[Update: July 28] 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.
Update 39 (March 09)
IST 02:30 pm: YouTube users have been facing the annoying “Oops! Something went wrong” monkey error for a while now and even though nothing official, you may want to try these workarounds.
Update 40 (March 10)
IST 12:16 pm: YouTube app is not playing or loading videos and instead showing a black screen on numerous platforms including PS4, PS5, Xbox, Android TV, Roku TV, Amazon Firestick, and even Blu-ray players. Check out the full coverage here.
IST 03:06 pm: For those still experiencing YouTube PiP issues in iOS 14.5 beta when accessed via a web browser can check out a new workaround here.
Update 41 (March 12)
IST 04:00 pm: Several users are reporting that their YouTube Android app isn’t loading at all and instead displays a blank screen with an infinitely spinning circle.
Thankfully, the issue should be gone now as a Community Manager on the YouTube forum says that it has been fixed.
Update 42 (March 13)
IST 05:07 pm: There have been several reports from at least YouTube desktop users saying that thumbnails aren’t loading for them. Thankfully, YouTube is already aware of the issue and is working on a fix.
Update 43 (March 15)
IST 04:01 pm: Some Android users are reporting that the YouTube app no longer respects the screen timeout settings after a video stops playing.
A fix for the issue might be in the works, however, there are a few workarounds available too. Head here for the full story.
IST 04:22 pm: Team YouTube says the issue where users could hit both the like and dislike button has now been fixed. Details here.
Update 44 (March 17)
IST 06:03 pm: Some users are unable to upload their videos to YouTube because it gets stuck while processing the HD version of the video. Thankfully, YouTube has confirmed that they’re aware of the issue about slow uploads and are working on fixing it.
Update 45 (March 18)
IST 11:03 am: YouTube has been quite busy responding to queries on Twitter regarding several issues at hand. We have rounded them up and shared the details below.
1. The issue where some YouTube creators are unable to create custom URLs even after meeting the requirements is being looked into. Details here.
2. Another annoying issue that YouTube is also looking into is one that causes YouTube Premium to show ads when it shouldn’t. Details here.
IST 07:35 am: It seems that folks on all platforms (1, 2, 3) are having an issue with YouTube as the video quality automatically drops to 360p even after selecting higher quality video playback options. YouTube is yet to acknowledge the problem officially.
However, it seems that the issue might be due to the heavy load on YouTube servers as pointed out by an individual.
Update 46 (March 20)
IST 01:37 pm: The YouTube app has suddenly stopped working for many Apple TV users. It throws a “Something went wrong” error upon trying to watch any video.
Thankfully, Team YouTube has responded on Twitter saying that they’re already aware of the issue and a fix for the same will be rolled out soon.
IST 01:42 pm: Several users are having trouble adding their tax information on YouTube. The error code reads OR_AMF_04. Thankfully, this issue too has been escalated to Google.
IST 01:46 pm: There are a few reports doing rounds about YouTube videos flashing green and black randomly. Fortunately, YouTube is already aware of the problem and is working on a fix.
Update 47 (March 22)
IST 01:40 pm: Team YouTube can confirm that devs are aware of the HBO Max TV Everywhere login issue and is working to resolve it.
Confirming we’re aware of the HBO Max TV Everywhere login issue, and currently working to fix it.
Update 48 (March 24)
IST 02:08 pm: There have been some reports doing rounds about videos getting stuck in “checking” for monetization and the Studio home page not updating itself to the latest stats.
Update 49 (March 26)
IST 12:57 pm: YouTube Kids recently got a new update that took away the cast button, but support says the matter has been escalated to devs for further investigation. Details here.
IST 17:51 pm: YouTube notes that the issue where YouTube Studio users were unable to switch accounts due to the menu not loading has now been resolved.
Update: The issue on the switch account menu not loading properly has been resolved. Let us know if you’re experiencing otherwise.
Update 50 (March 30)
IST 12:02 pm: Some YouTube users are now reporting that the progress bar now appears in yellow rather than the usual red. Details here.
Update 51 (March 31)
IST 04:08 pm: YouTube has acknowledged the yellow progress bar issue and says a fix is in the works. Details here.
IST 04:20 pm: Team YouTube can also confirm that they are aware of the playback issues on the YouTube app on Firestick and that a fix is in the works. For those experiencing black/green flashes on vidoes, the issue has been fixed.
Thanks for the details – confirming we’re aware that there are some playback issues on the YouTube app on Firestick. Our team is currently working on a fix. Appreciate your patience in the meantime.
Thanks for your patience – we’ve already resolved the reported issue about videos showing black/green flashes. Reach back out to us if you see otherwise.
Update 52 (April 01)
IST 02:08 pm: YouTube support on Twitter has now confirmed the yellow progress bar glitch has been addressed and the problem has been fixed.
Update 53 (April 02)
IST 03:56 pm: Some users are getting the ‘Oops, something went wrong’ error message when trying to access the YouTube Studio but the issue should be resolved now.
Update 53 (April 05)
IST 12:30 pm: Team YouTube has officially confirmed the screen time-out bug and is looking into the matter. More details here.
IST 02:24 pm: YouTube Analytics has seemingly messed up something up leading to missing statistics for March 14 for several users. Thankfully, the issue has been acknowledged.
Update 54 (April 06)
IST 12:20 pm: Several YouTube users are reporting that comments are no longer showing or loading on desktop/PC but there is a workaround which you can look up here.
Update 54 (April 07)
IST 01:50 pm: 1. Team YouTube is now looking into the comments section not showing up issue on YouTube desktop. More details here.
2. The YouTube PS4 (PlayStation 4) app updated yesterday and it has been crashing ever since for some users. Thankfully, YouTube is already working on a fix for the bug.
3. Some users have recently been reporting that their YouTube Premium is not getting activated even after being charged for it. The issue is being worked upon.
Update 55 (April 09)
IST 05:36 pm: As per several user reports from the Google Support community, Google Home devices are not allowing kids to play songs on YouTube Music. Check out the complete coverage here.
IST 07:01 pm: Likes on own YouTube videos keep disappearing but thankfully, YouTube is already working on a fix for the issue. Details here.
Update 56 (April 12)
IST 02:28 pm: YouTube creators have stumbled upon a bug where earned likes on their videos have vanished all of a sudden. The issue is already known and a fix is in the works, says support.
Update 57 (April 13)
Update 58 (April 14)
IST 12:49 pm: Several users report YouTube TV says ‘Outside your home area’ or asks to verify area but Google has shared how to fix the issue. Details here.
Update 59 (April 15)
IST 05:06 pm: Several users have reported that embedded playlist are not working on YouTube. The workaround is to remove “videoseries” from the standard embed code. Also, YouTube is already looking into the issue.
IST 05:12 pm: YouTube premiere function has been crashing for some but YouTube is already working on a fix.
Update 60 (April 16)
IST 03:15 pm: 1. PlayStation 5 and Xbox One users report that most of the tabs that run along the sidebar on the YouTube app are missing. Subscriptions aren’t showing up either and the only tabs that are showing up are the generic ones like gaming, music, and news.
Thankfully, YouTube is already aware of the issue and working on a fix.
2. There is a discrepancy between likes and dislikes on the watch page and YouTube Analytics that’s affecting many channels and the YouTube dev team is aware of the issue and already working on a fix.
Update 61 (April 19)
IST 12:05 pm: 1. Some users report that video uploads are getting stuck on the “Running checks” stage. YouTube is already aware of the issue and is investigating it.
2. Some users report that video chapters are failing to work on YouTube but the dev team is already looking into the matter.
3. The YouTube app for Xbox keeps crashing for some users and the only way to work around the problem is by re-installing the app, which can be quite frustrating. For this, YouTube has said the following:
If you’re playing a video and launch a game using the ‘app switcher’ the console may shut down due to a Microsoft firmware bug (they’re working to fix it). To get around this, start the game directly from the Home screen or exit the video before using the app switcher.
Update 62 (April 20)
IST 12:41 pm: 1. Some users report that their subscribers data is being underreported by Analytics for some days to which YouTube responded that they’re already aware of the issue and are working on a fix.
2. The YouTube app issue that prevented screen timeout/sleep after a video ended has been fixed. More details here.
IST 04:13 pm: Several YouTube users report that all the thumbnails on the Android app are blurry except for the first two from the top. Thankfully, YouTube has already acknowledged the issue.
Update 63 (April 21)
IST 01:09 pm: YouTube TV Roku app seems to be having issues lately wherein live channels aren’t working. Thankfully, the issue has already come to YouTube’s attention.
Update 64 (April 22)
Update 65 (April 23)
IST 07:25 pm: YouTube’s video quality settings recently got updated with new options for the media player menu and a new section in the app settings but some users are not liking this change. Check out the complete coverage here.
Update 66 (April 24)
IST 01:25 pm: Some users report that their subscriber change is stuck at 0 for around a month to which YouTube responded that they’re aware and working on a fix.
IST 01:31 pm: Some users report that manual drag and drop within a YouTube playlist has stopped working recently to which YouTube replied that they’re aware and working on a fix.
Update 67 (April 26)
IST 05:54 pm: YouTube just suffered a short outage seemingly across the world – opening it threw a blank screen with nothing but the error 429 on it. Thankfully, things returned to normal in minutes. More details can be found here.
Update 68 (April 27)
IST 06:16 pm: Some users report that they keep getting “returned error” messages that cause comments to be deleted on YouTube. Thankfully, the issue has been resolved.
Update 69 (April 28)
IST 03:02 pm: 1. Several creators have reported a severe drop in revenue from short uploaded YouTube videos to which YouTube has replied the following:
Wanted to clarify: an issue starting mid-April caused pre-roll ads not to serve on videos < 2 mins long – this didn’t impact video recommendations on Up Next or Home, but exclusively affected pre-roll ad serving. It was fixed yesterday & revenue should normalize within a few days Source
2. Several users have also reported an issue with downloaded videos due to which they’re unable to play offline. The bug is being looked into.
Update 70 (April 29)
IST 01:02 pm: 1. The YouTube issue wherein longer playlists did not shuffle properly is now fixed. Details here.
3. The reported issue with likes/dislikes discrepancy has been resolved for YouTube creators.
Update 71 (May 04)
IST 02:02 pm: 1. The YouTube issue where restricted videos did not work on PlayStation and Xbox has been fixed as per Team YouTube on Twitter.
2. YouTube live stream is reportedly not working. Trying to do so results in a “Live streaming isn’t available right now” error message. Thankfully, YouTube is already investigating the matter.
3. A fix is finally in the works for the captions turning on automatically issue on YouTube. More details here.
4. The missing tabs issue on the YouTube app on smart TVs has finally been fixed. More details here.
Update 72 (May 08)
IST 04:35 pm: 1. The reported issue with the voice over feature on DVR recordings has been resolved as per YouTube.
2. Also, the reported issue with the error “YouTube TV is playing on 3 devices” has been resolved.
Update 73 (May 12)
IST 01:33 pm: Some users report that the recent uploads are not appearing on YouTube search. Fortunately, YouTube has stated that they’re already working on a fix for the “No results found” issue.
Recent uploads aren’t the only thing that the search function isn’t displaying as a few users have also reported that latest videos (including live streams) are not appearing on search results. YouTube is working on fixing this as well.
Update 74 (May 13)
IST 02:15 pm: Some users are having trouble posting into the YuTube Community Tab as posts keep disappearing. Thankfully, YouTube is already aware of the issue.
Update 75 (May 15)
IST 12:35 pm: Some YouTubers have reported that their uploaded videos are taking hours to check for restrictions to which YouTube has responded that it is due to the ‘complexity of the system’ but they’re already on top of it.
Update 76 (May 17)
IST 12:43 pm: YouTube now says that the disappearing likes issue has been fixed. For more details, head here.
IST 12:48 pm: Some users report that they’re getting a black screen and video not loading issue upon opening up any video. YouTube is already aware of the issue.
IST 12:50 pm: In case you’re still facing it, you will be pleased to know that YouTube is working to fix the playback issue of the YouTube app on an Amazon Firestick.
Update 77 (May 18)
IST 06:08 pm: YouTube has now reported that the “Checks” running longer than usual issue has finally been fixed.
Update 78 (May 19)
IST 08:45 am:YouTube users are getting “An error occurred, please try again later” notification. What’s good is the team is looking into the matter.
IST 01:41 pm: YouTube has acknowledged reports of YouTube not working properly and crashing for the past few hours saying that the problem has now been fixed and you should be able to access the service without any issues.
Update 79 (May 20)
IST 11:49 am: YouTube has been showing earned revenue as zero recently. Thankfuly, YouTube has confirmed that they’re aware of the missing revenue data and are working on a fix.
IST 11:55 am: Some YouTubers report that subscribers are not getting notifications for new videos to which YouTube responded that they’re investigating the matter.
Update 80 (May 24)
IST 04:10 pm: YouTube has still not fixed the Premium subscription activation issue even after around 9 weeks since it started looking into the problem. Head here for all the details.
IST 04:27 pm: Some users have reported that they’re unable to watch their own uploaded videos on YouTube when signed in to which YouTube has responded that they’re aware of the issue.
IST 04:32 pm: Some users report that they’re notification settings for various YouTubers got reset on its own. YouTube is currently investigating the issue.
IST 04:35 pm: A few users report that YouTube premiere is currently broken/not working for them. YouTube is yet to acknowledge the problem:
— Naya 🏳️⚧️ #OriginsMCRP (@owTreyalP) May 23, 2021
IST 04:41 pm: YouTube chapters and ads are not working for some but YouTube is already investigating the matter.
Update 81 (May 25)
IST 01:48 pm: The YouTube watch history isn’t getting updated for some users. YouTube is already investigating the issue.
IST 01:40 pm: YouTube has confirmed that they’re aware of incorrect upload date/time for newly published vids and are working on a fix.
Update 82 (May 26)
IST 03:48 pm: YouTube was about to enter another controversy with the dislike button being removed and dislike counts not displaying to users, but it appears there’s a different story behind it. Head here to find out more.
IST 04:50 pm: Several users have reported blurry, bad quality streaming on YouTube TV and MSNBC. thankfully, YouTube is already investigating the matter.
Update 83 (May 27)
IST 02:20 pm: Some users report that the YouTube Analytics is unresponsive and has the view count stuck at 0 to which support responded saying that they’re aware of the issue and are currently investigating it.
IST 03:57 pm: Some Roku users say YouTube TV is gone or not working for them, but thankfully, the issue is a known one and a fix is in the works already. Details here.
Update 84 (May 29)
IST 12:01 pm: YouTube says they’re rolling out a fix for the YouTube TV issue on Roku devices. We’re yet to come across reports from users confirming that the issue has been fixed. More details here.
IST 12:15 pm: Responding to a user’s complaint about the restricted mode bug, TeamYouTube says that they’re looking into the issue. However, there’s still no ETA for a fix.
Update 85 (June 01)
Update 86 (June 04)
IST 02:05 pm: The YouTube Watch Time stats missing data issue has finally been fixed by YouTube.
IST 02:07 pm: Some users say that they’re being restricted from YouTube videos on PS4. YouTube is already investigating the matter.
Update 87 (June 07)
IST 12:23 pm: 1. YouTube TV users are now reporting black screen issue on smart TVs. The issue is being worked upon.
2. Some YouTube TV users are also reporting high audio static when watching stuff on ESPN. YouTube says that they’re working on a fix.
Update 88 (June 10)
IST 12:23 pm: Several users have complained lately about a few music videos that fail to show up on YouTube search. Thankfully, the issue has now been fixed.
Update 89 (June 12)
IST 12:45 pm: The video chapters not working issue on YouTube finally has an official workaround:
Our team is still working on a fix for Chapters issue. For now we recommend re-editing the video, making sure that it has least three timestamps listed in ascending order. Length of each chapter is at least 10 seconds. Let us know how that goes.
Update 90 (June 14)
IST 01:05 pm: Some users say that the playback error for ‘more than 3 devices’ is still happening despite a fix rolling out a while back for the same.
IST 01:13 pm: Some YouTube TV users say that the playback controls for some shows are messed up. The title of the show is wrong and the entire timeline for the episode is scrunched into a tiny portion in the right-hand portion of the bar.
Update 91 (June 16)
IST 01:57 pm: Some users have been unable to upload their videos to YouTube saying that uploads get stuck. YouTube says that they’re working on a fix and that facers of the issue should try a different browser or use incognito mode.
Update 92 (June 17)
IST 07:00 pm: Some YouTubers are still having trouble with their Analytics and are seeing a dramatic drop in their views since the past few days. SUbs also report that can’t access their videos. YouTube is working on a fix.
Update 93 (June 19)
IST 10:30 am: TiVo 4K is constantly freezing on YouTube for several users but YouTube says that TiVo is already working on a fix.
IST 04:18 pm: YouTube Music becomes virtually unusable on offline mode due to broken functions like search and sort and users are quite unhappy. Read on to know more.
Update 94 (June 23)
IST 07:00 pm: It seems users are getting the ‘This video is unavailable on this device’ message in YouTube but it is being looked into by the relevant team.
Appreciate the details – we’ve seen similar reports about users getting the error “This video is unavailable on this device”, and our team is looking into it. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.
Update 95 (June 24)
IST 01:41 pm: Several YouTube users report that they’re getting an “Something went wrong” error on desktop. YouTube is aware and currently looking into this issue.
Update 96 (June 25)
IST 12:12 pm: Some YouTube users say that they’re getting ads in random languages including Spanish even though they do not speak any of them. The issue has been acknowledged.
Update 97 (June 26)
IST 05:12 pm: Several YouTube TV users have reported that they’re unable to watch from the beginning on live airing shows or when recording. A simple force stop/clear cache should fix the issue though. You can also try turning off autoplay from settings.
Update 99 (June 30)
IST 02:09 pm: Several YouTube users have been complaining about issues with signing in to a YouTube account on an Xbox device. YouTube says that their team is currently working on a fix.
Update 100 (July 01)
IST 03:30 pm: Several Roku users are reporting playback errors on YouTube since the past few hours. Thankfully, YouTube is aware of the issue and is working on a fix. They also gave the following workaround.
Updating the firmware of your TV (if available) & reinstalling the YouTube TV app usually fixes the issue.
IST 05:45 pm: YouTube has seen reports about YouTube videos not playing and is currently working on a fix for it as per this report.
IST 06:55 pm: As per multiple reports, the autoplay functionality in YouTube and YouTube TV is not working on multiple platforms. Check out the complete coverage by heading here.
Update 101 (July 02)
TeamYouTube has confirmed that they’ve fixed the playback error issue and are recommending users to install the latest system update.
Appreciate the info – is this happening on your Roku? If so, this issue has been fixed. We recommend doing a system update: Roku > Settings > System > System Update, then reboot your device and router. (Source)
Update 102 (July 07)
Some YouTube users have been complaining that the Super Chat feature isn’t working to which YouTube has responded by saying that they’re looking into it.
Update 103 (July 08)
IST 12:02 pm: Many users have once again flooded Twitter with reports of the comments not loading on the YouTube website. Check out all the details here.
Update 104 (July 09)
1. YouTube has confirmed that they’re aware of the issue where Spanish audio overlaps the English (Announcers) audio and said that they’re already working on a fix.
2. Some YouTubers say that they’re unable to create new channels as it keeps failing due to an error. YouTube says that they’re working on a fix.
3. The YouTube “Oops! Something went wrong” monkey error has now re-surfaced and has been acknowledged once again. Details here.
IST 04:22 pm: YouTube has acknowledged the error code ‘OR-BAIH-01’ or ‘OR-IEH-01’ when setting up a bank account for AdSense. Head here to know more.
Update 105 (July 12)
Some YouTubers have reported that their channels are not searchable anymore. This only begun recently. YouTube says that they’re working on a fix.
Update 106 (July 15)
Some YouTubers report that their videos have completely disappeared from search and that they don’t show up on their channel. YouTube says that they’re working on a fix.
Update 107 (July 16)
Several YouTube desktop users have complained that the video streaming site keeps resetting volume levels to 100% with every new tab. For details on the bug, head here.
Update 108 (July 17)
According to recent reports from Twitter, YouTube support has acknowledged multiple issues including delay in processing HD videos, app stuck on loading screen, audio and video out of sync, and difficult to find out videos in YouTube Music.
Update 109 (July 20)
A YouTube update has broken the skip ads button. YouTube on Twitter acknowledged the issue saying that they’re working on a fix.
Update 110 (July 21)
TeamYouTube has confirmed that they are aware of content getting stuck in processing even in the case of SD (standard) resolution videos. But there’s still no ETA for a fix.
Update 111 (July 23)
1. As per recent reports, it seems the issue where videos were not playing/loading and the YouTube app was showing a black screen is still troubling users on consoles and other devices despite being fixed long ago. More on that here.
2. According to recent reports, it looks like the “Oops, something went wrong” when trying to access YouTube Analytics using an Official Artist Channel account issue is back. The issue has been acknowledged with no ETA in sight.
3. Also, the no revenue being displayed on YouTube Analytics bug has also been acknowledged. The company says they are working on a fix and has assured that the revenue will not be affected.
4. The YouTube “Oops, something went wrong” error is now fixed if the word of a Google Community Product Expert is anything to by. Head here for more details on the topic.
5. A recent report indicates that the YouTube app is not working on the LG NanoCell smart TV but the report has been pass on to the relevant team for further investigation. Also, YouTube is working to fix the issue where video edits are not saving.
Apart from that, the issue where comments are disappearing from multiple YouTube videos/channels is at large but it seems it is being monitored constantly by YouTube.
6. It seems YouTube is aware of the issue where the purchased HD content is not available to stream on a web browser except for Safari. On the other hand, the issue where the YouTube videos’ volume was resetting to max has now been fixed.
Update 112 (July 26)
Users of multiple platforms including Apple TV, Nvidia Shield, and Android TV have complained about YouTube TV Olympics 4K streaming issues. More on that here.
Update 113 (July 27)
The volume normalization issues (ads volume too loud) have been found to affect YouTube TV users as well now. For more details, head here.
Update 114 (July 28)
It looks like the Autoplay feature on the YouTube Music app is not working as intended. The company said it is aware of the issue and is currently under investigation.
Moreover, the option to download music albums seems to be missing too.
Users have also reported cases where their ads have been pending for a long time. The company has acknowledged the issue no ETA.
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||Fix in works|
|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||Acknowledged|
|YouTube Analytics incorrect real-time views||Multiple platforms||Fixed|
|Shuffle feature does not work with longer playlists||All platforms||Fixed|
|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/XBOX||Fixed|
|Editors and Managers unable to upload videos||All platforms||Fix in the works|
|“Live streaming isn’t available right now” error||All platforms||Workaround|
|YouTube Premium users seeing ads||Multiple platforms||Fix in the works|
|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||Several consoles||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||Fix in works|
|Picture-in-picture not working in YouTube website||iOS 14||Fixed, Workaround|
|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||Fixed|
|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|
|YouTube “Oops! Something went wrong” monkey error||Desktop||Fixed|
|YouTube app black screen issue||Multiple platforms||Fixed|
|YouTube app blank screen issue||Android||Acknowledged|
|Thumbnails not visible on YouTube||Desktop site||Acknowledged|
|YouTube app screen timeout issue||Android app||Fixed|
|Stuck on processing HD version during upload||Desktop||Acknowledged|
|YouTube video defaults to 360p automatically||Multiple platforms||Unacknowledged (Refer update 45)|
|YouTube app not working on Apple TV||Apple TV||Acknowledged|
|Error when adding tax information||Desktop site||Acknowledged|
|YouTube videos flashing black and green||All platforms?||Fixed|
|HBO Max TV Everywhere login issue||YouTube TV||Fix in works|
|“Checks” running longer than usual||YouTube Studio||Fixed|
|Missing cast button||YouTube Kids||Escalated (workaround)|
|Switch account menu not loading||YouTube Studio||Fixed|
|Yellow progress bar for playing videos||Desktop||Fixed|
|Playback issues on the YouTube app on Firestick||Fire TV Stick||Fix in works|
|Missing stats on Analytics||YouTube Analytics||Fixed|
|YouTube comments not showing||YouTube desktop/PC||Unacknowledged|
|YouTube Premium not getting activated even after payment||All platforms||Fix in the works|
|YouTube app update leads to crashes on PS4||PlayStation 4||Acknowledged|
|YouTube likes not registering on video||All platforms||Acknowledged|
|YouTube likes disappearing from video||All platforms||Fixed|
|YouTube TV says ‘Outside your home area’||YouTube TV||Workaround|
|YouTube embedded playlists not working||YouTube desktop||Workaround|
|YouTube premiere function crashing||YouTube desktop||Acknowledged|
|YouTube sidebar tabs missing||YouTube app on PS5/Xbox/Smart TV||Fixed|
|Likes and subs discrepancy in Watch Page vs. YouTube Analytics||YouTube Analytics||Fin in works|
|Uploads stuck in “Checks running”||YouTube desktop||Acknowledged|
|Xbox YouTube app crash||Xbox||Fix in works|
|Video chapters not working||YouTube desktop||Workaround|
|Subscribers being underreported||YouTube Analytics||Fix in works|
|YouTube app thumbnails blurry||YouTube app||Fixed|
|Live channels not working||YouTube TV Roku||YouTube support aware|
|YouTube subscriber change stuck at 0||YouTube Analytics||Acknowledged|
|Drag and drop videos within a playlist not working||YouTube||Acknowledged|
|Opening app throws error 429||Android/iOS||Fixed|
|Comments deleted automatically when adding links||Desktop||Fixed|
|Less revenue from 2-minute long clips||N/A||Addressed|
|Downloaded videos unable to play offline||Mobile||Acknowledged|
|History tab not being synced and age-restricted error||Living room devices||Fixed|
|Issue with voice over feature on DVR recordings||YouTube||Fixed|
|“YouTube TV is playing on 3 devices” error||YouTube TV||Persists|
|Live streams and recent uploads not appearing on search||YouTube mobile||Fix in works|
|Can’t post in Community Tab||YouTube mobile||Acknowledged|
|Playback issues||Amazon FireStick||Acknowledged|
|Black screen and video not loading||YouTube mobile||Acknowledged|
|YouTube crashing/not working properly||All platforms||Fixed|
|Missing or zero transactional revenue figures||YT Analytics||Fix in works|
|Subs not getting notifications for new videos||YT Analytics||Acknowledged|
|YouTube Premiere not working properly||YouTube Premiere||Unacknowledged|
|Can’t watch own uploaded videos||All platforms||Acknowledged|
|Notification settings reset||YouTube mobile||Acknowledged|
|Chapters not working||YouTube desktop||Acknowledged|
|YouTube watch history not updating||YouTube mobile||Acknowledged|
|Incorrect upload date/time for newly published vids||YouTube mobile||Acknowledged|
|Dislike button removed/Count not showing||YouTube mobile||Reason why|
|Blurry, bad quality streaming||YouTube TV||Acknowledged|
|Analytics unresponsive with views stuck at 0||YouTube Analytics||Acknowledged|
|YouTube TV gone from YouTube app||Roku||Fix rolling out|
|Like count inaccurate||All platforms||Acknowledged|
|YouTube subscribers missing||Analytics||Acknowledged|
|Getting restricted from videos on PS4||PS4||Acknowledged|
|YouTube TV black screen||Smart TV||Acknowledged|
|Audio static on ESPN||YouTube TV||Acknowledged|
|Music videos missing from search||YouTube mobile||Acknowledged|
|Jeopardy playback controls messed up||YouTube TV||Unacknowledged|
|Uploads getting stuck||YouTube||Workaround|
|TiVo freezing on YouTube TV||TiVo 4K|
|Checking for restrictions taking too long||YouTube desktop||Explained||‘This video is unavailable on this device’ message||All platforms||Acknowledged||Something went wrong error||Desktop||Acknowledged|
|Ads are in foreign languages||YouTube||Acknowledged|
|Can’t play live videos or recordings from beginning||YouTube TV||Workarounds|
|Infinite buffering problem when watching videos||YouTube desktop and mobile||Fix in the works|
|Issue/error of signing in to a YouTube account||Xbox||Fix in the works|
|YouTube and YouTube TV autoplay not working||Multiple platforms||Unacknowledged|
|Eligible channels not having their community tab enabled||All platforms||Acknowledged|
|Watch Later playlist not updating||Android||Acknowledged|
|Super Chat not working||YouTube website||Acknowledged|
|YouTube AdSense error OR-BAIH-01 or OR-IEH-01||YouTube AdSense||Acknowledged|
|YouTube channel not searchable||Multiple platforms||Acknowledged|
|Videos not showing up on search or channel||YouTube desktop||Fix in the works|
|Volume keeps resetting to max or 100%||YouTube desktop||Acknowledged|
|Delay in processing HD videos||YouTube||Acknowledged|
|App stuck on loading screen||YouTube||Acknowledged|
|Audio and video out of sync||YouTube||Acknowledged|
|Skip ads button broken||YouTube||Acknowledged|
|Missing Revenue||YouTube Analytics||Acknowledged|
|‘Oops, something went wrong’ error in YouTube Studio||YouTube Analytics for Artists||Acknowledged|
|Video edits not saving||YouTube Analytics for Artists||Acknowledged|
|YouTube app not working on LG NanoCell smart TV||YouTube||Acknowledged|
|Comments disappearing from channels/videos||YouTube||Under investigation|
|4K streaming issues||YouTube TV||Unacknowledged|
|Checks are taking a long time||YouTube||Acknowledged (refer to Update 114)|
|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|
|Google Home devices not allowing kids to play songs on YouTube Music||Google Smart Home||Escalated|
|YouTube Music cannot download albums||All platforms||Acknowledged (refer to update 114)|
|Broken functions on offline mode||Android and iOS app||Unacknowledged|
|Difficult to find videos||Android and iOS app||Acknowledged|
PiunikaWeb started as purely an investigative tech journalism website with main focus on ‘breaking’ or ‘exclusive’ news. In no time, our stories got picked up by the likes of Forbes, Foxnews, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget, The Verge, Macrumors, and many others. Want to know more about us? Head here.
Want to work for PiunikaWeb and enjoy best-in-industry compensation & benefits? You'll be glad to know we're hiring experienced candidates.
I've been interested in tech for as long as I can remember. And I used to be a Windows Phone enthusiast. When I am not writing about tech, I'm on the couch playing games with my squad. Oh, I also play the guitar and drums.