Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Netflix Password Sharing


We're sorry to say this, but the era of Netflix Password Sharing is coming to an end. As of today, we will be instituting a new policy that requires all users to have their own individual Netflix accounts.

We know this may come as a disappointment to many of you, but we hope you understand that this is a necessary measure to protect the quality and integrity of our service. We want everyone to have the best possible experience when using Netflix, and password sharing simply isn't fair to the millions of other subscribers who pay for their own accounts.

So please, bear with us as we make this transition. We know it won't be easy, but in the end, it will be worth it. Thanks for your understanding.

What Is Netflix Password Sharing?

You know what Netflix password sharing is. You do it all the time. You and your best friend, you and your significant other, you and your roommate – you've all shared passwords in order to watch Narcos or Stranger Things, or Fuller House.

But starting this month, Netflix is cracking down on password sharing. They're instituting a new system that will track when different IP addresses are logged in from the same household, and they will subsequently ban those households from the site.

So what does this mean for you? Well, if you're caught sharing passwords, your account will be banned. That's right – no more binge-watching for you. Sorry, friends.

Why Netflix Is Cracking Down on Password Sharing?

Netflix is cracking down on password sharing.

You're probably thinking, "That's great! I can finally stop sharing my password with my ex-boyfriend/sister/coworker." But hold on – there's a catch.

Netflix is now requiring that you create an account for each person who wants to watch. That means if you and your friends want to watch "Stranger Things" together, you'll need to create six accounts (one for each of you).

This change may seem a bit drastic, but Netflix is doing it in order to better understand who is watching its content. By tracking individual account activity, Netflix can determine which shows are being watched and by whom. This information will help the company create better content and target its advertising more effectively.

What Are the Alternatives to Netflix Password Sharing?

You know what they say – if you can't beat them, join them. And that's exactly what Netflix is doing.

The popular streaming service is testing a new feature that will allow multiple people to watch simultaneously from one account. This means no more password sharing (or at least, not as much).

So what are the alternatives? Well, you could always go back to pirating shows and movies. But we don't recommend that. Instead, here are a few more legal alternatives:

  • Hulu: This service offers a mix of current and classic TV shows, as well as a decent selection of movies.

  • Amazon Prime: Along with free shipping on Amazon orders, Prime members have access to a large streaming library, including original content like "The Man in the High Castle".

  • HBO Now: This service is HBO's answer to Netflix, and it offers an impressive selection of movies and TV shows, including past seasons of popular shows like "Game of Thrones" and "The Sopranos".

How Can Netflix Users Protect Themselves From Account Sharing Crackdowns?

You can protect your Netflix account from being cracked down on by protecting your username and password. No need to live in fear of the Netflicksators looking over your shoulder!

If you're an avid Netflix sharer, then you might want to consider setting up a separate profile with a different password and email address. That way, the only benevolent sharer in town is you – no questions asked!

You could also get creative by setting up a household account that uses a family name as the username and requires two-factor authentication for added protection. That way, you can share the love without having to worry about any inquiring minds from Netflix.

What Does the Future of Netflix Account Sharing Look Like?

It's time to face the music – Netflix account sharing will soon be a thing of the past. As of 2021, Netflix plans to crack down on password sharing and require multiple accounts when more than one person is using the same subscription.

You know what that means? Goodbye pooled funds and goodbye friend group accounts! It's always been a fuzzy area when it comes to Netflix, but now it looks like you'll have to bite the bullet and fork out a bit more money for your own account. Or maybe you can justify splurging on that premium plan if four of your besties are splitting the price. That would save you some dough!

How Can People Legally Share Their Netflix Accounts?

Don't worry - there are several options for Netflix account sharing that are 100% legal. You can always spring for the family plan, which allows up to four people to watch on separate devices at once.

Now you don't have to be a nuclear family to benefit from the plan, so you can be all sorts of families: friends, roommates, step-siblings, cat moms – whichever kind of family you choose. Of course, you do have to pay extra for this plan but hey – what's a few more bucks when it comes to keeping your friends and family in business?

Or if you're feeling really generous, why not purchase a few subs and just share those login details around? (But make sure they're not your own login details!) Although Netflix doesn't condone users sharing their accounts with others, it has set up its system in such a way that makes it easier for people to do so. Just remember who ultimately pays the price for your generosity come renewal time.


So there you have it. The end of password sharing as you know it. From now on, you’ll need to either pony up for your own Netflix subscription or find someone else who is willing to share their account with you.

Of course, we realize that some of you may not be happy with this new development. And we understand that it’s not always easy to come up with the money to pay for a subscription. But we hope that you will see this change as a positive step, one that will help to ensure that Netflix remains a sustainable business and that we can continue to bring you the best in streaming entertainment.

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