How To Fix Google Chrome Not Playing Videos

Do you want to fix Google Chrome not playing videos? We all know that Google Chrome is the best web browser that is available right now. Also, it is very popular among desktop or mobile users according to NetMarketShare statistics. So, the popular and the best software can have hiccups. Recently I encounter an issue where embedded videos on sites stop working at all. If you also face the same issue and your videos are not playing, don’t worry here are few steps to resolve the issue.

How To Fix Embedded Videos Not Playing In Google Chrome

Google Chrome Not Playing Videos

To fix it I was tinkering with different settings in the Chrome browser. I didn’t have any reason to start to enable or disable things other than I was curious or bored. Well, another day I realized that videos stop playing in Chrome.

Typically, the website videos, like ours, are embedded from a streaming service such as Vimeo or YouTube. Well, when I come across one, usually the video box was totally blank.

Or, certainly, the video showed the featured thumbnail. But after hitting play, I start looking at just an empty black box. Video or Audio playback controls can’t be accessible either.

If you like to fix the issue, the first thing to try is to:

  1. Turn off hardware acceleration in Google Chrome’s Advanced Settings. You can then move to Settings from the Options menu or simply input: chrome://settings in the address bar and press Enter.
  2. Then move down near the bottom of the System section. Then disable “Use hardware acceleration when available” and relaunch Google Chrome. Move to a site where a video was providing you an issue to check if it works.
  3. If still it doesn’t work, the next thing to do is to remove some browsing history. In Settings, move down and choose “Clear browsing data” at the bottom of the Security or Privacy section.
  4. Then choose Browsing history, then Download history, files or cached images, and Cookies and other website data. Then select how far back you like to go — choose a time when you first noticed the issue.
  5. Whether you use some options above or have to use both, you should be able to play videos again in Google Chrome.
  6. Make sure that wiping your cookies will sign you out of some websites that need you to log in. That can be quite difficult if you don’t have Google Chrome set to remember your passwords or using any other third-party password manager like 1Password or LastPass.

That’s why I recommend disabling Hardware Acceleration first. Hardware Acceleration is build to provide your CPU a break and handoff graphically intensive tasks linked with showing images, text, videos to your GPU. Also, as a result, pages are loading very fast but it can also cause quirky issues from time to time. If that resolves your issue you can move in and enable it back.


I hope you understand it very well. If you still face any problem then let us know below!

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