How to Fix YouTube Not Working on Chrome Browser?

YouTube Not Loading or Opening on Google Chrome for Desktop PC. Here are the Methods to Fix YouTube Not Working on Chrome Browser for Windows and Mac

One of the best ways that you can entertain yourselves on your laptop or desktop is to spend time watching YouTube. Although there is no dedicated YouTube app for desktop, the web version of YouTube works surprisingly well, with no hiccups. It may sound like a limitation, but the YouTube web version itself is pretty sufficient and you won’t feel the need for a dedicated app for Windows.

However, there are a few times when, for some reason, the YouTube app stops working on the Chrome browser on the desktop. This could be pretty annoying as not everyone has a Netflix or Amazon Prime Video subscription and they rely on YouTube for their media consumption.

Thankfully, there are a few solutions that are good enough to fix YouTube not working on Google Chrome on a desktop or laptop running on Windows 11/10/8 or MacBook. This guide will show you exactly that. Let us jump right into it.

Why YouTube Not Working Properly on Chrome Desktop

As already mentioned, there is no one reason why you would come across YouTube not working on Google Chrome browser on your desktop or laptop. After going through multiple user reports, we have deduced a list of possible reasons that is triggering the issue.

  • Corrupt temporary data or cache in the browser
  • Weak internet connection
  • Faulty browser extensions
  • Javascript problem

Now that you have a bit of an idea of what could be the reasons for YouTube not working properly on Chrome desktop, let us take a look at the solutions to fix them.

1. Restart Your PC and Chrome Browser

We and others suggest that you restart your PC or at least restart that particular app when you encounter any such issue. Restarting the PC or the app not only refreshes all the system files but also gives it a breather to run all the files from scratch.

Some system files fail to load during a session, which could cause problems. So, we recommend you first restart your Chrome browser, and if that doesn’t work, try rebooting your PC before trying any of the advanced solutions mentioned below.

2. Enable Cookies

Site Cookies are necessary for Google to run its services on the browser. If you have disabled the cookies on your Google-related sites by mistake, the YouTube app will not open, and you cannot sign in to your YouTube account.

  • Click on the Lock icon and click on Cookies.
    How to Fix YouTube Not Working on Chrome Browser? 1
  • Click on Blocked and Allow to allow links and restart the browser.

3. Disable Hardware Acceleration Mode & Enable JavaScript

The solution that you can apply and check if it fixes YouTube is to disable hardware acceleration mode on Chrome and enable JavaScript. JavaScript allows YouTube videos to run smoothly without any issues. Follow the steps below to disable hardware acceleration mode on the Chrome browser.

  1. Open Google Chrome and click on the 3-dot menu icon on the top right. Select Settings from the list of options that appear.
    Chrome Settings
  2. Expand the Advanced section on the left pane and click on System.
  3. Now, simply toggle off the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option.
    toggle off the “Use hardware acceleration when available”
  4. Restart Chrome and see if this fixes the issue or not.

Now, follow the steps below to enable JavaScript on Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome Settings and select Privacy and security from the left pane.
  2. Then select Site Settings.
    Site Settings
  3. Scroll down and select JavaScript and check the “Sites can use Javascript” option.

3. Open YouTube In Incognito Mode

Try Incognito

In some cases, a problem with the Google account could be the reason YouTube does not work on Google Chrome. To fix this, you can try opening YouTube in incognito mode on Google Chrome. Simply open Google Chrome and press the Ctrl+Shift+N buttons together to open a new incognito window. Alternatively, you can press the 3-dot menu icon and select the New incognito window from the list of options that appear.

4. Uninstall All Extensions

Unsupported or outdated extensions installed on Chrome can also interfere with the smooth functioning of YouTube and other websites. In such scenarios, you can uninstall or disable all the extensions, and enable them one by one to find out the culprit.

  1. Open the Settings menu and select More Tools. Select the Extensions option.
  2. Now, uninstall or disable each extension.
  3. Once done, restart the Chrome browser and try opening YouTube and see if there is any problem.
  4. If there isn’t any problem, then you can go ahead and install/enable extensions one by one.

5. Clear Google Chrome Cache & Cookies

Corrupt cache or temporary files may not only prevent YouTube from running videos smoothly on Chrome but also hamper the browser’s overall performance. To avoid such problems, it is advised that you clean the cache and cookies in a timely manner.

  1. Open chrome://settings/clearBrowserData
  2. A Clear browsing data window will open, Select Advanced.
  3. Check the Browsing History Cookies and other site data and Cached images and file options.
  4. Also, set the Time Range to All time.
    Clear Data of Chrome Browser Desktop
  5. Once cleared, restart Google Chrome and visit the YouTube website to see if it is working properly or not.

6. Change DNS

DNS is a directory of IP addresses that are retrieved online. The PC has a predefined DNS, which you can change in case the server is unable to collect the data for loading the Web Page. Changing DNS can help fix any YouTube loading issues on your Windows 11 and MacBook computers.

Change DNS on Chrome

  1. Open Chrome Settings.
    Chrome Settings
  2. Click on Security and Privacy.
  3. Click on the Security option.
  4. Select customized DNS. You can add custom DNS or use any listed DNS from the dropdown menu.

Change DNS on Windows 11

  1. Open Settings on your Windows 11 by pressing the Windows Key + I shortcut.
  2. Then select Network & Internet from the left menu bar and go to the Advanced network settings.
    advanced network settings windows 11
  3. Now select the network you are using for the internet, like Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  4. Click on View Additional Properties.Advanced Network Settings
  5. Click on Edit.
  6. Change the DNS to Google DNS or any other DNS protocol listed below.

Change DNS on MacBook

  1. Open System Preferences
    System Preferences
  2. Open Network option in the preferences
  3. Click the Advanced option from the WiFi connection tab.
    Open Advanced Option
  4. Switch to the DNS.
  5. Click on the plus icon and change the DNS servers to either Google DNS or Cloudflare DNS
    Change DNS

Once done, restart the PC and check if the YouTube loading issue is fixed.

DNS ServerDNS 1DNS 2
Google Public DNS8.
Cloudflare DNS1.
Quad9 DNS (IPv4)
Quad9 DNS (IPv6)2620:fe::fe2620:fe::9

7. Flush DNS Cache Host

  • Simply visit the URL ‘chrome://net-internals/#dns‘.
  • Click on the Clear Host Cache button next to Host resolver cache.
    Clear Host DNS
  • You will notice the websites are working properly.

8. Reset The Network Settings

In simple words, resetting the network settings means that you are flushing the DNS and resetting the TCP/IP settings on your PC. To do this,

  1. Search Command Prompt in the Start menu.
  2. Open cmd as an administrator.
  3. Run the below-mentioned command and hit Enter:
    Ipconfig /flushdns

    Ipconfig /flushdns

  4. Now, enter the below command and again press Enter:
    netsh winsock reset
  5. After executing all the commands, you need to restart your PC and open Chrome again to see if this works or not.

9. Reset Browser Settings

Resetting the browser will reset Chrome to default settings.  Resetting will delete all the site data and settings. Here is how you perform a reset.

  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. In the address bar, enter Chrome://settings and press enter.
  3. In the search bar of Chrome, type Reset.
  4. The Reset and Clean Up tab will show up in the results section.
  5. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults.
    restore settings to their original defaults
  6. Confirm by clicking on the Reset Settings button, which will show up in a small confirmation dialog box.
    confirm reset settings for Chrome browser

10. Check YouTube Servers

It is not always the fault of the Google Chrome browser. There are chances that the YouTube servers are down in your region, ultimately causing such errors. To detect if there is any issue with YouTube servers, you can head over to websites such as Downdetector, IsItDownRightNow, and others and search for YouTube.

12. Check The Internet Speed

It is also important to check if the internet source that you are connected to is working smoothly and the internet speed is also sufficient. If you are trying to stream 4K content, then you should ensure your internet speed is apt for it. Otherwise, you will face severe buffering issues. There are online tools such as Speedtest or that would let you know the speed, ping, and other details about your internet.

12. Reinstall Google Chrome

If none of the above solutions did the job for you, then you probably need to reinstall the Google Chrome browser on your PC. There are chances that an important file failed to install correctly during your previous installation of the browser. So, you might as well try to reinstall the browser. You can make use of this official Google Chrome website to install the latest version of Google Chrome on your PC.

Use Other Alternative

Although this is not the aptest solution for this issue, it will at least let you enjoy your favorite YouTube content on your desktop or laptop. If you are still facing problems with YouTube on Google Chrome, then you can use other browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Opera, and others.

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Sagar N Bhavsar
A Six Sigma and Google Certified Digital Marketer who worked as an Analyst for a Top MNC. Technology and automobile enthusiast who likes to write, play guitar, and travel. Entrepreneur and Blogger.

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