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How to Uninstall or Install Netflix on Nintendo Wii

Max holds a B.S. in mass communications from SIU, an M.A. in communications from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.


While having Netflix on your Nintendo Wii is convenient, it's cumbersome to operate and it doesn't stream in high definition. Alternatively, there are a number of devices being rolled out with a built-in or downloadable Netflix app that can stream HD, such as Blu-ray players, DVD players, TVs, mobile devices and other gaming consoles. If you find yourself watching Netflix through one of these devices and not your Nintendo Wii anymore, you can remove the Netflix channel on your Wii to free up space. Alternatively, if you have a Netflix account and no other devices to play the Wii on but your computer monitor and you don't want to go through the trouble of connection your computer to your TV or don't have the option to, consider linking your Netflix account to your Wii so you can watch streaming content on your TV.

How to Remove Netflix from Wii

  1. Select the “Wii Options” button in the lower-left corner of the Nintendo Wii home screen. This button features the Wii icon on it. The Wii Options menu opens and has Data Management and Wii Settings options on it.
  2. Select “Data Management” on the left side of the screen to open the Data Management window.
  3. Select the “Channels” option to open the Channels window.
  4. Select the “Netflix” channel. A dialog box appears with Move, Copy and Erase options.
  5. Select “Erase.” A message appears asking if you’re certain you want to erase the Netflix channel from your Nintendo Wii console.
  6. Select “Yes.” The Netflix icon will disappear from the dialog box and a message appears within the dialog box after the Netflix channel has been successful uninstalled from the Wii.
  7. Click the dialog box to close it and return to the Channels window.
  8. Press the “Home” button on your Wii Remote and then select “Wii Menu” to return to the Wii’s home menu. The Netflix channel no longer appears on the Wii’s home menu.

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How to Install Netflix on Wii

  1. Select the “Wii Shop Channel” from the list of channels on the Nintendo Wii’s home screen.
  2. Select “Start” when the screen appears giving you the option to start the Wii Shop Channel or return to the Wii’s home menu. It takes a few seconds for the Wii Shop Channel to load, during which time you’ll see the Wii icon on the screen.
  3. Select “Start Shopping” at the bottom of the Wii Shop Channel’s home screen.
  4. Select “Wii Channels” in the next window to open the Wii Channels window.
  5. Scroll through the available channels, which is actually very short, and select the “Netflix” channel when you arrive at it in the list.
  6. Select “Update” and then select “Wii System Memory. “ The Selection Confirmation window appears notifying you that you can only navigate the Netflix channel using a Wii Remote and no other type of Wii-compatible controller. The Donwload Confirmation scren appears.
  7. Select “Yes” to download the Netflix channel to your Wii. The Download Software screen appears with Mario running along the bottom of it. A Download Successful message appears when the download is complete.
  8. Click "OK" to return to the Wii Shop Channel and then click "Wii Menu" in the lower-left corner of the Wii Shop Channel.
  9. Click the Netflix channel that now appears on your Wii home screen. A message appears with an activation code that tells you to open a Web browser on a computer that's connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Nintendo Wii and then navigate to
  10. Log into a computer connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Nintendo Wii, open a Web browser and then navigate to Log in to your Netflix account if prompted.
  11. Enter the activation code on your Nintendo Wii in the Activate field and then press "Activate." After a few seconds, a message appears confirming that your Wii is now connected to your Netflix account.


Isaque on January 09, 2015:

Steve, there is absolutely no rosaen a customer should not be able to reach their service provider NONE. There was more than sufficient cause on my part and more than sufficient time on their part to make the smallest of gestures. Like say an email, phone call, letter, fax, a credit on the bill even though it was never requested etc..I am tickled pink that your personal service experience has gone great. So was mine for years, but it is evident in Netflix is pissing off their customers. Since I have started paying more attention to what is going on I realize others have also cancelled membership within a similar time frame. If Netflix wants to publish their up to date customer records we can lay this useless relatavistic argument to rest. Until then I will continue to point out the painful truth. Netflix has little to know customer service and cleary could care less. If I were you I would apply to be the company spin doctor for Netflix. Of course that assumes you do not already have it. Blockbuster is #1 captalizing on the strengths of Netflix while avoiding the weekness.

Bambi on January 09, 2015:

I was a netflix user for two years. Like most pelope I had great service at first, but eventually the rate at which I was getting movies slowed to a crawl. I was, perhaps, getting 3 movies a month. So I called them and complained. The first person I spoke to was extremely rude and defensive from the start. She demanded I provide proof that the service was actually slow. I explained I couldn't provide proof other then the fact that I wasn't getting movies soon enough ( I mean seriously . . . 3 a month?). She then lists all the movies I recieved and made excuses for each. By the end of this conversation I was even more pissed off then before I called. So I call again and demand to speak to a supervisor. Eventually I speak to someone else. Like Steve first they said the post office was the problem. I get first class mail all the time from my father (he sends letters the old way believe it or not). His letters travel from two states away and often I'll get two or three letters before I ever see a new group of netflix movies. I pointed this out to them and this supervisor made some excuse about machines the post office uses being broken, that I should complain about this to the post office, and in order for netflix to look into the matter I'll need to fill out some report and fax it to netflix. I told them I wasn't going to do any such thing. I pay them money for a service which I don't feel is worth the money. I'm complaining and they are asking me to fix it? The guy responds, We are looking for partners to fix this problem. I thought this whole thing was stupid, so I did nothing. The next day . . . the very next day . . . a new group of movies show up in the mail which I had been waiting 2 weeks for. I was given a month free . . . and guess how long it took for them to recieve and send the next group?It seems to me netflix is a business built on a model which can't work considering the current economic conditions facing pelope. As long as netflix could work in the background of a person's life, when a person isn't paying attention to it, pelope thought the service was fine. $15 for movies through the mail? Why not. I mean even the ads on tv played up this in the background quality. Oh look netflix came in the mail! Like it's some kind of gift you are not actually paying for. However as money got tight pelope started paying attention to the service more and look at what is happening? People who have spent years with this company are suddenly leaving. The customer service system they have in place is overwhelmed. They even offer cheap alternatives. Watching streaming video? Look if ABC can stream video without requiring me to download some program which I don't want on my computer then way can't netflix? Why would I want to sit in front of my computer to watch a movie anyway when I could sit in comfort in my living room? Netflix has done serious damage to themselves, or at least in my area. I don't see many pelope using the service here anymore. A lot of pelope I meet who used the service now either buy cheap older films and/or watch on-demand video through their cable provider. Some pelope I know continue their service with netflix just to damage the disks and make everything more expensive for the company. Think about that . . . some pelope are so pissed off instead of ending the service they would rather destroy the service.

noniomolina on June 07, 2013:

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Thank u:-)

max on December 02, 2012:


Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on November 20, 2012:

That's weird, Veronica. The install or the uninstall? Are you doing this on the Wii U, because that would be different.

veronica on November 17, 2012:

Did not work for me

Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on February 16, 2012:

Thanks, alocsin.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 16, 2012:

I don't have a Wii but I know a couple of people who do and will foreward this info to them. Voting this Up and Useful.

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