8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2014 11:21 AM by Kilgore-Trout
andreafrompleasantonj Level 1 Level 1

Netflix is asking me for an "activation code" for my iPad 2. What is this and where can I find it. I want to be able to watch videos instantly.

iPad 2
  • J D Knight III Level 4 Level 4

    I'm guessing referring to the Netflix page:



    Activate Your Netflix Ready Device


    • Follow the instructions on your device to get an activation code.
    • Your computer and device must both be connected to the Internet to activate.


    Open the Netflix app on your iPad while it is connected to a wifi network. There should be instructions telling you to enter the code if my memory serves me correctly.

  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6

    In order to use the Netflix app you must sign up for and continue to pay for the use of Netflix. The Netflix app for iOS or iPad is free, but in order to view movies on your iPad, you need to maintain a subscription. You need to create an account on the Netflix site. The login to Netflix will be your username ( email address) and password. Thus same username and password is used to log into the Netflix app on the iPad. The first month is free, then $8/month for streaming service or $10/month that includes mail DVD's The service is great on iPad and even better when being able to view the video from iPad to TV. I have an original iPad and I have to use the physical composite VGA cable to output the Netflix content to my iPad. No other wireless WiFi media boxes ( with the exception of the newer Apple TV box) will let you stream from your iPad wirelessly. Another note, the Netflix app for iOS doesn't have a complete listing of all of the content available to stream. You need to use mobile Safari on your iPad to access to actual Netflix site and pick or queue up movies to watch from the main site. The Netflix site on mobile Safari will redirect your viewing choices to be played on the Netflix app for iOS automatically. Also, if you want to have Netflix stream to your TV without an iPad, you'll need to purchase Wifi media player such as this made by Apple, Roku or Sony. These work to stream Netflix direct to your TV, however, like the iPad app for Netflix, the content accessed by these wireless streaming devices is also limited and requires you to still use the full Netflix website to access their complete viewable library.

  • eleanorfromnewtown Level 1 Level 1

    Great info, easy to follow, thanks a lot.

  • atlanta47 Level 1 Level 1

    When I follow these instructions, all I get when I log into Netflix site on my ipad is a list of all the movies I may want to see. I see nowhere to go to get activatioin code. Both device and laptop are running on same wifi and I do have a paying account.

  • pjl123 Level 5 Level 5

    Atlanta,  there is no activation code.  If you already have a Netflix account, just fire up the app.  If you are already logged in, you are taken immediately to the selection screens.   If you are not logged in, you are taken to a log in screen.


    If you do not already have a Netflix account, I know you can create one easily on a computer.  I do not know if you can create an account from the app. 

  • SandifromWV Level 1 Level 1

    Netflix asks you for a Device Activation Code if you are trying to sign in on their "Free Trial" Tile on your X-Box instead of the actual Netflix Tile.  Scroll through your Tiles on your Xbox Dash to find the correct Netflix tile and sign in from there. 

  • SandifromWV Level 1 Level 1

    Make sure you are trying to sign in from an actual Netflix app and not a free trial app.

  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7

    There is no "free trial app" on iOS.


    You are also responding to a thread that is over two years old.