With over 20 billion users all around the world, YouTube is the biggest and most commonly used platform that offers everyone a chance to share their videos with others. However, while you are trying to access a video or channel on this widely used video-sharing platform, you may encounter YouTube Error 400. Simply put, error 400 is an HTTP status code which shows that a corrupted request has been sent to the YouTube server. Although this error can also be seen when accessing other websites, it is more common with YouTube.
4 Ways to fix Youtube Error 400
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So if you are encountering YouTube error 400, below are some of the things you can do to fix it.
Check and Verify the URL
Though when you type in the wrong URL, error 404 which says “Page Not Found” is usually the HTTP status code that will be returned, there are times when error 400 will be triggered as the HTTP status code. Therefore, as the first line of solution, you should check and verify the YouTube URL to see if you have entered the incorrect URL. However, if the YouTube URL is correct, explore other options below to fix the error.
Clear the Cookies and Cache of Your Browsing History
If your browser attempts to use an element that has been previously cached, it is possible for you to get the YouTube 400 error. In this case, all you have to do is to clear the cookies and cache of your browser and then restart your device to enjoy YouTube once again.
If you are accessing YouTube with Google Chrome, you can simply clear the cookies and cache by:
- Go to “Settings”
- Navigate to “Privacy and Security”
- Now click on “Clear browsing data” and select “Clear Data”
You should ensure everything is checked for the best results. Now, close Google Chrome and restart it.
Refresh the Page Several Times
Sometimes, YouTube error 400 can be solved by simply refreshing the page several times. So, press F5 key several times to see the error will be fixed. This method is the easiest and fastest means of fixing this error. Also, it neither deletes your browsing history nor has any negative impacts on your browser. Nonetheless, this method cannot solve most cases of YouTube error 400.
Update Your Browser and/or Flash Player
Due to the need to ensure compatibility with the devices of various users, YouTube often requests for regular updates of the browsers of the users. Therefore, you may encounter YouTube error 400 if your browser, as well as a flash player, is outdated. To solve the error, just update your browser and flash player.
After trying the methods described above, the YouTube error 400 should be fixed now. If the problem persists, shut down your router, open it again and try the YouTube URL again. It should, however, be noted that the YouTube server may have a bug sometimes and this can also be fixed by YouTube itself. Therefore, you should wait a little longer and try again.