3 tricky ways YOU can get around Netflix’s ban on password sharing
Netflix finally figured out the password exchange This week freeloaders are getting hysterical, but power users have already come up with a simple workaround.
Under rules introduced this week in 103 countries, including the US and UK, people who watched Netflix under someone else’s account, you will now have to create and pay for your own logins.
Those who want to go the official route can pay an additional $7.99 per month (£4.99 in the UK) to add another member to their Netflix account from outside their family.
The only problem is that this option is only available to Netflix Standard and Premium subscribers, who already pay $15.49 and $19.99 per month, respectively.
Here’s how you can get around the tough new measures without paying a dime extra:
Millions of people are now banned from lending Netflix logins to people outside their family
Just don’t sign in to Netflix with your smart TV or streaming box.
Netflix defines what they consider your home by the preferences you control on the primary TV you use, whether it’s a smart TV like the Roku or a streaming device like the AppleTV or Amazon Fire Stick.
Account holders will be charged $7.99 per month for each additional member they add.
So just don’t start a household.
If you’re comfortable with saving your Netflix streaming to portable devices, laptops, tablets, and phones, this should work well.
You can even stream Netflix to your TV from your phone, or connect your TV to your laptop with an HDMI cable for a home theater experience, no extra payments required.
Of course, these hardware fixes can annoy some users if they instinctively recoil at the thought of adding bulky cables or additional hardware.
Fortunately, this is not the only workaround.
Set up automatic forwarding for email verification codes
In addition to your main home TV, Netflix uses your IP address and wireless network as part of determining your family.
In practice, this means that Netflix sets up a roadblock and sends a verification code to the primary account holder every time he or someone else tries to log in from a new wireless network.
This can get quite tedious if the owner account is set up to send these codes via text message and everyone who shares the membership is pestering them for the verification codes they also need for that subscription.
But Netflix will also email these verification codes to the owner of the main account instead, if the phone number is not linked to the account.
And there are many easy ways to have all those verification number emails from email@example.com automatically forwarded to your faraway, beloved family and friends. Gmail by Google And Microsoft Outlook both make automatic email forwarding a breeze.
Netflix’s tightened new rules now apply in more than 100 countries around the world.
Netflix has certainly changed its tune since it tweeted “Love shares password” in 2017.
Sign in to the account owner’s Wi-Fi network
Is it really so difficult to visit mom or dad or best friend for a sleepover from time to time?
Because Netflix uses the primary account holder’s IP address and wireless network as part of his definition of a householdyou should be in top shape if you can log into Netflix, at least occasionally, over the Wi-Fi connection at the account holder’s home.
Once you sign in, whether on your phone, laptop or tablet, you can stay signed in and watch your favorite movies wherever you are.
It’s possible that Netflix will change its rules and require you to reconnect to your home Wi-Fi network more often at some point in the future.
But so far there is nothing Netflix Help Center to suggest that you will need to re-verify your location at regular intervals.
Dailymail.com will update this post when Netflix reveals more about the new policy.