YouTube is one of the most widely used video-sharing platforms and offers access to a vast library of videos covering various genres, interests, and topics.

It has dedicated clients available for a variety of devices that allow users to navigate and discover content effortlessly. However, it appears that some are experiencing problems while viewing content on the Xbox app.


YouTube app for Xbox ‘screen splitting or tearing’ glitch

According to reports (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10), multiple YouTube app users on Xbox are experiencing a screen splitting or tearing issue while streaming content.

It has been stated that the upper portion of the video screen keeps freezing time and again. In addition to this, the top half of the video appears on the bottom section of the screen.

Users also assert that they can no longer select the search bar and that the videos now display noticeable compression artifacts.

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This issue is mostly prevalent in vertical videos but also pops up when the screen is split vertically while watching a horizontal one. Notably, console owners are experiencing this problem after installing the recent app update.

This is undeniably disheartening for those who have been unable to enjoy watching their favorite show or movie for the past few weeks.

@YouTube hey YouTube I think you got a bug going on with videos, videos will glitch and split into two and the top part will glitch. Can we get this resolved I’m not the only one whose experiencing this issue. Thank you

Top half of videos are freezing, search bar unselectable, videos showing significant compression artefacts.

An Xbox One owner says that, out of nowhere, the screen on the YouTube app splits horizontally and distorts the picture.

Official acknowledgment

Fortunately, the YouTube support team has officially acknowledged this issue and is currently working on fixing it. Although no ETA for the bug fix has been provided.

They have also asked the affected users to submit their ‘Stats for Nerds’ to better understand the problem.


Potential workaround

Meanwhile, we have come across a workaround that might help solve your problem. It is recommended that you try uninstalling and reinstalling the app for a potential fix.


We are hopeful that YouTube will resolve this issue shortly.

Having said that, we will keep tabs on this topic and update the article to reflect the latest developments.

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