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.
If the browser is outdated, it’s possible that the video won’t play correctly. 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.
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 detailed instructions.
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.
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.
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.
Method 5: Use a VPN
This issue might occur if the video you’re trying to play is restricted in your area, or if the server in your region is down. In both cases, the quickest workaround would be using a VPN, such as NordVPN and ExpressVPN.
Here’s how to use a Nord VPN:
- Go to the NordVPN official website.
- Download and install NordVPN.
- Run NordVPN to set up your account and sign in.
- Click Quick connect button at the bottom of the map automatically choose a server that suits you best.
- If you still can’t access the video, try a different server using the Search here… box at the top left corner. Simply type in a country, a category or a server’s number with a hashtag (e.g. United States #3433) and select the result you want.
Bonus Tip: Update video drivers to fix YouTube stuttering issue
YouTube is stuttering sometimes? Don’t worry. YouTube stuttering could also be caused by an old, corrupted or missing video driver on your computer. So you can update your video driver to the latest version to solve the issue.
You can update your video driver either manually or automatically.
Manual video driver update
You can update your video driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for your graphics card, like NVIDIA and AMD, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only driver that is compatible with your Windows version.
Automatic video driver update
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your video driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy . Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your exact graphics card, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
Note: You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
Hopefully you find the methods helpful on fixing your YouTube videos not playing issue. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.