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Easily Fix YouTube Videos Not Playing Issues

Catrina Jones
Catrina Jones

Catrina Jones is a qualified editor of this website aimed at multimedia software. She is a regular contributor of product tutorials, reviews as well as tips and tricks, helping all users edit, download or create enjoyable videos.

When the topic of "YouTube videos not playing" comes up, it might remind you of a series YouTube streaming issues as follow:

  • YouTube videos stop playing on Chrome/Firefox / Safari or any other frequently-used browsers.

  • Get white/black/green screen or spinning wheel in the interface during videos streaming.

  • YouTube won't play any videos suddenly and it says "Playback error. Tap to retry."

YouTube is just awesome and is part of the life of many YouTube fans. It feels sucks when you try to view a video in YouTube yet the video wouldn't play properly. But don't worry, you can find corresponding ways to solve them if you know the reasons that lead to the problems.

Part 1 Why YouTube Videos Not Playing and How to Fix

1. Brower is outdated
  • Solution: Upgrade your browser to the latest version by following its update instruction.

2. Adobe Flash Player is not available
  • Solution: Adobe Flash Player is a necessary part used by your Chrome/Firefox/IE/Safari browser, which enables you to have a good YouTube watching experience. So make sure that you’ve installed the latest version of Adobe Flash Player in your browser.

3. Too many cache and cookies
  • Too many caches and cookies will lead to video not playing on YouTube. Therefore, you should clear caches and cookies and then restart the browser to play YouTube videos again.

  • Firefox: Click Firefox Menu > History > Clear Recent History > Details > Cache > Clear Now; Chrome: Click Chrome Menu > Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Clear Browsing Data > Empty the Cache/Delete Cookies;

  • IE: Click Gear icon > Safety > Delete Browsing History > Temporary Internet Files/ Preserve Favorites Website Data > Delete;

  • Safari (for Mac OS X): Click Safari Menu > Empty Cache > Empty.

4. No JavaScript support
  • It is an important part to let any feature work well. So you need to check the JavaScript and make sure it is running on website.

  • Chrome: Open a new Chrome browser window > Type "chrome: //settings/content" into the address bar and click "Enter" > Mark "Allow all sites to run JavaScript (recommended)" in the pop-up window > Click "Done" to save the setting.

  • Safari: In the "Edit" drop-down menu at the top of the window, select "Preferences..." > Select the "Security" icon on the top list of the window > Then, check the "Enable JavaScript" checkbox > Close the window to save your changes > Click "Refresh" to refresh Safari browser.

Part 2 How to Play YouTube Video without Any Fuss

More often than not, most of such issues are the result of unstable network, browser or flash player, so you can avoid issues like "YouTube not working" or "YouTube video suddenly shut down"  by downloading and playing YouTube videos offline. It is a once-and-for-all solution to fix YouTube video not playing issues.

AllMyTube is capable of downloading videos from YouTube, Yahoo, TED, Vimeo, Dailymotion, BBC, etc. With this program, you can download YouTube videos of different resolutions and formats. It can also convert the downloaded videos to well preset device format including iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s (Plus), iPhone 6 (Plus) and Samsung, Sony, PSP, Xbox and more. Better still, you can easily send the downloaded or recorded videos to your smartphone via Wi-Fi.

Step 1. Download and Launch AllMyTube on PC

Launch the program on your computer and you will the interface as below.

 Download and Launch AllMyTube on PC

Step 2. Copy and Paste YouTube Video URL

Find out your desired YouTube video and copy the site address. Now back to the YouTube video downloader and click on "Paste URL" from the main interface. The downloading task will be added to the download queue automatically. When it is done, you can find the downloaded videos in the "Finished" tab.

Copy and Paste YouTube Video URL

Step 3. Convert YouTube Video (Optional)

You can select one video downloaded just now and click on "Convert" button to convert the video to any format you like. After that, you can put the YouTube video on any device you like for later playback.

Convert YouTube Video (Optional)

So, let's be clear: downloading YouTube video with AllMyTube for offline playback is the best solution to fix YouTube video not playing issue. If you want to watch Netflix movies offline or NBC video offline, this program makes it pretty easy to do so. Or, you can give VidPaw a try. It is the most efficient online website to download high-quality YouTube video. Also, it can extract audio tracks from YouTube video, then you can watch YouTube video or listen to the music offline without Internet connection. In a word, both AllMyTube and VidPaw are professinal to handle YouTube video not working problem. Give them a try and you will be surprised.

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