Facebook has become an all-in-one content platform that provides reels, and videos content along with status and posts. Millions of people watch videos on Facebook. The videos on Facebook play one after one automatically. Some users of Facebook are unable to play videos on their web browsers on Windows PC. In this guide, we have a few solutions to help you if Facebook videos are not playing in Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browsers.
Fix Facebook videos not playing in Browser
If Facebook videos are not playing in Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browsers on your PC, the following suggestions will help you fix it.
- Check your internet connection
- Hard Refresh the web page
- Update your browser to the latest version
- Clear browser history, cookies, and cache
- Disable browser extensions
- Disable Hardware Acceleration
Let’s get into the details of each method and fix the issue.
1] Check your internet connection
To play videos on Facebook, you need to have a good internet connection. You cannot play them if the internet connection is unstable and not working well. Make sure the internet connection is working fine by accessing other websites or conducting speed tests. If the internet is not working, fix the network issues. After that try reloading the Facebook page and check if the video plays or not.
2] Hard Refresh the web page
The most generic way to fix Facebook videos not playing on web browsers is to Hard Refresh the web page.
In the case of a Hard Refresh, the browser does not use anything in the cache and is forced to re-download everything. To carry out a Hard Refresh, press the Ctrl+F5 keys or, while holding down the Ctrl key, click on the Refresh button near the address bar. You can also use Ctrl+Shift and then press R.
3] Update your browser to the latest version
You need to update your web browser to fix the issue when the Facebook videos are not playing. They can fix the bugs of previous updates and fixes the issues if there are any.
To update Microsoft Edge,
- Click on the three dots on the top-right corner of the screen.
- Go to Help & feedback
- Click About Microsoft Edge
- Edge will start updating automatically if there are any updates pending.
In the same way, you can update the other browsers and see if it has fixed the issue.
4] Clear browser history, cookies, and cache
The other way to fix Facebook videos not playing on your web browsers is to clear the browsing history, cache, and cookies. It gives a new start to the browser without any previous data to cause errors again while playing Facebook videos.
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete to open the Clear browsing data window in Edge.
- Select All time in the Time range drop-down.
- Select the following options:
- Cookies and other site data
- Cached images and files
- Click Clear now.
In the same way, you can clear the browser cache for Chrome & Firefox and see if it has fixed the issue.
Restart your browser and log in to Facebook and see if it has fixed the error.
5] Disable problematic browser extension
Extensions in a web browser make our work easier. But some extensions cause conflict with the websites and their data and prevent it from working correctly. The issue where Facebook videos are not playing might occur due to an extension.
To check this, disable all the extensions and try playing videos on Facebook. If this works, we can confirm that an extension causes the error.
To identify the problematic extension, start enabling the extensions one by one and reload the Facebook page every time you enable an extension. This process will take time but you will be able to identify the extension responsible for it. Once you find the extension that is making Facebook videos not play, remove it from your web browsers.
6] Disable Hardware Acceleration
Hardware acceleration is good for reducing the burden on the CPU. But sometimes, it causes some errors on your web browsers. It might be causing the Facebook videos not to play on your web browsers. You need to disable Hardware acceleration on your browsers to fix the issue.
- Click on the three-dot button and select Settings.
- Select System and Performance from the left side.
- Turn off the button next to the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option.
- Restart Edge.
Similarly, you can disable Hardware acceleration in Chrome & Firefox.
These are the different ways you can use to fix when the videos on Facebook are not playing on your web browsers.
Why won’t Facebook videos play on my computer?
You need a stable internet connection that can play videos without any issues. Make sure the web browser you are using is up to date. To fix the issue, you need to disable extensions, clear history, cookies, and cache, and disable hardware acceleration. If none of them fixed it, try using Facebook on a different browser and see if it has fixed the issue.
How do I fix Facebook videos not playing on Chrome?
If Facebook videos are not playing on Chrome, you need to check the status of your internet connection. Then, see if the video is available to play or not. Then, check for the updates of Chrome, clear history, cookies, and cache, and disable extensions. Any of them can fix the issue and make Facebook videos play on Chrome.