Nespresso Vertuo Not Reading Pods (VertuoLine, Next & Plus)

It can be very annoying when you’re craving a cup of coffee but your Nespresso Vertuo isn’t reading the capsule… It is a common problem, just like Nespresso Vertuo not pumping water.

In this article, I will tell you exactly how to make your Vertuo read the capsule again.

How To Fix Nespresso Vertuo Not Recognizing Capsules?

When your Nespresso Vertuo is not reading the capsules. To begin you can clean the barcode reader and barcode on the capsule to make sure the machine can read it properly. In addition, you can try to reset and update the Vertuo. Lastly, you need to make sure the lid is closed all the way.

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Clean The Barcode Reader

To begin, you can check if the barcode reader inside the coffee maker is dirty. If there is lime or coffee residue on it, the Vertuo can’t read the barcode on the capsule.

To fix this problem, simply wipe it clean with a cloth and warm water.

The barcode reader on the machine is located under the translucent part of the pod holder, the part that holds the black pod holder, just make sure that everything is clean in that area.

Clean The Nespresso Capsule

More unlikely, but the barcode on the capsule could also be dirty or damaged. Make sure the barcode on the capsule looks readable.

The barcode on the capsule/pod is positioned along the bottom rim, where the capsule meets the aluminum foil.

Reset The Vertuo

It may also be that there is something wrong with the software or that it’s outdated. When this is the case, the first thing you want to do is reset your Vertuo coffee maker.

How To Reset The Nespresso VertuoLine

  1. Turn on the VertuoLine.
  2. Open the head so that the old capsule slides into the old-capsule storage container.
  3. Close the head again, and leave the lever in the unlocked position.
  4. Press the brew button five times within three seconds, the brew light should flash five times slowly to confirm it’s reset.

How To Reset The Nespresso Vertuo Plus

  1. Turn the Vertuo Plus on.
  2. Hold down the lever until the green brew button light turns off.
  3. Push the lever down and press the brew button down simultaneously for 3 seconds, until the brew button light turns orange.
  4. Press the lever down three times, the brew button light should flash orange.
  5. Push the brew button once, it should flash three times and then turn solid green.

Your Nespresso Vertuo Plus should now be reset.

How To Reset The Nespresso Vertuo Next

Resetting the Vertuo Next is almost the same as the Vertuo line

  1. Turn on the Vertuo Next.
  2. Open the head so that the old capsule slides into the old-capsule storage container.
  3. Close the head again, and leave the lever in the unlocked position.
  4. Press the brew button five times within three seconds, the brew light should flash five times slowly to confirm it’s reset, then turn solid white.
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Update The Software Of Your Vertuo Next

Apart from the Vertuo needing to be reset, the Vertuo Next might also need a software update. But before you can update the software you first have to connect your phone, if you haven’t done this already.

  1. Download the Nespresso App in the App or Play Store.
  2. Pair connect your phone and Vertuo via the instructions in the app if you haven’t done that already.
  3. In the right corner of the screen, there is a coffee machine icon. Press this icon, then press “update” to update your Vertuo Next.

Make Sure To Fully Close The Lid

If your Vertuo seems to start and then stop again to blink orange light, it may be the case that the lid is not fully closed.

If your Vertuo is stuck on blinking orange light, even after you’ve fixed the problem. All you have to do is unplug the coffee maker for about 10 seconds, open the handle, then plug it back in and close the handle again. This should fix the problem.

Conclusion

There are a few things you can do when your Nespresso Vertuo is not reading the capsules properly. In summary, here are all the possible solutions:

  • Clean the barcode reader
  • Clean the barcode on the capsule
  • Reset your Nespresso Vertuo
  • Update your Nespresso Vertuo Next
  • Make sure you’ve fully closed the lid

I hope this article helped you fix your Nespresso so it can read the barcode again and you can enjoy a great cup of coffee again!

Thanks for reading!