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Getting an error code can be a really frustrating thing, especially when you are trying to watch your favorite show, or just keep your kids entertained. This is true of Disney Plus ‘Error Code 83’ too.
The good thing is that most error codes are standardized and often refer to a specific problem that (usually) has a quick fix. so it can be sorted out pretty quickly with a guide like this.
And luckily, Error Code 83 is one of the most common on Disney Plus – likely to be fixed in an upcoming update patch.
But for now, follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem you are having. All being well you can then get back to watching your favorite shows.
What Does Disney Plus error code 83 mean?
As we mentioned, most error codes have a referential system where you can find out what the specific error code you are getting means.
Disney Plus’ Error Code 83 means that Disney thinks you are using an incompatible device. In other words, Disney thinks you are trying to use a device that can’t run the Disney app on it to watch TV.
This sounds like a fallacy, right: how can you even be on the Disney app with an incompatible device? But this is most likely an anti-piracy measure from Disney’s security team, attempting to stop those who are trying to acquire Disney’s streams and then reproduce them online to profit from the content.
The most likely situation here is that some wires have been crossed and a glitch has occurred (the app thinks you are pirating on another device when you aren’t). Hence why it will likely be fixed in a software update. Don’t worry, the police won’t bust through your door, and there are some easy fixes.
How Do I Resolve This Error Code?
Assuming you are actually using a compatible device, which is the most likely situation, the error code can be resolved pretty quickly.
Here are some things to consider in order to resolve the error code.
Your Internet Connection
When you are streaming, having a strong internet connection can be important for quality, speed, but also for these server hiccups.
A spotty internet connection can lead the app to think you are using an incompatible device.
This can be caused by a few things. For example, you may be in a blind spot for WiFi in your house if you get this error code. If you are sitting somewhere specific, consider moving into a different room and reconnecting.
If it’s not possible to move, then you may want to look at strenghthening your WiFi signal.
You can also disconnect your device from the Internet and reconnect, or try restarting your router. Sometimes leaving your device disconnected for several hours, and then reconnecting to your WiFi can resolve any IP address issues.
Consider If Your Application Is Up To Date
This may also be a software problem, and if you haven’t updated the app in a long time, for whatever reason, this could be the reason why this error code is appearing. Especially if you are watching on an older model of a device.
If your device is particularly old it might not support the new Disney update, and this is a common reason your device may be incompatible.
Check for any app updates, and (if possible) try running the app on a second device to see if that device comes across the same issue.
Consider How You Are Watching
It stands to reason that you may just be using the wrong method – or not the ideal one. If you are on a console you may be trying to watch on the browser, and this isn’t the best way to do so.
In this situation download the app to the device instead of using a browser.
Power off your device
Regardelss of the device you are watching on, powering off or restarting your device is a good standard practice to try as a solution.
Once you have done that, it is also worth checking for any updates to your device (Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or other).
Finally, you could try uninstalling and re-installing the Disney+ app itself.
Disney Plus Error code 83 – related errors
Error code 42
This “trouble connecting you to the service” error means the video (service) you’re trying to access cannot be accessed. Usually, this will be related to a weak or unstable Internet connection or WiFi signal.
However, if you’ve ruled that out, it’s possible it’s a problem with the service itself. Disconnect and reconnect your device, to see if that solves the issue.
Error code 73
If you’re seeing this “Disney Plus is only available in certain regions” error, it’s exactly that. So if you’re in a part of the world where the service isn’t available or traveling to another country and trying to connect that may be why.
The service is ‘geoblocked’ in some parts of the world, and this error signifies that. If you think you’re seeing this in error, best to contact Disney Plus support.
Error codes 91 and 92
Although unusual, this error occurs when an unusually high number of requests appears from your IP address – either unsuccessful attempts to log in or update a payment method. In this case, Disney Plus will throttle the service to your IP address.
The service may suspect such continuous traffic is suspicious – and if you are unsure you should investigate. But if this is legitimate activity, you may want to try again later. It could just be an unstable Internet connection.
Error code 142
‘We’re sorry; we’re having trouble connecting you to the service…’ is a simple one really. Either the service is experiencing issues, or your Internet connection is weak or unstable.
Check the latter, or you may need to wait for the service-sie issues to pass.
As you can see, this error should be easily fixed, and there are several reasons you may be seeing this error. Perhaps your device is too old, doesn’t have the latest version of the app, or Disney+ is just glitching out.
Whatever it is, hopefully the above guide can help you get to the bottom of it and get back to watching your favorite content.