Netflix is one of the top-grossing streaming platforms in the entertainment world. By subscribing to the service, you can stream TV series, Movies, Anime, Documentaries, and much more. With Netflix on Roku, you can watch the content on 4K streaming quality with the closed captioning feature. Sometimes, the Netflix app might show some errors like not playing or not working on a Roku device due to temporary issues. Thankfully, these problems can be fixed easily by the user with basic technical and troubleshooting skills.

Why is Netflix not Working on Roku?

The reasons for Netflix not working on Roku are many, yet it is hard to conclude. The possible causes for the issues are cache files, outdated apps or devices, improper internet connection, server issues, and more.

Netflix Content not Playing/ not Loading on Roku TV/ Buffering• Check the Internet Connection
• Check Netflix Server
• Check Netflix Subscription details
• Sign out and sign in to Netflix
• Update the Netflix channel
• Uninstall and Reinstall Netflix
• Disable VPN on Roku
Netflix Sound Problem/ Audio Issues• Update the Netflix channel
• Restart Netflix
• Restart Roku
• Check Internet Speed
Netflix not opening on Roku/ Can’t access Netflix on Roku/ can’t log in• Check the Internet Connection
• Check Netflix Server
• Reinstall Netflix
• Update the Netflix channel
• Sign Out and Sign In to Netflix
• Clear Cache on Roku
• Restart Roku
• Update the Roku device
• Factory Reset Roku
Netflix Crashing/ Netflix Flickering• Update the Roku device
• Restart the Roku device
• Clear Cache on Roku
• Reinstall Netflix
• Update the Netflix channel
• Factory Reset Roku
Netflix Frozen Screen on Roku• Restart Roku
• Clear Cache Files
• Reboot Netflix

Check Internet Connection

The Internet is the key factor while streaming content online. If your Roku device is providing an unstable internet connection, you cannot stream the Netflix app. It is recommended to have a minimum of 3 MB/s for SD, 5 MB/s for HD, and 15 MB/s for 4K and UHD streaming. So, you need to check the internet connection status on the Roku device.

1. Press the Home button on your Roku remote and choose Settings.

2. Choose Network and select Check Connection to check your signal strength and internet download speed.

3. Click About to review the Internet download speed and Signal Strength.

If your device is receiving a poor internet connection, you can speed up the internet connection by restarting the WiFi router.

(1) Unplug the Power Cable of the WiFi router and Roku device from the power outlet.

(2) Wait for 3-5 minutes.

(3) Now, plug in the Power Cable of the WiFi router and Roku device.

(4) Turn on the Roku device and connect Roku to the internet.

(5) Now, you will receive an internet connection as much as faster.

Check Netflix Server

If the internet connection is not the problem, then you need to check whether the Netflix server is down or not. The server of the Netflix service should be stable to stream the content seamlessly without any interruption. If there is any issue with the server, it has to be resolved by the streaming app developer team. You have no working solution for this issue rather than waiting patiently. You can use the Downdetector website to check the server status. Also, you can visit the social media pages of Netflix for server updates.

Check Netflix Subscription details

Netflix is a subscription-based streaming service, and you cannot access the app without an active subscription. The content on the Netflix app will fail to load when you try to stream with an expired subscription. If there is any issue in streaming, you need to check your current subscription validity immediately. If you have found that your current subscription has expired, renew it immediately to fix the Netflix not loading problem on Roku.

Sign out and sign in to Netflix

Sometimes the app might get caught with temporary errors that may act as a hindrance to loading content. Now, go to your account section on the app and log out of your Netflix account. Then restart the app and log in to your Netflix account again. This will clear the temporary bugs on your app and the device. After logging in, check whether the fix has solved the Netflix not loading problem on your Roku.

Update Netflix

An outdated version of the app can cause many troubles. If your Netflix is outdated, then it might show you a not working error, crash, and sometime won’t load. You can update the app through the menu on the home screen.

1. On the Channels section, navigate and highlight the Netflix app.

2. Now, press the * (Asterisk) button on Roku Remote.

3. From the list of options, select the Check for updates option.

Tap Check for Updates

4. If there is any update available, your Roku device will update Netflix to the latest version.

Uninstall and Reinstall Netflix

You can uninstall and reinstall the Netflix app on your device to fix the Not Playing issue. By reinstalling the app on your device, you can install the current updated version of the app. Reinstallation will also eliminate the temporary bugs and corrupted cache.

1. Press the Home button on your Roku remote to get the home screen.

2. Navigate to the Netflix app using the direction button on the remote and press the Asterisk (*) button on your remote.

Press Asterisk

3. Choose the Remove Channel option from the popup to uninstall the Netflix app on Roku.

Hit Remove Channel

4. Now, go back to the home page and select the Streaming Channels option.

Select Streaming Channels option

5. Click on Search Channels and enter Netflix using the on-screen keyboard

6. Select the official app and click Add Channel to download the app on your Roku device.

7. Now, launch the Netflix app and log in with your account credentials.

8. Play any video on the Netflix app to check whether the problem has been solved.

Disable VPN on Roku

Netflix is a geo-restricted streaming service, then you cannot access it everywhere. If your VPN is connected to a country that is not compatible with Netflix, you may face the problem of Netflix not loading or not opening. To get rid of the issues, you can disable the VPN. If your country is incompatible with the Netflix app, you need to connect the VPN to the country that supports Netflix.

Restart Roku

Try to reboot your Roku device because most of the common problems on Roku can be solved by simply restarting or rebooting the Roku device. Restarting the device will also help you to fix the temporary bugs and issues on the device.

(1) Launch your Roku device and press Home on your remote.

(2) Select Settings and choose System.

(3) Choose System Restart and select Restart to restart Roku.

Hit Restart to solve the Netflix not working issue on Roku

Clear Cache on Roku

There is a chance that the Cache stored on your Roku device is the reason why Netflix is not working on your Roku device or TCL Roku TV. So, you can clear the cache files on Roku to get rid of these issues.

1. Go to the Roku home screen and press the Home button 5 times on the Roku TV remote.

2. Next, hit the Up button once.

3. Press the Rewind button 2 times.

4. Finally, press the Fast Forward button 2 times.

Press the button combinations to clear cache on Roku

The cache stored on your Roku device will be cleared. After that, you can check the working status of the Netflix app.

Update Roku device

Roku releases updates to solve the bugs in the device, and you must update the device at regular intervals. If your Roku device is running on an outdated version, it may be one of the reasons for the Netflix app to crash. You can update the firmware of the Roku device by accessing System Settings.

1. Press the Home button on Roku remote and select the Settings option on the Home screen.

2. Choose System under the Settings menu.

3. Select System Update and click the Check Now option.

Click Check Now to update and fix Netflix Not working on Roku

4. Now, your Roku device will check for any latest updates.

5. If there is any update available for your device, click Update Now to update the Roku device.

6. After the update, the app will work without any issues.

7. If Netflix is not working even after the update, you need to reset the device.

Factory Reset Roku

There can be some unresolved errors on your Roku device, which may cause the Netflix app not to open on Roku. The best possible way to fix these errors is by factory resetting the device. You can fix factory reset your Roku device by yourself to delete everything on the device. But remember that performing the factory reset will bring back your Roku device to the default settings.

1. Go to the home screen on your Roku TV and select Settings.

2. Choose the System option and click Advanced System Settings.

3. Select Factory Reset and enter the security code of your Roku device. A security code will be displayed on the bottom right side of your screen.

4. Select OK to factory reset your Roku device.

Tap OK to Factory Reset and fix Netflix not Working on Roku

After performing the factory reset, all the accounts, data, and channels will be removed from your Roku device. Now, you can install the Netflix app on your Roku device to check whether the not working problem has been fixed or not.

Now, resolving the Netflix not working on Roku is done with the troubleshooting. You can also prevent the not working issue with frequent updates of the app and device. Along with that, you need to clear the cache and connect to a stable internet connection. In case you have some other issues with the app, mention them in the comments. Our team will respond to you with a working solution.