How to Fix YouTube Playback Error

YouTube videos are not being able to play on any of your devices? Finding a simple & quick way to solve this problem? Here in this guide, we will help you fix YouTube playback error with no efforts.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 28, 2021

“In the last few days, every video I click on gets a ‘Video Playback Error Tap to Retry’ on my iPhone and iPad YouTube app. No matter how many times I tap it, I get the same message. Anyone knows how to solve this?”

The same situation may have run into you that you couldn’t have access to any YouTube video on any of your devices, even the videos you can watch minutes ago. Actually, a large number of users have met the same error, as this is the most common error that comes out with YouTube. Then, how to solve this problem has become your top concern. In this case, here we would like to share you some simple ways to help you fix playback error on YouTube quickly. Let’s read on this guide to get more info.

How to Fix YouTube Playback Error Quickly

1. Try to change the Internet connection to Wi-Fi. If you have done this, just delete your current Wi-Fi account and reconnect it.

2. Clear the cache files, cookies, history and temporary Internet files in your browser. In addition, you can use some cache cleaner to clear cache files on your devices.

3. Swipe down the video and release it. Then, sign out the YouTube app on your device and log in again to find the videos to play.

4. Update your device and make sure the YouTube app, browser, firmware, and flash player are in the newest version. If they are outdating, you should update them first and try to play the video again.

5. Adjust the video quality on your YouTube app. To prevent a similar problem from recurring, you should go to the Gear icon to set a preference for default video quality.

6. Disable hardware acceleration in the flash player as it could cause YouTube playback error. Then revisit the video page and play it. Right-click the video > Click Setting > Find Enable Hardware Acceleration and uncheck it.

Bonus Tip: How to Free Download YouTube Videos And Convert It to Mp3 For Free

Although you have learned some YouTube skills or tricks, here we still want to teach you how to download YouTube videos free and convert videos to Mp3 files. And the process is totally free, you don’t need to pay at all.

Part 1: How to Free Download YouTube Videos For Free

As an iPhone iPad content management tool, AnyTrans, is also fitted with a nice video download feature, which allows you to download YouTube videos free, and save it to the computer and iPhone iPad directly. You also need to copy this video’s URL to AnyTrans’ search box, and you will get what you want. Now follow us to download YouTube videos for free with the following steps:

Step 1. Download and launch AnyTrans on your Mac/PC > Click Media Downloader button on the left-side menu. If you want to download videos to your iPhone/iPad/iPod, just connect your device to the computer with a USB cable.

Choose Media Downloader Option in AnyTrans - Step 1

Choose Media Downloader Option in AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. Copy and paste the URL into the searching area > Click the Search button and then click the download button to start the process > You can choose the path to save the videos.

Copy URL and Search in AnyTrans – Step 2Step 3. Click the button at the top right to check the Download process. The downloading time varies based on the size of the YouTube videos.

Check Download Process in AnyTrans - Step 3

Check Download Process in AnyTrans – Step 3

Part 2: How to Convert YouTube to Mp3 or Other Audio Files For Free

You must have tried to save audio from some favorite videos and save it in Mp3 format, but only found some paid tools. Here we recommend a free tool named AnyGet, which allows you to search videos online, find the one you like, and then click the “Convert to Mp3 Now” button to convert the selected video easily. Besides this, it also supports downloading videos in video formats, like, Mp4, 3gp, and in audio formats, like m4a, WebM, etc.

Extract Audio from YouTube Video or Convert It to Mp3

Extract Audio from YouTube Video or Convert It to Mp3

The Bottom Line

Hope the above possible solutions clouds successfully helping you fix playback error on YouTube. Also, as you can see, AnyTrans can be your best assistant in downloading videos from any website. So, why not give it a try now.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.