Many Roku users are complaining that YouTube is not working on their devices. According to some users, the YouTube app won’t open on their Roku, or they are unable to log in, etc. Is YouTube not working on Roku the problem is you are facing? If yes, then this article is for you. We are going to talk about all the ways to resolve the issue.
NOTE: This is something you should know first.
Google has said:
Since our negotiations with Roku earlier this year, we’ve continued to work with them to find a resolution that benefits our mutual users. Roku has once again chosen to make unproductive and baseless claims rather than try to work constructively with us. Since we haven’t been able to continue our conversations in good faith, our partnership for all new Roku devices will unfortunately end on December 9 (2021). We are, however, giving Roku the ability to continue distributing both YouTube and YouTube TV apps to all existing users to make sure they are not impacted.
Roku has also issued a statement:
As we shared in April, the threat remains that Google may remove YouTubeTV from the Roku platform. We continue to believe that streamers stand to benefit from Google and Roku reaching a fair agreement and we remain committed to trying to achieve that goal. For Roku, this is about maintaining our independence, protecting our customers, and ensuring healthy competition in the streaming industry that benefits millions of consumers.
Why is YouTube not working on my Roku?
YouTube may not work on your Roku because of a glitch. According to some users, the issue is resolved and the update is available. However, if YouTube is not loading on your system or if you are not able to sign in then you are dealing with a network issue. It is relatively easy to fix and our solutions are what you need to execute.
Fix YouTube not working on Roku
If YouTube is not working on Roku, then these are things you need to do-
- Update Roku
- Check your Internet
- Power Cycle your Network Devices
- Check if YouTube is down
- Update or Reinstall YouTube app
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Update Roku
This issue is something almost all the Roku users were experiencing, therefore, they have released an update that will help you fix the issue. We recommend updating the firmware of your Roku and restarting it. So, if you want to install the update then these are the things you need to do.
- Press the Home button from your Roku remote.
- Now, navigate to the Settings.
- Go to System > System Update.
- Finally, choose to Check Now to update your Roku.
Wait for the update to be downloaded. Then open YouTube on Roku and see if the issue is resolved.
2] Check your Internet
If you are not able to sign in to YouTube then maybe you are dealing with an Internet issue. So, to confirm this, check other devices connected to your network. If they are experiencing similar bandwidth then you need to power cycle your Network devices (steps mentioned hereinafter) and if the issue persists, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
3] Power Cycle your Network Devices
You should power-cycle your network devices once in a while and if you are seeing some network issue then now is the time you need to restart those devices. Follow the given steps to do the same.
- Plug out your Router and Modem.
- Turn off your Roku
- Wait for a minute or two.
- Plug in your network devices.
- Launch Roku and connect it to the network.
Finally, open YouTube and see if the issue persists.
4] Check if YouTube is down
If YouTube is down then you can’t help but wait for an hour or two before Google’s engineer get it back on track. You can use any of the given tools to see if it’s down. Just open any of it, type the URL and search whether the server is down. If that’s not the case then move to the next solution.
5] Update or Reinstall YouTube app
If after doing all of this, you are still facing problems with Roku, especially the app crashing on your system then the best solution is to update or just reinstall the YouTube application. You do that, add your channel and you will be good to go.
Hopefully, these solutions are enough to resolve the issue.
If nothing works then and you want to watch YouTube on your Roku then your last resort is to cast YouTube from your Phone. You can just open the YouTube app on your Android or iOS phones, press the cast button and then select Roku. Then you can enjoy Roku until the company releases a permanent solution.
How do I fix YouTube not loading?
If YouTube is not loading on your device, then you should try restarting both YouTube and Roku. First of all, restart YouTube and see if the issue persists, then turn off and turn on Roku and check if that helps. If nothing works then there is some problem with your Internet. Use fixes 2 and 3 to resolve the issue. Also, check YouTube’s server and see if that helps.
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