Netflix says 'Sorry We Cannot Reach The Netflix Service (-9).'

If you see an error that says

Sorry We Cannot Reach The Netflix Service (-9)

It typically points to information stored on your Android phone or tablet that needs to be refreshed. Follow the troubleshooting steps below to resolve the issue.

Restart your Android phone or tablet

  1. Power off your Android phone or tablet by holding down the power button.

  2. Confirm that you want to turn off your Android.

  3. Press the power button again to power your Android back on.

  4. Once your Android finishes turning on, try Netflix again.

Restart your home network

For this step, make sure to leave your device and all of your home network equipment powered off and unplugged as a group for 30 seconds before plugging each device back in one by one.

  1. Turn off your mobile device.

  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 device back on and try Netflix again.

Try a different internet connection

If possible, connect your mobile device to a different internet access point to rule out any potential home network configuration problems. Some examples:

  • Attempt to connect to a different Wi-Fi network in range of your device.

  • Bring your device to a neighbor's or friend's house and attempt to stream.

  • If you have the ability to access a cellular data network on your device, try using it to connect to Netflix. While we generally don't advise streaming over a data network as a fix, it's a good way to see if a home network configuration issue is what's keeping you from streaming reliably.

If you're able to stream using a different internet connection, we recommend checking with whoever set up your home network to resolve any potential issues with the way the network is configured.

Restore your ISP's default settings

  • If you've modified your streaming device for custom connection settings, we recommend restoring your internet service provider's default settings.

  • If you are connecting with a Virtual Private Network, disable it and connect directly with your home internet.

  • If you have changed your streaming device to a custom DNS setting, try resetting the device to acquire DNS automatically.

  • If you need assistance changing your device settings, please reach out to your streaming device's manufacturer.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

If you're connecting over Wi-Fi and the above steps didn't help, follow these suggestions to improve your wireless connectivity:

  • Move your router to a new location to improve signal strength. You'll usually see better reception throughout your home if the router is in a central location.

  • Move wireless devices such as cordless phones or microwave ovens away from your router. Wireless interference from these devices can create issues when you try to connect over Wi-Fi.

  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on top of a bookshelf or desk will give you better reception than a router placed behind or under furniture.