[Updated] YouTube search missing results or blank on Safari for many Mac users, issue acknowledged; left-aligned results criticized too

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

Original story (published on November 14, 2022) follows:

YouTube is regularly updated to enhance its features and user experience. As a result, it has become the go-to platform for video viewing for users all around the world.

However, YouTube has had its fair share of bugs and issues such as the app missing or disappearing on kid’s phones with parental controls, ‘Something went wrong’ error on iOS devices and so on.

YouTube search missing results or blank

Currently, many YouTube viewers are experiencing a problem where search results are missing or blank a screen appears (1,2,3,4).

YouTube Search screen
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After searching on YouTube, affected users report that the results screen is basically half blank as everything else loads, just not search results.

In certain cases, a blank white space with a portion of the filter visible on top appears while the remainder of the search results are invisible.

This issue appears to have popped up in the last few days and has been affecting many Safari users on Mac devices.

So for the past 3 days anytime I ever try to search anything on youtube, I just get this blank white box. I type in music, white blank box. I try in crafting videos, blank white box. I try to search up some game videos, blank white box and I have no clue how to fix it. I don’t use any adblocks or anything either

Has anyone else been experiencing issues with YouTube the last couple days? Specifically the search not working and the site being super buggy. For reference I’m using a MacBook Pro.

Some have tried troubleshooting methods like resetting and restarting their PC, deleting cache, and switching to light modes but to no avail.

YouTube left-aligned search results criticized

YouTube is continuously testing new features and visual modifications to the platform. Some have been a hit, while others a miss. The latter includes the new UI with left-aligned search results (1,2,3,4).

YouTube search missing results or blank
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Some users are complaining about the new search results layout, which is left-aligned and leaves a lot of empty space on the right-hand side.

Some are puzzled by this change as it is visually unappealing and does not improve their user experience in any way.

@TeamYouTube What happend to the search results page? The allignment is off to the left on a ultrawide monitor. Looks terrible.

Issue acknowledged

Fortunately, YouTube support has acknowledged the issue where the search feature shows a blank screen. However, no ETA for a fix was shared:

YouTube Acknowledgment

Potential workaround

There is a possible fix for the left-aligned search results issue. To begin, download the Tamper Monkey extension, then copy and paste the script below into a new user script and save it:

// ==UserScript==
// @name search
// @namespace http://tampermonkey.net/
// @version 0.1
// @description none
// @match https://www.youtube.com/*
// @grant window.onurlchange
// ==/UserScript==

if (window.onurlchange === null) {
window.addEventListener(‘urlchange’, function() {
if (location.href.match(‘https://www.youtube.com/results*’)) {
document.getElementById(‘page-manager’).style.marginLeft = ‘410px’;
} else {
document.getElementById(‘page-manager’).style.marginLeft = null;
}, false);

In case the steps didn’t help, we’d suggest waiting for an official fix or any other useful workaround that might pop up later.

Update 1 (November 15, 2022)

04:06 pm (IST): There is a potential workaround that could help you resolve or mitigate the issue while an official fix arrives:

Turn on the developer menu in Safari preferences. Then change your user agent to something like Chrime or Firefox or iPad. Chances are it will then work.

Other options:

-switch to another browser like Edge or Firefox

-or download an app that builds standalone browser apps for each website, like Unite or Fluid.

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Karanjot Sidhu

A computer science engineer who loves tech and won't stop talking about it. Apart from being a nerd, i love gaming and watching movies in my free time.