The YouTube app not working on your iPhone (iOS) or Android phone stops any entertainment in its tracks. But rest assured, you can fix most YouTube app issues by tweaking a few options here and there, and we’ll show you how.

The most common reason YouTube doesn’t work is that your internet connection isn’t active. YouTube may not be working for other reasons like faulty cache files, YouTube outages, your phone’s date and time settings being incorrect, and more.

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    Check Your Internet Connection

    When your YouTube videos stop playing, or your feed gets stuck, the first thing to do is check your internet connection. You need an active internet connection for YouTube to work on your phone.

    One way to check is to open a web browser on your phone, launch a site like Google, and see if the site loads. If the site fails to load, your phone has connectivity issues. In this case, you can try to fix your internet by yourself or ask your internet service provider for help.

    If your site loads fine, you have another reason behind YouTube not working. Read on to discover more fixes.

    Check if YouTube Is Down

    Like all other platforms, YouTube can suffer from outages. This can cause the YouTube app on your smartphone to stop working.

    YouTube’s servers may have issues, or the platform’s network connection isn’t working as expected. You can use a site like Downdetector to check if YouTube is experiencing an outage.

    DownDetector site to check server outages for YouTube

    If the platform is down, you have no choice but to wait until the company brings its servers back up. When that happens, you’ll be able to use your YouTube app.

    Force Close YouTube on Your Android Phone

    If you’ve tried quitting and reopening the YouTube app, but to no avail, you could try force-closing the app and see if that fixes the issue. Force closing helps fix many minor problems with the app.

    You can only force your apps to close on Android. The iPhone doesn’t have a similar feature, but you can swipe up on the app’s preview to close it and relaunch it.

    1. Open Settings on your Android phone.
    2. Head to Apps & notifications > YouTube in Settings.
    3. Select Force stop to force the app to quit.
    Force stop the YouTube app to close it.
    1. Tap OK in the prompt that opens.
    Force stop the YouTube app to close it.
    1. Quit the Settings app.
    2. Launch the YouTube app on your phone.

    Update YouTube on Your iPhone and Android Phone

    YouTube’s core bugs can make the app unstable, causing your feed and videos not to load. Since you can’t fix these system-level issues, you can update the app on your phone to possibly resolve the problems.

    You can use your phone’s app store to update the YouTube app.

    Update YouTube on iPhone

    1. Launch App Store on your iPhone.
    2. Select the Updates tab at the bottom.
    3. Choose Update next to YouTube on the list.
    Update YouTube on your phone.
    1. Launch the updated YouTube app.

    Update YouTube on Android

    1. Open Google Play Store on your Android phone.
    2. Search for and select YouTube.
    3. Tap Update to update the app.
    Update YouTube from the Google Play Store on your phone.
    1. Open the updated YouTube app.

    Clear YouTube’s Cache

    YouTube caches files on your phone to serve you better. Sometimes, these files become corrupt, preventing you from using certain functions in the app.

    When your YouTube app stops working properly, it’s a good idea to clear these cache files to fix your issue. Deleting the cache doesn’t delete your account data and logins.

    Note that you can only clear your app’s cache on Android. You’ll have to uninstall and reinstall the app on your iPhone to remove the app cache.

    Delete YouTube’s Cache on Android

    1. Open Settings on your Android phone.
    2. Head to Apps & notifications > YouTube in Settings.
    3. Select Storage & cache on the app page.
    4. Choose Clear cache to remove the cache.
    Clear the YouTube cache.
    1. Launch the YouTube app.

    Uninstall and Reinstall YouTube on the iPhone

    1. Tap and hold the YouTube app on your iPhone’s home screen.
    2. Select X in the app’s top-left corner.
    3. Choose Delete in the prompt to remove the app.
    Delete the app and its data on an iPhone.
    1. Open the App Store, search for YouTube, and tap the download icon.

    Fix Your Phone’s Date and Time Settings

    Incorrect date and time settings on your phone can cause YouTube to malfunction. This is especially true for the apps that rely on time and date to sync on your phone.

    You can fix that by getting your phone to use automatic date and time, as follows.

    Set the Date and Time on the iPhone

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
    2. Navigate to General > Date & Time in Settings.
    3. Toggle on Set Automatically.
    Set the right time and date on your phone.

    Set the Date and Time on Android

    1. Launch Settings on your Android phone.
    2. Head into System > Date & time in Settings.
    3. Turn on both Use network-provided time and Use network-provided time zone options.
    Use network provided time and date on  an Android phone.

    Reset Your Phone’s Network Settings

    If your YouTube app is still not working, your phone’s network settings might be faulty. Incorrectly configured network options can cause various problems, including blocking YouTube from the internet.

    You can fix that by resetting your network settings. You can then set up these settings from scratch.

    Reset Network Settings on iPhone

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
    2. Select General > Reset in Settings.
    3. Choose Reset Network Settings.
    Reset Network Settings.
    1. Enter your passcode if asked.
    2. Tap Reset Network Settings in the prompt.

    Reset Network Settings on Android

    1. Launch Settings on your phone.
    2. Navigate to System > Reset options in Settings.
    3. Select Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth.
    Reset Wi-Fi, mobile, and Bluetooth on Android.
    1. Choose Reset settings.

    Get YouTube Working Again on Your Phone

    Your phone’s technical problems, internet issues, and other items can make the app dysfunctional. Follow these error fixes the next time you wonder why your YouTube app isn’t working as it should.