fix YouTube ‘An error occurred. Please try again later.’ problem

Are you trying to watch a video on YouTube but every time it is returning an error message stating “An Error Occurred. Please Try Again Later“? If that is the problem, there is no need to worry further. This problem usually happens due to glitches or extensive use of ad blockers. Follow these easy workarounds first to check out if simpler solutions work. If they don’t, turn to the extensive solutions to solve your issue.


1. Sometimes glitches/bugs cause this problem. Restart the browser window and the problem will be solved.

2. Try to play the video using other browsers.

If restarting the browser didn’t work, try these easy fixes-

Fix-1 Turn off hardware acceleration in Chrome-

Turning off the hardware acceleration in Chrome may work out for you.

1. Open a Google Chrome window.

2. When you see a Google Chrome window, on the right-hand side, click on ‘three-dot

3. Then, click on the “Settings“.


Settings Chrome New


4. What you need to do next is to scroll down and then click on “Advanced“.




5. Then System, make sure the “Use hardware acceleration when available” settings to “Off“.

6. Click on “Relaunch” to restart your browser.


Use Hardware Accleration


Once the browser is restarted, try to play the YouTube video again.

It will play just fine.


Fix-2 Play the video in incognito mode-

Playing the video in  incognito mode may provide a workaround.

1. Open Google Chrome window.

2. Then, click on ‘three dot‘ and click on the “New incognito mode“.


New Incognito


A new window in incognito mode will be opened.

Open YouTube and try to play the video in this mode.


Fix-3 Disable Ad-blocker extension-

Disable Ad-blocker from your browser.

1. Open Google Chrome on your computer. Open YouTube and then try to play the video.

3. Now, right click on the ad blocker extension (which should be at right beside the address bar) and then click on “Remove from Chrome…“.


Remove From Chrome


4. Now, click on “Remove” to remove the ad blocker from the browser.




Relaunch Google Chrome window.

Try to play the video again.


Fix-4 Add ‘?disable_polymer=true’ at the end of YT url-

Disabling the new layer in YouTube may work out as it has helped many users.

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Open the YouTube video you are trying to play.

3. Now, copy this flag and paste it at the end of url of the YouTube video and hit Enter.



Disable Polymer


The page will be reloaded and YouTube video will be playing.