Ever spend more time looking for something to watch on Netflix than actually watching something on Netflix? That’s because of the site’s addiction to brevity.
Netflix looks pretty much the same whether you’re using it on a phone, tablet, or on the web. And in the world of responsive design, that sounds like a great idea. But in practice, desktop users have drawn the short straw. They need to sit there with their mouse hovering over an arrow to scroll through lists of movies, like animals. The thing that works so well when you’re using your finger is sad and frustrating with a mouse.
Thankfully, developer Renan Cakirerk has fixed this gnawing first world problem with what he calls “god mode.” It’s a bookmarklet for your browser that blows up all those menus into one simple, scrollable list. It’s not as pretty, but damn is easier to use. Suddenly you can see all the movies and TV shows at once. There’s no need to click around on the interface to reveal hidden titles. It’s beautiful in a purely functional way.
Here’s what you get before:
And here’s what you get after:
Netflix has a wonderful problem. It simply has too much content, and the streaming service is constantly testing new interfaces to address it. I’ve found that the best Netflix user interface is found in the Windows 8 app where a ton of content is visible at once. Want to see more? Swipe left or right and more is revealed. It’s lovely and a natural fit for scrolling. Sadly Netflix has failed to develop such a compelling interface for different operating systems, which is why hacks like God Mode exist.
How to fix Netflix’s user interface with God Mode
- Just pop this bookmarklet called ‘God Mode‘ into your bookmark bar and load Netflix.
- Once logged in, click the bookmark button to expand all the sliding bars into grids of movies.