Why Is My YouTube Not Working? Here’s The Possible Fix!​

YouTube is recognized as the No.1 video hosting service with over 30 million visitors per day. Most of us can’t live without watching music videos, infotainment channels, funny videos, or news on YouTube. We can’t just imagine our life without YouTube these days. Well, YouTube always work but often stops working for many reasons.

Here are some of the common causes of YouTube not working on your phone and how to fix it.

YouTube Not Working

Slow Internet Speed

If you are seeing buffering more than videos, it means your internet speed is too low to handle online videos or your data pack is expired. Online videos take high bandwidth. So, a fast internet connection is important for even low-quality videos. There are several tools to download YouTube videos to your PC so you can watch them offline later without buffering.

Adobe Flash Player is Outdated

HTML5 is used in almost all YouTube videos. But some videos still need Adobe Flash plugin in the browser. Usually, YouTube notifies you about the old version of the Flash Player if there is any such problem. Latest Chrome versions already have plugins pre-installed and are updated automatically.

Firewall is Blocking Videos

Sometimes your system firewall blocks the YouTube videos on your PC. Firewall keeps the network secure and controls the outgoing and incoming web traffic. Third party firewalls like McAfee or Comodo block YouTube videos. Be sure to disable them and reload your browser to see if YouTube videos are running. If it works, either add YouTube as trusted website or remove the blocking firewall. But you still need a safe and secured antivirus in your PC.

Third-party addons or extensions

These types of plugins and add-ons have bad reputation to interrupt YouTube’s performance.

  • Any kind of web accelerators – Disable them or choose “Don’t accelerate this website” in YouTube.
  • Ad blockers – YouTube has a complex algorithm of video monetization, video loading may bother some ad blockers.
  • Download plugins – Though they seem convenient for your usage, several download plugins interrupt YouTube performance along with slowing it down.

Browser Cache is Full

Your browser and its ability to stream videos depend a lot on temporary internet files or browser cache. So, you need to empty it from time to time.

For Internet Explorer 9, go to Tools > Settings > Safety > Delete Browsing History. Here, you need to check Temporary Internet Files and uncheck other boxes if you don’t want to remove your browsing history and important passwords yet.

In Internet Explorer 8 or older, go to Tools > Delete Browsing History. If you want it to clear cache automatically whenever it is closed, simply choose Internet Options on Tools menu and select Delete Browsing History on Exit.

On Edge browser, simply go to Hub icon (three horizontal lines), choose History icon. Click on Clear all History. Also choose Cookies and Saved Web Data and Cached Data and files and select Clear.

In Firefox, click on menu (three vertical lines in top right corner), select History and Clear Recent History. Select Cache from the list and uncheck everything else.

In Chrome, go to browser settings in the upper right, click Show Advanced Settings at the bottom. Go to Privacy section and select Empty the Cache in Clear Browsing Data. Uncheck all other options if you don’t want to delete browsing history yet.


These are the most common problems that most users encounter while watching YouTube videos. Be sure to follow the above instructions from time to time to enjoy uninterrupted entertainment and video watching experience. If you have more tips, feel free to share.