How to Fix YouTube Videos not Playing on Android

Want to fix the problem of YouTube videos not playing on Android device but don’t know how? Read this guide to get some tips to solve this issue.

By iMobie | Posted: Mar. 05, 2018, Last Updated: May. 17, 2018
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“Why has YouTube stopped playing on my Android tablet? I get the messages saying “Connection to sever lost. Tap to retry” or “There was a problem while playing”. Is there any quick way to fix it? Thanks.”

A user from Android Forum

Like this user above, there are many other users complaining that sometimes YouTube video is not playing on Android device, which can be quite annoying while watching a great film or live show. Here in this article, we’d like to share some common tips to fix YouTube videos not loading problem.

Also Read: How to Fix YouTube Error 400 >

4 Tips to Fix YouTube Videos not Playing on Android

Tip 1. Check the Internet Connection.

Sometimes you just need to reset your Internet connection and switch to the mobile cellular data to see if the YouTube videos can load on Android. Turn off your Wi-Fi connection and enable mobile data > try to reload a video on Android device to see if it’s working > go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap on Forget Network > insert the password to Wi-Fi again and try to play videos on Android.

Tip 2. Setting the Correct Time and Date.

There are chances that YouTube videos not playing on Android because of the wrong time and data on your device. Go to Settings > locate the Time & Language section and tap on Date & Time. Scroll down and check if the Automatic time zone is enabled. If it’s disabled, tap on the toggle next to the entry in order to enable it.

Tip 3. Clear the Cache in YouTube App.

Some older versions of Android device are not so efficient to deal with cache accumulation so this can cause YouTube videos not loading on Android devices. Go to Settings > Apps and tap on the YouTube app > tap on Storage and select Clear Cache. Then you can restart your device and try to load a video on Android.

Tip 4. Update YouTube App on your Android Device.

The problem can also exist your YouTube app if you haven’t updated it to the latest version. open Google Play Store > swipe from left to right and tap on My apps & games. Locate the YouTube app entry and tap the Update box next to it or tap on Update All.

Also Read: Top 10 Best YouTube to Mp3 Converter to Free Download Songs >

Bonus Tip: How to Download YouTube Videos to Android Device

Isn’t it annoying to meet such situation while watching an interesting movie or an important football match? To solve this problem, you can download some YouTube videos to your Android phone in advance. And AnyTrans for Android is recommended for you to download videos from YouTube to Android. Meanwhile, you can download videos from other websites like BBC, Vine, Instagram, Dailymotion and etc.

How to Download YouTube Videos to Android

How to Download YouTube Videos to Android

The Bottom Line

With these quick tips, it’s quite simple to fix YouTube videos not playing on Android devices. And you can also download YouTube videos to Android with the help of AnyTrans for Android, which is able to download videos on Android by copying the URL of the videos. Just get it to your computer and have a free trial >


Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as an anime lover. Like to share solutions on iOS and Android related problems.

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