Netflix Not Working? 6 Common Issues and How to Fix Them

Darshak Rana
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Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services globally, with millions of users logging in to watch their favorite TV shows and movies every day. However, technical issues can arise, leaving users unable to access their favorite content. In this article, we'll discuss six of the most common issues users experience and how to fix them.

1. Check Netflix Status

Before diving into potential causes and solutions for Netflix issues, the first step you should take is to check whether Netflix has any running issues.

You can visit a dedicated Netflix Help Center page or other websites such as Downdetector and IsItDownRightNow to figure out if other users are having Netflix issues in your area.

If there's nothing wrong with Netflix, the problem might be on your end.

2. App Crashing

If the Netflix app keeps crashing on your smartphone or set-top streaming box, try force-stopping the app, turning off and on your phone or device, or deleting and reinstalling the app from the appropriate app store.

If you're using Netflix on your smart TV, try signing out of the app, clearing the TV's cache, and signing in again. If you're using the Netflix app on Windows, try disabling your antivirus software.

3. Netflix Error 12001 on Android

If you're seeing error code 12001 on your Android smartphone or tablet, you need to refresh the data to get the Netflix app working again.

Open the Android Settings app, navigate to Settings > Apps > Apps, scroll down, and tap the Netflix entry.

Within the Netflix sub-menu, go to Storage, then tap Clear data and Clear cache.

4. Can't Download Netflix Content

If you're struggling to download content on Netflix, make sure you're running at least Android 4.4.2 or iOS 8, that you have the most up-to-date version of the Netflix app, and that you have enough storage on your phone.

If all else fails, try reinstalling Netflix on your phone or tablet.

5. Netflix Error 1012 on iOS

If you're seeing error code 1012 on your iOS device, try restarting the app, restarting your device, and restarting your home network. If none of these solutions work, you'll need to reset the Netflix app from within the iOS settings menu.

Go to Settings > Netflix and toggle Reset on.

Make sure you close any existing Netflix sessions by going to the app switcher, swiping up on the Netflix app, and then relaunching Netflix.

6. Black Screen on Desktop

If you're using Netflix on Windows or macOS and encountering a black screen, try clearing your browser's cookies, deleting the Silverlight plugin, temporarily disabling your antivirus software, and ensuring that the graphics driver on your PC is up to date.

If you still see a black screen, try using a different browser or disabling any plugins you're using.

Netflix issues can be frustrating, but there are solutions available.

By following the troubleshooting steps outlined above, you can get your Netflix back up and running in no time.

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