Video Playback On YouTube Was Down Worldwide For An Hour, What Could Possibly Cause It?

Dhir Acharya - Nov 12, 2020


Video Playback On YouTube Was Down Worldwide For An Hour, What Could Possibly Cause It?

If you are having trouble playing videos on YouTube, you are not alone. Users worldwide are experiencing the same thing on the video-sharing platform.

If you had trouble playing videos on YouTube this morning, you are not alone. Users worldwide were experiencing the same thing on the video-sharing platform. However, the website wasn't down.

According to user reports, thumbnail images still show up on the site, but when they proceed to play a video, they only see a spinning wheel. At the same time, some users see a message that says “an error occurred. Please try again later.”

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Users in Europe and the US reported this issue over an hour ago, and the issue has since been reported from users all over the world.

Representatives of the site said that they acknowledged the problem and were working to fix it. The YouTube team went on Twitter with a statement:

“If you're having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you're not alone -- our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We'll follow up here with any updates.”

This doesn't happen often but YouTube is sometimes down suddenly, leaving users with nothing to watch, especially those who rely on several services it offers.

For users in India, where the use of smartphones is probably more common than PCs if at some point you cannot play videos on YouTube, there is a number of potential reasons.

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1. Phone-related problems

The first and most common reason is there’s something wrong with your device, which may force apps to close suddenly. In this case, the simplest thing to do is restart your phone by long-pressing on the power button.

2. Internet connection

If your phone is working normally but you cannot play videos on the platform, you should check your internet connection. To do this, you can try opening some other websites to see if they can load or not.

If you’re using Wi-Fi, switch to a cellular network to continue to play videos while waiting for the Wi-Fi network to be fixed.

3. Operating system

If YouTube doesn’t work, it could be due to an outdated OS version. In this case, you need to update your phone to the latest version of your operating system, either Android or iOS.

4. App’s cache and data

By clearing the YouTube cache, you remove temporary data; and by clearing the app’s data, you delete all of its data, including existing settings.

5. Date and time on the phone

This cause is not as common as the others, but the time and date settings could result in issues with YouTube as well. If you don’t set the time and date properly, Google’s servers may have trouble syncing. In this case, you just need to enable Automatic date and time in the Settings section on your phone.

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