profile. They can do anything they want to your profile they just can’t watch the shows.

  • naholyr

    Not perfect yep, as your children can still access your profile and see the thumbnails with nice satanic faces and monsters if you ever watched some horror movies. Even if they can’t actually play it, that can harm the youngest. I’m lucky they never were curious enough (anyway, I’m always there when they watch a show, which is the least imho)

  • Kat

    Why is it that the Profiles can be accessed by anyone who has the ‘account password’? My kids can watch Orange is the New Black if they want to. Restriction code doesn’t work to keep them out. Please advise if there’s another step that can Prevent them from accessing my profile so they can’t access Mature shows.

  • Nozuxe

    I have two profiles…one for me and one i created for my step sisters when they come visit as I was fed up of seeing all the crap they watch on my feed. Is there any way that I can put a pin or password ONLY on my profile?! As right now it seems it is for all profiles and I don’t need a pin on theirs.

  • Mr. Potato Head

    My shared account has obviously younger people on it watching vampire movies, etc. which ruins my suggested titles and puts a lot of those stupid films on it. I’ve changed my name to “Please don’t use my profile” and other points to no avail. Young people don’t give a crap about privacy. My next step is to remove everyone’s profiles.

  • disqus_ZtgMXWY4rF

    It’s a false security system. Kids can actually just click on the “Manage Profiles” and change everything. We have our own profile icons, our own ratings set, and I have been using the PIN to block them from adult shows, But, now I discover they have simply “managed profiles” themselves and changed their own ratings, and there is nothing to stop them. Does anyone know of a way for kids to log in to the family account, with their own passwords? Currently, they log in with the one password, which gives them the same landing page as me. They can see the “manage profiles” button just like me. They can click it, are NOT asked for any security code, and they can then change all the ratings I’ve set, and they can change my pin. They can change the PIN! There is NOTHING to prevent them from acting like the account owner. Ridiculous.

  • Robert Minter

    People here need to understand the way all accounts online work. To have a password protected area you must have an account for each. So separating profiles away from the one account is not possible. The best way round this is to get one account for you and one for the kids. If Netflix codes the site the way you want it the price will rise anyway to accomodate the extra servers needed.

    • Mr. Potato Head

      Actually people need to understand just how damaged our society is regarding privacy and common courtesy. Our leadership lies, murders, cheats, tortures and more so it trickles down to the populace’ value system and behavior. Just look at the offerings of Netflix in the first place, the majority of films or tv shows offered are about murder, revenge, some “Super hero” nonsense or another, queers, vampires, etc.

      So to expect civility from people being bred on this horrific mess is not logical is it? The “kids” should be outside playing with other “kids” and not addicted to web entertainment. The cost of a couple of accounts is pretty prohibitive for many especially considering the return on what is offered. I didn’t watch any tv until a couple of years ago when my landlord gave me free cable. It is my last resort for any “entertainment” these days as well :-/

    • Amit Shil

      Robert, if you see the example of AWS account, only for one account it is possible to create users and password for each users, and different set permissions, the resources for the root users is however shared accross all the users. So that can be done definitely for one account also. Yes I agree that Netfilx has to code that and that may raise the charges.