On another special about the Xfinity platform, we will be dealing on how to bypass the Xfinity watch in-home only error. But to begin, one must first reiterate how big a platform Xfinity has and while being a leading telecommunication company it cannot always be perfect.
Oftentimes, you will encounter some errors that could be frustrating, one of them could be the Xfinity watch in-home only error whenever you try to stream other services.
What is Xfinity watch in-home only?
Xfinity offers an all-in-one home package that helps you get everything in one place. Whereby you can access the server even through one subscription on one platform. You pay a single bill and can access it from your phone or iPad. This is economical and would help you avoid subscribing on several platforms.
For added value, Xfinity offers access to Netflix, Peacock, Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video and YouTube added to the plan that you will choose. You can easily enjoy all the services just from logging into you Xfinity account from your Mobile phone (iPhones, Samsung), Smart TVs, Laptops, and tablets (iPad). The subscription is directly linked to your Xfinity account.
But to use most Xfinity stream services, you are expected to be connected to your in-Home Xfinity Wi-Fi network. If you happen to be out of town, you may likely get an error “Out of Home” or “Connect to in-home Wi-Fi to watch” when you try to log in while you are not connected to the in-Home wi-fi network.
This is because Xfinity is trying to protect your privacy In most instances, therefore you will not be able to access the service unless you take certain steps to bypass this protection.
The trick here is that Xfinity services are authenticated with your Home IP address, and you cannot be able to log in while you are travelling or out of town. And that is why you would be able to stream while you are out in Inglewood while home is in Denver.
In the end, while this is installed to protect your privacy, it is still not realistic to assume that every customer would be opportune to always be at home to use these streaming services.
Fix Xfinity watch in-home only error at home
After the above explanation, some people might be left confused when they get this response from the comfort of their living room. This is to say that you can get this error even if you are at home. There are other reasons for this error asides from being away from home:
- If you are connected to a VPN server and it is set as the default.
- You are accessing Xfinity Stream via a proxy server that Xfinity servers does not recognizes.
Meaning you can suffer from this Xfinity watch in-home only error even if you are at home, using your Xfinity network.
Below, we will help fix the in-home only error while at home:
Check Wi-Fi Settings
There a times that your device might connect to a neighboring Wi-Fi network (Could be the restaurant across the street, or the coffee shop by the intersection, your neighbors Wi-Fi or even that of a visiting friend) instead of the home one. So it might happen that Xfinity does not recognize the connected network.
Therefore, go to your Wi-Fi settings and confirm that you are connected to your Xfinity in home Wi-Fi network and not any nearby connections. Many times we would assume we are connected to our home network when in fact we are using another Wi-Fi.
If you are certain that you are on your home network, and the error persists, you should toggle your account, log-in and log-out of your Xfinity stream app. Just go to settings on the app and select “change household account.”
Check Network Settings
Check your settings for any change in your IP address, MAC settings and login credentials. A typo could cause the error, so ensure all network setting are properly spelt.
Restart Your Router
As a quick fix, you can restart your router to see if the reboot refresh the bug. This will clear off any logs that may be causing the Xfinity watch in-home only error.
Call Xfinity Help-desk
If every of the above fails, the safe bet is to call Xfinity and explain the problem. At that point, they can fix the issue from their end.
Fixing Xfinity watch in-home only error while away
For those not at home that want to enjoy Xfinity streaming service, you have some options to avoid the error ‘Xfinity watch in-home only’
Use a Browser
When outside your home network, you will still have minimal access to your Xfinity portal and can access the server and download content. So using either your Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or UC Browser, you can bypass Xfinity watch in-home only error and access the Xfinity portal.
Use a Mobile Device
Since there are no network restrictions by Xfinity on mobile devices it is easier to use with less complications. Your iPad, iPod, Smartphones can access these services, regardless of their internet connection.
So whenever you are away from home, you can access the Xfinity platform by simply logging-in into your account and that will provide you the seamless streaming.
On the Xfinity Stream App, you can log-out and log-in. To do this, then navigate to the Settings tab. Here you will select ‘Change Household Account’ to log out of your current account. After log out, wait a while to log back in to see if it fixes the issue and then log back in to see if it fixes the issue. This would work in cases where the server suffers from excess traffic.
Change Server Settings
If you are savvy in the use an SSH Server and proxy settings you can activate an SSH server and change your proxy settings to bypass the “only-home” error. After setting up the SSH server, follow these steps:
- At the top right of your browser, click on the drop-down icon.
- Choose to browser settings
- Choose to System settings
- Click on Open proxy settings
- Turn proxy server to On
You may not be able to stream Netflix or some other apps that is exclusive to apps alone but you can save contents and have access to them when you are back at home.
With this article, we hope that whenever you are wondering why you are receiving Xfinity watch in-home only error, this will help resolve and continue your seamless access to your favorite entertaining content. Remember, if you have uncertainty about doing it yourself, you can reach out to Xfinity helpdesk.