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  • If Paramount Plus is not working, try restarting the app and restarting your streaming device.
  • Check your internet connection, and see if the Paramount Plus service is experiencing an outage. 
  • Here are seven ways to fix Paramount Plus when it isn't working. 

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Paramount Plus offers a wealth of content from CBS, MTV, Comedy Central and other content catalogs, but all that is only valuable if you can actually watch the streaming service. If Paramount Plus isn't working on your phone, computer, Roku, or some other device, don't worry — here are seven of the most common solutions to fix your connection and start streaming. 

Restart Paramount Plus

Often, the easiest way to fix a streaming service like Paramount Plus is to close and restart the app. When you close an app, it typically deletes any corrupted data that's kept the app from working properly. This is a good first step whether you need to close the app on your iPhone, on Android, on a streaming media player like Roku, or on a smart TV. How you do this varies depending on what kind of device you have, but for most streaming devices, select the app and then click and hold or long-press on it until you see additional options that include force-closing the app. There's no way to force-close an app on Roku, but you can exit the app and then launch it again. 

Check to see if Paramount Plus is online 

The Paramount Plus service doesn't go offline often, but if you can't play any video in the app, it's entirely possible that Paramount is experiencing an outage. To see if that's the problem, you can check the Paramount Plus status page. If the website reports that the service is offline, you'll need to watch a different streaming service (or go read a book) while you wait for service to be restored.  

Visit the Paramount Plus status page to see if there's a known issue with the service. Dave Johnson

Check your internet connection

Of course, if you see a connection error in Paramount Plus — or your videos play erratically, your internet connection might be to blame. Your WiFi router might need to be rebooted, or perhaps there's some sort of service outage at your ISP. 

To find out for sure, open a web browser on the device you're trying to watch Paramount Plus and run Google's online speed test. If you're trying to stream Paramount Plus on a streaming media player like a Roku or on a smart TV, run the speed test on another device in the same room. You should have an internet speed no slower than 5 Mbps for high definition or 15 Mbps for 4K video streaming. See our guide on internet speeds for more details. 

If you can't perform the speed test on the device you're using to watch Paramount Plus, be sure you try another streaming app on that device to make sure its internet connection is solid.  

Make sure your browser isn't running Adblock 

If you are trying to log into Paramount Plus in a web browser, you might run into a problem if your browser is configured with an ad blocker like AdBlock — this extension can interfere with Paramount Plus. You may want to disable it entirely, but you can also set AdBlock to ignore Paramount Plus. In Chrome, for example, click the AdBlock plugin icon at the top of the browser and, in the drop-down menu, choose Don't run on pages on this domain.  

Update your Paramount Plus app

If you're using an older version of the Paramount Plus app, there might be a bug or incompatibility that's preventing it from working properly. Most devices update their apps regularly, but it's possible your copy of Paramount Plus is obsolete. If you're watching on your phone, update the app on your iPhone or on your Android phone. If you're using a Roku, navigate to the Paramount Plus app and press the Star button. In the pop-up menu, choose Check for updates and let Roku update the app. 

Check to see if there's an update available which might fix your Paramount Plus glitch. Dave Johnson

Restart the device 

Another easy troubleshooting step: If nothing has worked so far, try to restart your iPhone, Android, or whatever other device you are using. Restarting the entire device can solve a lot of common problems, such as the streaming app not working as expected. 

You can turn off most Android devices by pressing and holding the power button for several seconds, or you can pull the Control Center down from the top of the screen and find the power icon. If you want to restart a TV, look for a restart option on the settings menu, or just pull the power plug, wait a minute, and then plug it back in. 

Watch Paramount Plus on another device

If all else fails, try Paramount Plus on another device — your phone, tablet, or laptop, for example, if it's not working on your TV. This won't solve the root problem of course, but if it works, it can point to a problem with the particular app or device that was glitching. This can help you narrow down the problem later. 

Dave Johnson

Freelance Writer

Dave Johnson is a technology journalist who writes about consumer tech and how the industry is transforming the speculative world of science fiction into modern-day real life. Dave grew up in New Jersey before entering the Air Force to operate satellites, teach space operations, and do space launch planning. He then spent eight years as a content lead on the Windows team at Microsoft. As a photographer, Dave has photographed wolves in their natural environment; he's also a scuba instructor and co-host of several podcasts. Dave is the author of more than two dozen books and has contributed to many sites and publications including CNET, Forbes, PC World, How To Geek, and Insider.

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Why is paramount plus taking forever to load?

Make sure you're running the latest version of the Paramount+ app by force closing and reinstalling it. This can resolve streaming issues, and If there are any pending app updates, you'll see messaging to install them on your homescreen.

Is anyone having problems with Paramount plus?

We're not currently experiencing any outage or interruption to our service.

Why does my paramount plus never load?

Paramount Plus downloads are not working for you because of one of the following reasons: You're not a Premium subscriber. The option to download is not available for the Essential plan. You are running iOS 12 or below, or Android OS 4.4 or below.