Netflix has announced a “makeover” of its selection of user profile icons. The company is refreshing the current icons and adding dozens of new options including characters from its own original shows like Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, Queer Eye, and more. “We’re thrilled to give you a way to show your fandom and make your connection with Netflix more unique,” the company wrote in a blog post. In total, users will now be able to choose from over 100 different icons.
Existing icons like the mustached man with sunglasses, the super hero, and the penguin are being updated with subtle changes like different colors and more detail. For example, the sunglasses now have a gold gradient and the penguin’s face is no longer tilted to the side. Really monumental stuff here, people. But at least they’re not gone. Netflix clearly doesn’t want to stir the same unrest that Google did when it ditched blob emoji.
The new icons will be rolling out and available on Netflix’s website, mobile apps, and TV apps “over the next few weeks.” People watching Netflix on the big screen also have a revamped, simplified home screen headed their way. Five years after they were introduced, the company is reminding users of the convenience of creating different profiles. Even if your Netflix subscription is just for you and not shared with anyone else, you can use different profiles to customize recommendations for different moods or genres. Can’t say I’ve ever thought of doing that, but it’s there if you want to.