Netflix Not Working: How To Fix 11 Common Issues

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Is Netflix not working, and it’s ruining your Friday movie night?

That sucks! Few things are as frustrating as preparing a nice, hot snack along with a well-deserved glass of wine, only to have your favorite streaming platform fail to play your shows.

Something like this is even more annoying when you consider that you’re paying for a service that you’re not enjoying. Talk about not getting the best bang for your buck.

Luckily, you came to the right place for answers. Below, I’ve prepared a comprehensive guide where you’ll find 11 of the most common issues on this platform and simple ways to address them.

When Netflix is not working, the issue can manifest itself as noticing your profile has disappeared, that episodes are ending too early, or that some features are not available. You could also be noticing that your audio is crackling/popping/stuttering, that you keep being logged out, and much more.

Keep reading to resume the movie marathon!

The 11 Common Issues That Keep Netflix From Working

At the time of writing of this article, Netflix is the largest video streaming service in the world (after YouTube if you consider things in general terms). The company has tens of thousands of servers and people that keep this platform running 24/7.

Being this the case, a company with so many moving parts is always at risk of failure and other technical difficulties. Luckily, many of the problems you’ll encounter while streaming on this platform can be easily resolved in a matter of minutes.

Let’s take a look at the most common situations people find themselves in on a daily basis.

#1 Your Profile Is Gone

Let’s start off by addressing one of the most annoying issues you can encounter when Netflix is not working. Logging into your account one day and noticing that your profile is nowhere to be found can be very confusing, and I bet a lot of people’s first thought is “I’ve been hacked”.

And while that shouldn’t be ruled out, in many cases there’s a simpler explanation.

Oftentimes, when your Netflix profile has disappeared, it’s due to a bad internet connection, an error loading your information, or a mistake on the platform’s end. There are other possible explanations, including hacking but, please, don’t panic.

I recommend you check out our guide on Netflix’s profile disappearing on you to find all the possible causes and solutions for this situation.

#2 Episodes Are Ending Too Early

Not everyone is a fan of watching the end credits of a movie or series, but if there’s something Marvel movies have taught us over the years, it’s that you should always stick around. If you’re like me, you sometimes like to see the names of all the wonderful people that worked day and night to deliver this masterpiece to your screen.

But when the episodes on the platform end too early, doing this can be impossible.

There are many reasons why this could be happening, including outdated software, corrupted installation files, and even incorrect settings. Granted, this is not as bad as other issues you’ll find on this list, but it’s still frustrating and inconvenient.

So, if you’re interested in putting a stop to this once and for all, our guide on Netflix ending episodes too early can certainly help!

#3 Features Are Unavailable

If you’ve been adulting for a while, you’re probably very familiar with the satisfaction (and stress) that comes with paying for your own stuff. This includes things like rent, gasoline, utilities, and of course, streaming services like Netflix.

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending your hard-earned money on something and not getting the most out of it.

This is a situation several of the platform’s users find themselves in when they realize that features, such as content downloads, Picture In Picture, or Dolby Vision are either gone or not working. This can happen for various reasons, including incompatibility with your streaming devices, corrupted cache files, and even using the wrong in-platform settings.

For other possible causes and detailed solutions for each scenario, please be sure to take a look at the links directly above to review the guides for each situation.

#4 Audio Issues

Despite what some eccentric movie directors might say, audio and video are equally important in a story. Imagine how lackluster an action scene would be without an exciting song to go with it. Or how less sad the 2008 tear-jerker Marley & Me would be.

Music and dialogue are key, there’s no two ways about it. So, when the audio in your Netflix account is failing in any way, you’re left with a mediocre streaming experience at best.

There are many reasons why you’re currently having audio issues, including a bad HDMI cable, using the wrong sound settings, outdated software, and much more.

Luckily, we have guides for the most popular audio-related problems within this platform. So, if you’re experiencing crackling, a volume imbalance between dialogue and sound effects, sudden volume changes, or an overall low volume, you’ll want to check them out.

#5 Login Issues

If you’re like me, you’re probably constantly worried about security and making sure that your Netflix account never gets hacked. Typically, this can be achieved by choosing a complex password.

But when you’re getting constantly logged out or can’t seem to log in, typing in such a complex safety code can be annoying. And even when your password is short and simple, spending more time logging in than streaming your favorite content is no bueno.

Login issues within this platform are well known to happen, and there are many possible culprits, such as server failure, VPN use, and exceeding the number of people allowed to stream with your account at the same time.

Addressing this problem is typically simple, but you need the right knowledge for the job. Please check out our Netflix guides for when you’re stuck on too many login attempts, or keep being logged out to get to the bottom of this.

#6 Screen Limit Restrictions

If you’ve been streaming for a while, you probably remember Netflix’s earlier plans, and how they were much more forgiving in terms of price-benefit than they are today. And this has only gotten worse with the recent announcement that they’re cracking down on password sharing!

If you live with many people or have a family member that loves to stream different content on several devices at the same time, you’ve probably already experienced the restrictions of screen limits.

With the Premium plan, you can stream content on up to 4 different devices at the same time. And while this might sound like plenty, sometimes it’s not enough. In the event that you find yourself in need to watch Netflix content on additional devices, there are some workarounds you can try.

To discover them all, please take a look at our guide on bypassing Netflix’s screen limits.

#7 Profile Issues

Let’s face it – although Netflix has a wide range of customization options for profile pictures, most people rarely ever use them. After all, you’re there to stream content, not to design a cute avatar.

That being said, while profile pictures might not be the most essential part of this platform, noticing that yours changed one day without your intervention can be worrisome, as it might indicate hacking. And what’s worse, you might fire up the platform one day only to notice someone accidentally deleted your profile.

Now, don’t panic. If you’re currently experiencing either of these issues, it doesn’t necessarily mean some stranger has taken control of your account. In many cases, this can happen due to the platform removing that specific profile picture, server failure, or a simple loading error.

There are several other logical explanations for this situation, so if you’re interested in discovering them all, our guides on recovering a deleted Netflix profile, and fixing random profile picture changes can help.

#8 Screen Irregularities

Whether you’re an experienced filmmaker or simply someone that loves movies, you know that picture quality and lighting are key to an amazing viewing experience.

So, what happens when you’re watching something exciting on the TV, and you suddenly start noticing the screen randomly dims down, changes color, or even shrinks the picture to the old 4:3 aspect ratio from old TV box sets?

Well… in cases like that, your experience is ruined. That’s what happens.

Screen-related technical difficulties like this one can happen for various reasons, such as failing Dolby Vision/HDR features, automatic TV settings, and even random errors with Netflix’s coding. If you truly want to get to the bottom of this and discover all the potential elements to blame, please check out the guides included earlier in this section.

#9 VPN Blocking

If you know what a VPN is, you’re probably a regular user of this software and love it! And if you don’t, I’ll be glad to give you a quick explanation.

VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks are programs that allow people from all over the world to access video content that’s not available in their region. This software is super helpful, but due to legal reasons, streaming companies don’t like it very much and often block users that are caught streaming with it.

A long time ago, I would have probably recommended you stopped using VPNs altogether if you were noticing constant blocking from Netflix. But these days, this software has improved so much, that you can even trick the platform into thinking that you’re not using it to stream.

Sounds interesting, huh? Our guide on Netflix detecting your VPN has all the information you’re looking for.

#10 Autoplay Difficulties

Modern life is all about comfort and automation. Even streaming platforms like Netflix are designed to make our lives easier down to the tiniest details. Granted, I’m still yet to meet a person who is bothered by having to manually go to the next episode in the series they’re watching, but hey – having the option to Autoplay is always welcome.

This feature makes it simple to go from one piece of content to another without having to move a finger. However, it can be a little frustrating when you don’t want it enabled and don’t know how to turn it off.

Luckily, as with everything streaming platform-related, disabling this feature is very easy. If you want to get step-by-step instructions on this, please check out our guide on how to stop Netflix Autoplaying the next episode.

#11 Language Changes

Finalmente, hablemos de lo inconveniente que es que Netflix cambie de idioma repentinamente… ahem, sorry about that.

As I was saying, the last issue I wanted to talk about is Netflix changing your preferred language out of the blue. If you’re bilingual, you’re likely in the clear, but if you’re not, even the most interesting accents can get in the way of your viewing experience.

And even if you’re a master of languages, it’s always best to watch content in its original language, as otherwise, some jokes and meaningful conversations might be lost in translation.

Now, there are many reasons why this could be happening, from improperly set location preferences, to using a VPN, and much more. For a full, detailed list of potential culprits and solutions, please check out our guide on Netflix constantly changing language.


That about sums it up!

When Netflix is not working, a complex streaming service with endless possibilities can turn into a big source of frustration.

Luckily, as I hope this piece has helped you better understand, addressing 11 of the most common issues related to a poor viewing experience on this platform is very simple. In many cases, quick actions, like relaunching the service, updating your devices, and checking your cables and settings, will do the trick.

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