TV show or movie loads slowly or keeps buffering

If your TV show or movie loads slowly or you experience buffering or rebuffering, you may have a weak or unstable connection to the internet. Follow the troubleshooting steps for your device below to resolve the issue.

Blu-ray player

Make sure your network is set up for Netflix

If you're using a public Wi-Fi network, like at a café, hotel, or school:

  • Check with the network admin to make sure Netflix isn't blocked.

If you're using a cellular network, mobile hotspot, or satellite network:

  • Make sure your network meets Netflix's suggested speeds. If your connection is slower than you expect, contact your internet provider for help.

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 device

  1. Turn off your device.

    Note:
    If you aren't sure your device is completely off, or if you can't find a power button, then unplug the power cable.
  2. Leave your device off for at least 30 seconds.

  3. Turn on your device and try Netflix again.

Sign out of Netflix

  1. From the Netflix Home screen, open the menu on the left.

  2. Select Get Help or Settings.

  3. Select Sign out.

If you're on an error screen:

  1. Select More Details.

  2. Select Sign out or Reset.

Note:
If you can't find Sign out, press these buttons in order on your remote: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up. Then, select Sign out, Reset, or Deactivate.

Restart your home network

  1. Turn off or unplug your Blu-ray player.

  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 Blu-ray player 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.

What to do next

If you've done these steps but still have a problem, contact your internet service provider. They can help you find out whether your router is set up correctly.

Computer

Make sure your network is set up for Netflix

If you're using a public Wi-Fi network, like at a café, hotel, or school:

  • Check with the network admin to make sure Netflix isn't blocked.

If you're using a cellular network, mobile hotspot, or satellite network:

  • Make sure your network meets Netflix's suggested speeds. If your connection is slower than you expect, contact your internet provider for help.

Check your connection speed

If you're watching Netflix from your computer or mobile phone or tablet, you can check your internet connection speed at fast.com.

  1. Using a web browser, visit fast.com.

  2. Wait for the test to complete, then make sure your internet speed meets our internet speed recommendations.

Shut down your computer

  1. Shut down your computer through the menu:

    • For Mac: At the top left, click the Apple menu > Shut Down.

    • For Windows: From the Start menu, click Power > Shut down.

    • For Chromebook: From the bottom right, click on the time > Sign out > Shut down.

  2. Leave your computer off for at least 10 seconds.

  3. Turn it back on, then try Netflix again.

Restart your home network

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

  1. Turn off your computer.

  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 the indicator lights are back to its normal state. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until the indicator lights are back to its normal state.

  4. Turn your computer 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.

What to do next

If you've done these steps but still have a problem, contact your internet service provider. They can help you find out whether your router is set up correctly.

Game console

Make sure your network is set up for Netflix

If you're using a public Wi-Fi network, like at a café, hotel, or school:

  • Check with the network admin to make sure Netflix isn't blocked.

If you're using a cellular network, mobile hotspot, or satellite network:

  • Make sure your network meets Netflix's suggested speeds. If your connection is slower than you expect, contact your internet provider for help.

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 device

  1. Turn off your device.

    Note:
    If you aren't sure your device is completely off, or if you can't find a power button, then unplug the power cable.
  2. Leave your device off for at least 30 seconds.

  3. Turn on your device and try Netflix again.

Restart your home network

  1. Turn off or unplug your video game console.

  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 game console 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.

What to do next

If you've done these steps but still have a problem, contact your internet service provider. They can help you find out whether your router is set up correctly.

Mobile phone or tablet

Make sure your network is set up for Netflix

If you're using a public Wi-Fi network, like at a café, hotel, or school:

  • Check with the network admin to make sure Netflix isn't blocked.

If you're using a cellular network, mobile hotspot, or satellite network:

  • Make sure your network meets Netflix's suggested speeds. If your connection is slower than you expect, contact your internet provider for help.

Check your connection speed

If you're watching Netflix from your computer or mobile phone or tablet, you can check your internet connection speed at fast.com.

  1. Using a web browser, visit fast.com.

  2. Wait for the test to complete, then make sure your internet speed meets our internet speed recommendations.

Turn your device off, then back on

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

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

  3. To turn your Android back on, press the power button again.

  4. Try Netflix again.

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.

What to do next

If you've done these steps but still have a problem, contact your internet service provider. They can help you find out whether your router is set up correctly.

Set-top box

Make sure your network is set up for Netflix

If you're using a public Wi-Fi network, like at a café, hotel, or school:

  • Check with the network admin to make sure Netflix isn't blocked.

If you're using a cellular network, mobile hotspot, or satellite network:

  • Make sure your network meets Netflix's suggested speeds. If your connection is slower than you expect, contact your internet provider for help.

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 device

  1. Turn off your device.

    Note:
    If you aren't sure your device is completely off, or if you can't find a power button, then unplug the power cable.
  2. Leave your device off for at least 30 seconds.

  3. Turn on your device and try Netflix again.

Restart your home network

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

  1. Turn off or unplug your set-top box.

  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 set-top box 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.

What to do next

If you've done these steps but still have a problem, contact your internet service provider. They can help you find out whether your router is set up correctly.

Smart TV

Make sure your network is set up for Netflix

If you're using a public Wi-Fi network, like at a café, hotel, or school:

  • Check with the network admin to make sure Netflix isn't blocked.

If you're using a cellular network, mobile hotspot, or satellite network:

  • Make sure your network meets Netflix's suggested speeds. If your connection is slower than you expect, contact your internet provider for help.

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 device

  1. Unplug your device from power for at least 1 minute.

  2. While the device is unplugged, press the power button on the device to discharge it.

    • If you can't access the power button or your device doesn't have one, leave your device unplugged for at least 3 minutes.

  3. Plug your device back in.

  4. Turn your device on.

  5. Try Netflix again.

Sign out of Netflix

  1. From the Netflix Home screen, open the menu on the left.

  2. Select Get Help or Settings.

  3. Select Sign out.

If you're on an error screen:

  1. Select More Details.

  2. Select Sign out or Reset.

Note:
If you can't find Sign out, press these buttons in order on your remote: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up. Then, select Sign out, Reset, or Deactivate.

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.

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.

What to do next

If you've done these steps but still have a problem, contact your internet service provider. They can help you find out whether your router is set up correctly.

Streaming media player

Make sure your network is set up for Netflix

If you're using a public Wi-Fi network, like at a café, hotel, or school:

  • Check with the network admin to make sure Netflix isn't blocked.

If you're using a cellular network, mobile hotspot, or satellite network:

  • Make sure your network meets Netflix's suggested speeds. If your connection is slower than you expect, contact your internet provider for help.

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 device

  1. Turn off your device.

    Note:
    If you aren't sure your device is completely off, or if you can't find a power button, then unplug the power cable.
  2. Leave your device off for at least 30 seconds.

  3. Turn on your device and try Netflix again.

Restart your home network

  1. Turn off or unplug your streaming media player.
    Turn your streaming player off, wait 10 seconds, then power back on.

  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 streaming media player 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.

What to do next

If you've done these steps but still have a problem, contact your internet service provider. They can help you find out whether your router is set up correctly.