How To Fix Youtube Crashing Chrome On PC/Windows

Have you ever been on YouTube and all off a sudden the video freezes out of nowhere? Then the next thing you know it Youtube crashing chrome? You might see a message from chrome stating that Google Chrome is no longer responding. 

In this article, we’ll go all over the best troubleshooting solutions to follow to solve this error. 

Steps To Fix Youtube Crashing Chrome

Update Your Google Chrome 

Sometimes older chrome versions will lack in video playback quality. You’ll need to install the latest Chrome versions to fix this. To update your chrome simply click on the three dots on the top right-hand corner of your browser. And then click on help. Next click on About Google Chrome.

From there, your browser will let you know if it’s not the latest version. From there it’ll automatically update your chrome. 

Clearing Cookies and Cache

Chrome sometimes can be overloaded if you haven’t cleared your cookies and cache. It also doesn’t help that YouTube can have a high level of video output which clogs up Chrome’s data. 

Here is how you clear the data. 

Step 1) On the top-right menu, click on the 3 dots again. 

Step 2) Click on more tools. 

Step 3) Click on clear browsing data. From there select both “cookies and other site data” and “cached images and files.” 

Step 4) Then click on the blue button labeled clear data.

Turn Off Hardware Acceleration

You might be thinking, what is hardware acceleration? Good question. This feature provides access to the graphics on chrome enabling the browser to speed up processes and improve overall user experience. Thus if the hardware acceleration is on, it might shut down some high graphics on your browser. 

Step 1) Tap on the 3 dots on the right-hand corner. Then go to settings. 

Step 2) Click on Advanced. 

Step 3) Next click on System. Under System, you’ll see the option where it says “Use hardware acceleration when available option. Turn that off if it was on. 

Step 4) Once you’ve completed that, restart Chrome. 

Disable Chrome Extension

Like fixing many other chrome issues, one way to fix this error is to simply disable all of your extensions. To do this, go to your 3 dots button. Then click on more tools. From there click on extensions. After that Chrome will open up a new tab that shows you all of the extensions you have. Any extension that is turned on, you’ll want to turn it off.

Update Graphics Card Driver 

A graphics card driver controls the graphics capabilities. YouTube may freeze because of old or corrupt video card drivers. Conversely, some card drivers might not be compatible with YouTube. 

For chrome, you may install the Driver Booster 6 by clicking on Free Download. Another way to find a graphics video driver that is right for you is to look on your computer’s website. Look for your laptop or PC’s manufacturer’s official website and you should be able to find their latest video driver. From there, download and install it. 

Close Out Processes From Task Manager

Similar to clearing your cache, you need to close out the processes that take up your RAM. You need to go to the 3 dots on the right upper hand corner. Then go to more tools and select Tasks Manager. From there you’ll want to end the processes of anything you don’t need and is taking up too much memory. 

Disable Flash

Many browsers have been trying to kill Flash. In fact, YouTube stopped using the flash plugin since 2016. 

Uninstall And Reinstall Google Chrome

This is more of a last-ditch attempt after trying everything else. You may try to uninstall or reinstall google chrome to see if this fixes the issue. If your computer or chrome has some kind of virus, this could solve your problem. 

To disable flash on Chrome type chrome://plugins into your URL in your Chrome browser. If you see an Adobe Flash Player in your list of plugins, then you need to disable it. Click the blue link that says disable. 


Hopefully one of these solutions has worked for you. We know it can be frustrating to be youtube crashing chrome. The good news is that once you’ve figured out the problem, you’ll likely never experience it again! 

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