YouTube for Android: Common error messages and fixes

You probably already hate the YouTube app for Android enough. Mostly because it doesn’t allow you to play videos in the background and save them for online watching. But add an error message that prevents you from even playing videos on top of that. And you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Although I can’t tell you how to play videos in the background (there are a couple of ways tho, but it’s simply not worth it), I can at least try to help with these annoying error messages.

In this article, I concluded a list of the most common error messages YouTube users are getting on Android phones. Maybe you’ll find the problem that’s been bothering you these days. So, keep reading this article, and just maybe, you’ll find the solution you’re looking for.

Most common YouTube errors and how to solve them (Android)

These errors usually tell you that YouTube is not able to connect to the internet right now. Naturally, you would assume there’s indeed something wrong with your network connection. But in most cases, your connection is fine, and it is YouTube that can’t access it.

The internet connection issues are usually followed by these error messages:

  • “There is no network connection right now (Retry)” 
  • “There is no network connection right now. Please try again later (Retry)” 
  • “Please check your network connection (Retry)” 
  • “No Connection”
  • “An error occurred while performing this operation”
  • “Oops! Something went wrong”

Although these errors may look scary at first, the troubleshooting process is rather easy. Most of the time, all you need to do is just perform a generic thing, and the problem will likely go away.

Here’s what you can try:

Clear the YouTube app cache

  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to Storage > Movie & TV apps > YouTube.
  • Tap Clear cache.

Restart the app

  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to Storage > Movie & TV apps > YouTube.
  • Tap Clear data.

Reinstall the app

  • Go to the Play Store.
  • Search for YouTube.
  • Open the YouTube Store page, and tap Uninstall.
  • Wait for the app to uninstall.
  • Head back to the store and install the YouTube app again.

Update the YouTube app

  • Go to the Play Store.
  • Search for YouTube.
  • If the update is available, tap Update.
  • Wait for the app to update.

Make sure there’s actually no internet issue

After all, maybe the internet connection is indeed the problem here. So, if you’re not able to connect to the internet using some other app, investigate the problem further. For a start, check out this article for some initial troubleshooting steps.

Update your OS

Android updates are a strange kind. Even though updates are supposed to resolve the issue, it’s quite common for a certain update to disrupt something inside your system. And unfortunately, the only solution in these cases is to simply wait for another update. So, check for updates frequently, and hopefully, the fix will arrive.

That’s about it, as you can see most of these issues are quite harmless, and you can resolve them with the simplest troubleshooting methods.

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