One thing that collectively frustrates Netflix users all around the world is the fact that certain TV shows, films, and documentaries are only available in specific countries. For this, we have to license restrictions to blame. However, there are multiple ways to avoid Netflix’s geo-blocking efforts.
Although the internet streaming giant has started to wise up to some methods being used to bypass geo-blocking, there are some that still work (e.g. VPN’s) and it seems that this cat-and-mouse game is far from ending.
Apart from the blocking, Netflix has a ton of content that is available but “hidden” on the platform. Why? Well, Netflix’s library is absolutely huge, and it only shows you the most relevant content. But, what about when you’re in the mood for something very, very specific? What do you do then? Netflix’s native search feature isn’t the easiest or the best search tool out there. If you’ve ever searched for Leonardo DiCaprio and ended up being shown some obscure comedian, you’ll know what we’re talking about.
#1: What are Secret Codes?
There is a little hack known as Netflix “secret codes,” which can be used to access an entire library dedicated to specific content. Netflix’s library is categorized into micro-genres, which are hard to access through the site’s main interface. There’s a nice list of codes on NordVPN’s blog.
Netflix literally has tens of thousands of these precise sub-genres which go far beyond the generic genres such as Drama, Comedy, and Action. The number of options available is huge; there are well over 70,000 different micro-genres you can explore, and with Netflix’s human and machine intelligence getting smarter and smarter each day, these sub-genres keep on growing.
From micro-genres consisting of the likes of “Film Noir” and “Mind-Bending Fantasy,” you are sure to find something worth watching by exploring some of the many available options.
#2: Netflix Genre Codes
Each one of these sub-genres has its own code attached to it, and these can be used to access all the content that falls under it. These are just a few that you can use, and when you start getting used to them, you’ll never go back to Netflix’s main interface or the sub-par search function ever again.
- Asian Action Movies: 777232
- Comic Book & Superhero Movies: 10118
- Education for Kids: 10659
- Classic War Movies: 48744
- Dark Comedies: 869
- Foreign Movies: 7462
Of course, we’re not going to sit here and type out every single code available! You can access some of them for yourself here, and it is well worth doing some research yourself as there are plenty of websites on the internet that list some of these keys. Unfortunately, we are unaware of any single site that provides all 70,000+ codes.
#3: Using Netflix Codes
These Netflix codes can only be used on a browser, so, unfortunately, that rules out devices such as iPads and games consoles. This is because you have to modify the Netflix URL in-order to use these secret codes.
- Open Netflix and log in through your favorite browser. We recommend Google Chrome or Firefox for the best performance.
- Navigate to one of the categories. It does not matter which one, what matters is that the URL in the address bar changes to something like https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/xxxx.
- The xxxx represents the Netflix code which corresponds to the category you are currently viewing. It can be up to six digits long.
- Simply replace this four-to-six-digit number at the end of the Netflix URL to the secret code you have chosen and hit enter.
- That’s it; you will now be viewing all the content which falls under the category of the secret code you have chosen.
Netflix is a huge internet streaming service, which serves a global audience. Because of this, its library is monstrous and contains thousands of movies, documentaries, TV shows and other pieces of content that fall under several different categories, genres, and sub-genres. These are represented by numerical “secret codes,” which can be used to narrow down your search and access very specific content through your web browser. With over 70,000 available, you are sure to find something worth watching.