YouTube Is Not Working On Google Chrome

YouTube Is Not Working On Google Chrome. How To Easily Fix It?

YouTube is the second-most popular website. People can watch, upload, share, and comment on videos, subscribe to other users, and even make money. YouTube has over a billion users (not counting unregistered users) who make up almost one-third of all people who use the Internet. Google (developers of the search engine) purchased YouTube and, ironically, YouTube is now the second largest search engine after Google.

Many users watch YouTube videos using the Google Chrome browser (if they are not watching it on smartphones or other devices using the YouTube app). With YouTube being the subsidiary of Google, we should expect few problems watching YouTube videos on Google Chrome browsers, however, some users are unable to watch videos with this browser website-browser combination. This situation is clearly frustrating, especially for those who make money via YouTube. Switching to another browser often works, but this is not a proper solution.

Assuming you prefer not to change your default web browser, there are a number of solutions you can try to make YouTube work on Google Chrome. Read the guide below for details (we are using Google Chrome version 66).

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Clear Browsing Data

Browsing data consists of a records of web pages that you have visited in past browsing sessions, and typically includes the name of the website as well as its corresponding URL. Other private data components such as cache, cookies, saved passwords, etc., are also saved during browsing sessions. This stored data can slow down the browser and diminish the browsing experience, or even prevent you from accessing a particular website. Clearing Google Chrome browsing data is one possible way to fix this problem and make YouTube work again. To clear Google Chrome's browsing data cache, open the browser and click the three dots in the top-right corner, select "More tools", and click "Clear browsing data...".

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In the Clear browsing data window, select the data you wish to remove from your Google Chrome browsing cache. Ensure that "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files" are ticked, and the selected time range is "All time". You can also select to clear other data - click the "CLEAR DATA" button. Restart Google Chrome and see if YouTube is now working without problems.

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Force Quit Google Chrome

To get YouTube working again so that you can watch videos, you might need to force quit the Google Chrome browser. This is done using Task Manager, a system monitor program used to provide information about processes and programs running on a computer, as well as the general status of the system. Some implementations can also be used to terminate processes and programs, and change processes' priorities. Task Manager is very useful when there is a need to close/terminate a particular running program that is frozen, not responding, taking too many CPU resources, or simply not working properly. Task Manager helps to close programs and stop processes from running (when exiting normally does not work). To open it, press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard, or right-click the Start and select "Task Manager" from the contextual menu.

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In Task Manager, you will see a list of services and programs that are currently running. Find processes related to Google Chrome, right-click them individually and click "End task". Or, simply select the Google Chrome process and click the "End task" button in the bottom-right corner. Now that you have force closed Google Chrome, open it again and see if YouTube is now working.

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Disable Hardware Acceleration

It is possible to make Google Chrome to use (or not use) hardware acceleration when available. When hardware acceleration is enabled, Google Chrome passes most graphical tasks to the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and uses hardware resources. Generally, this is a good approach, since the GPU is designed to perform these tasks and it makes it easier for Google Chrome to operate efficiently. Despite this, some users have reported that disabling the "Use hardware acceleration when available" feature solved the problem and YouTube worked on the Google Chrome browser again. To disable this feature, click the three dots in the top-right corner of the browser and select "Settings".

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Scroll down until you find the "Advanced" button and click it.

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Scroll down to the "System" section and find the "Use hardware acceleration when available option". Toggle the switch to the "Off" position and click "Relaunch". This will disable the hardware acceleration option and restart Google Chrome. Go to YouTube and see if it works.

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Disable Installed Extensions

Extensions are software programs that allow users to customize their browsing experience. By using extensions you can make Chrome compatible with your personal needs and preferences. It is possible that some installed extensions are preventing you from accessing YouTube or causing problems when trying to open it or watch videos. To access installed extensions, type the "chrome://extensions" address into the Chrome address bar and press Enter. You will see all installed extensions - you can choose whether you want to disable or remove them. We recommend that you disable all installed extensions, and then restart Google Chrome and see if YouTube is working. If disabling extensions solves the problem, you will know that one of the extensions (or more than one) is interfering with YouTube. In this case, re-enable installed extensions one-by-one to see which one is causing the problem, and then remove it.

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Reinstall Google Chrome

If none of the above methods solved the problem, uninstall Google Chrome, download it, and re-install. Reinstalling Google Chrome will also install the latest Google Chrome version, which might also solve the problem (if there was an outdated version installed on your computer).

We hope this guide was useful and one of the methods solved the problem. If you know of another method that fixed YouTube and made it work on Google Chrome, please share it with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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