YouTube Error “Audio renderer error, Please restart your computer” Fix

While playing YouTube videos in your browser, users often come across this error message, “Audio renderer error, Please restart your computer“. If you have recently installed an update and switched the audio device, you may see this error.

It can show up on any Windows version and on any web browser. The good news is, this YouTube error “Audio renderer error, Please restart your computer” can be fixed and quite easily

Let’s see how.


Method 1: Through Device Manager


Step 1: Press the Windows key + X together on your keyboard to open the context menu.


Step 2: From the menu, select Device Manager.


Win + X Device Manager


Step 3: In the Device Manager window, scroll down to find Sound, video, and game controllers. Click on the arrow on its left to expand the section.


Device Manager Sound Video And Game Controllers Arrow Expand


Step 4: Select the default audio output from the list. Here, we selected, Realtek High Definition Audio. Now, right-click on it and select Disable device from the right-click menu.


Sound Video And Game Controllers Default Audio Device Right Click Disable Device


Step 5: Now, right-click on the default audio device again, and select Enable from the right-click menu.


Sound Video And Game Controllers Default Audio Device Right Click Enable Device


Now, restart your computer and try playing the YouTube videos again in your browser. The audio should now play fine without any errors. If the problem persists, try the 2nd method.


Method 2: Through Sound Properties


Step 1: Go to the Start button (Windows icon) located on the bottom left of your desktop. Right-click on it to open the right-click menu.


Step 2: From the right-click menu, select Run to open the Run command.


Desktop Start Right Click Run


Step 3: Now, type mmsys.cpl in the search box and hit Enter to open the Sound properties dialogue box.


Run Command Search Mmsys.cpl Ok


Step 4: In the Sound dialogue box, under the Playback tab check if you have set the audio device you want as the default device.


Sound Playback Tab Check If The Audio Device Is Set As Default


Step 5: Now, select the Recording tab, and check if the desired device is set as the default device.


Sound Recording Tab Check If The Desired Device Is Set As The Default Device


Step 6: If you want to set any other Playback or Recording device as the default device, simply select it and press the Set Default button towards the bottom of the window.


Select Desired Device Set Default


Step 7: However, if you still have a problem, select the desired Playback or Recording device, and left-click on the Properties button.


Sound Playback Or Recording Tab Default Device Properties


Step 8: In the Properties dialogue box, go to the Advanced tab and under Default Format, set the sample rate based on the quality you want.

You can press the Test button next to it to check the quality. Once done, press Apply and then OK to save the changes.


Properties Advanced Tab Set Default Format Test Apply Ok


That’s all. This should fix the error and you can now play YouTube videos without any issues.

2 thoughts on “YouTube Error “Audio renderer error, Please restart your computer” Fix”

  1. Hi there all;
    I’m using windows 7 still, and after much consternation, I’ve found a very simple solution. I simply Restart the;
    “Windows Audio Endpoint Builder” service.

    I do NOT restart THE COMPUTER! — i hate doing that; I’m a linux guy! ^_^

    — WinKey + R (for the Run dialog box);
    — Type “services.msc”; hit the ENTER key
    (This opens the microsoft systems/services console)
    — Scroll down (sort by Name if you like) and find that service i listed in quotes above;

    Also Restart the plain old “Windows Audio” service if you like, but I’ve found the
    “Windows Audio Endpoint Builder” service has Dependent Services, which automagically get restarted too.

    This is on a Toshiba laptop from ~2010-ish, so your mileage may vary
    Hope this helps!

  2. Hello
    Thanks for giving a solution of this issue. I found out your site. I can fix it following your step by step guide. Keep up the great work.

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