So, you’ve gone to YouTube and you’ve decided that you want to watch a video that’s in your recommended list and you’ve gone to click on it, however, that videos loads, but doesn’t end up playing.

Most people who use YouTube would have experienced this problem and it can be quite frustrating as you don’t know what’s causing the issue.

The Reason YouTube Videos are Loading but not Playing

Since YouTube videos are stored on a server which distributes the content to the whole world, there are going to be issues with it at times. It’s quite normal for a server to have problems and this may be the result of your YouTube videos failing to play.

YouTube uses HTML 5 Video Play to playback all the videos you try to watch. Before you’re about to watch a video, there could be something that interferes the with the connection between your device and the HTML 5 Video Player.

This could be things such as Adobe Flash Play, your cookies and cache, your internet connection and your browser settings. There are a lot more reasons, but these are the main things that are going to interfere with the connection between your device and its connection with the video player.

So, for your YouTube videos to play smoothly, you’ll need to get rid of any of the things mentioned above that is going to cause the loaded video from playing.

1. Reduce the Video Quality

Change video resolution on YouTube

The first thing you’ll need to do is to reduce the quality of the video that you’re trying to play.

When you’re trying to stream a YouTube video at a quality that’s too high, the video is going to have trouble playing.

This means that your internet connection isn’t strong enough to stream the video.

Click on the settings icon at the bottom of the YouTube video and click 360p.

The lower you try to stream the video, the higher the chance of it playing.

2. Restart your WI-FI connection

Restart internet connection

The next thing you need to do is restart your WI-FI connection.

If you don’t have a good internet connection, this can interfere with the video player.

There can always be errors with wi-fi so, resetting it is going to allow you to get rid of this problem.

You can do this at the bottom right of your screen.

You can also restart your router if you think the problem is being caused from here.

3. Close the Tab

If you’ve tried the steps above and you still can’t manage to get the video to play, you need to close the tab and reopen it.

If you’re using an iPhone or another device, just refresh the YouTube app.

Once you’ve done this, you should check to see if the video plays after loading.

4. Restart your Computer

If a glitch is stopping the videos from playing, you’ll need to restart your computer.

This is going to get rid of any glitches that are causing problems with YouTube.

After you’ve turned off your computer or you’ve turned off your phone, you can try and launch YouTube again.

After you’ve done this, you should see that the video loads them plays after.

5. Delete your Cache, Cookies, and Browsing Data

As I mentioned earlier, the problem causing the interference between you and the HTML5 Video Player could be the data stored in your browser.

In order to eliminate this as a problem, you can try and wipe all of your data from the browser in the hope that the video would play after loading.

To clear the browser’s data:

Clear cookies and cached files

  • On your browser toolbar
  • Click on Settings
  • Hit Advanced at the bottom
  • Click Clear browsing data
  • In the ‘Clear browsing data’ box, select the button for Cookies and other site and plug-in data and Cached images and files
  • Choose All time to delete everything
  • Click Clear browsing data

6. Update Adobe Flash Player

If you’re using an old version of afp, this can cause the videos to load but not to play.

In order for you to be able to update this, you’ll need to go to the Adobe Flash Player website.

From here, you’ll need to follow the instructions provided to you on the page and update your flash player to the newest version.

7. Log into Another Gmail Account

To rule out the options that this problem is happening to your account alone, you’d need to log into another Gmail account.

If you don’t have one, you can try and create one really quickly.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to load another video and it should play the video if the problem causing it was only happening to your account.

8. Turn on JavaScript

Run JavaScript

JavaScript allows a webpage to play videos and animations.

Without this enabled, you may encounter problems when it comes to videos playing.

To enable JavaScript:

  1. In Chrome, select ‘Settings’.
  2. In the ‘Settings’ section, click on the ‘advanced
  3. Under ‘Privacy’ click on the Content settings
  4. When the dialogue window opens, look for the JavaScript section and select Allow all sites to run JavaScript.
  5. Click ok
  6. Refresh the YouTube page

If you’re running any other browser, you need to go to check how to enable JavaScript for any browser.

Bottom Line

I’ve provided you with 8 different ways to fix this problem.

If you tried all of these steps, you should be having no issue with YouTube anytime soon.

If none of the steps worked, comment down below and I’ll help you out.

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