Easy to Fix Youtube Not Working on Chrome


Youtube videos won’t play on Chrome? Don’t worry. Use methods here then you can watch the videos again.

The problem can be caused by several reasons. Try each method until the problem is resolved.

Method 1: Close Chrome Using Task Manager

Force close Chrome then restart it. If you are not sure how to quit Chrome in Task Manager, refer steps below.


1) Open Control Panel.

2) Type Task Manager in the upper-right search box and click View running processes with Task Manager.

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3) Select Chrome from the list of tasks, and click End Task.

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4) Restart Chrome and check to see if the Youtube video plays.

Method 2: Configure Settings in Chrome

Visit Chrome settings and uncheck “Use hardware acceleration when available”. This method has worked for many Chrome users who were having the same problem like you. Follow steps below to change the settings.

1) Open Chrome.

2) At the upper-right corner, click More Google Chrome   then select Settings.

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3) At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.

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4) Scroll to System section. Uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available.

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5) Restart Chrome and check to see if the Youtube video plays.

Method 3: Clear the Cache

If you have no idea how to clear the cache, follow these steps.

1) Open  Chrome.

2) Click More Google Chrome  . Point to More tools and click Clear browsing data…

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3) Ensure the checkbox next to Cookies and other site and plugin data and Cached images and files is ticked.

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4) Obliterate the items from the beginning of time to delete all data.

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5) Click Clear browsing data.

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6) Restart Chrome and check to see if the Youtube video plays.


Method 4: Disable the extension that is causing the problem

Extensions can be the cause. Try to disable all extensions one by one to find out the extension that is causing the problem.

Follow steps below to disable the extensions.

1) Access Settings in Chrome.

2) Next to the extension, uncheck the box next to Enable. This is temporarily disable the extension. If you want to uninstall the extension, click Remove Google Chrome  .

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3) Check to see if the Youtube video plays.


Method 5: Uninstall then Reinstall Chrome

To resolve the problem, you can try to uninstall and reinstall Chrome. Before you uninstall the Chrome, you may want to export the bookmarks. And after reinstalling, you may want to import the bookmarks. Please see How to Export & Import Chrome Bookmarks.


Method 6: Update the Video Drivers

If there is problem with the video drivers, the error may occur. So you can try to update the video drivers.

You can download the latest video drivers from PC manufacturer’s website. Before you get started, ensure that you know the PC model and the version of Windows.

If you have difficulty downloading drivers manually, you can use Driver Easy to help you. Driver Easy can scan your computer to detect all problem drivers. Download the Free version to have a try. If you find it helpful, you can go Pro. The Pro version allows you to update all drivers with just one click.

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Method 7: Switch to Another Browser

If above methods don’t work for you and you have to watch the Youtube video, you can use another browser like Firefox.

Hope you can watch the Youtube videos in Chrome again.

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