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How to Fix YouTube Videos not Playing/Working/Loading on iPhone (11/Pro/Max/XR/8/7) Error [7 Methods]

7 Solutions to Fix YouTube Videos Won't Play/Work/Load on iPhone Error

Q: I have an Iphone 8 and the ios update and youtube will not open. It flashes as if opening and then immediately closes. What is going on? - By Downdetector

YouTube not opening, and videos not playing error happen from time to time on iPhone. How do you watch YouTube videos on iPhone, with app, Safari or third-party browsers? Are you experiencing 'YouTube videos won't play on iPhone' no matter which way you try even though the network (Wi-Fi or cellular data) is quite good? Well, this article will help you find out the best solution to fix YouTube not playing/working/loading on iPhone (11/Pro/Max/XR/8/7) problem.

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Part 1: 6 Basic Ways to Fix YouTube Videos Not Playing on iPhone Error

Everyone may get the fix of YouTube videos won't play on iPhone error by asking for help from Apple forum/community or searching on Google. Most answers are similar. If you got YouTube error message 'Playback error tap to retry', the following solutions probably appear in every suggestion.

  1. Change the network. Wi-Fi connection is much better than 3G/4G network.
  2. Clear cache files and cookies of YouTube app and browser.
  3. Restart device. Other apps or low memory may cause YouTube not playing on iPhone.
  4. Try to use other browsers or install the latest version of YouTube app.
  5. Update your iPhone to the latest system.
  6. Check if YouTube server is down right now.

Part 2: A Special and Better Way to Fix YouTube Videos Not Playing on iPhone

Some guys can handle with the problem following the above ways but more users complain that the issue persists. In order to root out YouTube videos not loading/showing error and watch YouTube videos on iPhone without interruptions, it is better to download YouTube videos to iPhone that will drive you to enjoy favorite videos/movies offline in a smoother way. On the other hand, if you worry about storage full issue for saving too much YouTube videos on iPhone, you can back up watched videos from iPhone to computer and then remove them from iPhone.

Part 3: How to Download YouTube Videos to iPhone for Fixing "Won't Play/Load" Error

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is not only a HD video converter as its name indicates, but integrates a YouTube downloader into it helping users free download and convert YouTube videos to iPhone with ease. Depending on the source video, it can free download ANY YouTube video in 360P/480P SD, 720P/1080P HD, 4K/8K UHD, 3D, VR, 360 degree while maintaining original quality as well as output video in following formats, MP4 (for iPhone), WebM, FLV and 3GP. Besides YouTube, it can also download videos from Vimeo, Dailymotion, Vevo, ESPN and other video streaming sites (1000+ in total) at a super fast speed.

Next, let's learn how to download YouTube videos to iPhone via WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to play YouTube videos on iPhone (11/Pro/Max, etc.) without not playing error.

Free Download YouTube Videos to iPhone for YouTube not Playing/Loading Fix
Free Download YouTube Videos to iPhone for YouTube not Playing/Loading Fix

Step 1. Download & Install WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on Comptuer (PC or Mac)

Step 2. Import YouTube Video URL

Launch WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe and click YouTube URL button. Search wanted video on YouTube. Copy and paste the link to address bar of pop-up window.

Step 3. Select Output Version

Click Analyze button and the video info including title, duration and versions varying from resolution, format, size and code will be listed a couple of seconds later. Select one version (MP4 version is recommended because it can be fully accepted by iPhone) and click OK.

Tip: Want to get a format precisely matching with iPhone video specs? Check Auto convert option to add the downloaded YouTube video to convert list and select the fitted iPhone profile as output foramt. Certainly, you can uncheck Auto convert to directly download YouTube video to hard drive and later transfer it to your iPhone.

Step 4. Start Downloading

Click RUN button to start downloading the YouTube video. After the download process is finished, you can sync it to iPhone with iTunes. Now, open the downloaded YouTube videos on iPhone. Not playing error will never happen.


author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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