Netflix says 'We Are Unable to Process Your Request At This Time.'

If you see an error that says

We Are Unable to Process Your Request At This Time. Please Try Again Later.

It typically points to an earlier, partially-completed sign up attempt, or to some information from an inactive account that is saved on your device. Follow the troubleshooting steps for your device below to resolve the issue.

Blu-ray Player

Verify your email and password

Make sure that you entered the correct email and password before you try to sign in again. If you're using your remote control to sign in, you can to navigate back to the email address entry screen to verify or update this information. If you still can't sign in, continue troubleshooting below.

Reset your password

Reset your password by sending yourself a password reset email. If you previously added a verified phone number to your account, you can also reset your password by text message (SMS) by clicking on forgot password and selecting text message (SMS).

If you still can't sign in after resetting your password, continue troubleshooting below.

Reset Netflix

  1. Go to the sign-out screen:

    • If you're still on the error screen, select More Info or More Details.

    • From the Netflix Home screen, select Settings or the Settings icon .

    • From any other screen, enter these keys in order on your remote: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up.

  2. On the sign-out screen, select Reset.

    • If you don't see Reset, select Sign Out or Deactivate.

  3. Once you are signed out, sign back in and try Netflix again.

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.

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.

Connect your Blu-ray player directly to your modem

  1. Turn off your Blu-ray player.

  2. Plug your Blu-ray player directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn on your Blu-ray player and try Netflix again.

If this step works:

  • If you bypass your router and successfully connect to Netflix through your modem, it's likely that the router is the source of the problem.

  • You may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or reconfiguring your router.

If this step doesn't work:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem but still can't watch Netflix, check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and internet service are working properly.​

If you couldn't complete this step:

  • If you can't connect your device directly to your modem, continue troubleshooting below.

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.

Set-top Box

Verify your email and password

Make sure that you entered the correct email and password before you try to sign in again. If you're using your remote control to sign in, you can to navigate back to the email address entry screen to verify or update this information. If you still can't sign in, continue troubleshooting below.

Reset your password

Reset your password by sending yourself a password reset email. If you previously added a verified phone number to your account, you can also reset your password by text message (SMS) by clicking on forgot password and selecting text message (SMS).

If you still can't sign in after resetting your password, continue troubleshooting below.

Reset Netflix

  1. Go to the sign-out screen:

    • If you're still on the error screen, select More Info or More Details.

    • From the Netflix Home screen, select Settings or the Settings icon .

    • From any other screen, enter these keys in order on your remote: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up.

  2. On the sign-out screen, select Reset.

    • If you don't see Reset, select Sign Out or Deactivate.

  3. Once you are signed out, sign back in and try Netflix again.

Restart your device

  1. Unplug your set-top box from power for at least 2 minutes.

  2. Plug your set-top box back in.

  3. 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.

Connect your set-top box directly to your modem

If you're connecting through a wireless router that's connected to your modem and still can't connect after restarting your network, try bypassing the router. This will help identify what's causing the problem by eliminating the router or wireless connectivity problems as a possible cause.

  1. Turn off your set-top box.

  2. Plug your set-top box directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn on your set-top box and try Netflix again.

If this step gets you streaming again:

  • If you've bypassed your router and successfully connected to Netflix directly through your modem, it's likely that the router itself is the source of the problem.

  • Bypassing the router will allow you to stream for now, but if this configuration isn't a perfect solution, you may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or re-configuring your router settings.

If you're still not able to stream:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem and still can't stream Netflix, you may want to check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and internet service are functioning as intended.​

If you were unable to complete this step:

  • We strongly recommend attempting to connect your set-top box directly to your modem if you can -- it will allow you to absolutely rule out your wireless router as the cause of any network connection issues. However, if there's no way for you to directly connect your device to your modem, continue troubleshooting below.

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.

Smart TV

Verify your email and password

Make sure that you entered the correct email and password before you try to sign in again. If you're using your remote control to sign in, you can to navigate back to the email address entry screen to verify or update this information. If you still can't sign in, continue troubleshooting below.

Reset your password

Reset your password by sending yourself a password reset email. If you previously added a verified phone number to your account, you can also reset your password by text message (SMS) by clicking on forgot password and selecting text message (SMS).

If you still can't sign in after resetting your password, continue troubleshooting below.

Reset Netflix

  1. Go to the sign-out screen:

    • If you're still on the error screen, select More Info or More Details.

    • From the Netflix Home screen, select Settings or the Settings icon .

    • From any other screen, enter these keys in order on your remote: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up.

  2. On the sign-out screen, select Reset.

    • If you don't see Reset, select Sign Out or Deactivate.

  3. Once you are signed out, sign back in and try Netflix again.

Restart your smart TV

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

  2. While your TV is unplugged, press and hold the power button on the TV for 5 seconds to discharge it.

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

  3. Plug your TV back in.

  4. Turn your TV on.

  5. Try Netflix again.

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.

Connect your smart TV directly to your modem

  1. Turn off or unplug your smart TV.

  2. Plug your smart TV directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

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

If this step works:

  • If you bypass your router and successfully connect to Netflix directly through your modem, it's likely that the router is the source of the problem.

  • You may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or reconfiguring your router.

If this step doesn't work:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem but still can't stream Netflix, check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and internet service are working properly.​

If you couldn't complete this step:

  • If you can't connect your device directly to your modem, continue troubleshooting below.

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.

Streaming Media Player

Verify your email and password

Make sure that you entered the correct email and password before you try to sign in again. If you're using your remote control to sign in, you can to navigate back to the email address entry screen to verify or update this information. If you still can't sign in, continue troubleshooting below.

Reset your password

Reset your password by sending yourself a password reset email. If you previously added a verified phone number to your account, you can also reset your password by text message (SMS) by clicking on forgot password and selecting text message (SMS).

If you still can't sign in after resetting your password, continue troubleshooting below.

Reset Netflix

  1. Go to the sign-out screen:

    • If you're still on the error screen, select More Info or More Details.

    • From the Netflix Home screen, select Settings or the Settings icon .

    • From any other screen, enter these keys in order on your remote: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up.

  2. On the sign-out screen, select Reset.

    • If you don't see Reset, select Sign Out or Deactivate.

  3. Once you are signed out, sign back in and try Netflix again.

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.

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.

Connect your streaming media player directly to your modem

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

  2. Plug your streaming media player directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn on your streaming media player and try Netflix again.

If this step works:

  • If you bypass your router and successfully connect to Netflix directly through your modem, it's likely that the router is the source of the problem.

  • You may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or reconfiguring your router.

If this step doesn't work:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem but still can't stream Netflix, check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and internet service are working properly.​

If you couldn't complete this step:

  • If you can't connect your device directly to your modem, continue troubleshooting below.

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.

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