Are you frustrated that your TV is displaying an Amazon Fire Stick Error Code 403? Well, don’t worry, we’ll help you through our step-by-step guide to ensure that your TV is up and running again in time for your favorite shows. 

Amazon has taken over most of the major markets in the world. In a few years, they’ve accomplished almost everything we could think of. They are no strangers to dabbling into multiple products and businesses.

One such hit product is the Amazon Fire Stick which can enable any regular TV to transform into a smart TV with a click of a button. This revolutionary product was one of the first of its type in the market. Accordingly, it has become a staple in homes across the country. Even with widespread popularity and use, Amazon Fire Stick still encounters multiple problems, of which we look into Error Code 403 today.

What is an Amazon Fire Stick Error Code 403?

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There is an extensive catalogue of entertainment made available by Amazon Fire Stick. This variety of shows and movies are sometimes “Area Coded”.  Basically, its limiting access depending on the region you reside in. Therefore, if you attempt to access content that Amazon blocks in a certain region, you may encounter Error Code 403. According to its description:

“Your TV subscription allows you limited access to our content. The content you have selected is unavailable”

This clearly states that the content user is trying to access unauthorized content from their Amazon Fire Stick device.

Why did I get an Amazon Fire Stick Error Code 403?

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Multiple reasons can prompt Error 403, with the most probable being  trying to access unauthorized content. There may be other reasons why content is unavailable despite being authorized. 

There are various copyright laws in each country or state. Amazon’s license to host shows is different in every region. In other words, Amazon may have allowed the show in your region, however your country’s laws may ban it. This means there could be a show that is inaccessible in your region. Such a situation will also prompt an Amazon Fire Stick Error 403.

Other situations why you would have this problem unrelated to inaccessible content would be:

  • Damage to Amazon Fire Stick.
  • Internet connectivity issues.
  • Recently deleted content.
  • Multiple errors are occurring at once.
  • Amazon Fire Stick servers down or in maintenance.

We’ll guide you through the most common issues, in addition to  fixing them them. After that, you can get back to binging.

How do you get rid of Amazon Fire Stick Error Code 403?

Check your internet connection

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The first thing you should do is check whether your Amazon Fire Stick device is connected to the internet. Find your Network status in the device’s network connection setting tab. If it hasn’t connected, reconnect it immediately. 

Slow internet speeds,  also contribute to getting an Error Code 403. To fix this,

  • Restart your Wi-Fi device.
  • Wait for some time.
  • If a slow connection persists, contact your ISP for further assistance.

Use a VPN service

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Licenses can affect what shows you can watch on your Amazon Fire Stick TV. Do you still want to watch a particular movie or show? Get a VPN subscription.

VPN’s enable you to access unavailable content in your country and also provides security to browse the web without being tracked. We recommend using a paid VPN over a free one as the latter often compromises the security of its users. 

Reboot your Amazon Fire Stick

Amazon Fire Stick for Error Code 403

The Amazon Fire Stick is an external device that connects to your TV via its HDMI port. Like all external hardware, it is can wear out. In addition, its components will slowly malfunction for several reasons. Any damage to the device can cause issues. Random errors such as Code 403 is one such issue.

To check whether there is a problem with your Amazon Fire Stick, you can reboot your device to factory settings. Note that any information held by your Amazon account won’t be erased.

To perform a reboot:

  • Navigate to the home screen of your Amazon Fire Stick TV.
  • Press and hold the right and bottom sides of the navigation circle on your  remote for 10 seconds.
  • Accept the confirmation message on your TV when prompted.
  • Now your device will reboot.

Final Thoughts

We expect the mentioned solutions worked for you and you can now watch your favorite soaps, shows and movies.  If by any chance you are still getting the Error Code 403, contact Amazon Customer Support. Hoping this guide helps you in fixing your Amazon fire Stick Error Code 403  and resuming your fun time.

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