How to Fix YouTube Freezing on Google and Edge

If you are using a low-end PC, you can’t play an HD video. If you try to play, it will show you constant freezing or glitches. The users often face this error while using Google and Edge browsers.  There may be different reasons behind this issue such as an outdated driver or an unnecessary plugin.

Here are some handy tips to fix YouTube freezing on Google and Edge browsers. Use them one by one and get rid of this issue.

Method # 1: Remove Unwanted Plug-ins and Extensions

The main reason for this issue is the presence of unwanted plug-ins and extensions in Edge and Chrome. Remove them from your browser and let it deliver smooth and glitches-free performance.

For Edge

  • Open your browser and click the icon “three horizontal dots.”

Edge Settings icon

  • It will show you all the settings. Click “Extensions” as shown in the image below.

Extensions option

  • Here, check for the unnecessary plug-ins and extensions. Remove all of them.
  • Re-open your browser and watch HD videos without freezing issues.

For Chrome

  • Open the Chrome browser and type the following command to the address bar.

“Chrome://extensions/”

Extensions in Chrome

  • It will show you the extensions in Google Chrome. Remove the unwanted extensions from here.

Method # 2: Turn off Hardware Acceleration

You can fix the YouTube videos freezing issue by turning off hardware acceleration.

Follow the steps below in this context.

  • Open the Google Chrome browser. Click the icon “three vertical dots” on the top right corner of the browser.
  • Select “Settings” from here.

Google Chrome Settings

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Select “Advanced” from here.
  • Now, turn off the option “Hardware Acceleration.”

Method # 3: Update Device Driver

Make sure you frequently update device drivers. If you have an outdated or corrupt driver, it may show the YouTube video freezing issue. Follow the steps here to update drivers.

  • Right-click to the “Start” button and select “Device Manager” from here.

Device Manager in Start menu

  • In the Device Manager, click “Display Adapters” to expand it. Right-click to the driver and select “Update Driver” option.

Update device driver

  • It will fix the error and you can watch YouTube videos for an unlimited time.

Method # 4: Login Again to Google Account

Sometimes, the error appears due to the Google account that’s associated with YouTube. You need to logout and login again to the Google account to fix this error. Follow the steps here to login again to your account.

  • Go to the YouTube Homepage.
  • Click your Gmail account on the top right corner as shown in the image below. It will display some options. Select “Sign out” from here.

logout of youtube

  • Now again click to the Gmail account on the top right corner and sign in again to your account.

Method # 5: Restore the Previous Version of YouTube

Occasionally, the error occurs due to the latest version of YouTube. You can fix it by restoring the previous version. Follow the steps here to restore the older version.

  • Open the YouTube homepage.
  • Press “Ctrl + Shift + I” now.
  • Select the “Application” tab from the top.
  • Click “Cookies” to expand it.

Applications option

  • Scroll down and look for the “PREF” option.

PREF in cookies

  • Replace the value with “f6=8” to restore the older version.
  • Now close the app and re-open it. You have successfully fixed the YouTube freezing issue.

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