Embedded Videos Not Playing In Chrome? Here’s How To Fix It


If you are having issues with playing embedded YouTube video’s in Chrome whilst looking at certain sites, then as The Joker would say, It’s simple, we kill the cache.

I first noticed this last week but never got around to fixing it as I could just opt to watch the video on the main YouTube site instead. The issue didn’t happen in Firefox or IE.

Then this evening I was reading an article that had about 10 or so embedded videos, so figured it was time to fix it. Here’s how and it should only take you a few seconds to do:

Example of  embedded video not working in Chrome (basically it just stops as soon as you start to play it)

not working

Note: I am using the latest stable build of Chrome

First, select the Options icon located at the top right-hand corner of your browser

Settings button in Chrome

Next, select Settings

settings link in chrome

Scroll down to where you will see the link that says +Show advanced settings and select it

show advanced settings

In this window, you will see a drop-down options window. Choose The beginning of time. Check the four top boxes (these are checked by default and then hit Clear browsing data

clear cookies in chrome

Restart your browser and you should be good to go. All we did here was to delete the cache that Chrome stores over time. Hopefully Google will fix this is the next update.

Works again:

working after cache clear

If you have Google Chrome remember your passwords, then selecting the boxes in the last step won’t delete these. Unless of course you want to delete your password as well, then just check the relating box as well.

If this doesn’t work then Nikia in the comments has found another workaround that involves unchecking Use hardware acceleration when available. To do this, head back into the Advanced Settings area of Chrome, and uncheck the particular box as shown below. Thanks Nikia for the tip.

Hardware acceleration chrome


  • a

    Thanks! Did the job…

  • Mr. S

    Been having this issue for a long time, thank you so much for the solution!

  • mike5577

    I went to Content settings… -> All cookies and site data… and then searched for youtube and deleted everything associated with it which worked for me. No need to delete everything.

  • CRex

    Worked! Thanks! Put up for bitcoin address and I’ll send you a tip! Don’t have a bitcoin address? Go to Coinbase.com and get one, it’s super easy. No, I don’t work for them, just love the service, and you fixed my problem, so thank you.

  • http://profiles.google.com/modsme Max De Benedetti

    Sadly this did not help. This helped: http://www.moonfruit.com/support/entries/21873233-youtube-videos-not-working-on-chrome
    That link helped me find the details section of the Plug-ins page. From there, I figured out that I was using the Adobe Shockwave player from Windows rather than Chrome.

  • Nikia

    Unfortunately this didn’t work for me either but going to Settings, System in Chrome and then unchecking ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’ seems to have fixed the issue for me. I was having this problem with other embedded videos not just YouTube.

    • ed

      Thank you so much!

      • Nikia

        Glad it worked :-)

    • http://techfleece.com/ Richard Gailey

      Thanks Nikia. I have updated the page and given credit to you.

      Thanks for helping.

      • Nikia

        Thanks Richard!

      • http://www.fincacolombia.com Jaco

        Your the best thanks worked for me. Jaco

    • V

      Thanks Nikia, that solution still works in 2014 :-)

  • Marlin Sharp

    Thank you! This has has plagued me for some time. Did all of the suggestions and Crome vs Youtube is working good again.

  • WellNowDear

    I have tried that over and over. It didn’t help.

  • Evan85

    I found going to ‘all cookies and site data’ and deleting ‘s.ytimg.com’ did the trick. I think it makes chrome reload flash?

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  • northcamel

    Thanks, solved my problem.

  • mjerryfuerst

    your suggestions did not help me. However, this did: http://vimeo.com/forums/help/topic:101255

  • WIll

    Thanks guys, disabling hardware acceleration has worked for me – this has been bugging me for ages! Will I notice any performance changes etc.. by not having this enbaled? In fact what is Hardware Acceleration?

  • gjkv

    not working

  • jamie22

    Awesome! Thanks. Turning off Hardware Acceleration fixed it for me.

  • SPUser

    works like a charm , thanks a lot

  • abhi

    Disabling hardware acceleration worked..!

  • Joseph F

    tried it it didnt help

  • Joseph F

    What a foolish suggestion it didnt solve a thing..

  • Tessie Fleming

    neither of these solved my problem, but that could be because im not having problems with youtube videos. its any videos on websites like tumblr other than youtube videos. im getting a notification saying “no compatible source was found for this video” any suggestions?

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