YouTube Not Working On Chrome? Here’s The Fix!

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YouTube is the largest video sharing websites which is accessed by millions of users every day. It is so popular among people that you will find everyone browsing it on a daily basis. So what happens when one day you find yourself in the problem of YouTube not working on Chrome. Google, the parent company of YouTube has always been working on fixing the bugs. However, bugs are not always the culprit, sometimes it could be an issue at our end.  In this article, we tell you how to get your YouTube working again.

These are some quick fixes if you are going through the issue of YouTube not working on Chrome:

Check your Internet Connection

Our first instinct will be to check our Internet connection, as this is a very common issue. YouTube will stop abruptly if you have lost connection. So, you need to make sure that your computer has a proper internet connection.

For starters, you can try to open a new tab on Google Chrome. If it opens up a site that means, the internet is working, and YouTube isn’t.  Try reconnecting, and if the problem is not solved call the ISP.

If your internet is down, you can relax as your YouTube doesn’t have any issue and wait to get the connection back.

Check JavaScript

Chrome needs to have JavaScript enabled to play videos on it. So we need to check this for using YouTube. Follow the instructions below to check for JavaScript.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome, go to top-Right corner and click on the three-dot icon right next to the user icon. Now head to Settings.

Check JavaScript

Step 2: In Settings, scroll it the end of the page and Click Advanced.

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Step 3: Go to Site Settings, under the Privacy and Security section.

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Step 4: In the Site Settings, you can locate JavaScript.

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Step 5: Check JavaScript, if it says blocked, click on it and Toggle it to allow JavaScript. Also, check for YouTube in the list for Blocked sites in the second section and remove it from there.

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Disable Chrome extensions

Sometimes, the extensions can hamper with video streaming websites. So you can try and check if this is the issue for YouTube not working on Chrome.

You can try and disable your extensions one by one, simultaneously open YouTube in another tab and refresh it each time. This will help us in finding out which one is causing the trouble and we can try to keep it disabled for the use of YouTube.

Follow the instructions below to disable Chrome Extensions:

Step 1: Open Google Chrome, go to Top-Right corner and click on the three-dot icon right next to the user icon. Now go to More tools and click on Extensions.

Disable Chrome extensions

Step 2: When you open Extensions, you can see the list of all the Chrome extensions. Disable each one of them by turning it off for a while.

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Bonus Tip: If you don’t want to disable the Chrome Extensions, try opening YouTube on Chrome with Incognito Mode. As, Incognito mode blocks all the Chrome extensions and if any Chrome Extension is the reason for the issue, you can easily dodge it.

Update Google Chrome

Sounds simple, but this can cause an interruption in your reach to entertainment website YouTube. So always make sure to keep your Chrome updated. Let’s see how to do this in easy steps:

Step 1 : Open Google Chrome, go to Top-Right corner and click on the three-dot icon right next to the user icon. Now go to Help and click on About Google Chrome.

Update Google Chrome

Step 2 : In this section, you can see if an update is pending for Google Chrome. You can click on it and let it update.

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Step 3 : Click on Relaunch.

Clear Cache And Cookies

It is possible that Chrome is using an old cache file while opening YouTube. It can be a hindrance and won’t get detected so easily until you go through all the Settings manually. The step you need to take is clear cache and cookies to fix YouTube not working on Chrome. Follow the steps below to do so:

Step 1: Open Google Chrome, go to Top-Right corner and click on the three-dot icon right next to the user icon. Now head to Settings.

Step 2:  In Settings, go to the end of the page and Click on Advanced.

Step 3: Go to Clear browsing data.

Clear Cache And Cookies

Step 4: Under Basic, change the Time range to All time. Check the boxes in front of Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files. Now click Clear data.

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Now do the same for the Advanced settings, change the Time range to All time. Check the boxes in front of Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files. Now click Clear data.

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Re-enable Hardware Acceleration

Chrome uses Hardware acceleration to run graphics and sound with the help of hardware of your computer. Thus, it can also be the cause for YouTube not working. Whenever a system file gets corrupted it can stop the process of playing videos.

Follow the steps below to disable the Hardware Acceleration-

Step 1: Open Google Chrome, go to Top-Right corner and click on the three-dot icon right next to the user icon. Now head to Settings.

Step 2:  In Settings, go to the end of the page and Click on Advanced.

Step 3: Under System, you will see Use Hardware acceleration when available. Turn the switch off. And click Relaunch.

Re-enable Hardware Acceleration

Step 4: When the Chrome tab reappears, Turn the switch on again for Hardware acceleration.

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Again, click on Relaunch, and check if your YouTube not working problem is fixed.

Moreover, we recommend using Advanced Driver Updater for it will keep the sound and graphics drivers updated. It solves the no sound problem in Windows as the outdated drivers are to be blamed for it.

To Conclude:

You can try to fix your problem of YouTube not working in Chrome with the help of this article. Other than these methods, you might consider checking if the site is down for some reason. In that case, Google and check news if the issue is faced by many and you can find about it. Although it rarely occurs, it has happened in the past and your browser might not be the issue.

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