If you can see more movies and TV shows than ever before at your fingertips in your life, this is a real treat. But if you start watching your evenings and weekends on a regular basis, maybe it's time to retire a bit, and these tips can help.
There's nothing wrong with a longer session to watch binges Of course every now and then, in addition to taking a lot of time to spend on more productive activities, it can affect your sleep habits and encourage you to do more Spending time sitting and lying down is good for you.
Stop Auto Play
Almost every streaming service out there If you reach the end of the current one, it automatically queues up after the next one, but you do not have to settle for this default setting. You may need to get off the couch.
Hover over your avatar (top right), and then click Account then Playback Settings Disable Play Next Episode Automatically (the same setting controls playback on other devices). For Hulu, hover over the gear icon (on the web) or tap the avatar icon (on the phone). Then select Settings and search for autoplay .
If you use Amazon Prime Video, go to Settings and then to Play on the web interface or to Settings and then to Auto Play on iOS or My Stuff then the gear icon, then Auto Play on Android. For Plex, the option you need is in the menu of the mobile app under Settings (Android) or behind the gear icon (iOS) via the submenu Experience (there is no corresponding web Player master) setting).
Use OS Limits
You may be used to it already Screen Time (iOS) or Digital Wellbeing (Android) to ration your time in games or on social media. These tools are also great for keeping your attention to a manageable level. Of course, you can easily override these settings, but they can only give your willpower additional boost.
Under iOS select Screen Time under Settings, then App Limits and Add Limit – Under Entertainment you can use Netflix, Hulu Select Amazon Prime Video and Plex and then select your daily allowance. Screen Time was also recently added to the Mac with macOS Catalina so you can limit the display to multiple devices.
Under Android, the desired option is Digital Wellbeing of Settings: Select Dashboard then one of your apps, then App Timer . As with iOS, you can set a daily limit in hours and minutes, with the clock reset at midnight every night.
If you allow your favorite streaming services to ping you with details of new shows that you might catch up with, they will take full advantage of them pull. Disabling these notifications is a small but potentially important way to resist the urge to return to the show that you are obsessed with.
Notifications on Android are processed under the Apps & Notifications entry in Preferences: Select an app and tap Notifications to prevent new releases and reminders Your screen will be moved. In some apps, you can disable certain notification types rather than turning them off all at once. For example, Amazon Prime Video on Android lets you turn off notifications for new versions and recommendations, while leaving other notifications active.
When you work with iOS, notifications about notifications are maintained in Preferences. For each of your video streaming apps, you can set notifications to be automatically sent to the Notification Center (instead of being displayed on the lock screen or as a popup banner) or to be completely disabled.