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How to Fix YouTube Not Working Problem

Just find that YouTube is not working again? It's not just you... YouTube is down for eveyone causing by all sorts of weird reasons. Here are the most common reasons for YouTube down and best solution to fix the not working problem.

By Bertha Miller to YouTube Tips|Last updated on Nov 20, 2018

"I am using my phone as usual today to play some videos on YouTube web but to my surprise the site is not working. After I clear the cache to all my downloaded apps and restart my phone but YouTube keeps buffering still. I activate some apps after a few failed attempts hoping they can help but unfortunately get the app not working problem. Why is YouTube not working? Any help?"

YouTube is the largest video sharing site which will be visited by more than 30 million unique users everyday. It has become an indispensable entertainment option for many users, offering various video resource like music, movies, funny baby videos, sexy clips etc. However, the a vast traffic also puts a lot of pressure on its server, causing YouTube not working problem time and again.

YouTube is experiencing a major outage. The latest problem reported on downdetector is an error 503 about the internet connection that YouTube, YouTube TV, YouTube Music are all down. And YouTube responded to the spreading complaints, saying the company is "working on resolving" the issue. Yet besides the error 503, YouTube has been reported with many other issues all this time, such as a blank screen, 500 error, error 504 after getting error 500, unable to upload, no sound or poor sound on mobile YouTube app, YouTube videos not playing or not showing at all,everything goes slow and the streams has a lot of dropped frames etc.

Some could be fixed soon when the problem arised, while some not. Anyway, we'll take a close look at the reasons for why is the site down and simple way to fix YouTube troubles. However, if the YouTube video is significant for you, you'd better download it offline in case of any unexpected down issue or the deletion from the owner of video.

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Part 1: Reasons that May Cause YouTube Not Working Problem

1. Internet Connection

Despite the wide spread and faster speeds of the internet now being pushed through various technical advances, many users continue to suffer from the problems to quickly and consistently stream videos. In other words, if your internet connection is not good enough, you are very likely to get the buffering problem. Namely, even a low-quality video can lead to longtime buffering and choppy playback. For example, there is a YouTube error that it keeps saying no connection but it's not true since other websites are able to update indeed. To solve such YouTube is not working problems, you are suggested to shut down other bandwidth-consumed applications or resort to a proper YouTube downloader to save videos on Mac rather than streaming them online.
Also see: How to Solve YouTube Loading and Buffering Problem

2. Issues About Browser

The ability of your browser or its installed extension can also affect YouTube and cause YouTube down problems. Sometimes it does not work if your web browser has too many files. To solve YouTube is not working problem like this, try to clear cookies and data from your temporary cache of your browser to make sure that your web page is empty. Or upgrade your browser and installed extensions to the latest version or shut down any conflicting plugins.
There is another browser problem leading YouTube not working problem as well. That is YouTube no longer supports 4K video playback on Safari. Since it began encoding uploaded videos into VP9, Safari seems not allow 4K videos playback because it doesn't support VP9 codec at all. For this YouTube error fixing, you can switch to another browser like enjoying YouTube 4K videos on Chrome or fall back on a Safari YouTube downloader to save 4K videos offline.

3. Security Problem

Your security system or firewall are designed to secure the internet and serves as a filter between your computer/network and the Internet. To put it another way, you may also get video not working and the like due to the blocking by your security system. For this error, check if YouTube is in the authorized websites in your security tool or firewall, if not, add it to the list or uninstall the blocking software. Then reload the YouTube video to see if the YouTube down problem has been resolved.
Also see: Fix YouTube No Sound/Audio Issue

4. YouTube Not Working While Uploading

You may also get stuck during an attempt to upload a video to YouTube. In this case, the reason to why is YouTube not working very likely lies with the YouTube uploading limits. As is well-known, the sitee has strict limits on the uploaded videos in terms of length, size, format etc. In other words, a compliant video can solve such issues. To make a qualified video without YouTube error on uploading, you can just turn to a sound video converter.
Also see: Best YouTube Supported Video Format for Uploading

Part 2: Best Solution to YouTube Not Working Problem

The above problems are some most-asked issues users encounter. As a matter of fact, when you stream videos, you can run to various problems like YouTube fullscreen not working, YouTube video no sound, YouTube volume not working, blank screen etc. Tired of locating the problem and seeking for the solutions? Wondering if there is any way to bypass all the YouTube problems? Why not download YouTube videos? You can thus stay away from the above annoyances and even enjoy YouTube videos everywhere by transferring them to the mobile devices.

If you want to try this once-for-all solution as your YouTube troubleshooting, a totally free yet professional YouTube video downloader called MacX YouTube Downloader is highly recommended. With this tool, you can easily download any SD MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV or HD 720P, 1080P, 4K UHD videos, without worrying about get YouTube down problem, no matter app not working, audio/video not working, volume not working and etc. Meanwhile, MacX YouTube Downloader enables you to download video audio from over 300 video audio sites, regardless of YouTube, Facebook, Viemo, Vevo, or Metacafe, Myspace, Dailymotion, Instagram etc. And it can hassle-free download a single video, or whole playlist, watch later list, audio only in any web accessible resolutions and formats, such as MP4, MKV, FLV, 3GP, WebM, 4K UHD, 1080P/720P HD etc.

Part 3: Get Rid of YouTube Problems by Free Downloading YouTube Videos

Step 1: Free download and open the YouTube video downloader.
Free download this free YouTube video downloader and launch it on your Mac computer. It's available on Mac OS X 10.5 and above.

Step 2: Aanlyze target YouTube video details.
Visit youtube.com and navigate to your target YouTube video, and copy its URL. If you're trying to download your whole playlist, you can click Sign In button to log in your YouTube account and copy the URL of your playlist. Then back to the program, tap "Add Link" button on the top of panel of the main interface. Thne click "Paste & Analyze" button to detect the detailed video info.

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Step 3: Choose video format, resolution, size etc.
After a while, all the video info will be displayed with resolution, size, codec, format etc. Choose one according to your needs. For example, select 1080p MP4 for playback in higher quality on desktop, audio only for setting as a ringtone or music playing etc. Click "Done" after you finished.

Step 4: Start downloading YouTube videos right now!
Tap "Download Now" button to save the YouTube videos right now without any issues. Then you're able to watch your videos anytime and anywhere even if YouTube is down.

Note: For those who use the downloaded videos for more purposes, like play them on more devices, then its higher version MacX Video Converter Pro will be a lifesaver. Serve as both a YouTube downloader and video converter, it is capable of getting rid of any YouTube troubles by downloading videos smoothly from YTB and converting them into more devices like iPhone XR/XS/X/8/7/6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, Apple TV 4, iTunes, iMovies, HTC, Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note, etc

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