Just when you wanted to watch Donald Trump’s latest speech and his love for walls, (sorry Melania, he ditched you for a wall) you find that the YouTube video loads but does not play. You get annoyed and you want to do everything it takes, to get a glimpse of Trump’s beautiful toupé.  Don’t worry; I have got it all laid down here, with 21 simple ways to fix YouTube videos loading but not playing.

 

 

 

Understanding Why Your Youtube is loading but not playing videos

YouTube has over a billion users with almost a third of all people on the Internet.

YouTube gets 6 billion hours of video watched every month, 4 billion video views per day, and every single minute, an estimated 300 hours of new videos is uploaded onto YouTube.

Yeah, I know, to even describe it, comes only near to absurd.

The powerful servers that are being used by YouTube to distribute and consume data, can at times, result in issues like your YouTube videos loading but not playing.

So before we jump into the solutions, it’s best if you understand how YouTube videos work so that you can get to the root of the problem and solve it with much higher chances of success. (But if you’re as impatient as me, then you can just scroll down below straight to the 21 methods.)

 

 

How Youtube Videos Work

Here’s an infographic on how YouTube videos work.

 

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YouTube uses the recommended HTML5 Video Player  as the video playback capabilities to play all your videos.

Let’s say if you were Jeff now, and if you had the same problem as you are having right now, at point 13 in the infographic, you find that Jeff uses the video playback capabilities on his laptop to show the video of Mary’s dog playing.

At that point a lot of things can come and interfere between you and your connection with YouTube and its HTML5 Video Player.

To name a few, that includes:

  • your Internet connection.
  • your external audio programs
  • different bitrates
  • your Adobe Flash Player
  • your Browser settings
  • your stored page Cookies and Cache
  • your browser plugins

Hence, in order to achieve a good connection and make your YouTube videos play (even when fully downloaded), it requires that you remove these obstacles to ensure it follows through with the downloaded video and does not buffer or freeze.

Since now you understand the problem let’s dive into the 21 Ways to Fix YouTube Videos Loading but Not Playing.

 

 

 

How to Fix YouTube Videos Loading but Not Playing: 21 Simple Methods 

 

 

1.  Refresh your browser page

Step 1:  On your page, click this  Youtube Videos Loading but Not Playing  at the top of your page.

 

 

 

 

2.  Adjust the Video Quality

Step 1:  Change the video quality by going to Settings  Youtube Videos Loading but Not Playing  in the corner of the video player, and selecting your preferred quality.

Step 2:  Try choosing lower video quality (such as 240p and 360p) and test.

 

 

 

 

3.  Check your Internet Connection

Step 1:  Try turning off and on your Internet/Wifi router and reconnect your device to the Internet

Step 2:  To test your Internet Connection, you can try to use other devices to open Youtube. (If the other devices face the same problem, then the problem lies with your Internet.)

 

 

 

 

4.  Deleting your Cache, Browsing Data and Cookies

 

Google Chrome

Step 1:  Open Chrome.

Step 2:  On your browser toolbar, click MoreYoutube Videos Loading but Not Playing .

Step 3:  Point to More tools, and then click Clear browsing data.

Step 4:  In the “Clear browsing data” box, click the checkboxes for Cookies and other site and plug-in data and Cached images and files.

Step 5:  Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Choose beginning of time to delete everything.

Step 6:  Click Clear browsing data.

 

I have included a guide (Deleting your Cache, Browsing Data and Cookies) for you if you are using Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Opera as your search browser.

 

 

 

 

5.  Use TFC (Temp File Cleaner)

Step 1:  Download TFC from this link.

Temp File Cleaner will help clean out all the small folders on your computer that house temporary files and other “junk” that can and should be thrown out regularly. It cleans Windows, your browsers, and apps like Java and Flash Player.

 

 

 

 

6.  Test with InfiniteLooper

Step 1:  Open your browser

Step 2:  Search for InfiniteLooper or Follow this link.

Step 3:  Copy and paste the video-URL of the video that doesn’t play on YouTube into InfiniteLooper.

Step 4:  If it plays in InfiniteLooper then that means that it has to be an issue from YouTube themselves and not from your browser or your device.

 

 

 

 

7.  Resetting your Browser’s settings

 

Google Chrome

Step 1:  Open Chrome.

Step 2:  At the top right, click More Youtube Videos Loading but Not Playing then select Settings.

Step 3:  At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.

Step 4:  Under the section “Reset settings,” click Reset settings.

Step 5:  In the box that appears, click Reset. ​

 

I have included a guide (Resetting your Browser’s settings) for you if you are using Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Opera as your search browser.

 

 

 

 

8.  Disable All Plugins

 

Google Chrome

Step 1:  Open Chrome.

Step 2:  Type the following text chrome://plugins into Chrome’s address bar and hit the Enter key.

Step 3:  You should now see a list of all installed plug-ins. Click on the blue Disable button.

Step 4:  The plug-in selected should be immediately disabled and grayed out. (Don’t worry, you can always enable it back!)

 

I have included a guide (Disable All Plugins) for you if you are using Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Opera as your search browser.

 

 

 

 

9.  Disable All Extensions

Google Chrome

Step 1:  Open Chrome.

Step 2:  Type the following text chrome://extensions into Chrome’s address bar and hit the Enter key.

Step 3:  You should now see a list of all installed extensions, also known as add-ons.

Step 4:  To disable an extension, remove the check box next to its Enabled label by clicking on it once. The extension selected should be immediately disabled.

 

 

I have included a guide (Disable All Extensions) for you if you are using Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Opera as your search browser.

 

 

 

 

10.  Update your Browser

Step 1:  Whichever browser you are using, update your browser.

You can check here if your browser is up-to-date. If not, then if you are using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Opera then select your browser of choice and follow the links to proceed with the update.

 

 

 

 

11.  Restarting your Computer

 

 

 

 

12.  Update Adobe Flash Player

Step 1:  Go to this link.

Step 2:  Follow the instructions laid down on the page to follow through with the installation/update.

 

 

 

 

13.  Enable Javascript

Step 1: Follow this guide.

 

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JavaScript is an important requirement on your browser for many features to work. If it is not enabled the YouTube video that you are trying to play might not play.

 

 

 

 

14.  Try Using Google Chrome Canary

Step 1: Download Chrome Canary.

Step 2: Test whether your video plays on Chrome Canary. (If it does, then the problem lies in your browser itself)

Chrome Canary is the most cutting edge version of the Chrome web browser by Google. Canary changes and gets new features almost every day (more than Chrome, but since it is an experimental version, it’ll be less stable and might fail to run at times). Chrome Canary safely works and can run at the same time with the Chrome Stable.

 

 

 

 

15.  Disable YouTube HTML5 Player (Chrome Extension)

Step 1: Download the Disable YouTube HTML5 Player extension here.

Step 2: Type the following text chrome://extensions into Chrome’s address bar and hit the Enter key.

Step 3: Check whether the Disable YouTube HTML5 Player extension is enabled.

YouTube does use HTML5 Player, like how I said before, as the recommended video playback, but that doesn’t mean without it your videos won’t work. If you don’t use HTML5 Player, you can always resort to using Adobe Flash Player as the video playback.

 

 

 

 

16.  Shutting down other audio programs

Step 1: Shut down and Close all other running audio programs (that includes even another tab in the browser such as for Facebook, Twitter,etc.)

Step 2: Restart the Browser

 

 

 

 

17.  Replugging Your Audio Devices

Step 1: If you are using an audio interface (external sound devices), unplug and then replug them.

 

 

 

 

18.  Updating the Sound Driver

Step 1: Open Start, Enter Device Manager.

Step 2: Under Sound, video and game controllers, select your sound card.

Step 3:  Open it, select the Driver tab, and select Update Driver.

 

 

 

 

19.  Reinstalling the Sound Driver

Step 1:  Open Start, Enter Device Manager.

Step 2:  Under Sound, video and game controllers, select your sound card.

Step 3:  Right-click (or tap and hold) the audio driver, and select Uninstall.

Step 4:  Restart your device and Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

 

Or you may try to do it this way

 

Disabling and Re-enabling the Sound Device

Step 1: Go to Start, then select Control Panel.

Step 2: Click Hardware and Sound, and then select Sound.

Step 3: Right click inside this window and Click show disabled devices.

Step 4: Re-enable your speakers by right clicking it and selecting Set as Default Device.

 

Shortcut from the Home screen

Step 1: Right click the volume icon Youtube Videos Loading but Not Playing and Select sound Playback devices.

Step 2: Once the new window opens, right click inside this window and click show disabled devices.

Step 3: Re-enable your speakers and by right clicking it and selecting Set as Default Device.

 

 

 

 

20.  Adjust for Best Performance (Advanced Method)

 

For Windows only

Step 1: Search for Advanced System Settings on your computer.

Step 2: Under Performance, Click Settings.

Step 3: This will up another window. Under the Visual Effects tab, Select Adjust for best performance.

 

 

 

 

21.  Increasing your Virtual Memory (Advanced Method)

 

For Windows only

Step 1: Search for Advanced System Settings on your computer and Switch to the Advanced tab.

Step 2: Under Performance, Click Settings.

 

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Example 1

 

Step 3: This will up another window called Performance Options. Again, click the Advanced tab.

Step 4: Under Virtual Memory, you will find that the Windows default virtual memory size, as seen for example, in the below image.

 

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Example 2

 

Step 5: Click Change, and you’ll find that the default setting for your system is set to Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers.

Step 6: Uncheck this box, and this will enable the currently greyed out section below

Step 7:  Click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change for.

Step 8:  Click Custom size.

Step 9:  Change the Initial Size and Maximum size text boxes (these sizes are in megabytes).

 

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Example 3

 

 

Step 10:  Click Set, then click OK

 

For example: You can change the Initial and Maximum sizes to 1.5 times (which is the recommended option by Microsoft) the amount of RAM you have. If you had, let’s say, 768 MB of RAM installed on your system, you would then enter 1152 MB RAM in both the Initial Size (MB) and Maximum Size (MB) text boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still not working? 🙁

If you still find that your YouTube videos loading but not playing , You can always add Saint on Snapchat. (Username: SaintLad) and drop me a message there. 🙂

 

 

 

Why Snapchat?

Because if you have any problem, question or error/bug, you can always take a picture of it and send it to me and I will try my best to help you. 

 

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