YouTube video loading delayed? Fix inside
Some visitors of YouTube noticed that the loading of videos would take a whole lot longer than usually. Affected users seem to use browsers that are not Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
They notice a dark loading page when they start videos on the video site. This delay may take a couple of seconds before the actual video content and the page it is hosted on is loaded.
Those who do may wonder if there is a solution to fix the issue. There is. In fact, there are several options that you have.
Option 1: User-Agent Changer
Since Chrome and Edge appear to be immune to the delay, you may install a browser extension that changes your browser's user-agent to Chrome or Edge. The user-agent "tells" sites about the browser.
Once installed, load YouTube in a new tab. Once loaded, activate the extension's icon in the browser and select Chrome as the user agent. Load some videos to see if this is improving the responsiveness on YouTube.
Option 2: uBlock Origin Filter
If you use a content blocker like uBlock Origin, you may try to add a single line to the custom filter list to see if it changes things for the better.
Update: if the filter below is causing issues on YouTube, try replacing it with the following one (thanks megakarlach and uBlock Origin): www.youtube.com##+js(nano-stb, resolve(1), 5000, 0.001)
Here is how that is done:
- Activate the uBlock Origin icon in your browser.
- Select the dashboard button to open the Preferences.
- Switch to My Filters.
- Paste the following line into the text field: www.youtube.com##+js(nano-stb, resolve(1), *, 0.001)
- Select "apply changes".
Once done, load YouTube in a new tab and see if the change has a positive effect on the load time. You may also find out guide on YouTube showing ads while uBlock Origin is installed useful, as it suggests a fix for that issue.
Other things to try
The two workarounds seem to work for most affected users. You could also try loading YouTube in private browsing mode, as this has worked for some users.
Last but not least, there are also options to download YouTube videos first before watching them and there are third-party frontends to watch YouTube videos. There are extensions to redirect YouTube videos to frontends automatically.
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