How to Delete 'Continue Watching' on Netflix

No, I don't want to continue watching

Netflix saves where you are in a show or movie, so if you ever stop and come back, you can pick up where you left off. It’s a great feature, but it’s also a curse. Sometimes you need to know how to remove "continue watching" items from Netflix.

Maybe you’re using a friend or family member’s Netflix account, or you watched something you don’t want your significant other to see. Sometimes you try a new show, don’t like it, and don’t want Netflix to keep recommending it. There’s also a possibility you finished the movie or show but stopped at the end credits.

Illustration of a person using a laptop, with Viewing Activity, and Hide Series? messages in the air above them
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Whatever the reason, we’ll walk you through how to get rid of "continue watching" on Netflix.

You can only do this on your computer or mobile device (not smart TVs or streaming devices), and it won't work for kids profiles. It might take up to 24 hours for the titles you hide from your Netflix account to actually disappear from the "continue watching" section.

Clear Your Netflix Watch History

With one exception for Android users, whether you're using the mobile app or the desktop version of Netflix, you'll need to log in to your account, pick the profile you want to delete "continue watching" items from, and then open the Viewing activity page.

Delete Items on Mobile Devices

These instructions apply to iPhone and Android devices made by a variety of manufacturers, such as Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

This first method is for Android users who want to delete a title from the list of recently watched movies and shows. It should work for anyone using the most up-to-date version of the app. If this doesn't work, skip down to the other set of directions below.

  1. With the app open to the Home tab, scroll down until you see the Continue Watching heading.

  2. Tap the three-dotted button next to the title you want to erase.

  3. Select Remove From Row, and then confirm with OK, to delete it from the list.

    Netflix continue watching options on Android

Follow these steps if the directions above don't apply to your device (e.g., you're on iOS or you're using an outdated version of the app):

  1. Tap the profile you wish to edit the items from. If you're in the wrong profile, tap a different one from the More menu.

  2. Open the More menu and tap Account to open your Netflix account settings in your web browser. If you're not given that option, go to netflix.com/YourAccount manually.

    Netflix Android app home screen and more settings screen
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, select your profile to expand the menu, and then choose Viewing activity.

  4. Tap the circle with a line through it, located next to every movie/show you've watched, to mark those items as hidden.

    Netflix My Activity settings on Chrome for Android

If you hide an episode of a TV show, you'll also see a link you can tap to hide the whole series. To hide all the items listed, including movies and TV shows, scroll to the very bottom and tap Hide all.

Delete Items on Desktop Browser

To jump right into Step 3 below, click here, otherwise follow these steps in order:

  1. Hover your mouse over the down arrow next to your profile pic at the top right of the screen, and choose Account.

    Netflix website showing Account button in Profile
  2. Scroll to the bottom, expand the profile you want to edit, and choose Viewing activity.

    Netflix Account settings on the web, showing Viewing activity button
  3. The steps to hide your Netflix watch history are the same as with the mobile version: find the movie or show you want to delete from your watchlist and select the circle with the line through it.

    Hide from viewing history button on Netflix's website
  4. If you chose to remove an episode of a TV show, you'll see this screen next. To remove the entire series, select Hide series?.

    Hide series? link on Netflix's website

You can also scroll to the bottom of your Netflix history and select Hide all.

Now, as you browse through Netflix, the deleted items will no longer appear in your “continue watching” queue. However, Netflix will still use this information in its recommendation algorithms, so you might still receive recommendations based on the show/movie you removed from the list.

Change Netflix Profiles

Another way to deal with the "continue watching" list on Netflix is to keep your viewing habits separated within different profiles. If you want to rewatch a series, for example, or your roommate wants to watch a movie you've already seen, you can build a separate profile to make a fresh "continue watching" list.

You can have up to five profiles on a single account. Learn how to create a new Netflix profile if you need help.

If you want to completely remove a profile from your account to make room for another or to instantly clear the watch history, you can delete a Netflix profile.