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How to Solve YouTube Videos Stop/Pause/Freeze on All Browsers

Q: - "YouTube down again. I can't log in to my account, and YouTube videos aren't loading, just stopping at spinning wheel."
- "Suddenly, almost all YouTube videos freeze up either right at the start or while I'm watching it. Computer is less than a month old, i7 processor, 8GB RAM. There is no problem of video streaming on other sites and this 'YouTube videos stop playing' is happening in the middle of the night as well, so I don't see how it could be a high traffic issue. Any ideas to solve the 'YouTube stop/pause/freeze' problem?"

This is a guide to best help you solve the annoying "YouTube videos keep freezing but also still plays", "YouTube videos stop playing" or "YouTube videos pause every few minutes" problems and help avoid the YouTube stop/pause/freeze issues.

Cause & Solutions - YouTube Videos Stop/Pause/Freeze

Let me make it clear in the beginning, we will present you all the solutions to the "YouTube video stop/pause/freeze" problem, but maybe only one of them works for you. So be patient and try them out one by one.

Here is a checklist to be read out before the next fixing steps, which might be the cause of why YouTube videos keep freezing up: Your PC, net connection, YouTube video source, flash player, and the web browser. Now follow us to solve the YouTube videos freezing, pausing and stop playing problem.

Regular Solutions to Unfreeze YouTube Videos

Solution 1. If YouTube keeps freezing up and buffering when you are watching a 4K video/movie, your PC hardware might be the problem (CPU, RAM or GPU). Change the 4K resolution to 1080p, 720p or lower to have a try by clicking the gear icon on the bottom right.

Solution 2. Run a speed test to make sure whether the "YouTube videos freeze/pause" problem is caused by network speed or not. Sometimes, your have a fast Internet, while your YouTube video may be ressed to the lowest res possible, or completely freeze.

Solution 3. Uninstall and reinstall flash player and shockwave player.

Solution 4. Try different browsers. If YouTube videos stop playing after a few seconds in Google Chrome, try Firefox, Safari, IE, etc.

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Solution 5. Clear cookies, cache, history, temp files and disable your firewall to see if the "YouTube videos pause/freeze" problem is still there.

Solution 6. Disable browser add-ons or extensions, especially the corrupted or outdated extensions.

Solution 7. Get your graphics card driver updated.

Solution 8. Change from Flash to HTML5 video player to solve the problem. HTML5 player supported browsers include Google Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari.

Solution 9. Disable hardware acceleration in the Flash settings.

YouTube Videos Stop/Pause/Freeze on All Browsers [Solved]

Different web browsers have different ways out if YouTube videos stop and freeze up all of a sudden.

  1. Google Chrome: Go to the toolbar and click dropdown menu -> Tools -> Clear browsing data -> Click Extensions -> Enable all plug-ins.
  2. Firefox: Go to Opinions -> Advanced -> General -> Move to the "Browsing" section -> Uncheck "Use hardware acceleration when available". If the YouTube is still freezing up, go to the Tools menu, click Add-ons -> remove extensions.
  3. Safari: Enable plug-in by "Go to the Preference -> Security -> Internet Plug-ins -> Check the box to allow plug-ins" or "Go to the Preference -> find Extensions -> turn off all the Extensions/Add-ons".


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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