hulu not working on firestick

Wondering why Hulu not working on Firestick? Well, let’s unwrap everything in this guide!

However, recent reports show how often people struggle with the Hulu app for Fire TV operating system, so in this guide, we’ll make sure to cover the entirety of the solution.

To fix Hulu not working on Firestick, try clearing the cache and data of the Hulu app, and if that doesn’t work, uninstall and reinstall the app to resolve any potential software glitches.

Let’s uncover more about the Hulu problem on your Firestick!

Why is the Hulu App Not Working on Firestick?

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Here is the reason why only the Hulu app is not working on your Firestick:

  • Temporal glitch with the Firestick’s OS.
  • Corrupted Hulu app cache data & files!
  • Internet inconsistency or fluctuations.
  • An outdated firmware version on Firestick.
  • Temporal Hulu server outage/maintenance.

Important – Limited Firestick Memory!

In some cases, applications won’t work if there are already too many apps already opened on the Firestick.

If all of the Firestick’s memory is occupied by apps that are already launched, the Hulu app’s performance will be greatly impacted, until the memory utilization is relieved.

7 Easy Solutions When Hulu Not Working on Firestick!

Tip: Follow the solutions in the listed order!

1. Power Cycle your Fire TV (Firestick)

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A temporary Hulu app issue on the Firestick can be fixed with a simple power cycle process, which involves interrupting the power supply to the streaming stick.

The power cycle is a type of reset that doesn’t erase any information on the Firestick, but can fix operating system blunders!

Here’s how to conduct a power cycle on the Firestick device:

  1. Navigate to the Settings of the Firestick from the home page.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom-left corner and enter “My Fire TV”.
  3. Scroll and choose the “Sleep” option and wait for 15 seconds.
  4. Disconnect the power supply of the Firestick on both sides.
  5. Wait for 60 seconds while the Firestick is disconnected.
  6. Connect the Firestick to a power outlet (not via USB to the TV).

How to Power Firestick Effectively?

how to power firestick effectively

Although all Firestick devices can be powered solely via the USB port of the TV, an external power supply is better if the USB power is insufficient.

If the Firestick’s power supply is insufficient, a “Low Power” message will appear on the screen of the TV as an indication.

2. Reconnect Firestick to the Internet

In case Hulu on Firestick not working after the power cycle, the problem could be with the internet connection of the streaming stick.

This method will uncover the best solutions for connectivity issues on Firestick and also reveal a bonus way to connect your Firestick!

How to Reconnect Firestick to Wi-Fi?

  1. Go to the “Settings” tab on the Firestick.
  2. Press on “Network” and wait for network detection.
  3. Choose your home Wi-Fi network from the list.
  4. Insert the Wi-Fi password and press “Connect”.
  5. Wait for the Firestick to establish a connection.
reconnect firestick to the internet

How to Optimize Your Network Connection!

  • Reboot the wireless network router and/or the modem device.
  • Attempt to switch the Firestick from 5GHz to the 2.4GHz band.
  • Check if there’s an activated VPN on the Firestick or network.
  • Relieve the network bandwidth usage by reducing congestion.

Bonus Tip: Share a Personal Hotspot

To check if the problem is on the network’s end, you should connect the Firestick to the mobile hotspot of your phone.

The personal hotspot is available for both Android and iOS devices that are subscribed to a SIM operator and are equipped with mobile data internet cellular service.

  • To connect the Firestick, go to Settings > Network > “[Hotspot SSID] > “Connect”.
Tip: View the password to the mobile hotspot in Settings > Mobile Data > Hotspot.

3. Test Hulu on Another Platform!

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To determine if there’s a temporal outage on Hulu’s end, you must test the platform on another platform.

The Hulu service is available on numerous mobile devices, plenty of smart TV devices, and almost all streaming sticks, including Firestick.

There are a couple of things you can do to verify Hulu’s services:

  • Test Hulu on a computer via an online browser (
  • Test Hulu on your smartphone using the Hulu app.
  • Ask a family member or a friend to test their Hulu.

Occasionally, there are planned or unplanned server outages or maintenance. Typically they are resolved within a few hours, and may only concern a few locations.

Feel free to check the official Hulu Facebook or Hulu Twitter for any recent posts covering an outage or any maintenance.

Note: Hulu outages shouldn’t last longer than 2-3 hours at a time!

4. Update Firestick’s Firmware!

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One of the most common causes of Hulu issues on Firestick is outdated device firmware.

If you haven’t updated the Firestick in a long time or there’s been an issue during the most recent firmware update, the Hulu app (and possibly other platforms) may be temporarily unavailable.

  • In order to update the Firestick, verify that it is connected to the WiFi!

Here’s how to update the firmware version of the Firestick device:

  1. Navigate to the Settings of the Firestick device.
  2. Highlight “My Fire TV” and press the “OK” button.
  3. Go to the “About” tab and then press “Install Update”.
  4. Wait for the Firestick to initialize the new firmware.
Notice: A continuously failing update is an indication of an internet connection dropping!

5. Clear the Hulu App Cache & Data

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Whenever Hulu on Firestick not working, clearing the app cache should resolve the problem.

Any activity within installed Firestick platforms causes app cache (excess data files) to generate in the storage, which not only takes space but also slows down the performance of the device.

Follow these steps to clear the cache and data for the Hulu app on Firestick:

  1. Navigate to the Settings tab on the Firestick device.
  2. Choose “Applications” > “Manage Installed Applications”.
  3. Scroll down and select the Hulu app from the applications list.
  4. Press on “Clear Cache” first and then also select “Clear Data”.
  5. Exit the applications tab of the Firestick and test the Hulu app.
Note: Clearing the Hulu application cache will sign you out from your Hulu account!

6. Uninstall > Reinstall the Hulu App!

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By removing and then re-adding the Hulu app you will cleanly refresh the app data, which is one of the most powerful ways to solve issues.

Next, we’ll uncover the complete steps for manually uninstalling the Hulu platform from your Firestick and then show you how to add it back quickly!

  • On the Firestick, go to Settings > Applications > Hulu > Uninstall

After that, access the Amazon Content Store on Firestick, search for the Hulu application, and download it again. The entire process takes about 3 minutes if your internet is fast enough!

Note: You must sign back into your user account after reinstalling the Hulu app!

Have You Tested Whether Other Apps Work?

If reinstalling Hulu didn’t work either, attempt to access other installed applications on the Firestick.

This will uncover whether the problem is solely related to the Hulu app or if there’s an overall problem with the platforms installed on the Firestick…

7. Factory Reset Your Firestick!

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Perhaps, a factory reset is needed, especially if none of the solutions from the guide managed to restore Hulu’s app functionality.

The hurdle with the Hulu platform could be occurring due to corrupted Firestick data or misconfigured settings, which can be addressed at once!

Alert: The factory reset erases all content, data, and settings from the Firestick!

Here’s how to factory reset any Firestick in easy steps:

  1. Press the Home button on the Firestick remote control.
  2. Access the Settings of the Firestick and go to “My Fire TV”.
  3. Scroll all the way down and press “Reset to Factory Defaults”.
  4. To start the process, press on the “Reset” button and wait.
Info: Once the Firestick shuts down, the factory reset could last up to 5 minutes and the continuity of the reset is based on the amount of data for initialization.

Quick Recap:

Whenever Hulu not working on Firestick, the first step is to power cycle the Firestick and verify that the internet connection is intact. If that doesn’t help, erase the Hulu cache data and/or perform a clean Hulu app reinstallation before factory resetting the Firestick!

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