Fix Youtube Videos Not Playing [4 Methods]

By Camilla Mo in Youtube Issues Tags: Youtube

It is common that Youtube videos won’t play on Chrome, Firefox, Safari or IE. If you are unluckily having Youtube videos not working issue, don’t worry. You can fix the issue quickly with the methods in this post. The issue can have different causes. It’s suggested that you try the methods one by one until you have the problem solved.

Method 1: Update the Browser
Method 2: Clear Cache and Cookies
Method 3: Uninstall and reinstall the Adobe Flash Player
Method 4: Reset Connection Settings

Method 1: Update the Browser

If the browser is outdated, it’s possible that the videos fails to play. So ensure that your browser is up to date.

First, check for the version of your browser. Second, search for the latest version online. After comparing the two versions, you’ll know if the browser is outdated then you’ll know if you need to update it.


Method 2: Clear Cache and Cookies

Too many caches and cookies may cause Youtube video not working. So try to clear the cache and cookies. The steps to clear the cache and cookies depend on the browser you are using. Below we’ll show the steps to clear cache on Google Chrome, Firefox and IE. If you are using other browsers and have no idea how to clear the cache, go to their official website for the detailed instructions.

Google Chrome: 

1. Open Chrome.

2. Click More . Point to More tools and select Clear browsing data…

3. Ensure the checkbox next to Cookies and other site and plugin data and Cached images and files is clicked.

4. Obliterate the items from the beginning of time to delete all data.

5. Click Clear browsing data.

6. Restart Windows and play the Youtube video again.


1. Open Firefox.

2. Click Three-line Menu button at the top right corner and click History.

3. Click Clear Recent History…

4. Select the Time range to clear. Expand Details and ensure Cookies and Cache are selected. Then click Clear Now button.

5. Restart Windows and play the Youtube video again.


1. Open IE.

2. Click the Tool icon -> Safety -> Delete browsing history…

3. Ensure Preserve Favorites website data, Temporary Internet files and website files and Cookies and website data are selected. Then click Delete button.

4. Restart Windows and play the Youtube videos again.


Method 3: Uninstall and reinstall the Adobe Flash Player

Uninstalling and reinstalling the Adobe Flash Player has worked for many windows users who were experiencing  Youtube videos not playing as you. 

Note if you haven’t installed Adobe Flash Player, you can’t play any Youtube videos. Ensure that you have Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.


Method 4: Reset Connection Settings

The problem could be due to internet connections. One solution to this problem is reset the connection settings. It may not definitely resolve the problem but it’s worth a try. Just a few mouse clicks are needed.

1. Open Control Panel.

2. View by Large icons and click Internet Options.

3. Click Advanced tab. Then click Restore advanced settings button and Reset button. Then click Apply button to apply the changes.

Hope the methods here will fix your Youtube videos not playing issue.

If you have any questions, please leave your comments below. I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

  • Dreamwolf

    I have tried all these, Youtube still does not play on my desktop, on any browser. Fresh installing Adobe worked for 1 video, but as soon as i tried another, it was back to a constant loading circle. I have cleared cookies, cache, and even did a fresh install of firefox, chrome (which i dont normally use) and Safari, still no luck (my computer will not let me uninstall IE)

    This causes issues when i am trying to get work done as i use the music to sooth my frayed nerves (i work as a medical staff officer for a large granite quarry, lots of injuries, lots of stress) This only occurred after the office computers were updated to Windows 8.1 from windows 8