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How to Repair YouTube Videos
Just as you are about to click play on a YouTube video, the video abruptly stops and the screen turns black. On the screen, a bunch of text boxes show up in red and white. It's likely you're wondering what's going on, why the video isn't playing, and how you can get it back. Why did your videos stop working on YouTube? What can be done to fix it?
Problems with YouTube videos have several common causes. Your system or device encounters a network problem, for example, your firewall is blocking access to the YouTube video. The DNS or IP settings on your network aren't set up properly, or there is an issue with the VPN, proxy server, or any other third-party tool you have installed.
Sometimes the video is corrupt, or it was removed or unavailable. Changes in your system or device settings may cause YouTube problems. The YouTube video might not be playable due to a storage issue on your device. A browser extension is interfering with YouTube’s site. The issue may be caused by a corrupted or outdated YouTube app on your mobile device. All other firmware, browser, or app-related problems, etc.
Various methods can be found here for repairing YouTube videos, no matter how they were damaged. This guide will also provide information on avoiding more YouTube issues in the future.
The Best YouTube Video Repair Software
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is an effective video file repair program that is completely easy, and powerful enough to fix corrupt video files regardless of their causes.
With EaseUS video repair software, you can restore damaged or corrupted YouTube videos, as well as many other video formats, such as damaged MP4, damaged 3GP, MOV, and WMV files. In addition, it can recover deleted movies from hard drives, removable media, digital cameras, USB flash drives, SD cards, etc.
You can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with virtually any device. Give it a try!
Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the correct drive which contains the corrupted videos. It can be a removable disk or a local drive. Then, click "Scan" to start.
Step 2. This program will scan all over the selected drive and display all files (including lost and existing files). You can select Videos under the file type on the left side, then, select a specific video format, such as MP4, MOV, GIF, etc. Or, you can even quickly find the files you want to repair based on the brand of camera that shot the video.
Step 3. When you can preview the video, the software has fixed it for you. Finally, click "Recover" to restore the fixed videos to a different location to avoid data overwriting.
Method 1. Fix Issues on the Computer (Manual Ways)
If you continue to have YouTube issues, check if your device is connected to a stable internet connection.
1. Check the network connection
Resetting your router or restarting your device can sometimes solve this issue with YouTube videos.
2. Change the DNS server address
An unknown DNS server is often the cause of this YouTube issue. Go to your Network Settings and choose your current network, from the list of all networks. Then, go to Properties > Networking and select IPv4. Change its DNS server to 22.214.171.124 and its alternate address to 126.96.36.199.
Learn below all the steps to change your DNS server address.
Step 1. Go to the search box in Windows 10 and type "control panel".
Step 2. Select Control Panel from the search results.
Step 3. On the Control Panel, click on Network and Internet.
Step 4. Click on Network and Sharing Center.
Step 5. Click on Change adapter settings.
Step 6. Right-Click on the internet connection you want to change the DNS Server, then select Properties.
Step 7. Select the IPv4 and then click on Properties.
Step 8. Now change the DNS server to 188.8.131.52 and its alternate address to 184.108.40.206, respectively.
3. Clear cache files
Long-term usage of YouTube puts you at risk of experiencing a variety of YouTube problems. Clearing the cache in the browser app may resolve this issue.
If you are experiencing problems with Google Chrome, just follow the steps below.
Steps 1. Click on the "Clear browsing data" option under its More > More tools.
Step 2. To finish it, click on the blue button Clear data.
4. Disable hardware acceleration when available
For better GPU performance, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have native hardware acceleration. However, YouTube videos could flicker or stutter due to it. Simply disable the Hardware Acceleration feature in the browser settings/preferences to resolve this.
Learn how to do it on Google Chrome by following these steps.
Step 1. Click More > Settings.
Step 2. Scroll a bit until you find the option Advanced, and click it.
Step 3. Then, scroll more to System, and click on the option Use hardware acceleration when available to deactivate it. Just relaunch the browser to finalize.
Method 2. Fix Issue on Android/iPhone (Manual Ways)
1. Restart YouTube App
You can also try reinstalling YouTube if the error persists. Restart the YouTube application deleting it from your device. Then, download it again from its Play or App Store page. Often, the YouTube video issue might be automatically resolved.
Steps: Go to the Play Store, and type "YouTube" in the search box. Click on the green button Uninstall, then come back again and click Install.
2. Update YouTube App
YouTube problems can occur if you are running an outdated version of the YouTube app. Issues like these can be corrected by updating YouTube to its most recent stable version through your device's App Store/Play Store.
Simply follow the instructions below to keep the YouTube app up-to-date.
Steps: Go to the App Store/Play Store, type "YouTube" and then tap on the green button Update.
3. Reset Network Settings
Resetting your network settings may be the solution to the YouTube video error on your iOS or Android device. Check below how to reset your network settings in simple steps.
Step 1. Go to Settings and then select More.
Step 2. From here, you can reset your device's network settings. Tap on network reset.
4. Sign out and sign in again
It's possible to fix YouTube not playing some videos by resetting your account. You can sign out of your account by clicking the account icon at the top. Log back into your account after a few moments.
The process is fast and is explained here.
Steps: Tap the avatar icon on YouTube, then select sign out. After that, just open the app again and sign in.
To Sum Up
This post helped you to fix YouTube problems of all kinds. Above, you have found a list of fixes for YouTube not working and dealing with various issues on devices, networks, and apps. Even more, if the video itself is corrupted, you can use an effective video repair tool such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Open it on any device and you'll be able to fix any corrupt YouTube video. Whenever there is an error with a video, the problem can be fixed with a simple click on EaseUS free data recovery software!
Extra Tip: How to Play YouTube Videos Correctly
As a user, you now have the tools to fix your YouTube problems for desktop and mobile. The following recommendations are for using YouTube videos without having to deal with these issues again.
Check the quality of your network. Verify that your device has a stable connection to the Internet. Don't constantly use a VPN or a proxy server constantly to view videos that are restricted by region. Open fewer YouTube tabs at a time to avoid accruing data in your cache.
Stream videos only from YouTube's official website or app (and not from third parties). Installing unknown browser plugins and downloaders from third parties is not advisable for your safety.
Try not to over-change YouTube playback settings or video code, keep your YouTube app updated, and you'll be fine.
Moreover, you may want suggestions about how to play YouTube videos offline. Download your videos from YouTube using trustworthy tools. Play the video files only with a compatible media player that can handle them.
You should not alter the video header or its metadata. Whenever possible, avoid converting your videos forcefully. It is best not to pass the files through video editors or change their properties too many times. Don't restart your computer or shut it off while the video is playing.
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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.