How to Set Up Parentral Controls on Netflix: A Step-by-Step Guide


As a parent, you want to ensure that your children have access to age-appropriate content on Netflix, without compromising their safety or privacy. Fortunately, Netflix offers robust parental controls that allow you to customize the viewing experience for each profile on your account. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up parental controls on Netflix, so you can rest assured that your children are enjoying the service responsibly.

Accessing Parental Controls on Netflix

To access Netflix’s parental controls, follow these steps:

  1. Open Netflix on your desktop computer or laptop.
  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select “Account.”
  4. Scroll down to the “Profile & Parental Controls” section.
  5. Click on the dropdown menu for the profile you want to limit.
  6. Select “Change” in the “Viewing Restrictions” section.
  7. Enter your Netflix password to continue.

Setting Broad Level Restrictions

Once you’ve accessed the parental controls, you have two main options for setting restrictions: broad level restrictions and title-specific restrictions. Let’s start with broad level restrictions.

Broad level restrictions allow you to set a maximum rating for content that can be viewed on a particular profile. For example, you might set a limit of PG-13 to prevent your children from accessing mature content. To set a broad level restriction, follow these steps:

  1. Select “Change” in the “Viewing Restrictions” section.
  2. Choose the profile you want to limit.
  3. Select the desired rating level from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click “Save” to apply the restriction.

Title-Specific Restrictions

If you want to exercise greater control over what your children can watch, you can set title-specific restrictions. This allows you to block individual titles or entire genres from being viewed on a particular profile. To set a title-specific restriction, follow these steps:

  1. Select “Change” in the “Viewing Restrictions” section.
  2. Choose the profile you want to limit.
  3. Search for the title you want to block.
  4. Click on the title to open its details page.
  5. Select “Block” to prevent the title from being viewed on the profile.
  6. Repeat the process for additional titles or genres you want to block.

Managing Notifications and Playback Settings

In addition to setting viewing restrictions, you can also manage notifications and playback settings for each profile. Here’s how:

  1. Visit the “Notification Settings” section.
  2. Choose whether you want to receive notifications via email or phone.
  3. Customize your notification preferences accordingly.
  4. Visit the “Playback Settings” section.
  5. Select whether you want shows to autoplay when selected.
  6. Turn off the types of playback you want to avoid.

Locking Profiles and Devices

Finally, you can lock profiles and devices to prevent unauthorized access. Here’s how:

  1. Visit the “Profile Lock” section.
  2. Make sure the profile you want to lock is selected.
  3. Enter a passcode to secure the profile.
  4. Keep the passcode safe, but not in your computer’s password manager if your kids are old enough to use it.
  5. Update your Netflix apps on your devices to ensure the controls sync properly.


With these steps, you can effectively set up parental controls on Netflix to protect your children from inappropriate content and ensure they enjoy the service responsibly. Remember to review and adjust these settings regularly as your children grow and mature. Happy streaming!


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