When the streaming site Netflix suspects that you may not be watching anymore, it displays an "are you still watching" prompt that blocks playback until you confirm that you are indeed still binge watching Breaking Bad or Peaky Blinders.
Sometimes, that prompt is a godsend as it prevents that the entire season runs through while you are sound asleep in front of your computer or in bed. At other times, it can be quite the nuisance if you get the prompt while perfectly capable of watching yet another episode or ten on Netflix.
You may even have to get up to deal with the prompt depending on how you watch content on Netflix.
It is unclear why Netfix displays the prompts in first place. Some say that it is for the benefit of the company's customers, others that it helps Netflix save bandwidth by blocking playback until customers hit the continue button.
Some Netflix customers may not mind that Netflix displays the prompt after some time while they are using the service. Others dislike it and want to disable it or at least bypass it so that they can watch unhindered.
While Netflix does not offer any options to disable the "are you still watching" prompts in the service's settings, it is possible to bypass them using browser extensions. Works only if you use a web browser like Chrome or Firefox to watch Netflix; if you use an unsupported web browser, a smart TV, or streaming device like Fire TV, you are out of luck currently.
Netflix Pause Removal for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome handles Netflix's continue playing prompts. The extension requires permission to access data on netflix.com but no other permissions besides that; good. Just install the extension and you are good to go.
A simple application for the lazy, to not have to click the "Continue Watching" button in Netflix. It will remove the UI Permanently, so you can continue your binge session.
The browser extension removes the "are you still watching" prompt permanently from Netflix as long as you have it installed in your browser of choice.
It should be clear that the extension should only be installed by Netflix users who find the prompts annoying and a nuisance. If you find them useful sometimes, you may not want to install the extension as you'd have to disable the extension each time you want Netflix to throw the prompts at you.
Chrome especially but also Firefox is home to dozens of extensions for Netflix. Many improve Netflix in other ways: the Flix Assist extension for Chrome skips the next episode countdown for instance, others may block spoilers on Netflix.
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