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Fix “An Error Occurred, Please Try Again Later” Error on YouTube in Windows 10

Posted in General   JANUARY 18, 2022

    "An error occurred, Please try again later" error on YouTube

    Today, one of the most popular online video channel that is used throughout the world is YouTube but some users have recently reported "an error occurred please try again later" on it.

    Here, in this article, we will discuss the probable causes and the fixes for the YouTube error.


    There is actually no specific reason that might cause the YouTube error, so here let's check out the different probable causes:

    • It could be caused by the YouTube web page scripts or due to a corrupted Shockwave Flash add-on.
    • While playing YouTube videos, the outdated audio driver can also cause an error.
    • If you are getting an error on a certain web browser, then the corrupted browser files could be the reason.
    • You could be unable to load YouTube videos properly due to internet connection interruption.
    • Some third-party antivirus software might be the reason for the YouTube error.
    • You may also get the error if the cookies are disabled.

    These are some of the most probable causes of the YouTube error. Now let's look at the various ways how we can fix the YouTube error.


    Table of Contents

    1. Apply the Forget About This Site option

    There is an option on Firefox that allows the user to delete cookies, saved passwords and cache files for a certain website called the "Forget About This Site"

    In this case, you have to enable this option to fix the "YouTube error occurred".

    Apply the Forget About This Site option

    You can follow the steps given below to apply it:

    • Go to open browsing History on Firefox.
    • Then, look for the YouTube link in the browsing history.
    • Right-click on it and choose to Forget About This Site.
    • Then, reboot Firefox and play the video again.

    If this doesn't fix the YouTube error, let's see the next fix.

    2. Disable Shockwave Flash

    These types of YouTube errors can be generated from the Shockwave Flash, so you could try playing YouTube video after disabling this.

    To disable the Shockwave Flash, follow the given steps:

    • Open Firefox and type the given command in the address bar:
    • Then, move to the Plugins section, and then locate Shockwave Flash.

    Shockwave Flash

    • Then, just click on the dropdown menu and select Never Activate.

    The process for disabling the Shockwave Flash feature is the same in all the browsers, so even if you aren't using Firefox, you can disable the feature on the browser that you are using and then try playing the video again.

    3. Change DNS Server Addresses

    If after the above two fixes, you are still getting "An error occurred please try again later" on YouTube, then this could be a DNS problem and you might need to change it.

    You can do so by following the given steps:

    • Right-click on the network icon on your Taskbar first, then from the menu select Open Network & Internet settings.
    • Then, click on the Change adapter settings.

    Change DNS server settings

    • Find and right-click on the network connection items on the new window and select Properties from the menu.

    • Then select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.

    • Then, you have to select “Use the following DNS server addresses” and set the Preferred DNS server to and Alternate DNS server to Click OK to save the settings.

    After you are done with this process, check if the YouTube error is solved.

    4. Update Your Audio/Video Drivers

    Another culprit for the YouTube error could be the outdated audio and video drivers so you should update the outdated drivers as well.

    For this, you have to visit the official website of the manufacturer or the Microsoft site and check for the latest Windows 10 drivers and download and install them.

    You can also use some third-party apps that will help you update your drivers if you feel that updating them manually is a little too tricky for you.

    5. Clear Cookies & Cache and update Plugins

    If the above-mentioned fixes haven't really worked for you, you can try clearing the cookies and cache in the Firefox browser.

    You can follow the given steps to clear cookies and cache:

    • Click the menu button at the top right corner and then choose Library.

    • Click on History

    • Then, click on Clear Recent History.

    • Then, choose the data you want to remove or choose cache and cookies and then click on the Clear Now button.

    Clear cookies and cache

    • Restart firefox after the process is completed.

    6. Try a Different Browser

    You can try to switch to another browser if the error is still not fixed.

    As this issue isn't present in all web browsers, many users have said that changing the browser resolved the issue for them.

    7. Enable the Third Party Cookies

    The YouTube error could also be caused when you disabled the cookies so check if you have actually disabled them and then enable the third party cookies.

    Follow the steps to do so:

    • First, open your browser and click the Menu icon, then, from the menu choose Settings

    Enable third party cookies

    • Scroll down and click on Advanced.
    • Then click on Content settings on the Privacy and security section.

    • Move to Cookies

    • Then look for Block third-party cookies setting and make sure that it is turned off.

    The process is almost the same on other browsers as well, just make sure that you have turned on the cookies on it.

    8. Temporarily Disable Third-party Antivirus

    The YouTube error could also be happening due to the third-party antivirus installed on your Windows 10 computer.

    It has been confirmed by many of the users that Bitdefender causes the YouTube error and if you uninstall it, you can fix the error.

    You could also update the Bitdefender app to the latest version to fix the error.

    Make sure you report this on the official site of the software if that is what is causing the error.


    These are the causes and the fixes for the “An Error Occurred, Please Try Again Later” error on YouTube in Windows 10.

    We have tried to solve your problem the best, if you find something extra you can always write it down in our comments.

    All the best!

    Published by: Amundra