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Netflix finally lets you protect profiles with a PIN. This is especially useful if you have children that use your account. You can lock your adult profile with a PIN, ensuring children can only use their own profiles.

To find these options, head to the Netflix website, mouse over your profile icon at the top-right corner of the screen, and click “Account” to find your account settings.

Opening Netflix account settings

Under Profile & Parental Controls, click the arrow to the right of the profile you want to restrict.

Viewing profile options on Netflix

Click the “Change” button to the right of “Profile Lock.” If no PIN is yet set, this feature will be “Off.”

Accessing Profile Lock on Netflix's website

You will have to enter your Netflix password. If you share your account with other people, anyone with your Netflix password can come to this page and change or remove the PIN.

Entering Netflix password

Check the “Require a PIN to access [Name]’s profile” box and enter a four-digit numerical passcode.

If you like, you can also activate “Require [Name]’s PIN to add new profiles.” This will prevent people from creating new profiles on your Netflix account unless they know your PIN.

Click the “Save” button to activate your chosen PIN.

Creating a Netflix PIN

When you’re done using Netflix, you can open the menu and select “Exit Profile” to sign out of your profile.

Signing out of a Netflix profile

When someone selects a locked profile, they’ll have to enter your selected PIN before they can access it.

Entering a PIN for Profile Lock on Netflix

With Netflix’s parental controls, you can also filter content by age rating based on profiles. Click the “Change” button next to “Viewing restrictions” above the “Profile lock” option for an account on the Account settings page to access these options

Now, with PINs, you can ensure children will stick to their own profiles and not back out and open yours.

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