[Update: Mar. 05] YouTube bugs/issues & pending improvements tracker
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on November 15, 2020) follows:
YouTube is easily the most popular video-sharing platform in almost every country in the world.
The site claims that it has over 2 billion monthly logged-in users and over a billion hours of video is consumed every day.
Despite having had its fair share of controversies, YouTube still remains the first place most individuals seeking to share or watch videos find themselves going too. And this might not change anytime soon.
But not everything works as it should and thus at times viewers, or even creators for that matter, run into issues or have to deal with pesky bugs that pop up every so often on YouTube.
Just yesterday, YouTube went down for many users across the world for a few hours. Viewers were greeted with an error message when trying to play videos on the site as per multiple reports.
Fortunately, major issues such as this do not happen often, however, less impactful bugs do annoy users more often than not.
Usually, YouTube does a good job of acknowledging most bugs and issues encountered by users and fixes them within a matter of hours or a few days depending on the number of affected users.
It also releases updates regularly for the application on Android and iOS to make sure that any bugs that may be present are ironed out.
That being said, it isn’t always easy to keep track of which bugs have been acknowledged or fixed and which ones are still pending acknowledgment.
Therefore, in this post, we will be tracking the status of all existing bugs, issues, and pending improvements to the best of our abilities in order to help you save time.
The tracker below will be regularly updated as and when a new bug pops up or when there is any development on existing bugs, issues, or pending improvements on YouTube so it would be wise to keep an eye on this post regularly.
New updates will be added in the section below and the tracker follows after that:
Update 1 (November 17)
IST 11:00 am: Several users are reporting that they aren’t able to play certain songs which were previously available on YouTube Music. A “Song is unavailable” message pops up when trying to play these songs at random. Head here for more info.
Update 2 (November 18)
IST 01:45 pm: It seems that assigned editors and managers of YouTube channels are not able to upload videos on the channel. In a fresh response to a query on Twitter, TeamYouTube claimed that their team is still working on fixing the problem.
Update 3 (November 19)
IST 10:15 am: Some Google Pixel 3a/3a XL and even a few Pixel 4a users are reporting that the audio playback gets choppy or completely stops after the screen is locked. It goes back to normal once the screen is unlocked. Head here to know more.
IST 04:30 pm: YouTube Music users have realized that they don’t have the option to toggle off the autoplay feature when adding a single track to the queue. This has, of course, left many users frustrated. Head here for more details and a few workarounds.
Update 4 (November 21)
IST 09:50 am: TeamYouTube has reached out to another individual who has been affected by the bug which prevents managers and editors from uploading videos to the channel.
In its tweet, TeamYouTube has claimed that creating a new channel using the email associated with the affected YouTube account should solve the problem temporarily. Unfortunately, the tweet does not entail any details regarding when the issue will be fixed.
We’ve been seeing similar reports from designated channel editors/managers. Creating a new channel using the email associated with the affected YouTube account should enable you to upload in the meantime as a workaround
Update 5 (November 24)
IST 07:45 pm: Some YouTubers are reporting that they aren’t able to stream because a “Live streaming isn’t available right now” error keeps popping up. Head here to know more about the issue.
Update 6 (November 25)
IST 01:40 pm: YouTube is yet to fix the issue where the volume on ads is way too loud compared to the volume of the actual video. This issue has been around for several years. Head here to know more about the problem and why it is the case.
IST 02:55 pm: YouTube Premium users who are using the service on their Smart TVs are reporting that they are still being served ads even though YouTube Premium is supposed to offer an ad-free experience. More details here.
Update 7 (November 27)
IST 07:20 pm: Many YouTube web users are reporting that the theme option keeps defaulting to Light Mode even after selecting Dark Mode via the settings. YouTube has acknowledged the issue and a fix should be released soon. Full coverage here.
Update 8 (November 28)
IST 11:50 am: YouTube claims that it has fixed the issue wherein editors and managers of YouTube channels were not able to upload videos. We’ve shared a screenshot of the comment made by TeamYoutube on Twitter:
Update 9 (December 01)
IST 05:35 pm: It appears that many users are facing an issue wherein the autoplay feature continues to work even after it has been disabled on browsers. Fortunately, it appears that YouTube is aware of the problem and a fix is in the works.
Update 10 (December 03)
IST 09:35 am: Some YouTube creators are claiming that they aren’t receiving any likes on their recent videos even though people have actually liked these videos. Head here to know more about the problem and why it may be happening.
IST 04:17 am: Some of the YouTube users (majorly in Europe) are now being blocked from watching certain videos with a prompt asking for information like credit card details and age verification-related documents. For more details on the matter, head here.
Update 11 (December 04)
IST 06:00 pm: Many YouTube creators were unable to view the real-time view count in YouTube Analytics and are still not able to see stats for a certain time period. YouTube is currently working to fix the problem for everyone. Head here for the full story.
Update 12 (December 05)
IST 01:15 pm: Those who signed up for the free trial of YouTube Premium are struggling to find a way to cancel their subscriptions. Head here to know more about the problem and a possible way out.
IST 06:10 pm: YouTube TV users are reporting that their screen keeps freezing when the Metro by T-Mobile ad starts playing. The problem has been officially acknowledged and a fix for it is in the works. Read the full story here.
Update 13 (December 07)
IST 01:15 pm: After troubling users for months, team Youtube has now confirmed that the AS-10 error in channel monetization has now been taken care of. Head here for more details.
IST 06:55 pm: Many users are claiming that the YouTube link preview feature is no longer working on apps such as WhatsApp. However, some say the problem was fixed via a recent update to WhatsApp. Read our full story here.
Update 14 (December 11)
IST 04:30 pm: Some YouTube users are claiming that the autoplay function keeps defaulting back to ‘on’ even after manually disabling it multiple times. Head here to know more about the problem.
Update 15 (December 14)
Update 16 (December 17)
IST 01:00 pm: The WhatsApp link preview issue is still persisting according to many users who aren’t able to preview YouTube links in the app. Head here to know more details including a new workaround.
Update 17 (December 18)
IST 05:12 pm: Multiple users have reported that they are unable to play 4K videos in YouTube on their Samsung Smart TVs. The videos keep on buffering and default to 360p resolution. Check out the full story, which also includes possible workarounds, here.
Update 18 (December 21)
IST 05:52 pm: After reports of comments not working/showing in the live chat sessions surface, YouTube support states they are working on fixing the issue. Head over here to check out the full story.
IST 06:18 pm: The freezing issue when pausing a YouTube video on the 3rd gen Apple TV appears to have been fixed with the Apple TV Software Update 7.6.2. More details here.
Update 19 (December 22)
IST 12:00 pm: It seems that the YouTube link preview issue has been addressed in the recent WhatsApp beta builds for Android. However, this isn’t the case with the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS. More details here.
IST 05:30 pm: YouTube has fixed the real-time view count issue on YouTube Analytics entirely. The company has begun information affected users of the same. Check out all the details here.
Update 20 (December 26)
IST 03:17 pm: Some YouTube channel owners are claiming that they cannot use the community tab even after crossing 1,000 subs and maintaining them for more than a week.
Fortunately, YouTube support has acknowledged the issue and claims that it is looking into it at the moment. This means that affected users can expect to get the community tab feature soon.
Update 21 (December 31)
IST 06:21 pm: Some users are facing a bad case of scrolling issues on the YouTube app on Android as well as the desktop site on macOS. As a result, there has been a slew of complaints across several forums and subreddits.
Read all about it through this link.
Update 22 (January 5, 2021)
IST 04:38 pm: YouTube had started fixing the missing offline/downloaded videos issue in 2018, but recent reports suggest that it’s still present years on. Read more about it through this link.
Update 22 (January 23)
IST 11:29 am: A bunch of PlayStation 4 users reported that they are encountering a black screen upon trying to watch YouTube on the console. Fortunately, YouTube is already working on fixing the issue as per this tweet.
IST 11:46 am: Several Twitter users reported that they were unable to load YouTube previews after copy-pasting a twitter link. The good news is that the issue got fixed quickly enough.
IST 11:55 am: Several YouTubers reported that they were unable to change endscreen elements on old, already published videos. An error message “endscreen element is too small” always popped up on trying to do so.
Again, as it stands, YouTube today fixed the issue.
Update 23 (January 27)
IST 12:26 pm: A number of issues have surfaced in the recent past, some of which have already been addressed while others await fixes from YouTube.
If there is anyone experiencing occasional freezing of the ESPN app on YouTube TV, well, the issue has reportedly been fixed. The story is the same for the issue with switching accounts on Android.
Update: The issue on ESPN freezing on YouTube TV has been fixed. Let us know if you’re seeing otherwise.
If your app version is already 16.03, the issue on switching accounts should be fixed. Also, logging out and back in usually helps. Let us know how it goes.
On the other hand, YouTube users whose videos have mysteriously disappeared from their playlist and those with a borked Watch Later list can expect fixes to these issues in the near future.
Appreciate the info – we’ve received similar reports and we’re looking into the issue. We’ll inform you once we have an update.
Sorry to hear about the trouble – we’ve seen similar reports about this issue & currently looking into it. We’ll send an update once we have more info to share. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.
Update 24 (January 28)
IST 12:58 pm: The YouTube missing playlist videos issue has been finally fixed as per recent tweets from the YouTube team.
Update – the issue about missing videos in playlists has been fixed. Let us know if you’re seeing otherwise.
IST 01:14 pm: Several users had been reporting since the past few days about YouTube search option within channel pages being broken. Clicking on it would return nothing. Good news is that it has finally been fixed.
IST 01:19 pm: There have been several complaints doing rounds about YouTube live not working on Roku and Fire TV Stick. But for some reason, the live chat continues to show.
The good news is that YouTube is aware of the issue and is working on fixing it as we speak.
IST 01:22 pm: A few users also reported that they are having trouble connecting via the live chat. This could be related to the above issue. Thankfully, this too is being looked into.
Update 25 (January 30)
IST 03:54 pm: The live stream chat issue given right above has finally been fixed as per YouTube’s Twitter handle.
IST 04:01 pm: There have been many reports doing rounds about sudden appearance of inappropriate/obscene/adult ads on YouTube across many platforms. Good news is that the issue has already been acknowledged.
IST 04:07 pm: YouTube is currently working on fixing the ‘unable to switch accounts’ issue that has been bothering many users on Android.
Update 26 (February 01)
IST 01:04 pm: There have been a bunch of recent reports about comments not loading and disappearing immediately after commenting. YouTube is apparently aware of the issue and is working on a fix already.
Update 27 (February 09)
IST 05:17 pm: Many YouTube channel owners report that they’re unable to set a custom URL even after meeting eligibility requirements and here’s the likely reason.
Update 28 (February 13)
IST 05:17 pm: YouTube’s website appears to support picture-in-picture (PiP) again on all browsers with the latest iOS 14.5 beta. Thus, if you are on iOS 14.4, you should see the fix rollout within a month or so. For more details, head here.
Update 29 (February 15)
IST 02:20 pm: Team YouTube has confirmed that devs are looking into into reports about eligible channels not having their community tab enabled. Details here.
Update 30 (February 16)
IST 12:06 pm: Some YouTube users on Android are having trouble accessing and updating their Watch Later playlist on the app and the good thing is that the issue is already being looked into.
Appreciate the details – our team is already working to fix the issue with watch later and playlists not updating. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Update 31 (February 17)
IST 02:35 pm: Responding to affected users on Twitter, Team YouTube says developers are looking into missing playlist subcategories and the inaccurate revenue report in YouTube Analytics for February 8.
Appreciate the follow up – the revenue reported in YouTube Analytics for February 8th is not accurate. This will be adjusted in the next few days. Team is working on a fix. Thanks for your continued patience.
Update 32 (February 18)
IST 03:12 pm: Team YouTube says the issue where creators say new uploads fail to appear in subscription feeds has been fixed. As for the broken search functon, a fix is still in the works.
Update 33 (February 20)
IST 07:24 pm: YouTube website picture-in-picture (PiP) mode, only recently re-enabled with the iOS 14.5 beta update, has stopped working again. For details and workarounds, head here.
Update 34 (February 23)
IST 06:25 pm: Team YouTube says the issue where the miniplayer fails to update when new videos are added/deleted from a playlist has been fixed.
Update 35 (February 26)
IST 06:25 pm: A YouTube glitch has led to many videos having a negative number of likes or dislikes and many are perplexed. Fortunately, we have an explanation for it all. More details here.
Update 36 (February 27)
IST 03:00 pm: Many users report that their child’s YouTube gets redirected automatically to YT Kids and we have an explanation along with a couple of workarounds that may help, here.
Update 37 (March 02)
IST 01:40 pm: Some YouTube users are now reporting a strange issue where they can hit both the like and dislike buttons at the same time. Details here.
Update 38 (March 05)
IST 05:20 pm: YouTube is aware of the YouTube Premium showing ads, Featured sections not working, and the YouTube app crashing on PS4 issues. The company is currently looking into the issues and has already fixed the ads issue partially. Check out more details here.
YouTube/YouTube Music bugs/issues and pending improvements tracker:
|YouTube Down (November 12)||All platforms||Fixed|
|Unable to turn on comments on YouTube channel||All platforms||Workaround|
|Error AS-10||Google Chrome||Resolved|
|Too many foreign language videos||All platforms||Workaround|
|Captions turn on automatically||All platforms||Workaround|
|Watch history issue||Multiple platforms||Possible fixes|
|YouTube app on Apple TV freezing||Apple TV||Possibly fixed|
|Error saving video data||Multiple platforms||Workaround|
|Restricted mode does not turn off||All platforms||Workaround|
|YouTube Analytics incorrect real-time views||Multiple platforms||Fixed|
|Shuffle feature does not work with longer playlists||All platforms||Acknowledged|
|Unable to create new YouTube stream keys||Multiple platforms||Workaround|
|PlayStation 4 (PS4) YouTube sign-in error||PS4||Official workaround|
|Old watched videos keep getting recommended||All platforms||Possible solution|
|YouTube Library tab broken and sidebar missing||Android App||Acknowledged|
|Merch shelf issues||Multiple platforms||Acknowledged|
|Unable to watch restricted videos on YouTube||PS4||Unknown|
|Editors and Managers unable to upload videos||All platforms||Fixed|
|“Live streaming isn’t available right now” error||All platforms||Workaround|
|YouTube Premium on Smart TVs still shows ads||Smart TVs||Unacknowledged|
|YouTube Dark Mode broken||Web version||Acknowledged|
|Autoplay function cannot be disabled||Web version||Acknowledged|
|Likes on videos are not registering||All platforms||Possible explanation|
|Missing playlist subcategories issue||Multiple platforms||Acknowledged|
|Unable to cancel YouTube Premium subscription||All platforms||Possible solution|
|YouTube TV freezing during Metro by T-Mobile ad||YouTube TV/All platforms||Fix in the works|
|Link preview not working||iOS, Android, Windows||Fixed with WhatsApp beta for Android|
|Autoplay function keeps turning on automatically||Android, Web version||Acknowledged|
|Videos not working at 4K resolution||Samsung Smart TVs||Unacknowledged|
|Live chat comments are not working/showing||Android||Fix in the works|
|Community tab not getting enabled||All platforms||Acknowledged|
|YouTube app/site scrolling issues||Android/macOS||Unacknowledged|
|Missing offline/downloaded videos||Android/iOS||Issue persists|
|PS4 black screen||PlayStation 4||Fix in works|
|YouTube link preview on Twitter not working||Android/iOS||Fixed|
|Can’t change endscreen elements||Windows||Fixed|
|ESPN freezing on YouTube TV||All platforms||Fixed|
|Watch Later List has been borked||Android/iOS||Acknowledged|
|Videos deleted from playlist||All platforms||Fixed|
|Switching accounts issue||Android||Fixed|
|Channel search function broken||Desktop||Fixed|
|YouTube live not loading||Roku and Fire TV Stick||Acknowledged|
|YouTube live chat not working||All platforms||Fixed|
|Random inappropriate/obscene/adult ads||All platforms||Acknowledged|
|Unable to switch accounts||Android||Fix in works|
|Comments section not loading||All platforms||Fix in works|
|Unable to comment (keeps disappearing)||All platforms||Acknowledged|
|Custom URL missing even after meeting eligibility||All platforms||Explained|
|Picture-in-picture not working in YouTube website||iOS 14||Fixed, Broken again|
|Inaccurate revenue report in YouTube Analytics for Feb. 8||Multiple platforms||Acknowledged|
|New uploads do not appear in subscription feeds||Multiple platforms||Fixed|
|Broken search function for channels||Multiple platforms||Fix in the works|
|Playlist isn’t updating when videos are added/deleted||Multiple platforms||Fixed|
|Some videos have negative number of likes/dislikes||Multiple platforms||Unacknowledged|
|YouTube gets redirected automatically to YouTube Kids||Multiple platforms||Workarounds|
|Both like and dislike buttons get highlighted at the same time||Desktop||Unacknowledged|
|YouTube Premium users are being shown ads||Multiple platforms||Acknowledged|
|YouTube app crashes on PS4||Multiple platforms||Acknowledged|
|YouTube Featured sections not working||Multiple platforms||Acknowledged|
|Suggested/Official features & functions||Platform||Status|
|Go to channel option from 3-dots menu removed||Multiple platforms||Workaround|
|Default video quality setting||Android||Testing|
|Ads volume way too loud||All platforms||Unacknowledged|
|Song is unavailable issue||All platforms||Workaround|
|Media playback issues when screen is locked||Android||Workaround|
|Eligible channels not having their community tab enabled||All platforms||Acknowledged|
|Watch Later playlist not updating||Android||Acknowledged|
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