Google search launches a ‘Watchlist’ service that lets you track shows and movies across platforms
- Google’s new feature lets you track what shows and movies you are watching
- Called ‘Watchlist’, it appears on the Search page and under images and trailers
- Simply bookmark the title and it will be saved in your Collections page
From Netflix to Disney + and Hulu – with multiple streaming platforms available, it can be hard to keep track of what you are watching.
Now, Google has made the task easier by adding a new built-in ‘Watchlist’ to Search that lets you bookmark what you are currently watching and want to see in the future.
Underneath images and trailers of movies and shows is a new card with ‘Watched It?’ and ‘Watchlist’, allowing you to save the titles to your ‘Collections’ or you can view it by searching ‘My Watchlist’.
The new feature is only available on Google’s mobile site, Google app for Android and iOS, as reported by 9to5Google.
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Google has made the task easier by adding a new built-in ‘Watchlist’ to Search that lets you bookmark what you are currently watching and want to see in the future
Now when users go to Google’s homepage, there is a ‘What to watch’ option below the search bar.
Simply click and you will be redirected to a new page that lists a library of TV shows and movies.
Once a title has been chosen, it will pop up and show where to watch it and provide the option to bookmark it.
All of the shows and movies you bookmark will be added to your ‘Collections’ page once you have logged into Google with your own credentials.
Users can see their Watchlist simply by searching ‘my watchlist’ in the Google search bar Underneath images and trailers of movies and shows is a new card with ‘Watchlist’, allowing you to save the titles to your ‘Collections’ or you can view it by searching ‘My Watchlist’
Collections is a feature that lets users organize and bookmark pages they find online – such as recipes, restaurants, videos and more
‘From the Search results page, Google will show you what’s ‘Also on your watchlist,’ explains Anber Li with 9to5Google.
‘View all’ generates a search on the web (‘my watchlist’) or opens the appropriate section in the Google app, where lists can be shared.
The new feature appears to only be available to some users and will mostly likely be rolled out globally over the next few days.
It was spotted by Reddit users three days ago, with the first thread stating: ‘I’ve noticed recently that when I search for a movie on Google there’s an option to click ‘Watched it?’ to show that I’ve seen the movie.’
‘I’m wondering when this was added, if it’s part of an app or something, and how I can see a list of all the movies I’ve marked as watched?’
Other users chimed in and said they too have spotted it on their Google page.
However, a handful of Reddit users suggested this is the firm’s way of gathering data for marketing and advertisers.
User Put_It_All_On_Blck replied to the allegations: ‘This is quite obvious, but you phrase it like its completely for monetization and has zero use for a consumer. youtube, Netflix, etc, recommendations based on what you have watched, and obviously they are far from perfect, but I’d rather have recommendations based on my likes and history, than say editor picks who almost certainly have a different opinion than I do.’