If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve been spending a lot more time indoors, as of late, and your habits and hobbies might have changed to accommodate this. From watching funny videos to learning from video essays to keeping up with your favourite video podcasts, YouTube might be playing a bigger role in your life as of late. As such, when it seems like you just can’t get it working, it can throw off your whole day. Here, we’re going to look at some of the common reasons that YouTube might not be working for you as normal, and what you can do to fix it.
It’s a simple enough possibility. YouTube isn’t working for you because the site is currently down. It happens every now and then, sometimes for an entire day or more (though these occurrences are rare.) There are sites that you can use to check the status of YouTube. Sometimes, it might down for certain people but not others, due to the location of different servers. Sometimes, it might even seem like you can load the website but it doesn’t let you interact with it fully but this is, more often than not, because you have cached data saved on the device that your browser is pulling up.
Your connection is slowing
Of course, YouTube is primarily an online tool. It doesn’t allow you to download offline versions of videos to watch even when your device isn’t connected but when it comes to accessing contact, you need to be online. If you’re finding it very slow to load, especially the videos themselves, then there’s a good chance that your connection is behind it. You can run a speed test to see what kind of download speeds you’re getting and look at ways to troubleshoot it. For instance, there might be too many devices connected to it, trying to download or stream too much data at the same time, taking up your bandwidth. In other cases, you might want to change your provider to get access to faster download speeds.
It’s a browser problem
As one of the biggest websites on the net, YouTube is optimized to run on a variety of devices and browsers. However, sometimes it’s those browsers that can pose a problem in accessing YouTube properly. If it’s not your connection and the site is up and running, you should look at troubleshooting your browser first and foremost. If you have issues watching video on Safari, then you should look at Safari-specific problems that might pop up, such as native features and extensions that might be getting in its way. Of course, you can check if it’s the browser by looking at other online video sites, such as Netflix, Dailymotion, and so on to see if you can replicate the feature sphere.
Your device isn’t processing videos properly
Sometimes, it’s the plugins or tools that you use to watch videos that aren’t working as well as they should. Typically, this happens on mobile devices, where you have a whole separate YouTube app to play videos, rather than playing them in your browser. To that end, the very first step you should try is closing the app and opening it again. If that doesn’t work, then go into the app settings on your device and clear the app cache to see if that helps, as a full cache can cause things to load and run more slowly. Lastly, if that doesn’t work, simply take the time to delete and reinstall the YouTube app. Don’t worry, so long as you log back in with the same account, you shouldn’t lose any playlists or history.
Other software is getting in the way (VPN, ad blockers, extensions)
Sometimes, it might not be YouTube or how you play it that is the problem, at all, but rather the other tools and apps that might be running alongside it. There are a few types of tools, in particular, that can cause problems. Browser extensions tend to be the first, so troubleshoot it by deactivating them, one by one, to see if any of them stops YouTube from playing. Ad blockers can be another issue. If you want to avoid ads, you might have to find a different one or simply pay up for YouTube premium. VPNs can slow down your access to the internet greatly, so make sure that you’re using them correctly to get the kind of connection speeds you’re used to.
There’s another subsection of issues that affect not just your YouTube usage, but the general operation of apps and online tools. Even if things are loading fine most of the time, but only get sluggish every now and then, then it’s not as likely to be a full storage problem, but rather, it might be that your cache has too much data on it. Your cache is typically temporary storage that’s used to make sure that your device can quickly load up data that is used on a more regular basis but sometimes it can get overly full, so you should learn how to clear your cache.
You need to update it
Lastly, it might simply be that you need to update whatever you’re using to watch YouTube. It might be your device’s operating system, it might be the browser, the YouTube app, or any extensions or software that are currently getting in the way. The best way to troubleshoot how any tool works is to make sure that you’re using the most up-to-date version of it. Allow automatic updates for the apps that you use to watch YouTube so that you’re less likely to run into this problem in the future, as well.
If YouTube, or any other app, isn’t working as normal, then you should always take the time to investigate why. It might symptomatic of a deeper problem that’s worth your attention. If it’s none of the issues above, then it might be time to get a technician in to help.