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How to Change Netflix Password

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Max holds a B.S. in mass communications from SIU, an M.A. in communications from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

Netflix limits the number of devices that can be concurrently streaming content that are associated with your account. If you try and stream a movie through a Netflix account where the max number of users are streaming, you'll get a message telling you that you can't currently stream a movie because the max number of devices for that account is in use. You can free up streaming slots on your Netflix account by changing the password and forcing other people to enter the new password. Changing your Netflix password prevents anyone you shared your Netflix password with previously who you don't want using your account now from using your account. You can change your password in your Netflix account settings.

Netflix was founded in 1997 as a rent-by-mail service for DVDs.
Netflix was founded in 1997 as a rent-by-mail service for DVDs. | Source

Steps to Change Netflix Password

  1. Launch the Netflix app on your smart device, or open a Web browser and navigate to www.netflix.com. Log in to your account if prompted. The Netflix home screen appears.
  2. Click the "Menu" icon in the upper left corner of the app. The Menu icon features three horizontal white lines. A menu will fly in from the left side of the screen.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu, and then tap "Account." Alternatively, if you're in a Web browser, click the name of your Netflix profile in the upper right corner of the screen, and then click "Account." The Netflix Account screen appears.
  4. Choose "Change Password" in the Membership & Billing section. The Change Password screen appears.
  5. Enter your new password in both the New Password and Confirm New Password fields.
  6. Click to place a check mark to the left of "Require all devices to sign in again with the new password" if you want to force everyone using this Netflix account to have to sign in using this Netflix username and password the next time they launch the app.
  7. Select the blue "Save" button. You'll be routed back to the Netflix Account screen, where a message telling you that your password has been changed appears in a green box at the top of the screen.

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Launch Netflix on your smart device or through a Web browser. Log in to the service, if prompted. Click the "Menu" icon in the upper left corner of the app.Scroll down to the bottom of the menu, and then tap "Account."  The Netflix Account screen appears.Choose "Change Password" in the Membership & Billing section. The Change Password screen appears.Enter your current Netflix password in the Change Password field. Enter your new password in both the New Password and Confirm New Password fields. Click to place a check mark to the left of "Require all devices to sign in again with the password.Select the blue "Save" button. You'll be routed back to the Netflix Account screen, where a message telling you that your password has been changed appears in a green box at the top of the screen.
Launch Netflix on your smart device or through a Web browser. Log in to the service, if prompted. Click the "Menu" icon in the upper left corner of the app.
Launch Netflix on your smart device or through a Web browser. Log in to the service, if prompted. Click the "Menu" icon in the upper left corner of the app. | Source
Scroll down to the bottom of the menu, and then tap "Account."  The Netflix Account screen appears.
Scroll down to the bottom of the menu, and then tap "Account." The Netflix Account screen appears. | Source
Choose "Change Password" in the Membership & Billing section. The Change Password screen appears.
Choose "Change Password" in the Membership & Billing section. The Change Password screen appears. | Source
Enter your current Netflix password in the Change Password field. Enter your new password in both the New Password and Confirm New Password fields. Click to place a check mark to the left of "Require all devices to sign in again with the password.
Enter your current Netflix password in the Change Password field. Enter your new password in both the New Password and Confirm New Password fields. Click to place a check mark to the left of "Require all devices to sign in again with the password. | Source
Select the blue "Save" button. You'll be routed back to the Netflix Account screen, where a message telling you that your password has been changed appears in a green box at the top of the screen.
Select the blue "Save" button. You'll be routed back to the Netflix Account screen, where a message telling you that your password has been changed appears in a green box at the top of the screen. | Source

Why Should You Change Your Netflix Password?

Your Netflix account can only plat content on so many screens at one time. Once the max number of screens is reached, everyone else who tries to watch content through that account will receive a message that the max number of screens are already in use. There are a wide variety of reasons why the number of screens on your account could be maxed out. You may have logged in to your Netflix account on a device at someone else's house, and they may still be unknowingly using your account to watch Netflix. Alternatively, your kids may have wandered off into adulthood, but they may still be using your Netflix account. Another possibility is that a hacker has acquired the username and password associated with your Netflix account, and they are using it. Regardless of how someone else came into possession of your account information, the easiest way to kick them off is to change the password associated with your account, and then check the option to force everyone using your Netflix account to log in using the new information. At that point, it's up to you whether or not you give the new account password to your kids.

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