[Updated] YouTube links from email, PowerPoint & Excel redirect to 'Your browser is up to date' error page, issue escalated

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on February 15, 2022) follows:

YouTube is the largest video platform in the world. Through it you can find multimedia content of almost all kinds.

However, in recent days some YouTube users have been facing issues related to opening videos from multiple office and productivity services.

In certain cases, users of services such as PowerPoint, Excel, Word and email attach links to YouTube videos in the document or message. Normally the link should redirect directly to the video.

But there is a glitch that causes YouTube links opened from a productivity service to redirect to a page with the error message ‘Your browser is up to date’.

YouTube ‘Your browser is up to date’ redirection issue

According to reports, the issue in question can occur from some of the most popular office and productivity services such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and even from e-mail (1, 2).

Over the past several years I created a spreadsheet of my daily yoga workouts. Each workout I find that I like on YouTube, I copied and pasted the link into the spreadsheet with notes on content, time, etc. Over the past few days when I click on any link from any Excel spreadsheet to a Youtube video, instead of opening the video I get a page that says:

‘Your browser is up to date. You can use YouTube’s latest features!’
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Help— PowerPoint not opening YouTube video links anymore in Chrome. Keep getting “your browser is up to date” message instead of direct video. Forces me to have to stop presentation and manually open up link. I updated chrome and same problem.
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Is anyone else having problems with following links in Word?

Links to Twitter statuses haven’t worked for a while, and now YouTube links keep taking me to a “Your browser is up to date!” page on YouTube.
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The ‘Your browser is up to date’ error page after redirecting from YouTube links seems to only occur when trying to open them from the productivity services mentioned above.

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However, the bug happens in any web browser. The only way to avoid it is to copy the URL and paste it directly into the browser’s address bar.

Issue escalated

A Google product expert confirmed that the issue was escalated to the YouTube team. The company is now investigating the matter, so it is probably too soon for an ETA for the fix.

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We will update this story once there are any updates related to the ‘Your browser is up to date’ YouTube redirect error.

Update 1 (February 24)

06:22 pm (IST): Here’s a workaround for this issue suggested by one of our readers. It involves changing the format of the link on PowerPoint and Excel.

Users will need to change the URL of their YouTube video they want to embed on PowerPoint or Excel just like this one.

Thanks for the tip: Andrey Belove!

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