8 Best Fixes For YouTube Sound Not Working

Ah, YouTube – our go-to portal for everything from hilarious cat videos to informative tutorials and the latest music videos. But what happens when the sound suddenly decides to go AWOL? It’s like trying to enjoy a pizza without the cheese – it just isn’t the same. But fear not, I’ve been there, tackled it, and now I’m here to share with you my top six fixes for when YouTube sound decides to take an unscheduled vacation.

1. Check Volume Settings

First things first, let’s start with the basics. Is your device’s volume turned up? Is the YouTube video’s sound on? It might seem obvious, but hey, we all have those moments when the simplest things can trip us up.

Click on the speaker icon in the YouTube video window to ensure that the sound isn’t muted and the volume slider is turned up. Similarly, check the volume level on your device too.

Check Volume Settings


2. Update Your Web Browser

It’s no secret that outdated web browsers can act as fun spoilers. If your YouTube sound still isn’t playing ball, try updating your browser to the latest version. For detailed instructions on how to do this, check out this comprehensive guide.

Update Your Web Browser

3. Clear Cache and Cookies

If an outdated browser isn’t to blame, it might be time to consider a good ol’ cache and cookie clearout. These tiny bits of stored data can sometimes cause the most unexpected problems. Here’s how you do it:

  • In Chrome, click on the three dots on the top right corner, go to ‘More tools’ and select ‘Clear browsing data..
  • In Firefox, click on the library icon (it looks like books on a shelf), select ‘History’, then ‘Clear Recent History…’
  • For other browsers, this helpful guide has got you covered.
Clear Cache and Cookies

4. Check Your Audio Drivers

If YouTube is the only place where sound seems to be an issue, skip this step. But if your device is more silent than a library reading room, your audio drivers might be the culprit. Updating them could be the fix you need. For Windows users, this Driver Easy guide should come in handy.

Check Your Audio Drivers

5. Disable Extensions

Ever heard of the saying, “Too many cooks spoil the broth”? Well, in the case of browser extensions, too many can certainly spoil your YouTube experience. Some extensions may interfere with the video playback, so disabling them (one by one to figure out the troublemaker) might just solve your problem.

Disable Extensions

6. Try a Different Browser or Device

If you’ve tried everything else and the problem persists, it’s time to play detective. Try using a different browser or device to see if the problem is specific to your initial setup. If YouTube works perfectly elsewhere, you’ll know it’s a localized problem.

Believe me when I say, I’ve been in your shoes, and nothing feels better than bringing sound back to those silent videos. I hope these tricks work as well for you as they did for me. And remember, every problem has a solution – sometimes, it just takes a little tinkering.

7. “Inspect Audio Settings in YouTube Video”

While watching a YouTube video, there’s a possibility that the video’s audio settings were accidentally adjusted or muted.

Here’s how to inspect the audio settings:

  • Open the YouTube video you want to watch.
  • At the bottom left corner of the video window, you’ll find the volume icon. Click on it. If it shows a line through it, it means that the video has been muted. Click on it again to unmute.
  • Adjust the volume slider to your preferred level. The slider is located right next to the mute/unmute button. Move it to the right to increase the volume, and to the left to decrease it.
  • If there are captions or language options, ensure they’re set correctly. You can find these under the settings (gear icon) in the video window.

8. Update your Operating System”

Updating your operating system can resolve many problems, including issues with YouTube sound. New updates often include bug fixes, new features, and improved system stability.

For Windows:

  • Click the Start button (the Windows logo in the bottom left corner).
  • Go to Settings (the gear icon).
  • Click on Update & Security (the circular arrows icon).
  • Under the Windows Update tab, click on Check for updates. If there are any updates, follow the prompts to install them.

For MacOS:

  • Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen.
  • Click on System Preferences.
  • Click on Software Update.
  • If there are updates available, click on the Update Now button to install them.

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Benjamin Johnson

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