Netflix Will Soon Have a Sleep Timer For Those Late Night Binges

If you have the habit of sleeping while binge-watching, Netflix is here to the rescue.


Netflix has witnessed a lot of growth in its subscriber count lately, and it has been testing a wide range of new features to enhance the overall user experience. After bringing the audio-only streaming feature for its Android users, Netflix is all set to launch a feature that will allow users to set a timer after which the stream will automatically pause.

Netflix aims to solve binge-watching woes

According to The Verge, the feature will be added as a part of a global test that launches today for Android users. If you have the habit of falling asleep while binge-watching Netflix shows, the feature will now allow you to automatically pause the stream after 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or after the current episode ends. A custom timer isn’t available yet, but that will likely be added in the near future. This doesn’t only prevent next episodes from automatically playing while you are sleeping, but it can also help in preserving the battery of the device.

For now, the feature is in a testing phase and is only restricted to select Android users. However, Netflix will expand the availability of this feature to other devices depending on how well it is received by the community. If you are one of the lucky ones who are a part of the testing phase, you can use the feature by following the given steps.

  1. Choose any TV show you would like to stream.
  2. On the top-right corner of the screen, there will be a timer icon.
  3. Click on the icon and choose from any of the four timer settings.

While this might not sound like a major feature as such, it can prove to be quite useful, especially for binge-watchers. Music streaming apps like Spotify already features a sleep timer and it is widely used by people all across the world. Whether it actually turns out to be an equally viable feature on Netflix and other OTT platforms remains to be seen.