Amazon Prime Video Not Working? Here’s What to Do
You’ve finally found time to catch up on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (hey, self-isolation from the pandemic had to have at least one perk, right?), but your Amazon Prime Video does not want to play along. What do you do when your Prime Video is spitting out error codes?
Here are some basic troubleshooting steps you can follow to get back on your Good Omens game.
Troubleshooting Amazon Prime Video
Before we jump into specific error codes, we suggest that you follow these simple steps for any problems you’re experiencing while streaming Amazon Prime Video.
Extra troubleshooting tips:
- Check your internet connection. If your network is experiencing disruptions due to outside issues, like network congestion during peak times, you may need to look into getting a faster connection.
- Try disconnecting your Wi-Fi router for 30 seconds, then reconnecting it.
- Sign out of your Amazon Prime Video account and then sign back in.
- Delete the Amazon Prime Video app that you’re using from your device, and then re-download it and log in.
- Restart the device you are using.
Common Amazon Prime Video error codes
There are a ton of different error codes you might see pop up on your Prime Video screen. We’ve compiled a list of the most common codes, so you know you’re not getting weird one.
If you want to know exactly what all those codes mean, you’re a bit out of luck—Amazon doesn’t publish a guide to its error codes. And your screen probably just says something like, “Video Unavailable.” But there are some general guidelines you can follow no matter what error code you’re getting.
Before we dive into those, here’s the best tip: Amazon runs a handy Twitter feed. You can check it just to make sure the servers or the app are still working fine. If there’s a problem for all users, check this feed and see if there is an announcement.
Try turning it off and on again
If you haven’t already done it, try the first step in solving any IT problem: turning the thing off and on again. Refresh your browser window, restart the app, turn off your TV: you get the drill. However you’re trying to consume your Prime Video content, turn that baby off and then switch it back on.
Still not working? At least you did Roy from The IT Crowd proud.
Try switching browsers
Some codes, like number 7031, you get when you’re using a specific browser (like Chrome). And for whatever reason, Prime Video and Chrome aren’t getting along that day. (It wouldn’t be the first time Amazon and Google have made their differences our problem.)
Try switching to a different browser, like Firefox or Safari. And no matter which browser you’re using, make sure it’s up to date. If you’ve pressed that “update later” button too many times on your software, your browser might not be up with the times anymore.
Run a speed test
Streaming video takes a lot of bandwidth, and if your internet connection isn’t fast enough, then you’re not going to have a good experience. We recommend that you have reliable download speeds of at least 25 Mbps for streaming video.
Keep in mind that if you or your partner or kids or relatives or all of the above are working from home or stuck in the house, and you’re all trying to run Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video (just in the background while you work, of course, we get it), then you’re probably going to have bandwidth issues.
If the real problem is that you need a better, faster internet plan in general, you can check out some of the speediest providers.
|Provider||Monthly price||Download speeds||Learn more|
|Xfinity Internet||$20–$70*||25–1000 Mbps||View Plans|
|CenturyLink Internet||$49–$65†||15–940 Mbps||View Plans|
|AT&T Internet||$35–$50‡||75–100 Mbps||View Plans|
|Viasat Internet||$30–$150^||12–100 Mbps||View Plans|
|Verizon Fios||$39.99–$79.99°||200–940 Mbps||View Plans|
Check your HDMI cable
Make sure the HDMI cable you’re using to connect your TV to your streaming device has the right compatibility. Your cable needs to work with either HDMI 1.4 or HDMI 2.2 (depending on if you want to stream regular ol’ high-definition content or if you’re going full 4K).
If you have a full-on smart TV, then you can ditch your streaming device entirely and avoid any HDMI debacles. Just download the Prime Video app from your TV’s app store.
Check your router
If you still have that hand-me-down router you got from your friend six years ago, it might not be up to the task of streaming HD video. You can try moving the router to a better position or hardwiring the router to your TV, but at the end of the day, you might just need a better one.
If you have a big house, then you might also need better network coverage. In which case, Wi-Fi range extenders can help with that.
Turn off your VPN
Finally, we know it’s really convenient to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender on German Netflix from the comfort of your United States-based home, but Prime Video doesn’t always play well with VPNs.
Disconnect your VPN and accept the fact that, at least with Prime Video, you’ll have to stick to shows available in your own country. (German Netflix, we still love you.)
Still having trouble? Try other streaming services
You might want to jump ship to another streaming service entirely—at least for the day. You can also check out our Best Live TV Streaming Services for a full rundown of the best streaming providers out there.
|Hulu with Live TV||$55/mo.||View Plans|
|YouTube TV||$49.99/mo.||View Plans|
|Sling TV||$20–$35/mo.||View Plans|
Data as of 11/04/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.