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YouTube App Not Working on Android Device

YouTube Not Working? – Here’s what you can do

#1. Reboot your Device

Restarting your device to resolve a problem may sound a bit silly. But believe me or not, just rebooting the device might solve your problem. Restarting gives you the clean slate i.e. a smartphone free of all programs and  background processes. Go ahead and give your device a fresh start. To restart, simply:

  • Unlock the screen of your phone
  • Press and hold the “Power” button until a menu appears.
  • Select “Power off”.
  • Wait for the device to power off.
  • Wait 10 seconds, then press and hold the “Power” button to power the device back ON

#2. Clear App Cache

If the above solutions do not work, you can always try clearing your app cache. Clearing cache data times and again also reduces app crashes. In order to clean your cache memory, Settings → Apps/Application manager →YouTube  → “Manage space/Storage” → “Clear all data/Clear Cache”YouTube not working - clear app cache


#3. Check your Internet Connection

Sometimes, we are so focused on a problem that we fail to think that the problem may be due to external factors. Likewise, the YouTube not working problem may be due to simple connection issues. Here, the first thing to do is to see if you are connected to the internet or not. Sometimes, even if you’re connected, some problems may occur granting you no internet access at all. In such cases:

  • Open your browser
  • Perform a basic internet search

Note: While performing the internet search, make sure you do not visit YouTube site as the problem may be with the YouTube, not Wi-Fi.

#4. Update YouTube App

The YouTube not working error may be because you have not updated the application in your device. Check if the update is available. For this,

  • Go to Google Play Store
  • y Apps & games” from menu options
  • Go to “Updates” list and check if YouTube is on the listYouTube not working - Update

If the YouTube application needs the update, tap on “Update” button and wait for few minutes. After the update is done, launch the YouTube app to check  if the problem still prevails.

#5. Check Date and Time settings

Sometimes, Google’s servers may have trouble syncing with the date/time settings of your device if they’re incorrect. This may lead to the YouTube not working issue. To fix this, simply:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on “Date & Time”
  • Turn on “Automatic date & Time” and “Automatic time zone”

#6. Update your Operating System

Although the YouTube not working problem may not be because of the outdated Android OS version, there’s a small possibility that it could be the one. To update your device,

  • Go To Settings
  • Navigate to “System Updates”
  • Download and install updates if the update is available

Note that the ‘System Updates’ may be in the ‘About Phone’ option in some devices.