Netflix says 'Cannot play title. Please try again later.'

If you see an error on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that says

Cannot play title. Please try again later.

It usually means a network connection problem is stopping your device from reaching Netflix. To fix the problem, follow the troubleshooting steps below.

Restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons at the same time until the sliders appear. Drag the top slider to turn your device completely off.

    • If the sliders don't appear, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears, then drag the slider.

  2. After 10 seconds, press the Sleep/Wake button.

  3. Once your device powers on, try Netflix again.

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.

Restart your home network

For this step, 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.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

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

  • Move your router to improve signal strength. Reception is best if the router is in a central location.

  • Move wireless devices such as cordless phones or microwave ovens away from your router.

  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on a bookshelf or desk has better reception than one that's behind or under furniture.

Try a different network

If possible, connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a different network.

To choose a different wireless network:

  1. Press the Home button on your device.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Select Wi-Fi.

  4. Select a different network and connect to it.

    • If you can't use a different internet connection, contact your internet service provider for help.

  5. Once you are connected, try Netflix again.

If using a different network didn't solve the problem, continue to the next set of troubleshooting steps.

If using a different network solved the problem, but the new connection isn't your preferred network, contact your internet service provider for help.

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.

What to do next

If you complete the steps above but still can't connect to Netflix, contact your internet service provider. They can help you determine whether your router is set up properly.