Netflix codes: a hidden trick to finding a new show or movie worthy of a frenzy

Netflix has thousands of movies and shows in its catalog, but the scrolling is grueling.

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Netflix has so many TV shows, movies and documentaries. You name it and it’s probably in the streaming service’s massive library. Without speaking about by netflix Growing list of original shows worthy of frenzy like Bridgerton, Strange things, The crown, Shadow and bone, Squid game and Spirit hunter. With a seemingly endless list of content, you can easily spend more time scrolling through recommendations than watching anything.

Netflix uses algorithms to help subscribers go through their options by highlighting TV shows and movies you might like based on your profile and what you’ve already watched. But your preferences may be a bit more specific than Trending, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Anime, or Winners. Depending on what you watched, Netflix’s recommendation algorithm may have buried the perfect movie or show. If so, Netflix codes can help you filter the onslaught of content to find more compelling recommendations than the usual fare.

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What are Netflix codes?

Netflix codes – while not a new discovery – are based on a numbering system the service uses to categorize movies and shows by genre and subgenre. Note that the codes can only be redeemed on the Netflix website, not in its apps.


This is what you will see when you visit the Netflix Codes website.

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Where can I find the Netflix codes?

Check out for a full list. There are about 20 categories like anime, foreign movies, and classic movies. These categories are divided into more specific subgenres. For example, Horror Movies – coded 8711 – contains 12 additional codes such as Horror Movies on the High Seas, Zombie Horror Movies, Teen Screams and more.

How to use Netflix codes

The easiest way is to install the Better Browse for Netflix extension for Chrome. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for “Better browsing for Netflix”.
2. Click on Add to Chrome.
3. Click on Add extension.
4. Log into your Netflix account in a new tab.

At the top of the Netflix home screen, you should see a new option – Browse all – next to My List. Click on it to manually search or scroll through the available subgenres.


Use the code 5475 and you’ll unlock a wealth of romantic comedies on Netflix.

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Another way is to use the Netflix Codes website. Here’s how:

1. Visit in your PC or mobile browser.
2. Find the genre or subgenre you want to explore.
3. Tap the code next to the desired genre or subgenre.
4. If you’re using a device that has the Netflix app installed, the app should open and direct you to the genre or subgenre you chose. If you haven’t installed the app, it will open Netflix through the browser and you will be able to see the specific movies and shows available.
5. Tap the title you want to watch.

You can also redeem Netflix codes manually in your browser. Here’s how:

1. Visit in your PC or mobile browser.
2. Find the genre or subgenre you want to explore.
3. In another tab, type , but replace INSERT NUMBER with the specific genre or sub-genre code.
4. You will be redirected to Netflix to browse the titles available in this section.

From there, you can either mentally jot down which movie you want to watch and return to the app on your favorite device, or log in to watch in your browser.

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