Netflix says 'Netflix has encountered an error.'

If you see one of the following errors:

Netflix has encountered an error. Attempting to determine problem.
Netflix has encountered an error. Retrying in [X] seconds.

It usually means that there's a network connectivity issue that is preventing your device from reaching Netflix. Follow the troubleshooting steps for your device below to resolve the issue.

Amazon Fire TV/Stick

Make sure your network allows streaming
  • Public Wi-Fi networks such as at school, work, or a hotel, sometimes block streaming video. If you're using a public network, check to make sure Netflix is allowed.

  • If you're using a cellular data network or a satellite internet connection, try a different network if you can.

PlayStation 3

Make sure your network allows streaming
  • Public Wi-Fi networks such as at school, work, or a hotel, sometimes block streaming video. If you're using a public network, check to make sure Netflix is allowed.

  • If you're using a cellular data network or a satellite internet connection, try a different network if you can.

PlayStation 4

Make sure your network allows streaming
  • Public Wi-Fi networks such as at school, work, or a hotel, sometimes block streaming video. If you're using a public network, check to make sure Netflix is allowed.

  • If you're using a cellular data network or a satellite internet connection, try a different network if you can.

Smart TV

Make sure you're connected to the internet

Test your internet connection by doing one of these steps:

  • Run a network connection test from your device settings.

  • Try a different app that uses internet on your device.

If the connection test fails or you can’t open another app, then your device isn't connected to the internet. Ask your device manufacturer for help getting it connected.

If the connection test works, or you can open another app, continue to the steps below.

Check your connection speed

To check your connection speed through the Netflix app, follow the steps below.

Note:
If you're using a mobile device or computer, visit Fast.com to test your speed.
  1. Begin from the Netflix Home screen.

  2. Navigate left to open the menu, then select Settings.

    • If you don't see a menu when you navigate left, navigate up and select Settings or the Settings icon . If you still don't see the icon, your device doesn't have this feature.

  3. Select Get Help.

  4. Select Check your Network.

  5. The Netflix app will verify that you can connect to the internet and reach Netflix. It will also check your connection speed.

  6. Once the test is complete, make sure that your speed meets Netflix internet speed recommendations.

Restart your home network

  1. Turn off or unplug your smart TV.

  2. Unplug your modem (and your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your smart TV back on and try Netflix again.

Restore your default connection settings

  • If you use custom settings on your device, restore your internet provider's default settings and try Netflix again.

  • If you connect with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or proxy service, turn it off and connect directly with your home internet.

  • If you use a custom DNS setting on your device, reset it to acquire DNS automatically.

If you need help changing the connection settings, contact the device manufacturer.

Try a different internet connection

If possible, connect your device to a different network, then try Netflix again. Some examples:

  • A different Wi-Fi network

  • A network at someone else's house

  • A mobile hotspot

If you can stream using a different internet connection, the problem might be with your home network setup. Check with whoever set up your home network to fix any potential issues.

If you're trying to stream on a work or school network, or public Wi-Fi, check with the network's administrator to make sure it supports streaming services such as Netflix. If it doesn't, you won't be able to stream Netflix TV shows or movies.

All other devices

We're looking into this problem. To help us investigate, please contact Netflix Customer Service.