Netflix’s New Password Sharing Rules: What You Need to Know

Rolling out in the US beginning May 23rd

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    Netflix has launched its password sharing crackdown in the US after recent testing in Latin America. The crackdown will restrict subscribers from sharing an account with people outside their immediate household, and now the streamer has detailed exactly how the changes will work.

    In an email that began going out to subscribers on May 23rd, Netflix stated that an account is for “you and the people you live with — your household.” It explained that users can share their accounts by paying an “extra member” fee.

    The “extra member” fee will cost $7.99 extra per month for subscribers to the Standard and Premium plans, but the option will not be available to those on Netflix’s Basic or Standard with Ads tier.


    As Netflix prepares to crack down on password sharing, here’s everything you need to know about new rules.

    Editor’s Note: This article was updated on May 26th after Netflix launched its password sharing crackdown in the US.

    How Much Will the “Extra Member” Fee Cost?

    Netflix’s “extra member” fee for US subscribers costs $7.99 extra per month. Standard plan subscribers can add one extra member outside of their household, while those on the Netflix Premium tier can add up to two extra members for the same price.

    However, if you’re on either of Netflix’s two cheapest plans — the Basic plan for $9.99 per month or $6.99 per month Standard with Ads tier — then you don’t have the option to add extra members at all. The same goes for accounts paid for by partners like Verizon or T-Mobile.

    How Does Netflix Define an Account’s Household?

    Account holders will set their “Netflix Household” based on where they watch Netflix on a TV and the IP address it uses. Users will need to connect their devices to that Wi-Fi network and watch something on Netflix at least once a month to remain associated with the primary location.


    The company says it will use information such as IP addresses, device IDs, and account activity to determine whether a device signed into the account is connected to the primary location.

    How Can I Share My Account with People Outside My Household?

    Users who use a device not associated with the Netflix Household may be blocked from watching Netflix. To prevent this from happening, account holders can pay the extra member fee.

    Each extra member will have their own account and password, but their fee will be paid by the primary subscriber. Those added-on users must make their profile in the same country as their host.

    Extra members will only be able to watch or download Netflix titles on one device at a time. They also can’t create additional profiles or log in as a Kids profile.

    What If I’m Traveling?

    Before traveling, make sure to connect to your Netflix Household’s Wi-Fi network and watch something on Netflix. This will create a “trusted device” allowing you to access Netflix away from your primary location.

    What If I Split Time Between Multiple Locations?

    Once again, make sure to create a “trusted device” by connecting to the Wi-Fi at your primary location and watching something on Netflix at least once a month. You may also be prompted to request a temporary access code.


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