It is often frustrating to accidentally tap a button and ruin playback when watching Netflix on your phone. Thankfully, Netflix is rolling out a replacement feature for Android devices that tries to stop that.
This new feature, which 9to5Google spotted, lets Android users avoid accidental touches when using the Netflix mobile app. A “screen lock” option will now appear at rock bottom of your screen after you begin watching a television program or movie. Enabling screen lock will stop the button prompts, like the “Play/Pause” buttons, from appearing, helping to stop you from stopping playback or accidentally enabling subtitles. If you would like to disable the feature, tap your screen and an “unlock” prompt will appear you’ll get to tap twice.
Android system gestures, like swiping to travel back, still work when the feature is enabled, however, so it’s not entirely foolproof. Though if you’re someone that moves around tons while you watch, otherwise you have a young kid watching, this feature could convince be a valuable tool in ensuring the show plays straight through.