Before moving onto solutions to fix the Chrome video playback issue, ensure that your computer has the following to play the videos:
- High speed internet connection
- Latest Chrome version
- Updated Adobe Flash Player
- Updated Drivers
Methods to fix videos playing in Google Chrome
- Clear Cached Data & browsing history in Chrome.
- Update Google Chrome.
- Update Adobe Flash Player.
- Disable Hardware Acceleration Plugins in Chrome in Chrome.
- Disable Adblock on Chrome.
- Allow Flash on the site.
Method 1: Clear Cached Data in Chrome
Clearing the browser history, cache (temporary files), and cookies can solve many browser-related issues like videos not playing or buffering problem in Chrome.
It also frees up disk space and hence improves the performance of the computer while browsing.
Steps to clear cache/browsing history/cookies in Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome browser.
- Click on Settings in the dropdown menu.
- Scroll down to Advanced > Privacy and security.
- Click on Clear browsing data.
- Click on You can also select the time range of deleting this data from Last hour, 24 hours to All time.
- Check in Browsing history, Download history, Cached images and files, Cookies and other site data.
- Click Clear Data at the bottom.
Now, open Chrome and check if the videos are playing well.
Method 2: Update Google Chrome
Updates fix bugs and mostly resolve web videos playing issues. Ensure that you are using updated Chrome and Flash player.
Steps to update Chrome:
- Open menu icon in Chrome browser and click Settings.
- On the top left corner click Settings.
- Select About Chrome.
- Update if new version is available.
Method 3: Update Adobe Flash Player
Steps to update Adobe Flash:
- Type chrome://components in Chrome address bar. Press Enter
Scroll down to Adobe Flash Player.
- Click Check for update. If you see any updates, install.
Method 4: Turn off Hardware Acceleration in Chrome
Whenever Google Chrome does not load properly or web videos do not play on it, turn off Hardware Acceleration in the browser settings.
Steps to disable Hardware Acceleration:
- Go to Settings in Chrome menu.
- Under Advanced scroll down and select System.
- Uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available.
Method 5: Disable Plugins in Chrome
Steps to disable plug-ins in Chrome:
- Open Chrome menuicon (the three dots on top right).
- Follow Settings >Advanced settings > Privacy and Security.
- Click on Content Settings.
- Scroll to the plugin you want to disable. Click on it.
- Toggle off Ask First to disable Plug-ins in your Chrome.
Method 6: Turn off AdBlock on Chrome
If you are using Chrome AdBlock version, uninstall it. Chrome AdBlock prevents ads over the web but can sometimes interfere with loading of web videos.
Steps to uninstall Chrome Adblock
- Go to Settings in the Chrome menu.
- In the dropdown select Extensions on the left.
- Find AdBlock and toggle it off. You can also select the Remove button to delete it completely.
Method 7: Allow Flash on the site
If you receive messages such as ‘Click to enable Adobe Flash Player’ or download Flash, the website in Chrome needs permission to use Flash.
Steps to Allow Flash on website:
- Open the website in Chrome.
- To the left of the web address, click on the Lock icon.
- To the right of ‘Flash,’ click the Arrows icon.
- Choose Always allow on this site.
- At the top left, click Reload.
Note: Allow Flash only on trusted and secure websites.
One of the above methods should fix the problem of embedded videos not playing in Google Chrome. Removing plugins, extensions, cookies, and cache data works for most of the users. It is best to begin with simpler workarounds like checking your internet connection, deleting all temporary files on your computer and updating Chrome.
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