Netflix recommendations are far from precise, but this trick will help you find what you really want.

If you find yourself spending more time scrolling through Netflix than watching movies and TV, there’s a better way. You don’t have to be stuck at the mercy of the algorithm or the newish two-thumbs-up like option. If you’re sick of seeing the same list of TV shows and movies you may like based on your profile and what you’ve watched before, you know it’s not the best way to find something new to watch quickly, or any other niche genres you might be interested in.

But there’s a secret trick for filtering Netflix’s library by genre to find exactly what you’re browsing for: Netflix codes. These codes each correspond to a different genre, which the algorithm uses to categorize and serve up recommendations. Instead of passively accepting the algorithm’s picks, learn how to use Netflix codes to find your own next binge-watch.

What are Netflix codes?

Netflix codes, though not a new discovery, are based on a number system the service uses to categorize films and shows by genre and subgenre. Note that codes can only be used on Netflix’s website and not in its apps. 

This is what you’ll see when you visit the Netflix codes website.  Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

Where to find Netflix codes

Check out netflix-codes.com for a full list. There are about 20 categories like anime, foreign movies and classic movies. Those categories are broken down into more specific subgenres. For example, horror movies — coded 8711 — houses 12 more codes like deep-sea horror movies, zombie horror movies, teen screams and more.


How to use Netflix codes

The easiest way is by installing the Better Browse for Netflix extension for Chrome. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and search “Better Browse for Netflix.”
2. Click Add to Chrome.
3. Click Add Extension. 
4. Log into your Netflix account in a new tab.

At the top of the Netflix home screen, you should see a new option — Browse All — next to My List. Click that to search manually or scroll through the subgenres available. 

Use the code 5475 and you’ll unlock a trove of romantic comedies on Netflix.  Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

Another way is through the Netflix codes website. Here’s how:

1. Visit netflix-codes.com in your PC or mobile browser. 
2. Find the genre or subgenre you want to explore. 
3. Tap the code next to the genre or subgenre you want.
4. If you’re on a device that has the Netflix app installed, the app should open and take you directly to the genre or subgenre you chose. If you don’t have the app installed, it’ll open Netflix through the browser and you can view the specific movies and shows available. 
5. Tap the title you want to watch. 

You can also use the Netflix codes manually in your browser. Here’s how: 

1. Visit netflix-codes.com in your PC or mobile browser. 
2. Find the genre or subgenre you want to explore. 
3. In another tab, type in , but replace INSERTNUMBER with the specific genre or subgenre code.
4. You’ll be taken to Netflix to peruse the titles available in that section. 

From there, you can either make a mental note of the movie you want to watch and go back to the app on your preferred device, or log in to watch in your browser.

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