Keep seeing this annoying error whenever you try to access a Google link that’s supposed to take you to the Netflix page for a specific movie or TV series?
We’ll tell you all about it in this quick guide – what it is, why it happens, and how to get rid of it.
- 1 What Is the NSES-404 Error on Netflix?
- 2 Why Do You See the NSES-404 Error Code?
- 3 How to Bypass the NSES-404 Error on Netflix
- 4 How to Use a VPN with Netflix (Easy-Peasy Guide)
- 5 What If I Get the NSES-404 Error While Using a VPN?
- 6 What If I Get the Netflix Proxy Error Instead?
- 7 The Bottom Line
What Is the NSES-404 Error on Netflix?
You won’t find an answer in Netflix’s FAQ section – at least we weren’t able to find an article about this error code.
So what’s the deal with it? Is it some kind of super-secret error that only a few people see in rare scenarios?
It’s nothing that far-fetched. The NSES-404 error code is just Netflix’s way of saying “sorry, this title isn’t available in your country.”
Normally, when you look up a movie or show on Netflix that isn’t available in your area, you won’t find it. But if you google it online (“show/movie name + Netflix”), you’ll find a link that takes you to the title’s Netflix page. If Netflix can’t redirect you to the default homepage on your account, it will display this error instead.
Why Do You See the NSES-404 Error Code?
We already told you – because the title isn’t available in your country.
If you’d like to know what that means, it’s just a way of saying that Netflix didn’t license that show or movie for your country.
It’s hard to say. Maybe Netflix didn’t think it’d be a worthwhile investment. Considering how much they spend on licensing content, you can’t really fault them for that.
If that wasn’t the case, then the rights probably just weren’t for sale. The copyright holder might have already sold them to one of Netflix’s competitors.
How to Bypass the NSES-404 Error on Netflix
Is there anything you can do to get rid of it?
Yep – you have to hide your geo-location and change it to one where the content you want to watch is available. That way, Netflix will have no reason to display the error code.
Great solution, but how do you actually do that?
Well, it’s as simple as using a VPN – an easy-to-use service that hides your IP address from Netflix. Without it, the site won’t be able to tell where you’re from anymore. Since the VPN will “sit” between you and Netflix, the site will only see its IP.
On your end, you just have to make sure you’re using a VPN server in the right county (i.e. one where the titles you want to unblock are available).
How to Use a VPN with Netflix (Easy-Peasy Guide)
VPNs might sound overwhelming or too much of a hassle for some of you. But don’t worry – it’s actually extremely simple to use one! All it takes is a few steps, and you’re done:
- First, you’ll need to get a VPN account. To do that, you have to buy a subscription from one of the many providers on the market. We recommend either NordVPN or ExpressVPN.
- Then, download and the appropriate app for your device, and install it.
- Next, use the app to connect to a VPN server. Make sure it’s in a country where you can actually watch the show or movie you’re having problems with. To find out where a Netflix title is available, just use StreamCatcher.
- Finally, look up the Netflix title you wanted to watch. If you access it from a Google link, you shouldn’t get the error anymore.
And that’s all there is to it! If you encounter any issues during any one of those steps, just send us a message or leave a comment. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
What If I Get the NSES-404 Error While Using a VPN?
That can happen, and we have experienced that issue as well. We don’t really think it’s because Netflix detects you’re using a VPN. It might be because your browser is giving away your geo-location because of tracking cookies.
We managed to fix that problem by doing any of the following:
- Clearing our browser’s cookies. We also cleared the cache when that wasn’t enough.
- Using incognito/private mode.
- Connecting to a different VPN server. Usually, we got rid of the error by using one from a different country.
What If I Get the Netflix Proxy Error Instead?
That can happen too when you use a VPN. In that case, Netflix actively detects that you’re using a VPN, so it blocks the server’s IP. As long as you remain connected to it, you’ll keep seeing this page when trying to use Netflix:
This shouldn’t happen if you use the VPNs we mentioned above. Those providers refresh their IPs often enough, so Netflix can’t blacklist them.
Regardless, if you are seeing the Netflix proxy error, you can do some things to get rid of it. Besides what we mentioned when discussing how to get rid of the NSES-404 error code, here’s what else you should try:
Update the VPN App
If you’re using an outdated app, there’s a chance the servers haven’t yet refreshed their IPs. We also experienced this issue, so it’s not just random speculation.
So if you have any pending updates, run them right now.
Contact the Provider’s Support Team
Sometimes, you need to ask the VPN provider which specific server you need to use for Netflix. They don’t make that information public because they don’t want Netflix to find out which server IPs they need to block.
Get a Dedicated IP
Dedicated IPs are only used by you, meaning you don’t share them with other VPN users. Netflix might be less likely to detect them because the site won’t notice multiple sign-ins from the same address.
If possible, try getting a residential IP address. That way, Netflix will think your IP belongs to a residential ISP, not a data center.
The Bottom Line
If you’re seeing the NSES-404 error code, it’s because the Netflix title you’re trying to access isn’t available in your country. The easiest way to bypass it is to use a VPN to spoof your geo-location. If you know other ways to get rid of this error, please let us know in the comments.