In April 2021, a viral TikTok video reportedly showed how secret codes could be used to reveal genre lists hidden in the Netflix movie streaming app:
The video, which has been viewed over 130,000 times on TikTok since its initial publication in March, received a viral boost in April – 3 million more views – when it was posted to the Facebook LadBible page.
Digital codes can really be used to access different categories of movies on Netflix. It’s not much of a “secret,” however, and this trick doesn’t allow you to access movies that aren’t available through other search methods.
Netflix’s “secret codes” were first reported in 2016. The Independent reported at the time:
There are tens of thousands of secret codes that can give you full access to everything on Netflix.
The site usually requires you to search for an exact title or browse a limited number of genres that the site’s technology thinks you might like, depending on what you’ve already watched.
However, codes that can unlock access to the full list of all of these genres have been discovered, allowing you to choose from the various very specific categories offered by the site.
Netflix users are probably aware that the streaming service recommends movies based on a person’s viewing habits. Netflix spokesperson Marlee Tart said Mashable:
“We categorize our content into thousands of subgenres to help match the right content to the right member based on their viewing history. “
While some users may appreciate these personalized recommendations, others have searched for these “secret codes” in order to find specific categories of movies. These secret codes work best when using Netflix in a web browser. Just enter the code – you can find a list of Netflix codes here – at the end of the following URL: Netflix.com/browse/genre/ADDCODEHERE.
But there are some issues with this method.
For example, these codes are not always up to date. When we tried to find some of the genres on the aforementioned list – like Action & Adventure based on a book from the 1970s (code: 2410) – we found broken links. But it’s not that surprising. Netflix’s movie selections and search algorithms are constantly changing and refining. This is also an unofficial feature that Netflix does not advertise or encourage viewers to use. So while you can find cool movie listings using these codes, don’t be too surprised if any of the codes lead to broken links.