Fix YouTube Videos Not Playing In Chrome

YouTube no longer uses Flash as the platform for displaying video content. Instead, it uses HTML5, which means that if you are having trouble playing YouTube videos then the Flash plugin will not likely be the culprit. However, you may find that you need to enable or install Flash in order to display media content from other websites or web applications.

If you find that you are having trouble playing YouTube videos on Chrome, then one of the fixes below might work out for you:

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Check that Javascript is Enabled

Click on the ellipsis to the right of the Address Bar. Then, click on "Settings:"

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2. Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on the "Advanced" button to open up several more options:

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3. Under the first section titled "Privacy and Security," click on the option called "Content settings."

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4. Click on "Javascript."

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5. Make sure "Allowed (recommended)" option is toggled to On.

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Clear Temporary Browser Data (Cache)

A simple thing to try to fix the issue with playing videos could be to just delete your browsing cache, or temporary browsing data files. Sometimes there could be some cached data that is interfering with the ability to playback YouTube content. In order to delete your cache in Chrome, just follow these steps:

1. Click on the ellipsis to the right of the Address Bar. Then, click on "Settings:"

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2. Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on the "Advanced" button to open up several more options:

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3. Click on "Clear browsing data"

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4. You will see a pop-up window where you should select all 3 checkboxes as shown below. Then, click "Clear Data."

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5. Once the browsing history is cleared, go ahead and try the YouTube video again and see if your video will play. If not, then move on to the next suggestion below:

Reinstall Chrome with Latest Version

Another option you can try is to remove Chrome and reinstall it using the latest version. To uninstall Chrome, just go to the Settings application by clicking Start and selecting the Settings icon:

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1. On the Settings screen, click on "Apps."

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2. Scroll down to find "Google Chrome" in the list of apps and features. Then, click on it and select the "Uninstall" button:

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3. Once Chrome is uninstalled, you can go to Chrome website and use the download link, which will automatically download and install the latest version of Chrome.

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4. Once Chrome has finished installing, go ahead and test the YouTube video.

Disable Extensions

Another possible cause for videos not playing could be that one of the extensions that is installed in Chrome is causing the issue. The best way to figure out if it is in fact an extension causing the problem, and then determine which one is the culprit, is to first disable all extensions and then determine if the videos will play. Then, you can begin enabling each extension, one by one, until the videos do not play and then you will know which is is to blame.

1. Click on the ellipsis to the right of the Address Bar. Then, click on "Settings:"

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2. Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on the "Advanced" button to open up several more options:

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3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and look for "Reset and clean up" and click on "Reset Settings."

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4. You will see a message like the one below which states that resetting settings will set everything back to default, including disabling all extensions, and deleting cached browser data:

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5. Once you’ve reset your settings, go ahead and see if YouTube videos will play. If they do, then you can further troubleshoot by enabling one of the extensions, then check the video again to see if it still plays. If it does not, then you know that the extension you just enabled is the culprit. If the video does play, then you move onto the next extension and enable it, and proceed with this process until you find the offending extension. You can enable/disable extensions by clicking on the ellipsis on the far-right of the address bar, selecting "More tools," and then "Extensions."

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6. You’ll then see this screen where you can enable and disable your installed extensions:

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These are four different solutions for getting YouTube videos to play in Chrome browser. We hope it helped to solve your problem.

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