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When you are in high spirits to click your beloved video on YouTube, a YouTube black screen/box pops up and tells you "YouTube video won't play now". What a bummer! You would fail to catch up your favorite YouTube videos and still tolerate the torturing YouTube black screen/box. I know it's difficult to understand this feeling for those people who don't have this kind of experience. But I do, and I can't bear this maddening YouTube playback problems. So in a bid to liberate myself as well as other guys who once encountered this YouTube problem like me, I spend hours googling/researching and gather almost all the useful solutions to YouTube playback error. And it's workable for me, so I guess it's high time to share these helpful solutions with your guys.

Also see: how to fix YouTube no audio issue; get around YouTube loading problem

Why YouTube Black Screen/Box Would Happen? Potential Reasons Below:

Prior to get down to the solution to YouTube playback error, it's reasonable for us to figure out the possible reasons to result in YouTube won't play.
Reason 1: YouTube source video: if it's valid to playback this video on YouTube since YouTube rejects the unhealthy and illegal content video to playback on YouTube.
Reason 2: network connection: if your network connection functions normally and your internet speed is fast enough to guarantee YouTube video smooth playback.
Reason 3: Whether the version of Adobe Flash Player or Shockwave compatible with YouTube or not;
Reason 4: Internet Service Provider (ISP) issue, esp the CenturyLink;
Reason 5: Brower problem or other settings you might miss out.

Actually YouTube black screen/black box problem probably covers a wide range of reasons. It's sort of verbose to list out all of them. After all, we care more about the effective yet easy-to-conduct solutions. So now let's get into the business.

Effective Solutions to YouTube Black Screen Black Box Problem

Grounded on the trial-and-truth methods from various help-discussion forums and the aids from our technical supports team, here collects the most effective solutions for you to fix playback error on YouTube. The following workarounds to "unable to play YouTube videos" issue range from the ease to the complication. You can pick out the most suitable one to have a try first.

Solution 1: First and foremost: try refreshing your webpage. If not work, switch a browser or update your browser to try again (remember to enable your Javascript).

Solution 2: Check if your network connection is good or strong, if not, you can consider to connect to Wi-fi or Cellular Data to see if YouTube video plays. (Alternatively, switch to another ISP from CenturyLink to Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T or Verizon)

Solution 5: Delete temporally internet files, cache, cookie and history from Internet option and restart your computer.

Solution 6: At times, just go to YouTube page→Select Settings→Select Sign Out, which really works for some Firefox users on Mac.

Also: best video formats for YouTube; Upload HD video to YouTube for sharing

Solution 3: Update your Adobe Flash Player or Shockwave to a newer version (by the way, ensure to enable them).

Solution 4: Use Safe Mode, disable Adblock Plus and Hardware Acceleration, for such software would cause conflicts with YouTube.

Solution 7: Try changing the DNS to one of the ones available for free. It did solve YouTube won’t play problem for certain people according to the users messages left on forums.

Solution 8: Go to your display/graphics properties (right click on the desktop) and either lowering your resolution or your color quality usually from 32 bit to 16 bit (for Safari users, you can set in 32-bit mode).

Rare methods you can refer to:
1. Firefox users: Go to > Tools > Quick Preferences > Edit Site Preferences > Network tab > Browser Identification > Identify as Firefox.
2. Delete a secondary Flash player called "Gnash".
3. One way to get around YouTube unable to play videos problem is a VPN for CenturyLink (somewhat regret VPN is of charge with $6-9 a month).

Fix YouTube Black Screen/Black Box with Online Solutions, Ever Thought about Offline Solution ?

The aforementioned solutions are all suitable for getting around YouTube playback error online. And if the online solutions are seemingly a tad convoluted for you? If so, then I will give you a once-for-all super-easy way to fix this YouTube blank screen black box won't play problem offline. That is downloading YouTube video from YouTube with original video and audio quality reserved so as to let you free from the annoying browsers, settings, add-ons, blah blah blah.

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Author: Bertha Miller | Updated on Dec 20, 2018

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