Netflix hosts some of the best TV shows, movies, and documentaries. Perhaps the best thing about this streaming service is it just knows what you want to watch, thanks to its sophisticated algorithms. The dynamic home page and thumbnails look attractive, but discovery is still a challenge.
That inadequacy is apparent especially when you are in a mood to experiment or when you want to try out new genres. And that's when you feel tied up with no options to tell you about the reviews, hidden movies, sub-genres, and leaving you with a search option.
So, what do you do? Let Netflix take control of your watching habits? Well, how about the other way around?
In this post, we explore some of the must-have Android apps that will boost your Netflix experience and help fill the gaps.
Let's get started.
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If you are an avid Netflix fan, you must know that Netflix tailors thumbnails as per your watch history. Imagine discovering an interesting movie thumbnail only to find that the movie was not worth it.
Don't you wish to view IMDB scores on Netflix easily? Mostly to figure out a particular movie's ratings and other details before investing our precious time in it.
Flutter brings movie ratings within the Netflix app using a neat overlay wherein you see average rating as soon as you open a title. That's how the app makes it simple to see highest-rated content on Netflix.
This app sources movie ratings from IMDB, so you needn't worry since many consider it as a reliable source for Movies and TV shows ratings. However, Flutter requires access to Accessibility settings and Overlay permissions to work.
You can even find the trending movies and shows through the app. Just make sure to keep this app in the Not Optimized list under Battery Optimization.
"What movie should I watch today" is perhaps one of the most common dilemmas of a Netflix user. Just Watch solves this issue through its catalog of all the recent additions to Netflix. Apart from displaying all the titles, it shows a timeline when a particular movie was added.
You can customize the search by specifying the average rating and type of movies you'd like to watch.
To use this app, you need to select the region and then the service — Netflix. Once done, the app will display all the new Netflix content. To filter the shows and movies, tap on Filter and customize it as per your liking.
Rave takes community watching to an entirely new level. This little app lets you watch movies and shows with your friends even when they are not in the same city or country. All you need to do is invite someone with a valid Netflix account to your virtual party. Also, there are many public viewing streams that you can join.
This app replicates the Netflix home screen on your phone. Once you select a title, scroll down and tap on the Privacy > Friends, and share the link with your buddy over email or SMS.
Apart from the above features, Rave integrates chat just in case you want to have a quick word with your friend. Rave also supports a couple of other services like YouTube, History Channel, Vimeo and Liked.
You may face some latency issues, but not too annoying to spoil the fun.
Note: Both the parties need a working Netflix account for this app to work.
The other day I was searching for Thor: Ragnarok on Netflix, and I was surprised when I couldn't find it. However, a quick search on Google revealed that the title was indeed available on Netflix, but for select regions only. Bummer!
Netflix serves content in different regions and each region has a different catalog. So, how do you bypass these region restrictions? Turns out, there's a way around it, after all.
The answer is VPN apps. Though there are many apps out there in the Play Store, HideIPVPN is one of the best apps for the job. It's free and it's comparatively faster compared to the other apps.
As is the practice with these apps, you'd need to log in to a US VPN, access Netflix and see the magic unfold before you. Yes, you can thank me later.
Note: If you plan to use any other VPN service, then the experience and speed may not be optimized for it. So this requires a bit of trial and error on your part.
Do you want your movies scrubbed of nudity, adult language, and violence? If yes, VidAngel is the one for you. This neat app filters profanity and mature content from movies, thus making them ideal for viewing with the family.
You'd need to connect your Netflix account to use this app. The admirable thing about this app is that it lets you choose the content you want to skip.
Before starting any show, tap on Filters to list the objectional content. All you need to do is tap on the ones which you want to skip. Once you make the selections, VidAngle will tailor the stream for you.
VidAngel is perfect if you want to skip the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) scenes to watch shows on your daily commute or during your office hours.
20th Century Fox, Disney, and Warner Bros sued VidAngel in 2016 for copyright infringement. After losing the legal battle, VidAngel switched to digital streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.
Note: VidAngel is free for the first 30 days after which you must pay $9.99 per month to continue using it.
Forget hunting and digging through Netflix's archive to search for movies. Secret Movie Categories makes this job simple for you by listing all the hidden and obscure sub-genres.
What I loved about this app is that you do not need to connect your Netflix account. Open the app, choose a category and all the movies belonging to that genre will show up on the original Netflix app.
Of course, the catalog will depend on your Netflix account's region.
Do you often miss watching your favorite shows and movies? If yes, Simkl Lists is going to be your new BFF. This app helps you to create watch lists for tracking your favorite shows and movies easily. It even sends you emails about your favorite shows, so that you do not miss them again.
Aside from that, it gives you complete information about the titles. Also, you can check out IMDB ratings and watch the trailer. Simkl aces with Netflix, and also works for other streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Video, Look, etc.
So, these are some of the must-have Android apps for Netflix lovers. What I loved about each one of them is that they are unique, and gives you much-added functionality which is missing in the Netflix app. After all, a little bit of help sounds brilliant, right?
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