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How to keep your kids from watching your Netflix account

Netflix Pin Passcode

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Netflix now allows profiles to be locked with a four-digit PIN code. That's useful for parents who allow children to have access to mobile devices but don't want them rooting through their Netflix profile. (It also serves as an extra layer of security.)

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  • The service: Netflix (From $8.99 a month)

How to lock your Netflix profile with a PIN

  1. Log in to your Netflix account from a web browser, not through the mobile app.
  2. Click your profile icon in the top right corner, then choose Account.
  3. Scroll down to Profile & Parental Controls .
  4. Choose the profile you want to lock.
  5. Under Profile Lock, click Change.
  6. Enter your account password.
  7. Check the box to require a PIN to access that profile.
  8. Enter a four-digit PIN.
  9. Optionally, you can require a PIN to add new profiles — but only for the main profile of the account.

And that's how you lock a Netflix profile with a four-digit PIN. If you want to turn off the PIN code, you'll go through these same steps.

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