In this day and age when consistent connection is expected, it can be particularly aggravating to see an error like Youtube’s “An Error Occurred, Please Try Again Later.” Millions of people use Youtube every single day, of every single hour and minute.
This can happen on the YouTube app on your Android or iPhone. On your PC or Mac, this error usually occurs in browsers like chrome and Safari.
When you’ve got a job that involves several hours of busy work, it can be relaxing–and maybe relieve a bit of your stress–if you have something you like listening to playing in the background.
When you get this error, the first thing you’ll want to do is refresh. Close the program, restart it. Disconnect your Wi-Fi or disconnect your Ethernet. Those are valid methods. Sometimes technology gets hiccups. Here, you’ll find several methods that may relieve Youtube of this hiccup.
1. Update Your Plugins
You wouldn’t believe how many individuals have solved their technological quandary with a simple update to their plugins and programs.
Browsers typically update themselves, an option that can be changed in a browser’s settings, however, if this option is turned off, you can update your browser in the settings.
Programs like Adobe Flash also feature automatic updates, but just in case it happens to be disabled, updating it could solve your Youtube error. Adobe Flash won’t hesitate to let you know it needs updating.
Head on into your browser’s settings. Since every browser has their plugins under different names, you’ll have to match the one to your browser, but generally speaking, it should be under your settings.
In Mozilla Firefox, you’ll find Add-Ons under the drop-down menu near the top right corner of the browser. It’s indicated by three parallel lines. Click on Plugins. You can check for updates by clicking the gear.
In Google Chrome, type in the search field: chrome://components. Find Adobe Flash Player and select Check for update.
2. Delete Cookies and Cache
In Google Chrome:
- hold CTRL + H to open your History.
- Click the menu icon next to History.
- Click Clear browsing data. Selecting it will open another menu with several boxes to check.
- Check Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files.
- Click Clear data.
- Go to the Advanced tab.
- Deselect Passwords and other sign- data.
In Mozilla Firefox:
- Click the menu. This is the rows of vertical lines at the top-right corner.
- Click on History.
- Select Clear Recent History. Like Google Chrome, you’ll be prompted to select what you want deleted, as well as how far back.
- Delete everything. But again, be sure you have passwords to logins.
3. Enabling Cookies
Speaking of cookies, if your cookies are disabled, this may be the root issue. Since Youtube depends on whether or not it’s on, you’ll have to enable it again. Luckily, this is a simple fix.
In Google Chrome:
- Open your settings. This is located at the top right corner, indicated by three vertical dots. Click on Settings.
- Click Advanced. Continue scrolling until you see Content settings.
- Toggle on Cookies.
In Mozilla Firefox:
- Open the menu. This is indicated by three horizontal lines near the top right of the browser.
- Click on Content Blocking.
- Double-check that Content Blocking is set to Standard.
4. Try Using Another Browser
Some updates are ahead of others, which can cause compatibility issues in some browsers. Every program is on different schedules and you’ll occasionally run into errors. Luckily, issues like this get patched fairly quickly.
5. Video Quality
Youtube’s error may be an indication of the video quality being too high. It’s unlikely that this could be a solution, but stranger things have happened.
Click on the gear at the bottom left corner of the video’s border. You might have to suffer through 480p or, if you’re really unlucky, 360p or even 144p until the issue resolves itself.
6. Check Your Internet Connection
This is a several pronged solution. If you’re using Wi-Fi, you might be experiencing an erratic internet connection that’s constantly connecting and disconnecting, so on and so forth. At the same time, check your Ethernet cable to make sure it isn’t damaged or switch to a different one just to rule it out.
The same can be said about your modem or router. Disconnect or reset. Once everything is up and running, open Youtube and find the same video you were having issues with.
7. Disable Hardware Acceleration
For Google Chrome:
- Open Settings.
- Open the Advanced.
- Scroll down until your find System.
- Click the blue dot to disable hardware acceleration. You’ll have to relaunch Google Chrome for the change to take effect.
For Mozilla Firefox, hardware acceleration can be found in your Options. Scroll down in the General tab until you find Performance. Uncheck Use recommended performance settings. Afterwards, uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available.
8. Uninstall Your Browser
Uninstalling your browser should be a last ditch effort. Programs are known for occasionally needing a fresh, new start.
Over time, update over update, one alteration after the next, files can get mixed and moved and cause errors like Youtube’s “An Error Occurred, Please Try Again Later” problem.
Before uninstalling, you should write down usernames and passwords. Once your browser is gone, so will the login information saved on every website.