How to fix YouTube black screen easily

How to fix YouTube black screen easily
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How to fix YouTube black screen easily

When watching YouTube on your device, there are times when the screen will occasionally go black for a brief moment before refusing to play the video you were watching.

This situation can be annoying. Perhaps you were watching a very important video on YouTube when it abruptly stopped. Don’t worry, I understand how you feel. It’s possible that the issue is on your end or on YouTube’s servers. But most of the time, the issue is from your end.

If it’s from your end, it can easily be fixed. But if the issue is caused by YouTube, you won’t be able to do much about it right now. All you have to do now is wait till YouTube fixes the problem.

But if it’s due to a problem on your end, I’ll show you how to fix the YouTube black screen on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

This article will show you how to fix the black screen so you can get back to watching videos right away. Although I do not know which of the steps is going to fix your YouTube black screen issue.

You just have to keep trying each and every one of the solution until one works for you. I will try to make it as simple and generic as possible so that anyone who comes across it will be able to read and understand. So let’s get to it.


causes of YouTube black screen

YouTube black screen is caused by a variety of reasons which includes

1. Browser temporary going down. Browsers temporarily going down is one of the major causes of YouTube black screen.
2. Network issues.
3. Heavy Multi tasking on your device.
4. Browser extension
5. Hardware acceleration issues
6. Outdated browser
7. Outdated  operating system


fixing YouTube black screen.

To fix your YouTube black screen easily, just follow the instructions below to get it working.

1. How to fix YouTube black screen by Clearing Your Browser Cache

One of the simplest solutions to fixing a YouTube black screen is to clear your browser cache. Clearing your browser cache files is Simply deleting your browser’s cache will erase any temporary files that might be causing a conflict.

This is a good first step to take if you’re experiencing any streaming issues. Every browser is different, so check out your browser’s help section for specific instructions on how to clear the cache. But let me give you a generic info on how to clear a browser cache.

How to clear a browser cache

1. Go to the device’s settings.
2. Go to the apps
3. You’ll go through all of the apps by scrolling down ( this are the full list of apps installed on your device.) Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see your browser.
4. When you see the browser, tap it to open it. You will be presented with a new interface that displays your browser settings after it has been opened. As well as data usage.

5. Navigate to storage . When you open the storage, you’ll see clear storage and clear cache. Please select the option to clear cache. This will clean your browser’s history and preferences, as well as assist you in resolving the YouTube black screen issue. Return to your browser and try watching the YouTube video once more. However, if this does not work, you should

2.  How to fix YouTube black screen by Reconnecting with Video Playback Settings

One of the main reasons people are getting a black screen when watching YouTube videos is because their playback settings are not correct. To fix this, you’ll need to open up the video you’re trying to watch, then click on the settings wheel in the bottom-right corner of the video. Next, select “Playback settings” from the menu that pops up. Finally, make sure the “Enable hardware acceleration” box is checked, then press “OK.” If this still doesn’t work, you can try the next solution.

3. Reinstall Chrome and its Video Player

One of the simplest solutions is to YouTube black screen issue is to reinstall Chrome and its video player. This will erase any saved settings or cookies that might be causing the black screen. This method have often worked for me in trying to fix the YouTube black screen issues so it also might solve yours.

4. Reconnect with Video Playback Settings

If you’re having trouble with the video playback on YouTube, there are a few things you can do to fix the issue. The first thing you should try is reconnecting to your video playback settings.

Here’s how: Go to and make sure both the “Enable HTML5 Player” and “Enable JavaScript” boxes are checked. Then, refresh the page and try playing the video again.

5. Rebooting your device

Restarting your device Is another easy way of fixing YouTube black screen issues. While watching a YouTube video and you experience black screen issues.

Rebooting the device is also a great and easy way to solve that issue. Reboot your device and try watching the video again and see if it’s works.

6. Updating your browser

Using outpdated browser is another cause of most YouTube black screen issues.

So the best way to prevent this or avoid it is to make sure you always have the latest and the most recent version of your browser. The first thing you need to do is check to make sure that you are using the latest version of your browser.

If you are not using the latest version, your browser may not be compatible with YouTube’s latest updates.

You can check to see what the latest version of your browser is by visiting the website of the browser’  or visiting the app store of your device and see if there a new update on your browser. This should also help you fix YouTube black screen issues.

7. Try using another browser.

There are times when even after trying all these YouTube black screen troubleshooting tricks and non seem to work out. The next method I would suggest is to try using another browser to access the YouTube website.

This is a trick that has worked for a quite number of people. Maybe the browser you are using is experiencing difficulty in accessing YouTube and also playing YouTube videos.

So I suggest you download another browser and try accessing YouTube once again.

So let say you have been using edge browser to access your YouTube videos and you are still experiencing issues while loading videos,

just head over to your device app store and try other browsers such as chrome, Microsoft browsers or operamini. One of this should solve this black screen issues you are experiencing.

8. Activate flash for all your browsers.

Activating flash is another workaround hack for YouTube black screen issues. To activate it

For Chrome, go to the three lines in the top left corner, select more tools, then select extensions.

Make sure that Adobe Flash Player is enabled. If it is not enabled, enable it and try watching the video again.

For Firefox, go to the three lines in the top left corner, select options, then select content  settings. Find the Flash section and make sure that Shockwave Flash is enabled. If it is not enabled, enable it and try watching the video again.

9. Clearing device memory.

Lack of memory on your device can cause a lot of abnormalities on your device.

Memory are very important part s of our device and if we don’t have in in abundance most times our devices tend to misbehave.

And this could also be the causes of your YouTube video stopping and showing the black screen. And the only way to fix this is to remove unnecessary files occupying your device space.

For your phone go to your device file manager take your time in deleting unnecessary files and junks.

While for your pc If you are using a PC, you can delete some unnecessary files by going to My Computer and selecting the C: drive. Then, select the Windows folder and open the Temp folder. Delete all of the files in this folder.

If you are using a Mac, you can delete some unnecessary files by opening Finder and selecting the Applications  folder. Find the Utilities folder and open it. Select the Disk Utility application. Select your hard drive on the left-hand side of the Disk Utility window. Select the Erase tab and then select the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format. Name your drive, select Erase and then click Erase again to confirm.

Once you  have cleared some memory space on your computer, you can try watching the video again.

10. Updating your device operating system

Outdated Andriod system is also one of the major cause of black screen issues while watching your YouTube videos.

If your device is outdated there a lot of effort which it does to your phone. It may be the issue preventing you from enjoying your YouTube experience.

To fix this issue go to your device setting scroll down until you find system updated. Check  your device manufacturer  to know if they have  released a recent software update for your device.

If there is a recent updates kindly click update to update your device to the most recent version to enjoy the best mobile experience on your device.

Although the whole updating process might take time relax and wait while your phone updates. Once the device has been updated head over to your browser and try watching the video again.

11.Fix Video Hardware Issues and hardware acceleration issues.

This method is for PC users.
Hardware issues are usually caused by something physical blocking the video signal. Maybe the cord is unplugged, or there is a piece of dust or lint blocking the port. If you’ve ruled out these issues, then it’s time to take a look at your hardware.

The first step is to make sure that your graphics card is up-to-date and meets the minimum requirements for YouTube. If it does, then the next step is to check the connection between your computer and your monitor.

Make sure that both are securely plugged in and that the cables are in good condition. If all of that looks good, then it’s time to try a different monitor or even a different computer.

Hardware acceleration can also be blocking you from having the best of your YouTube experience. Kindly disable to enjoy your video experience once again.

12. Network issues

Network issues can also be a factor affecting the video playing on our mobile devices. We all know that virtually everything we do only requires strong internet connections and same also does YouTube streaming needs strong internet connections to enjoy.

I must say you can’t really enjoy YouTube videos without having strong internet connections. So make sure the network signal or bar at the top of your device is full. Make sure it’s not displaying emergency or no service before the YouTube videos suddenly stopped playing. To fix this kindly put your device on airplane mode and turn it on once again. Or if you are using a WiFi or router trying rebooting it to fix this issue.

13. Browser extension issues.

Browser extension on our various browsers can cause a lot of issues which includes login, streaming and a list of other issues while using our device. This can also be the cause of your YouTube black screen issues.

To fix it for browser extension on Chrome

Click the menu icon ≡ at the top right of the browser.
Click Tools, then select Extensions to open a new Options tab.
Uncheck Enabled to disable an extension or click Remove to delete it completely.
Enter chrome://plugins/ in Chrome’s address bar to view plugins that add compatibility and functionality, such as Apple QuickTime or Adobe Flash.
Click the Disable link under the plugin to disable.



Click Firefox in the top-left corner of the browser.
Choose Add-ons from the right column of the menu to open an Add-ons Manager tab in the active browser window.
If you’re using Windows XP, click Tools from the menu bar near the top of the browser window and choose Add-ons.
Click Extensions to view the installed extensions that add features to Firefox or click Plugins to view plugins that add compatibility and functionality.
Find the add-on to disable and click Disable.
To delete an extension entirely, click Remove.
Restart Firefox to complete the process.







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