You’re enjoying your binge of popular Hulu shows on Firestick…
And just out of nowhere the application crashes.
Sound too familiar?
That’s because many Hulu subscribers encountered this problem at some point.
But I got you.
Let’s see the error through and have you streaming Hulu on Firestick again in no time.
Continue reading to find out:
- Why Hulu isn’t working on Firestick.
- 9 breezy steps to fix Hulu issues on Firestick.
- Whether you should reset your Firestick and how to do it.
- How clearing the cache improves Hulu streaming on Firestick.
- And a lot more…
Why is Hulu not working on Firestick?
Hulu isn’t working on Firestick because both the app and the device need to be reset. It’s also possible that your internet connection or Hulu’s servers are causing this problem. Moreover, corrupted files during installation can trigger streaming problems on Firestick, too.
Hulu not working on Firestick: 9 fixes
#1: Check Hulu’s servers
“But Hulu servers rarely go down.”
While it’s true that Hulu rarely has server outages…
You might be experiencing one as we speak.
Hulu has over 45 million subscribers nationwide. So server-related issues aren’t unprecedented.
Anyway, checking for server errors is a great way to figure out if the problem is on your end or that of Hulu.
Plus it’s super easy to do. You can use third-party websites like Downdetector to check Hulu’s current status.
Another added advantage of this is that you can check outage reports in the last 24 hours on the same site.
Or, you can use Twitter to check for Hulu outages in real-time. Do a quick search of #hulu or #huludown.
#2: Check your internet connection
Once you’ve established that Hulu servers are working, it’s time to check your own connection status.
According to Hulu, a stable internet connection is necessary to stream content well. If your internet is too slow, that might be why Hulu isn’t working on Firestick.
For quality streaming, Hulu requires the following bandwidth speed:
- 3 Mbps to stream Hulu library.
- 8 Mbps to watch the live streams.
- 16 Mbps or more to view 4K content.
Note: With 1.5 Mbps speed, you can still watch Hulu content. Only with low video quality.
With that in mind, you should run a quick speed test to check your network. Focus on the download speed since watching Hulu is a download activity.
If your connection appears to be slow, reboot your router. This is to refresh your current internet session.
To do this, you need to turn off your router. Then wait around 30 seconds before turning it back on.
So that your internet connection always works without glitches, remember these tips:
- Change your router if it’s too old.
- Restart your router at least once a month.
- Position your router correctly or use Wi-Fi extenders.
- Disconnect unused devices connected to your network.
- For TV streaming, connect to the router using an ethernet cable.
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#3: Switch to a 2.4 GHz network
If you’re currently using a 5 GHz (gigahertz – measurement unit) WiFi network…
You might want to switch to a 2.4 GHz connection. Especially if the router isn’t anywhere nearby your Firestick.
“Uhmm, isn’t 5 GHz technically faster than 2.4 GHz?”
Well, that’s actually true. But see, while 5 GHz is faster than 2.4 GHz, the latter has a much wider range.
That’s the bottom-line difference between the two – range and speed.
So, you’d want to connect your Firestick device to a 5 GHz network if the router is in the same room.
But a 2.4 GHz has a wider network coverage ideal for a large space. And still carries enough bandwidth to allow 4K streaming on Hulu.
#4: Re-login to your Hulu account
The next most sensible thing to do when Hulu isn’t working on Firestick is to log out of your account.
Your problem might be because of a minor account error. And you can fix it by refreshing your login.
To log out of Hulu on Firestick, follow the steps here:
- Access the Hulu app on Firestick.
- Next, go to Account.
- Look for the Log Out option.
- Finally, choose Log out of Hulu.
Note: Give it around 2-3 minutes before logging in again.
To log in back to your account:
- Click Log in on the Hulu page.
- Then enter your Hulu log-in information.
Try to access Hulu now and check if it’s working right. If not, go see the next troubleshooting advice.
#5: Restart your Firestick
This is the universal way to fix device troubles.
Restarting your Firestick will give its system time to reload important resources. This also kills bugs and other glitches.
Did you know that many Firestick users use this trick every time they encounter some errors?
This solution proves to be a simple, yet very effective way to fix errors with Hulu on Firestick.
Follow these easy steps to restart your Firestick:
- Go to your Firestick settings.
- Open Device & Software also known as My Fire TV.
- Choose Restart.
You can also restart the device by holding down the Play/Pause and the Alexa voice buttons on your remote.
This action will allow the Firestick to restart. You need to unplug the Firestick power cord and plug it back in to begin the restart process.
#6: Update Firestick
Updating your Firestick is very important. You’ll encounter fewer errors when you install updates.
Moreover, your Firestick needs the latest update too. So that it works great with streaming programs such as Hulu.
If you haven’t done so in a while, this could be why Hulu is acting up and giving your problems.
“I thought updates are automatic.”
Generally, yes. Updates are automatic in Firestick even when it’s in sleep mode.
But, there are times when auto-updates fail. And you have to do it manually.
And you shouldn’t worry because it’s really simple.
Just follow the steps below:
- Access Settings.
- Scroll down and choose Device & Software (1st gen Firestick) or Device or My Fire TV (2nd gen Firestick).
- Select About.
- Click Select for Updates.
- Choose Install Update and wait for the process to finish.
Upon completing, Firestick will restart and update apps. Wait for a few minutes more before accessing Hulu.
Check out this video on how to update your Amazon Firestick:
Check if updating Firestick fixed the Hulu app. If it didn’t, check the next solution.
#7: Reset your Firestick
So you’ve tried everything above so far, but nothing’s working.
Hulu still doesn’t play on your Firestick.
Don’t give up hope yet. I still got a few tricks up my sleeves.
And by that I mean you should reset your Amazon Firestick next. To restore your device’s factory settings.
A factory reset, as I’m certain you’re aware of, will restore your Firestick’s original settings.
It will empty out all your device’s stored data and personal configurations.
“That sounds like a hassle. Why should I do that?”
Well, because it gives your Firestick a fresh beginning.
Doing a factory reset on your Firestick will fix issues with applications. And make it work like new again.
Warning: There’s no going back after a factory reset. So you need to back up your files.
So, let’s get to business and perform a factory reset.
Follow these steps to reset your Amazon Firestick:
- On your Firestick remote, press and hold down the Right and Back buttons.
- Wait for about 10-15 seconds.
- The reset on your Firestick will start.
- Click Continue to complete the reset.
As always, you’d have to wait for a few minutes before the process thoroughly finishes.
After the reset, turn on your Firestick and install the Hulu app again.
Sign in to your account to test whether everything is working fine on Hulu.
#8: Reset Hulu on Firestick
Like the Firestick, you can also try to reset the Hulu app.
Basically, it’s the same concept. Resetting Hulu will refresh the session and fix the issues at hand.
“How can I reset Hulu on Amazon Firestick?”
The process is pretty straightforward. Here’s how:
- First, open your Firestick Settings.
- Then, head to Applications.
- Now, select Manage Installed Applications.
- Pick Hulu and finally, hit Restart.
And there you go. The application will shut down and stop the functions that are causing the errors on Hulu.
Just launch the Hulu app once again. You should be able to stream Hulu on Firestick without any trouble.
#9: Clear Hulu’s Cache and Data
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that you need to clear Hulu’s cache and data.
A cache is a storage space that saves temporary files and improves user experience.
Oftentimes, Firestick saves so many large files on the cache. This results in insufficient internal storage.
Errors can also happen during streaming because of a lack of space to deal with the streaming buffer.
Cache files also get corrupted, which results in application malfunctions.
To clear Hulu cache on Firestick devices, you should:
- Open and access Firestick’s Settings.
- Choose the option Applications.
- On the menu, select Manage Installed Application.
- Go to Hulu next.
- Scroll and select Clear Cache.
To clear data, follow the same steps and select Clear Data instead of the clear cache option.
Note: Clearing Hulu’s cache and data will erase all user data and application preferences. So, you’ll need to log in to Hulu again next time you use it on Firestick.
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