How To Delete a Profile From Netflix
Everyone knows that you can add multiple profiles to a single account on Netflix. Various pricing and options allow for simultaneous or separate use of profiles. Either way, profiles on Netflix rule! Plus, they’re incredibly easy to create.
However, profile deletion isn’t a frequently talked-about subject with Netflix. It is a seldom-used feature and by far a less apparent one. Here is how to delete a profile from your Netflix account using a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer.
How to Delete a Netflix Profile from an iOS or Android Device
We are used to doing everything on a little screen. Whether you are watching your favorite TV show using the Netflix app or accessing settings for ease of use, you might want to know more about profile deletion on your phone/tablet.
Removing a profile using the iOS application is actually incredibly simple. Whereas you can’t set parental controls or make major edits to your account, you can delete a profile using the app. Open the Netflix app and follow these steps to remove a profile on your iPhone or iPad:
Tap ‘Edit’ in the upper right-hand corner
From the main screen that appears when you first open Netflix, there is an option to edit. Tap on it and pencil icons will appear on your profiles.
Tap on the profile you’d like to delete
Once the pencil icon appears, you can tap on the profile to move forward to delete it.
Tap ‘Delete’ and confirm
If you tap ‘Delete’ a pop-up window will appear asking you if you’d like to delete the Profile. When ready, confirm and the profile along with all of its content will be gone from your Netflix account.
If you are an Android phone/tablet owner, you will be happy to hear that you can delete a Netflix profile through the Netflix app for Android. Of course, you can also use the browser method by going to the desktop mode. But using the app is much quicker, even if you have to download it.
Click the pencil icon from the home page
Start by running the app and signing in. After you have logged in, you will be prompted to select a profile. Instead of tapping on a profile, click on the pencil icon located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
Tap the profile to delete
The profiles will now appear with their own pencil icons. Select the profile that you would like to delete.
Toward the bottom of the screen, you will see the Delete Profile option. Tap it, confirm, and there you have it!
Alternatively, if you have already selected the profile after logging in, you do not have to log out to get to the profile edit screen.
Go to the hamburger menu in the lower-right corner of the screen.
Tap Manage Profiles.
From here, follow the same instructions from above.
How to Delete a Netflix Profile from a PC or Mac
Whether or not you watch your Netflix using your PC/Mac, it is entirely possible to delete a profile from these two platforms.
First of all, regardless of whether you’re a Mac or a PC user, the method is identical. This is because you won’t be accessing a Netflix app that’s specific to macOS or Windows. You’ll be using your preferred browser to delete the desired profile.
Start by opening a browser and going to Netflix.com.
Then, if you are not already signed in, select the Sign In button in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Sign in to your Netflix account
Enter your credentials and select Sign In. This will take you to your Netflix profile.
Hover over your profile icon to access the drop-down menu
In the upper-right corner of the screen, you will see the primary profile’s icon. Hover over it with your pointer. A drop-down menu will appear, listing all the profiles connected to the account.
Click on ‘Manage Profiles’
Do not select the profile that you want to delete. Instead, go to Manage Profiles.
Click the profile you’d like to delete
In the next screen, you will see the list of available profiles and an Add Profile option. Now, select the profile that you want to delete.
Click on ‘Delete Profile’
To delete the profile in question, go to the DELETE PROFILE option at the bottom of the page. Confirm, and you’ll have successfully deleted the Netflix profile.
How to Delete a Netflix Profile from a Streaming Device or Smart TV
Many (if not the vast majority of) Netflix users access their Netflix accounts using streaming devices and smart TVs. Let’s face it, this is the best way to enjoy the extensive content that Netflix has to offer. So, you may want to delete a profile from the streaming device/TV as well. Fortunately, this has been made very simple, so you won’t have to employ your computer or smartphone/tablet device.
Although profile deletion methods vary slightly depending on the streaming device or TV you have, it is all pretty much straightforward. Here is an example of how to do it on Roku or Apple TV. Things should be very similar to most streaming devices and smart TVs.
Move your cursor to the profile for deletion
Using your remote, highlight the profile you’d like to delete, the arrow down to highlight the pencil icon for edit.
Click on ‘Delete Profile’
Tap the down arrow until ‘Delete Profile’ is highlighted and click it.
In the next screen, select Delete Profile and confirm.
Are the profile and the corresponding information permanently deleted?
Yes, if you happen to delete a profile on Netflix, all the information that pertains to it is deleted. This includes favorite shows, preferences, etc. You can contact Netflix and ask if they could reinstate your deleted profile, but they might not be able to do so.
However, if you delete your account and do not cancel deletion over the course of the next 10 months, all your information, including your profiles, will be permanently deleted. You can request this information to be deleted sooner by requesting it by email at [email protected].
It is not letting me delete one of my Netflix profiles, what is happening?
When you have created your Netflix account, you may have noticed that a profile was created alongside it. This is your account’s primary profile that can’t be deleted. You can rename it, change the language on it, edit maturity ratings, and make other tweaks, but you will never be able to delete it. Our advice is, rename it and change its settings instead.
If the main profile is the only one remaining on your account, and you want to delete it entirely, you are going to have to delete your account. Note that you do not have to delete separate profiles in order to completely remove it.
To delete your account, you’re going to have to use the desktop version of a browser. Either way, the principle is the same.
To do this, first, you need to cancel your current membership. Navigate to the profile icon on Netflix.com, located in the upper-right corner of the screen. Select Account from the drop-down menu. Then, select Cancel Membership. Confirm by selecting Finish Cancellation. Leave it there for an additional 10 months, and your account will be deleted. If you are in a hurry, as mentioned earlier, send a request to [email protected].
This will make sure that every single one of your profiles is permanently deleted.
Will profile deletion mess up my account?
The only thing that deleting a profile will do is, well, delete that profile. Yes, this does include all the personalization and personal settings. However, no profile deletion can mess up your Netflix account. This is why there’s a single main profile that can not be deleted using the above-mentioned methods. The only way to delete it is through the account deletion process.
So, you can go ahead and remove any profiles that you no longer need without worry. You will be able to create a new profile at any point during your Netflix usage.
How many profiles can I add?
You can add up to five profiles on Netflix, provided that you are using a device that was made in 2013 or more recently. This is how many profiles a Netflix account can operate with. Still, depending on your subscription, you’ll be able to simultaneously use Netflix on more screens per profile.
With the Basic subscription, you can watch Netflix on one screen per profile. On the Standard subscription, the number of different screens is two. Finally, on the Premium subscription, you’re allowed to watch Netflix on four different screens per profile.
Deleting a Netflix Profile
Netflix profile deletion is a pretty simple and straightforward thing. Still, even though you can add a new profile using the iOS app, you won’t be able to remove profiles on it. The only way to do it on iOS is using the desktop version of the Netflix website. On Android devices, PCs, Macs, streaming devices, and smart TVs, profile removal is entirely possible and very easy to do.
Have you managed to remove the profile that you wanted to? Did you find it simple and straightforward? Do you, perhaps, have any additional questions regarding account and profile deletion on Netflix? Please, feel free to fire away in the comments section below. You can join the discussion, add any questions you might have, or provide our community with some awesome tips that we might’ve missed.