[Solved] How to Fix Videos Not Playing on Chrome?

Facing difficulties using google chrome browser? Chrome won't play videos? No worries, here we list some solutions to help you solve that problem!

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Browsing is an activity the present generation, irrespective of their age spends a lot of time on. It is a productive way of spending time and helps us to stay updated with the latest trends, news, technological innovations, etc.

Even though there are many browsers available now, most users prefer Google Chrome as it is the best browser and offers a lot of useful features. The Chrome browser is very popular and is widely used by Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android users all over the world.

A small problem encountered by the users of Chrome sometimes is videos not playing on chrome. That can be a very upsetting problem, as every site and every page we visit have a lot of interesting and informative videos. So here in this article, we will discuss the problems associated with video playing on chrome in detail and its solutions.

Part 1. Why Are Videos Not Playing on Chrome?

There are many reasons why a video can’t be played on chrome, but nothing that can’t be fixed. So just because you are not able to play videos, don’t get upset and stop using your favorite browser. Let’s see why this can happen.

Now let us see what we can do in order to solve the issue of video playback on Chrome on Windows/Mac, iPhone, and Android. Several methods to solve the issues will be discussed below along with clear steps.

Part 2. What to Do When Chrome Won't Play Videos [on Win/Mac]?

Now, since you have an idea about the issues behind video being not being able to be played on the Chrome browser, let us go through the known solutions for these issues, so that you can have a wonderful video viewing and browsing experience.

Note: the Chrome application for Windows and Mac is pretty much the same, so the step to be followed are also same.

Solution 1 Restart Google Chrome

This is the first thing you should try doing when chrome browser won't play videos. Close all the tabs you have loaded one by one and then close the chrome browser completely. Now open the chrome browser and visit a page and try playing a video and see if it works.

Solution 2 Enable Flash on Sites

Look for the warnings or error messages and see if anything like enable Flash Player pops up. If so, it means that you will need to enable the flash permissions for the site, so that the video can be played.

Note: enable Flash only on the sites you trust.

  1. Turn on your PC and open the Chrome browser.
  2. Go to the site in which the video couldn’t be played because the flash was not enabled.
  3. On the left of the web address, you will find a Lock icon or Info icon. Click on any one of them.
  4. Now click the Arrows icon on the right of the Flash option.
  5. Select the Always allow on this site option.
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  7. Now reload the page and enjoy watching the video.

You can also choose to block flash on a particular site or even enable it for all sites. Enabling it for all sites have certain security risks.

Solution 3 Turn on JavaScript

Some video requires JavaScript to run, including YouTube videos. So enabling them will solve the issue.

  1. Open the Chrome browser in your PC.
  2. Now at the top right end of the window tap on More (three vertical dots) and then select Settings.
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  4. Go to the Privacy and Security tab and tap on Site settings.
  5. Tap on JavaScript and turn on Allowed (Recommended).
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  7. Go back to the page and reload it and try playing the video now.
Solution 4 Check Your Chrome Extension

Some video issues like videos not playing in chrome may be caused by Chrome extensions saved in your browser data or cache.

  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Tap on More (three vertical dots) and the top right end and select New Incognito Window.
  3. Try playing the video in the new incognito window.

Note: If the video works, the next step is to make sure that the extensions are causing the problem, for that:

  1. Close the incognito window and switch to normal chrome where the issue exists.
  2. Click on More (three vertical dots), then More Tools and then Extensions.
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  4. Disable all the extensions by unchecking the box and reload the page and try playing the video.

If again the video works, in order to find the particular issue causing extension, turn on each extension one by one and repeat the steps of reloading the page and playing the video, for each extension. Do it for all extensions and once you have figured the particular extension, you can Remove (recycle bin icon) that particular extension.

Solution 5 Clear Cached Data in Chrome

Cache data can be a headache at times and clearing them from the Chrome browser can solve a lot of issues including not being able to play videos.

  1. Open Google Chrome on your desktop.
  2. Tap on More (three vertical dots icon) at the top right corner of the window.
  3. And then click on Clear browsing data.
  4. Choose the time range within which you wish to clear the cache.
  5. Now choose Cache alone, if its only cache you wish clear and then tap on Clear data.
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Now visit the same page on which the issue existed and try playing the video after reloading the page.

Part 3. How to Fix Videos Not Playing on iPhone Chrome?

The steps to follow if chrome won't play videos on an iPhone are a little different from the Android devices or PC.

Solution 1 Force and Restart Chrome App

If the problem exists even after closing and opening the Chrome app, the next step is to try force closing the application. To do so, open the Chrome app and minimize it. Then view the recently opened apps on the iPhone and look for chrome. Swipe up on the app's preview to close it. Now try opening chrome and check whether the issue is solved after reloading the page.

Solution 2 Check Network Connections

Network connections can cause a lot of issues in the working of an application, especially browsing applications like Chrome. So make sure that your device is connected to a stable WiFi network or cellular data.

  1. On the home screen of your iPhone, go to Apps and open Settings.
  2. Under the Network Connections option, tap Wi-Fi and then Wi-Fi Network.
  3. Check the signal strength.
  4. If you are using cellular data, make sure that the cellular data is enabled and if you are roaming, enable Roaming also.
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Solution 3 Update Chrome

Some pages and videos need the latest version of Chrome to load or play perfectly. Hence we must keep our applications updated to the latest version.

  1. In your iPhone, open the App Store from the menu.
  2. Tap on the Updates tab at the bottom.
  3. In the pending updates, check whether Chrome is listed.
  4. If you see Chrome among the list of applications that need an update, tap on Update next to chrome.
  5. Sometimes your Apple id may be required to update the app, in that case, enter the id and proceed.

When the update is successful, open the Chrome browser and open the page that displayed the issue previously and try playing the video.

Solution 4 Clear Your Cache and Cookies

Clearing the cookies and cache from your Chrome browser can solve a lot of issues including the issues that encounter while playing a video.

  1. Open Google Chrome on your iPhone.
  2. Click on More, which is the three vertical dots icon on the top right end.
  3. Tap on Settings, then Privacy and then Clear browsing data.
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  5. Select the type of data you wish to clear among site data, cookies, cached images, and files, browsing history, etc. and hit Clear browsing data.
  6. A prompt will appear on the top of the screen, click on Clear browsing data again on it.

All the cookies and cache will be cleared on the browser. Try reloading the page and playing the video now.

Part 4. Troubleshooting on Videos Not Playing on Android Chrome

Chrome is a pre-installed application on all android devices and most users prefer it for browsing and watching videos. So it can be very difficult when the videos are not playing on Chrome in Android.

Solution 1 Update Chrome

Using the updated versions of every application is very important if you wish to enjoy the complete functionality of the application. Some sites or videos will need the updated version of chrome to perform.

  1. Take your Android device and open the Google Play store application.
  2. At the top left end, click on Menu (three horizontal lines vertically arranged) and the My apps and games.
  3. Look for Chrome under updates, and if you find it, hit Update.
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  5. When the update is completed, go to chrome and try to play the video after reloading the site.
Solution 2 Enable JavaScript on Chrome

Some videos cannot be played because the JavaScript is turned off. Turning on the JavaScript on the Chrome browser will solve that problem.

  1. Take your Android device and open the Google Chrome application.
  2. Tap on More option at the top right end and then Settings.
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  4. Click on Site Settings and tap on JavaScript.
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  6. Turn the JavaScript on by switching it to Allowed.
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  8. Go back to the page and try playing the video after reloading the site.
Solution 3 Reset Your Internet Connection

If the problem was due to issues in connection, it can be solved by resetting the internet connection in chrome.

  1. Open the Chrome browser and click on the Menu (the horizontal lines arranged vertically).
  2. Tap on Settings and then on Show Advanced Settings.
  3. Click the Change Proxy settings option and then on LAN Settings.
  4. Check whether the Automatically detect settings box is selected, if not, select it.
  5. Click OK for all the dialog boxes.

Check whether you can play the video after reloading the page.

Solution 4 Clear Your Cache and Cookies

The Chrome data clearing process on Android is somewhat similar to an iPhone.

  1. Open Chrome and tap on More options at the top right end.
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  3. Click on the Privacy option and select Clear browsing data.
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  5. Click on the Advanced option at the top and select the time range within which you want to clear the cache and cookies .
  6. Check the Cookies and cache options from the data types provided and hit on Clear Data.
Tip: Try a Dedicated Video Repairing Application - Recoverit Data Recovery

If none of the methods have resolved the issue for you, then there can be an issue with the video itself. In this case, we recommend using Recoverit Data Recovery, which can scan the repositories to replace corrupt and missing files. This works in all cases. It can fix logical errors and playback issues with videos like a corrupt file, dropped frames, audio/video syncing, grainy video, missing audio/video, and so on. With the help of Recoverit, you can fix all kinds of videos that are damaged under different scenarios.


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3 Steps to Fix Your Dad Video File

Simply follow the 3 steps below to repair your corrupt video and enjoy life at its best.

Step 1 Launch "Video Repair"

Directly choose "Video Repair" option after launching it on your computer. Then click on "Start" button to enter the specific mode.

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Step 2 Add Corrupted Video and Start Video Repairing Process

Click the center area or the "Add" button to import the video you want to repair into the program. Now, click on the "Repair" button to start the video repairing process.

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Step 3 Preview and Save

When the repairing process is completed, you can preview the repaired videos directly. Check them and you can choose to save it or remove it according to your own needs.

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Every application will have some issues at some point in time. Chrome is the best and one of the widely used applications by people all over the world and the video playing issue is not a big deal. No matter on what device you are using Google Chrome on, your issues can be solved by following the methods listed above in the article. Hope you have a wonderful browsing experience. Let us know what you think about our suggestions in the comment box below.


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