Are you seeing Hulu error code 406 on your streaming device? Is the code preventing you from streaming any content? Don’t worry, we’ll show you why the error pops up on your device and what steps you can take to fix the issue.
Hulu is an American on-demand video subscription service by Walt Disney and Comcast. It is one of the famous and trending streaming platforms with more than 42 million active subscribers. While Netflix has a huge library of movies, Hulu offers a large collection of TV shows with fewer movies.
However, a few errors pop up on the Hulu app that breaks the user experience. The error code 406 is one of them. Let’s find out what does that error means and then troubleshoot it with easy steps.
What does a 406 error mean?
A lot of Hulu users report that when they try to play content, they get the following error message.
“We’re having trouble loading this right now. Check your internet connection and try again”
The error message displays code 406 which means that either the problem is with your internet connection, streaming device, or the Hulu app.
Why I am getting a 406 error?
If you are getting a 406 error code on your device, this can be due to one of the following reasons.
- Your Hulu app is out of date and needs an update
- Your TV is running on an older software version
- You are experiencing home internet issues such as slow speed and poor signal strength
- Your streaming device is faulty and needs replacement
- Hulu servers think of your IP address as malicious
- The Hulu app is corrupted
How do I fix error 406?
A lot of times, the first thing you can do when you encounter the 406 error is to relaunch the Hulu app. Temporary bugs in the app during a long session can cause it to malfunction which can be easily resolved when your exit the app and launch it again.
However, if the 406 error code persists, try some of the troubleshooting methods below. Hulu app supports many devices. Therefore, a few of these solutions might work well with your PC/Mac computer, iOS or Android mobile phones, streaming devices like Firestick or Roku, or smart TVs.
Reboot your streaming and home network device
You can fix error 406 by rebooting your streaming device and modem/router. To do this:
- Close the Hulu app and turn off your streaming device
- Power off your router/modem and unplug it from the main power outlet
- Wait for one minute and power on your router
- Wait for few more minutes until you see all the lights flashing on the router or modem
- Now turn on your streaming device and launch the Hulu app to see if that fixes the error
Use a different network
Occasionally, a WIFI network can malfunction that can pop a Hulu 406 error code on your screen. Therefore, you can try switching to another network and then launch the Hulu app. Alternatively, you can use your mobile data to check how well the app is working as compared to your home wireless network.
If you find out that the Hulu app is working well on other networks, it’s time to call your internet service provider to fix the network issue.
Try using a VPN
Sometimes, Hulu servers tag an IP as malicious. If this is the case, you won’t be able to log in or use the Hulu app. To fix this, you can buy and use a virtual private network (VPN) service. This way, your network session is secured and a new IP is assigned to access Hulu that could prevent the error code 406.
Use a different device to stream Hulu
Some users had problems using the Hulu app on their web browsers. However, when they installed the app on their smart TV, the 406 error was gone. Therefore, you can also fix the error by switching your streaming device to use the Hulu app flawlessly.
Update Hulu app
Hulu app developers include new patches in their updates to fix the ongoing bugs in the app. So if you are using an older version of the Hulu app, you might be missing out on the 406 error fix that is introduced in the latest version of the app.
To check for an update, log into the Google play store or App store and search for the Hulu app. Next, if you see an update option, tap on it to install the latest Hulu updates. Furthermore, you can also check for app updates on your smart TV, Roku, or, firestick as well.
Reinstall Hulu app
If you have tried all the above fixes and still get the 406 error, your Hulu app might be corrupted. Once that happens, you can get various errors while trying to launch or use the app. To counter this issue, you need to uninstall the Hulu app from your streaming device and install it again.
We have provided a few possible reasons for the 406 error code on the Hulu app. Hopefully, by now, you’ll be able to fix the issue on your streaming device. However, if the error still shows up, you can contact the Hulu customer report within the app and report the bug there.