A Netflix and chill session can be a lot of fun. Grab a snack and a drink, sit down and watch your favorite movie or show. But there's one thing you don't need when binge-watching the latest series – those annoying lines of white text in the top left.
Sometimes it can be useful to inquire about the bitrate, elapsed time and status of the subtitles, what the text displays. However, you certainly don't want this information constantly displaying on your screen, blocking the corner and distracting your attention.
Luckily, disabling the top left text isn't complicated at all. In this article, you'll learn how to do just that, along with other Netflix-related tips and tricks.
How to get rid of top left on Netflix?
The method you can use to get rid of top left corner on Netflix will depend on your device. As you may already know, the streaming service is available on all devices with internet access.
Here's how to turn off the top left text depending on your device:
- On a smart TV, find the "Info" or "Option" key and press it to delete the text. If there is no such button, try the Asterisk button.
- On Roku, you have to go back to the home screen, hit the Asterisk button, and go back to what you were watching.
- For Xbox, pressing the right joystick will cause the text to disappear.
- For PlayStation 4, you can either press the right stick or the Options button right next to the triangle.
If you can't get rid of the text on the top left of your device for some reason, you can try deleting and then activating Netflix. Alternatively, restarting your device may do the trick.
How to get rid of subtitles on Netflix?
Subtitles can be annoying on Netflix, and they may be on by default. Fortunately, removing them is relatively simple.
Of course, how you get rid of subtitles on Netflix will depend on the device you're using. Follow these steps to turn off subtitles on Netflix:
If you are on a computer:
- Find the text box icon in the lower right corner – it should be next to the fullscreen button.
- Hover over the text box until a menu appears.
- In the menu, under "Subtitles", you will see the option to turn off subtitles. Click it, and the job should be done.
On a smartphone:
- Tap your screen while the show or movie is playing.
- At the bottom of the screen you will see a menu with different options. Find “Audio and subtitles” and open it.
- There will be an option to disable subtitles on the right side. Tap it and you'll be good to go.
If you're watching Netflix on a Smart TV, the particular options may be different. In general, the method will look like this:
- Look for accessibility options in your TV settings. If there is such an option, make sure it is enabled. However, if you don't see any accessibility settings, continue to the next step.
- While the show of your choice is airing, hold down the “Menu” button or equivalent.
- You should see a menu appear. Look for 'Captions', 'Subtitles' or a similar option and disable it by selecting it.
- When you select what you want to watch, a menu appears on the left side.
- Go to "Audio and subtitles" then press "A. »
- You will see the Subtitles menu. Find the option to disable them and press "A" to select it.
Alternatively, rather than setting everything up before pressing play, you can access the same menus while watching the program. Press “B” to display the menu, after which you can follow steps 2 and 3 described above.
On PlayStation 4 or 3:
- Press the right stick down to access the menu.
- Locate "Audio and Subtitles" and press "X".
- There will be a 'Disabled' option under 'Subtitles. Navigate to it and select it by pressing "X".
How to enable Netflix play counter on your Roku?
Although it gets in the way of your viewing pleasure, the top left text can be very useful in certain situations. For example, if you want to check if your streaming is good enough or how long a show will last, the top left corner can be useful.
Here's how to enable the Netflix play counter if you're using Roku:
- Go to Netflix on your Roku and select a movie or show.
- Immediately after the program begins to load, hold down the “Asterisk” button.
- If you time this action correctly, you will see the top left white text appear. However, if you missed the time window to activate it, a different menu will appear and the text will be missing.
How to get Netflix viewing statistics?
You will be able to access basic playback statistics which will be displayed at the top left of your screen while you are watching the program you have chosen. Keep in mind that you can disable this option the same way you enable it.
- For a smart TV, press the key marked "Info", "Option" or the asterisk symbol on your remote.
- On Roku, press the Asterisk button on the remote.
- For Xbox, press the right joystick to bring up the text.
- On PlayStation 4, press the right stick. You can also use the Options button – it's next to the triangle.
Watching Netflix on your PC will allow you to access much more detailed information using different methods.
Here are some keyboard shortcuts you can use to view advanced Netflix stats:
- Press "Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S" to bring up a control panel where you can see and adjust the bitrate and your CND.
- "Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D" displays detailed statistics for the video. You will see bitrate, buffer, frame rate, CND and many other stats.
- Press "Ctrl+Alt+Shift+L" to see a log of every change applied to the video. There are many advanced options that you can access through this log that can be useful for troubleshooting.
- If you press “Alt+Shift” and left-click at the same time, you will get a full menu that includes the options mentioned above, as well as synchronization settings.
Another way to access useful statistics for Netflix is to install a dedicated browser extension. This type of extension can let you see all the shows and movies you've watched, the amount of time you've spent on Netflix daily, and lots of relevant statistics related to streaming quality.
How to hide the box in the corner of Netflix?
If you're looking for ways to hide the corner box on Netflix, you're probably thinking of the infamous white text that displays play stats or the play counter.
To remove the text, you will need to follow a few simple steps, depending on your device:
- For a smart TV, press the “Option” or “Info” button. If you can't find these buttons on your remote, press the Asterisk button.
- For Roku, return to the home screen and press the Asterisk button on your remote.
- On Xbox, press the right stick.
- On PlayStation 4, press the right stick or the Options button.
Sometimes you can also see the video playing in the box. If so, you need to reboot:
- For Android devices, restart it by pressing the power button.
- For Blu-ray players, you need to sign out of Netflix and restart the device.
- For a decoder, restart it by leaving it unplugged from the power supply for at least two minutes.
- For a Smart TV, try signing out of Netflix and restarting the TV.
These methods should help if you see a small off-center image in the corner instead of the full screen.
1. How do I get back to Netflix?
If you decided to take a break from Netflix at some point and want to return, you can restart your account in one of two ways:
1. If your account is still active, sign in to Netflix and go to "Restart Your Subscription".
2. If your account becomes inactive, you will need to restart the subscription with a different billing date.
2. How do I access settings on Netflix?
You can access Netflix settings by logging in and visiting the official Netflix website. Once logged in, you will see an arrow button right next to your profile. Select the button, then tap "Account" to access the Netflix settings menu.
Make every Netflix session an absolute joy
With so many programs available for viewing, Netflix is the ultimate hub for fun and exciting content. Now that you know how to get rid of the top left text and inspect your settings to remove any distractions, you can relax and enjoy all the shows you want.
Sit back and let the viewing frenzy begin.
Were you able to remove the annoying text on the top left of your device? Did you find any statistics interesting or useful? Let us know in the comments section below.