YouTube is one of the most popular video sites which enable the users to access ample videos of multiple genres. The platform also provided identity to many users who have posted useful and entertaining videos. Apart from such great features, most of the users reported “This video is unavailable” on YouTube. There are multiple reasons behind this issue and if you are also facing the same and failed to fix the issue, then don’t get worried as here you will get the comprehensive solutions with the causes. So, let’s begin with the causes.
This video is unavailable on YouTube
As we all know that YouTube is the largest online video platform in this world with nearly one billion hours of video watched per day. Near about 400 hours of video content are uploaded every single minute. However, YouTube being so much popular you may encounter some issues like This video is unavailable on YouTube video.
Now, what to do when you encounter this video is not available on YouTube?
Why “This video is unavailable” on YouTube occurs?
There can be various reasons for this issue. However, I have listed some most common reasons behind this issue based on the users’ comment:
Most of the owners restrict the YouTube videos to certain countries and don’t allow the users to view the content; it means the users from the restricted country will not be able to access such videos as they don’t have the permission. So, in this case, you can use proxy video YouTube to avoid the restrictions and the process for the same is listed in the solution part.
If the owner posted a video that violates the copyright law of YouTube, then Google will delete such a video or will make tell the owner to make changes in the video. However, if the video is deleted by Google, then you will find an error message ‘This video is unavailable’.
The problem from the YouTube end
As stated earlier, YouTube is the leading video site so there may be huge traffic and a heavy load on the server, and might be this lead to a technical issues. If YouTube is down, then you may get this issue and this is a temporary issue that will be resolved in a short time. If you want to know more, then you can go for a YouTube restrictions checker to get the list of possible restrictions.
Some common error messages you might encounter
Here I have listed some most common errors encountered y users when unable to play YouTube videos.
- An error occurred- please try again later.
- This video is currently unavailable.
- This video is unavailable.
- The uploader has not made this video available in your country.
- This video is not available in your country.
Need not worry if encountered any of the above-mentioned error messages. Today in this post, I will walk you through the solutions to fix this issue.
How to fix this video is unavailable on YouTube?
Now let’s see the ways to fix the issue “This video is unavailable on YouTube”. Try these solutions one by one down the list until the issue is resolved.
Check Your Internet Connectivity
If your internet connection is unstable then you may get this YouTube issue. So, you must check your internet connection. First and foremost, try to launch any website or search engine and if it’s working fine, then go for the next method to fix the issue. However, if any website is not loading or failed to respond, then restart your router.
Restart YouTube and your browser
If you have kept your PC idle for a long time in sleep mode and after a passage of time, you awaken the PC and want to watch YouTube videos, in this case, YouTube will fail to respond properly. So, you must close YouTube and refresh your browser then launch it again. However, if the issue still appears, then restart your computer.
Check the Internet Speed
If you want to watch YouTube videos properly without any buffering then you must have a good network speed. Be sure that the minimum download speed of your internet or cellular connection must be 500+ Kbps (kilobits per second) And if you need to play HD videos, the download speed must be 7 Mbps (megabits per second).
You can search on Google for some best tools to check the download speed of your network connection.
Check the Date and Time of your Computer
If the date and time on your computer are not correct then it may create the error. To fix the issue just check the date and time set on your computer and if these are not accurate then you need to set the date and time on your computer to get rid of this error. To fix this, you need to go to your system’s settings, find the Date & time and check the option Automatic date & time.
Clear Cached Data and Cookies
Every browser is in habit of saving cache and cookies. This setting of the browser sometimes may cause such errors. To get rid of this error you need to clear the cached data and cookies of your browser. Once it is done try to play the video again and check for the error.
Change the Video quality on YouTube
YouTube has a feature to change the video quality as per your internet speed. If you have a slow speed internet, then you can change the video quality manually and the process for the same is listed below.
- Launch YouTube.
- Now play the video in which you are having an issue.
- Move to the Settings icon located at the bottom of the YouTube page and the same is symbolized with a gear icon.
- In the settings menu, you will get a few options, move to the Quality section.
- If the quality is set to 1080p or 720p, then change it to the low-quality 360p or 240p.
- Now check whether the video is playing or not.
- Open your browser and go to settings and enable it.
- Visit the Adobe Flash website and upgrade to the latest version.
- Try to play the YouTube video again.
Disable Hardware Acceleration
Some users reported that if you have enabled hardware acceleration in your browser then also this error occurs. Though this feature is useful, however sometimes it might be a curse. To fix the issue it is recommended to disable hardware acceleration in your browser and follow these steps:
- Open Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the browser
- Now select Settings.
- Scroll down to the bottom and click on the Advanced option.
- Navigate to the System tab and disable the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option.
- Restart Google Chrome and play the video again to check for the error.
Check Chrome Extensions
Each one of us is used to install various extensions in Chrome to enhance the functionality and easy operations of our browser. Some of these extensions can be very useful however, some can create issues and one such issue is video is not available at the moment. To fix the issue you need to try disabling all extensions. To do so follow these steps:
- Click on the three vertical dots and choose More tools and click on Extensions. You will get the list of installed extensions.
- To disable an extension, click on the switch next to its name. (Follow this process to disable the extensions one by one to find the culprit extension causing the error).
- Try to play the YouTube video again to check the error.
Use a VPN or proxy
If the video owner has blocked its content for other countries and doesn’t want to show the content to other geographical regions, then you can use Virtual Private Network or Proxy to access the video. Both are the same and they will make you appear as if you are accessing YouTube from a remote IP address.
Using proxy video YouTube will help you to get rid of an issue, but make sure to get the good one as there are many VPN available on the online platform which can reveal you’re true identity. Hence, try to find out the one which is best and you can do it via the online method.
In my case, I always use a VPN to hide my online identity while streaming online. I suggest you do the same and keep your streaming activities anonymous and get rid of such errors.
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Step 3: Open the ExpressVPN app and click the power icon to connect the VPN.
Reinstall the Browser
Sometimes there are chances that while installing the browser some of its files may get corrupted and it will create such errors. Here also if your browser is corrupted then you may get the YouTube video is not available error message. In such a case, Reinstalling the browser is the best solution to fix this issue.
So, these were the possible solutions against the issue ‘This video is unavailable’ on YouTube. Let’s know in the comment section which method worked for you? Wanna some more DeviceTricks? Stay tuned to this space to get the latest updates on errors related to Windows, macOS, and Android.