How to Fix YouTube Downloaded Videos Not Playing

How to Fix YouTube Downloaded Videos Not Playing

There are many instances when you can’t able to play downloaded YouTube videos. To help you out on this, most trusted and tested fixes are presented.

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Oct 13, 2020 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions


YouTube is a good source of entertainment. It provides the public with an opportunity to post and watch videos free of cost. This is the reason for its massive 1.68 billion users worldwide. YouTube also provides an opportunity to download videos. This is where the problem arises. Many complain about YouTube Downloaded Videos Not Playing. If this is your case then you end up in the right place.

Part 1. How to Find YouTube Downloaded Videos on Computer and Mobile

YouTube provides you an opportunity to download videos on your device. Most of these videos are available to download free of cost. You can easily check, whether you can download a particular video or not in the options section provided below the videos. You are also provided an option of like, dislike, share, or save to watch later.

You can download the videos in any quality you want. These videos start from 144p and go up to 4K. There is no limit to the downloads provided that you carry enough space in your Computer or Mobile.

1. Access YouTube Downloaded Videos on Computer

You can download many videos for free. But if you want to download all, you need a YouTube Premium membership for the same, which is paid. But it also provides you an opportunity to download videos and watch offline anytime.

Step 1: Go to from any browser on your computer. Now select the video that you want to download. You will see many options below the video. One among them is downloaded in green color with a white downward-facing arrow as shown in the image.

Click on it and select the quality for download. Once selected the downloading will start at the chosen location on your computer.

Click on the green button to download

Step 2: You can visit the same location or the folder on your computer to access the downloaded video anytime you want.

2. View YouTube Offline or Downloaded Videos on Mobile

Accessing offline or downloaded videos on mobile is easy. Once you had downloaded a video on your mobile while going to the YouTube app, then selecting the video and choosing download from the options. They remain offline in your app for 30 days. To access them just follow some simple steps.

Step 1: Open the YouTube app on your mobile and go to your account. Press the icon as shown in the image.

Step 2: Now select "Offline videos" from the given options as shown. Watch all of your downloaded videos anytime you want to be provided that you have an internet connection to keep them renewing every 30 days.

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Part 2. YouTube Solutions to Fix Downloaded Videos Not Playing

There are many instances when YouTube downloaded videos are not playing and an error is shown for the same. This is a common issue that happens with many. There are several technical and manual errors behind this. They range from the wrong method of downloading to network or connectivity issues. There is much troubleshooting available for the same that can make your videos play with small changes in the settings.

To begin with, let us consider some solutions that you can try to successfully run your downloaded YouTube videos.

  1. Reinstall the display drivers if you are accessing videos from the computer.
  2. Update your Operating system of phone or computer to the latest version.
  3. Install missing plug-ins.
  4. Check for the right codec.
  5. Try to play videos using the browser
  6. Video file is corrupted, repair it to watch.
  7. The format of the video is changed, change it back to its original format.
  8. Video is not downloaded properly due to some interruption. Download the video again.
  9. Check for any network issue
  10. Uninstall and reinstall the YouTube app

To prevent this from happening in the future. Several right steps will help you to download videos without any corruption or error.

One among them is the YouTube app with a premium membership. This membership will allow you to download unlimited videos on mobile or computer. For this go to the YouTube app, installed on your device, and follow some basic steps.

Step 1: Open YouTube and select the video that you want to download. Once selected it will start playing. Choose "save" from the options that are given below the video.

Step 2: Select the video quality that you want. Once chosen you will be asked to choose "Remember my settings". If you want to use the same video quality for downloading in the future then click in the box. If not, leave it. Now click on "OK" to continue.

Step 3: Clicking on "OK" will start the process of downloading. Once the download is complete you can simply access the video by clicking on the library and then on "offline videos".

download and watch YouTube video

Part 3. Video Repair Tool to Repair Corrupted Video Files

Ok, so you have downloaded a video from YouTube. Then you tried playing the video using several techniques but at the end not a single technique work.

If this is your case then Wondershare Video Repair software is presented to you to repair your corrupted video files. Now, no more frustration with the YouTube downloaded videos not playing. You can repair your corrupted videos using the Wondershare Video Repair software on both Windows and Mac. It comes with advanced features that can repair plenty of corrupt videos of any size in a single go. It doesn't matter whether the videos are of a single format or multiple. It will repair all at the same time.

Let us repair corrupted video with just three simple and quick steps.

Step 1: Add Corrupted Video

The initial step in this process is to add the corrupted video. There are two ways to add a corrupted video.

    1. Click on the center area of the interface shown as "Add video and start repairing".
    2. Click on "Add" in the bottom left corner as shown.

add corrupted video

Once the video is added successfully, you will be shown information about the corrupted video by the interface. It will be File Name, File Path, File Size, Date created, and operation as shown.

corrupted video's information

Step 2: Repair video

Clicking on the "Repair" option will start the process of repairing the corrupted video. Once this process is completed a window will appear with a message of success. You can simply click on the "OK" to continue.

You can click on the triangle to have a preview of the repaired video. If you are satisfied with the results it's good to go with it. But, if at any point you are not satisfied with the results. No need to worry.

Simply choose "Advanced Repair" as shown. You can also see the message "Preview failed? Try advanced repair" on the bottom right corner for the same.

preview failed? Try advanced repair

For this click the folder icon and add a sample video to repair. A sample video is a valid video created with the same device and carries the same format as the corrupted video. Here Wondershare advanced repair uses information from the sample video. It helps to repair the corrupted video effectively.

add sample video

Once you are done with adding the sample video simply click on the "Repair". Before proceeding further, you will be asked. "Do you want to save the repaired video before Advanced repair". This so because the repaired videos will not be saved if you go for advanced repair. You can choose "Yes" or "No" as per your need.

Step 3: Save Video

This is the final step in repairing the corrupted video. Simply click on the "Save" button to proceed further. Once you click it, a message will appear "Please choose a path to save the repaired videos". Choose the appropriate location where you want your video back.

It is advised, not to select the folder or the location where your corrupted video was placed before. You can choose any other location for storing the repaired video.

Here you will be provided two options If you simply choose the Recover button the repaired video will be stored in the selected disk. But if you choose New Folder and then choose the Recover button. The video will be saved in the new folder. You can also name the New Folder. This will make it easy for you to find the video.

Select the location

Once you are done with the above step it will take a few seconds to complete the process. Once completed you can easily access your video.

Part 4. System Utilities to Repair Not Playing Videos

There are several instances when you download some videos successfully. But later on, when you try to play them you get an error. This situation is frustrated as your time and data go in vain. Moreover, you need to find that particular video again for downloading.

But what will be the scenario when you will be able to repair or fix the corrupted video? Well, it helps you a lot by saving both your time and data. To help you out on the same some of the easy solutions are presented that do not require extra to work for you.

Solution 1. Windows Audio Endpoint Builder Service

Sometimes there arise some glitches that can be easily repaired by restarting Windows audio endpoint builder service.

For this follow some simple steps.

Step 1: Press the "Windows + R" key. A dialogue box will appear. Type "services.msc". A user account control will pop up. Click on "Yes" to permit administrative access.


Step 2: Scroll through the list of services till you find "Windows audio endpoint builder". Once found right-click on it and go to properties.

right-click to open properties

Step 3: Go to the general tab and press "stop". This will close the windows audio endpoint builder service.


Step 4: After some time, the start button will be available. Press it and close the service screen. You are done.

Solution 2. Use Browser

Plugins play a crucial role in playing a video. To fix this issue follow some steps given below.

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer and click "tools".

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Step 2: Click on "Manage add-ons"

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Step 3: Click on "Toolbars and Extensions"

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Step 4: Click on "All add-ons" under the "Show".

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Step 5: Select the flash and Silverlight add-ons from given options and click "Enable". You are done.

Part 5. Important Tips on YouTube Video Downloads

Several techniques allow you to download videos from YouTube without any error. If you are looking for some of the best and tested solutions or tips for the same. Here are some of these.


You often face situations in which YouTube downloaded videos not playing properly. To make them play you must have gone through several tricks. These tricks may have done a job for you, but not every time. To help you out on the same a resolute dossier containing tested solutions is presented to you.

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