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Fix 360-degree Video Not Working Problems in Easy Ways

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Jan 27, 2024 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

The 360-degree video craze is in full swing, and it's not just on YouTube. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other social media platforms are getting into the game as well. They're a great way to showcase your company and get people excited about what you have to offer. But, if your video is not working, it might as well be invisible.

Suppose you've been looking to create your own 360-degree video content but have run into problems with your videos not working properly or playback issues when uploading them to social media sites like Facebook-in that case, this guide will provide some quick fixes for common 360-degree video not working problems so that you can share this amazing content with the world.

Part 1: What Is a 360-degree Video?

This new form of video is all the rave now. 360-degree videos refers recording of an event or environment captured from every possible angle. The viewer can freely look around the scene in any direction, allowing them to experience things as they happen and explore their surroundings more fully than if it was just on a flat-screen. It really feels like you're there!

360 degree video

360-degree videos have been used by many companies, organizations, celebrities and artists for various purposes - such as documenting events from all angles so that viewers feel immersed in what's happening; enabling people who may be unable to travel (due to illness or disability) see destinations that would otherwise be inaccessible; helping students learn about historic places without stepping foot in the classroom; and so much more.

Part 2: How Do I Watch a 360-Degree Video?

To watch 360-degree videos, one can use a laptop, web browser, mobile phones, as well as VR headsets like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. The ways to play these clips vary from device type: for example, if viewing with an iPhone, then open it in YouTube app; whereas when viewing with Chrome Browser, there's no need to do anything as the browser will load it automatically on YouTube.

watch 360 degree video by vr

When watching 360-degree videos, you can pan and look around by moving your mouse on PC or simply move your finger to change the direction of the video. If watching on a VR headset, turn your head left and right for an immersive experience like never before.

Part 3: Why 360-degree Video Not Working?

Let's be honest here, we all experienced some form of 360-degree video not working problems. There are few reasons why 360-degree video might not be working. There are few things you can do to fix the problem, but luckily this issue is easy to address.

Graphics card driver is outdated

To check whether your system uses outdated graphics card drivers, open VLC or KMPlayer and try to play any 360-degree video files you have. If it does not work, your graphics card might be outdated, so you might want to update it with a newer version of drivers from the manufacturer's website.

YouTube application is outdated

If the YouTube app in your iPhone or Android is an old version, its possible 360-degree videos may not work. In this case, you need to update your YouTube app on your phone or upgrade your devices to the latest version of the operating system to run the newest version of the YouTube app.

Hardware acceleration is disabled

If you find that you can't play 360-degree videos on YouTube or PC smoothly or it's laggy, then the Windows Hardware Acceleration feature is likely disabled on your system as it is a very common phenomenon for videos not playing on computer or chrome. Manually enabling it can do wonders.

Using an incompatible or outdated browser

Some browsers can't play 360-degree videos. Typically using a compatible and modern browser like Chrome or Firefox solves the issue. However, it's also likely if your browser isn't updated with the newest version of Chrome or Firefox, you won't be able to play 360-degree videos either.

Cached and temporary file issues

If you're looking to watch your favorite YouTube video in the best quality possible, but it feels like something is holding back playback on specific sections, there could be an issue with temporary files. Clear the caches, history, and other temporary files from both the browser and installed application for optimal performance.

360-degree video file is corrupted

You recorded a few 360-degree videos with your GoPro. However, when you start playing in on your PC, you find it's lagging, glitching, shaky, blurry, or not opening at all. This is because your video has become corrupt and needs repairing through video repair software like Wondershare Repairit. It is one of the best video repair software for repairing video files in different formats like MOV, M4V, MP4, MKV, AVI, and more.

Part 4: Fixes for 360-degree Video Not Working

Solution 1: Reinstall or update your browser

As we previously mentioned, not all browsers are capable of playing 360-degree videos. If you're using an outdated or obsolete browser, chances are you can't watch any YouTube 360-degree videos. Updating to modern browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, or Opera will get the job done. However, if you still face issues like laggy 360-degree videos or the browsers shut down in the middle, reinstalling your browser should resolve it.

Solution 2: Switch to another web browser

We mentioned this in the previous point. Ensure you're using a standard web browser, compatible with the YouTube 360-degree videos. If not, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari? You'll have to use one of these if you want it running smoothly.

Solution 3: Clear history and cache from the browser & YouTube app

It is essential to clear the cache and history from both your web browser and any installed applications accessing YouTube. This will help ensure you have a smooth viewing experience for 360-degree videos on the browser as well as on the YouTube app.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click the three vertical dots at the top right of Chrome.

select settings

  1. Click the Settings option. Select Settings.

locate privacy and security

  1. Navigate to the 'Privacy and Security' section, and click 'Clear browsing data'.

clear browsing data

  1. Check all the options, and hit the 'Clear data' option.

clear browsing data

Solution 4: Check browser HTML 5 support

To play 360-degree videos, browsers need HTML5 support. This compatibility check should be done to avoid this issue or rectify the problem if it's a browser format that isn't available in HTML 5.

There are few ways to check whether your browser supports HTML5, but that is beyond the scope of this discussion. I personally go to HTML5TEST to check if my browser supports HTML5 or not. The process is easy.

  1. Open a browser of your choice (Chrome, Edge), and go to: https://html5test.com/.
  2. Wait for the page to load, and you will come across a section that says 'Semantics - Parsing Rules.'
  3. If your score is '5' it means that your browser supports HTML5.

Solution 5: Turn on the Windows hardware acceleration

If you're facing issues watching 360-degree video files, whether on your PC, browser, or YouTube application, there is a possibility that your Windows Hardware Acceleration feature on your system is disabled. Enable it manually will solve it.

Here's how to do it:

Go to Desktop, and Right-Click you mouse. Choose 'Display settings'.

click display settings

On the new window, choose 'Display', and at the bottom, select, 'Graphics settings'

display the video

Toggle the button to 'on' on the 'Hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling'

open the button

Solution 6: Update Graphics Card drivers on the system

Your system might not be equipped for 360-degree video playback. If your graphics card drivers are not up-to date, it can cause trouble for your system. If you want to avoid this issue, ensure that they are updated before playing 360-degree videos. To make sure that you're up to speed on any driver updates that are relevant to your situation, check out our guide here.

1. Go to 'Start' on Window, and search for 'Device Manager'. Click and a new window will appear.

open the button

2. Navigate to the 'Display Adapters' and click it.

open the button

3. Click the 'Intel (R) HD Graphics' and from the options, click, 'Update drivers'. Wait for the process to be complete.

open the button

4. Repeat the same process if your computer has discreet graphics card.

Solution 7: Use one-stop solution tool - Wondershare Repairit

Wondershare Repairit is one of the best video repair software for repairing video files in any format, including MOV, MP4, M4V, 3GP, AVI, FLV, and more. This tool can also repair corrupted videos, including 360-degree videos. Wondershare Repairit instantly and effectively restores videos corrupted during shooting, recording, editing, converting, transferring, or processing. As a result, click the button to install and launch this powerful software right now!

Wondershare Repairit repairs corrupted videos in 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Add Files

Add the corrupted video file you want to repair. You can also navigate to the file directory where the corrupted videos are saved and load them to the application. Besides, you can also drag and drop the files to the interface.

add corrupted h264 video files

Step 2: Repair Corrupted Videos

Hit the Repair button. Wait for a while as RepairitVideo Repair works on the files. There is a progress bar on the interface where you can monitor the progress.

scan videos

Step 3: Preview the Repaired Video

Once the repairing process is completed, RepairitVideo Repair will allow you to preview the repaired videos on the interface. After previewing, you can save the repaired video files to your preferred location.

preview videos

As an aside, if you're thinking about repairing unplayable/corrupt 360-degrees videos recorded from GoPro as well as other leading camera manufacturers such as Sony, Canon, Nikon, DJI, or even mobile phones - Wondershare Repairit is the ideal video repairing tool for the job.

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Above all, we provide 7 solutions to fix 360-degree video not working problem. Therefore, if you find yourself having trouble playing a 360-degree video on any device, don't worry! Follow the instructions in this article and everything will be sorted out.

Bottom Line:

Studies have shown that people have a more positive experience with video content when viewed in 360 degrees. This effect makes videos much more engaging and immersive, which means your audience will stay longer on the page or keep watching to learn what happens next. However, sometimes these types of videos can be difficult to view or won't play at all because they are not compatible with specific devices.

Wondershare Repairit offers reliable solutions for repairing damaged files without data loss, so you never have to say goodbye to those important memories again. This software is the best and fastest video repairing tool in the market. With this powerful software by your side, fixing a broken file couldn't be easier.

Note: * Some of the above codec formats may need to be supported by system.

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