Want to Wipe Your Streaming History on Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Amazon? Here’s How

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Whether you've spent 12 straight hours watching Friends, re-watched all of The Office for the fifth time, or gotten embarrassingly into baking shows, you may not want a permanent record of your streaming history. All major streaming platforms—including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube—keep track of every show, movie, and video you watch. That's the reason you get bombarded with suggestions of serial killers documentaries after watching the first two minutes of a true crime show. If you find this feature more annoying than helpful—or if you would just like to hide a specific part of your viewing history—nearly every streaming service offers a way to do that.

Thrillist compiled a round-up of the simplest ways to hide what you watch online. According to them, Netflix doesn't just let you wipe your viewing history, but it allows you to select certain shows and movies to hide. If you head to netflix.com/WiViewingActivity, you'll see a chronological list of every piece of content you've watched through the service. If you watched The Conjuring (2013) recently but aren't interested in recommendations of more horror movies, you can select the "cancel" icon to the right of the title. Do the same for certain titles you'd like to erase from your profile, or for all of them by clicking "Hide All" at the bottom of the page.

YouTube also makes it easy to edit your history. Just click the "X" next to each video listed on youtube.com/feed/history to hide it, or select "Clear All Watch History" from the column on the right side of the page. The "Pause Watch History" is YouTube's equivalent of incognito mode in your browser, and it allows you to surf videos without worrying about messing with the algorithm.

Hulu's viewing history management feature is similar to the services listed above. Visit secure.hulu.com/account, go to your name in the top right corner of the page, select “History” and edit your history from there.

Amazon makes this process slightly more annoying for users, according to Cordcutters. You can view your Amazon Prime Video viewing history by going to the "Improve Your Recommendations" page here, and you can delete entries individually by selecting, "Remove This From Watched Videos," but there's no way to wipe your history all at once. Amazon also gives you to the option to tick a "Don't Use for Recommendations" box next to each title if you want to remove an item from the algorithm without hiding it completely.

Many subscribers don't do much on their favorite streaming platforms beyond hitting "Play" and "Yes, I'm still watching." But if you know what features are available to you, you can tweak your account to make a streaming experience that's tailored to you. Here are some ingenious Netflix hacks you may not be taking advantage of.

[h/t Thrillist]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

House Boasting a ‘Harry Potter Room’ Under the Stairs Hits the Market in San Diego

Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
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When Harry Potter fans dream of living like the boy wizard, they may picture Harry's cozy quarters in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts. One home owner in San Diego, California is trying to spin one of Harry's much less idyllic living situations as a magical feature. As The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a listing of a three-bedroom house for sale in the city's Logan Heights neighborhood boasts a "Harry Potter room"—a.k.a storage room under the stairs.

In the Harry Potter books, the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley residence served as Harry's bedroom before he enrolled in Hogwarts. Harry was eager to escape the cramped, dusty space, but thanks to the series' massive success, a similar feature in a real-world home may be a selling point for Harry Potter fans.

Kristin Rye, the seller of the San Diego house, told The Union-Tribune she would read Harry Potter books to her son, though she wouldn't describe herself as a super fan. As for why she characterized her closet as a “large ‘Harry Potter’ storage room underneath stairs" in her real estate listing, she said it was the most accurate description she could think of. “It’s just this closet under the stairs that goes back and is pretty much like a Harry Potter room. I don’t know how else to describe it," she told the newspaper.

Beyond the cupboard under the stairs, Rye's listing doesn't bear much resemblance to the cookie-cutter, suburban home of 4 Privet Drive. Nearly a century old, the San Diego house has the same cobwebs and a musty smells you might expect from the Hogwarts dungeons, the newspaper reports. But there are some perks, including a parking spot and backyard space for a garden or pull-up bar. The 1322-square-foot home is listed at $425,000—cheaper than the median price of $620,000 for a resale single-family home in the area.

If you want to live like a wizard, you don't necessarily need to start by moving under a staircase. In North Yorkshire, England, a cottage modeled after Hagrid's Hut is available to rent on a nightly basis.

[h/t The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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