11 Ways to Fix Apple TV Plus “An Error Occurred” on Windows

While Apple TV Plus earns praise for its high-quality shows and movies, the user experience on Windows and Android is underwhelming, to say the least. Unlike Apple Music, there is no dedicated app, and we often run into issues on the website. One such problem we regularly encounter on Apple TV Plus is the “an error occurred” message on our web browser in Windows.

An Error Occurred Apple TV Plus

If you face the problem too, you are in the right place. In this article, we want to show you ten ways to troubleshoot the issue on a web browser in Windows. But first, let us understand what this issue means and why it occurs in the first place.

Why Does Apple TV Plus Say, “An Error Has Occurred. Please Try Again Later”

The issue is mainly caused due to errors in the servers and the platform of Apple TV Plus. However, it can also be caused due to poor network connectivity and an outdated or buggy web browser.

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In our experience, the issue occurred even when we were using Apple TV Plus on an updated and bug-free web browser on Windows. We feel this is a widespread bug on Apple TV Plus, and Apple should acknowledge and fix the issue with an update at the earliest.

In the next section, we’ll elaborate on the above reasons and help you quickly resolve the issue.

How to Fix if Apple TV+ Keeps Saying “An Error Occurred”

Here are eleven tried and tested methods to bypass the “An Error Occurred” message on Apple TV+. We’ll demonstrate instructions for both Chrome and Firefox browsers. If you use Microsoft Edge or Brave Browser, the steps will remain similar to Google Chrome. Let’s begin.

1. Refresh Apple TV+

The current session of the Apple TV+ may be showing outdated or cached information. This may lead to an error message on your web browser. Therefore, try using the refresh button on your web browser to reload the page to fix the problem.

Click on Refresh Apple TV

2. Disable Ad Blockers

Ad Blockers may help you disable intrusive ads, but they may affect other functionalities of the web browser. There is a possibility that Apple TV Plus shows up an error message due to a faulty ad blocker extension. We suggest you try reloading Apple TV+ without an ad-blocker.

Disable Ad Blocker Extensions in Chrome

Step 1: Open Chrome, click on the extensions icon in the toolbar, and select Manage Extensions.

Step 2: You will now see a list of installed extensions. Turn off the toggle to disable an ad blocker extension and check if it solves the issue.

Disable Ad Blocker Extensions in Mozilla Firefox

If you use Firefox, it does not have a dedicated extensions button on the toolbar. Hence, you need to follow the steps below to manage extensions.

Step 1: Open Firefox and click on the hamburger-shaped menu on the toolbar.

Step 2: Select ‘Add-ons and themes’.

Step 3: In the window that opens, disable and remove the ad blocker extensions.

3. Check Internet Connectivity

Ensure your internet connectivity is stable while trying to load Apple TV+. A poor internet connection will cause problems loading Apple TV+, and therefore, you may see an error message. So, try streaming a video on YouTube or running any other app that needs internet.

Additionally, check your internet speed using the Fast website. If you have problems regarding your internet speed, contact your service provider.

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4. Sign Out and Back Into Apple TV Plus

Signing out and signing back into Apple TV+ helped us solve the issue. Here’s how you can sign out of Apple TV Plus and sign in again.

Step 1: In the Apple TV+ screen, tap on the profile icon in the top right corner.

Step 2: Tap on Sign Out.

Step 3: You will be redirected to the login page. Enter your credentials to log in to Apple TV Plus.

Sign out of Apple TV Plus

5. Disable VPN or Proxy

VPN services may help you reroute your network through a different location but may cause problems with certain websites. VPN services may make the network unstable and significantly decrease your internet speed. Therefore, you can check if Apple TV+ is affected by the VPN.

Turn off the VPN or Proxy from the application you are using on Windows. Further, if you are using VPN through a Chrome or a Firefox extension, turn off the extension to check if it fixes the issue. 

Disconnect VPN

6. Clear Cookies and Cache

Websites store data in your local storage for quick access while you reload the page. This data is called Cache. However, an outdated or corrupted cache file can cause media playback issues on your web browser. Therefore, try clearing the cache and cookies on Chrome or any other browser you use to see if Apple TV+ works smoothly.

Clear Data on Chrome

Step 1: Open Chrome and click on the three dots icon in the toolbar.

Step 2: Click on Settings.

Step 3: Click on ‘Privacy and Security’.

Step 4: Now, select ‘Clear browsing data’.

Step 5: Click on the Time Range drop-down menu and select the time range as All Time. This will help you clear stored data and cache of Chrome since the time you started using it.

Step 6: You will now see a list of what is being cleared. Select what you want to delete and click on Clear data.

Clear Data on Firefox

Step 1: Open Firefox, click on the hamburger menu, and select Settings.

Step 2: Click on ‘Privacy & Security’ in the sidebar and click on Clear Data.

Step 3: Lastly, click on Clear.

7. Check if Apple TV Plus Is Down

If Apple TV+ is facing downtime, there is little you can do to fix the problem. Apple will take all measures to quickly resolve the issue and get the service up and running again. Apple has a dashboard that indicates the status of each service. Visit it using the below link and see the status of Apple TV+.

If it has a green dot next to it, it is not facing any downtime. However, if the dot is orange, wait till it turns green.

Apple TV Plus status

8. Disable Hardware Acceleration

While hardware acceleration on your web browser can offload tasks for improved performance, faulty GPU drivers, overheating, and limited resources can cause video playback problems. Therefore, disable hardware acceleration on your web browser to see if you can use Apple TV+ without issues.

Here’s how you can turn off hardware acceleration on your browser.

Disable Hardware Acceleration on Chrome

Step 1: Open Chrome and tap on the three dots icon in the toolbar. Select Settings.

Step 2: Click on System in the sidebar.

Step 3: Turn off the toggle for ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’.

Turn off Hardware Acceleration on Firefox

Step 1: Open Firefox and click on the hamburger menu icon.

Step 2: Click on Settings.

Step 3: In the Settings page, scroll down to Performance.

Step 4: Here, uncheck the box for ‘Use recommended performance settings’ and also uncheck the box for ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’.

9. Update Display Drivers

The display drivers on your Windows PC are crucial for rendering images and video. An outdated display driver may cause issues regarding video playback. Therefore, update your display drivers to check if Apple TV+ works without problems.

Step 1: Open Device Manager from the Start menu.

Step 2: Click on Display Adapters.

Step 3: Right-click on the display driver and tap on Update driver.

Step 4: Click on ‘Search automatically for drivers’. If there are new versions, follow the on-screen instructions to update the drivers.

10. Update the Web Browser

If a bug within the web browser is causing problems regarding video playback for many users, the developer will take note of the bug and release an update to fix it. Hence, update your web browser to fix the issue on Apple TV Plus.

Step 1: Open Chrome, click on the three dots icon, and select Help.

Chrome Help

Step 2: Click on ‘About Google Chrome’.

About Google Chrome

Step 3: You will now see information regarding the version of Chrome. If an update is available, you will be provided with an option to do so.

Google Chrome Updated

Here’s how you can update Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

11. Use a Different Web Browser

Lastly, if none of the above methods work, you can switch to a different web browser. Log in to Apple TV+ on another browser to see if the issue is fixed. If you don’t see “An error occurred. Please try again later” message, the problem was present on the previous browser. Hence, we suggest reinstalling the browser on your PC.

Also Read: Which browser uses the least RAM and CPU on Windows

That is everything you need to know on what to do if you encounter “An error occurred” message on Apple TV+. If you have any further questions, look at the FAQ section below.

FAQs on Apple TV+ Not Working

1. Does Apple TV+ have an app for Windows?

No. You can only use Apple TV+ on a web browser in Windows.

2. How many screens can I watch Apple TV+ on a single account?

You can stream Apple TV+ on up to six simultaneous screens.

3. How do I change the video resolution on Apple TV+ on Windows?

Unfortunately, you cannot change the video resolution on the Apple TV+ web app on Windows. The quality is automatically determined based on your internet connection.

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We hope this article helps you use Apple TV+ without any problems. However, we hope Apple improves the user experience on Apple TV Plus for non-Apple devices. After all, users pay the same subscription cost irrespective of the device.

Last updated on 28 August, 2023

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