Netflix is a popular streaming platform for movies and TV shows in the world. It is available in a variety of devices like smartphones, computers, tablets, and televisions. If you use Netflix a lot on an Android device, then you will now get a new feature from the service called– screen lock support. Now it is rolling out for the Netflix app on Android devices and is available across all the compatible devices through a server-side change. The feature No Option on the screen would mean to prevent accidental touches causing interruption while watching on Netflix.
Now Android users will be able to see a button in the on-screen controls called ‘Screen Lock’ when watching a TV show or movie on the platform. The feature turns off all on-screen controls when active, leaving only a single button that can be used to unlock the screen. It is a two-step process, as you will have to confirm that you want to deactivate the lock, you will need to tap on the lock icon twice.
Most controls, including play, rewind, pause, forward, playback speed, audio, and subtitle settings, and the playback timeline are disabled when the screen lock is active, but it is still possible to zoom in and zoom out or use Android navigation buttons or gestures to exit the content. However, it can prevent accidental touches for most things that are quite common on pocket devices, given how close our fingers are to the screen at any given time.
It is not the first time we have seen such a feature. VLC Player also has a similar screen lock option that prevents the use of the screen when videos are playing. Such a feature can also be useful if you have children viewing the content, and this will prevent curious fingertips from turning off the video on-screen. However, it is not available on iOS for now.