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How to fix common YouTube error codes?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

There are a few common YouTube error codes:

400: This error means that the request was invalid. This can happen if the URL is incorrect, or if there is a problem with the video itself.

401: This error means that the request is unauthorized. This can happen if the video is private or if you do not have permission to view it.

403: This error means that the request is forbidden. This can happen if the video is age-restricted or if it is in a country that you are not allowed to view it in.

404: This error means that the video was not found. This can happen if the URL is incorrect, or if the video has been deleted.

500: This error means that there is a problem with the server. This can happen if the server is down, or if there is a problem with the video itself.

503: This error means that the service is unavailable. This can happen if the server is down, or if there is a problem with the video itself.

1. 400 Bad Request

  1. Head to youtube.com/signin
  2. Enter your username and password
  3. Click on the “My account” button
  4. Click on the “Settings” button
  5. Scroll down to the “General” section
  6. Click on the “400 Bad Request” link
  7. Click on the “Fix it” button
  8. Enter your email address and click on the “Fix it” button
  9. Click on the “Confirm” button
  10. You will now be redirected back to youtube.com

2. 403 Forbidden

  1. On the top right corner of the main screen, click the three lines in a triangle to open the menu.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. On the Settings page, click General.
  4. On the General page, click the 403 error code.
  5. In the 403 error code area, click the Fix errors button.
  6. In the Fix errors dialog box, click the Fix errors button.
  7. If the error message is no longer displayed, then the fix has been successful. If the message is still displayed, then there may be a problem with your computer or YouTube account and you will need to try the fix again.

3. 404 Not Found

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to the Youtube website.
  2. On the homepage, click the “404 Not Found” link in the navigation bar.
  3. If the error message is a “Page not found” message, try the following: a. Check if the Youtube page is spelled correctly. b. Check if the page is located in the correct directory. c. Try searching for the page if it’s not listed in the main search results.
  4. If the page cannot be found, try the following solutions: a. Verify that the URL is correct. b. Verify that the page is hosted on the correct server. c. Verify that the page has the correct title and description. d. Verify that the page is linked to the correct videos.

4. 500 Internal Server Error

  1. If you are experiencing an error when trying to access your Youtube account, please try the following steps: a. Verify that you are using the correct login credentials. b. If you are using a public IP address, make sure that your firewall is not blocking Youtube traffic. c. If you are using a proxy server, make sure that the proxy is configured to allow Youtube traffic. d. If you are using a browser other than Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, make sure that your browser is updated to the latest version. e. If you are using a supported browser, please try disabling Flash Player and/or upgrading to the latest version. f. If you are using a mobile device, please try checking your internet connection and try accessing Youtube from a different device. g. If you are using a corporate network, please try contacting your network administrator.
  2. If you are still experiencing an error when trying to access your Youtube account, please try the following steps: a. Verify that you are using the correct login credentials. b. If you are using a public IP address, make sure that your firewall is not blocking Youtube traffic. c. If you are using a proxy server, make sure that the proxy is configured to allow Youtube traffic. d. If you are using a browser other than Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, make sure that your browser is updated to the latest version. e. If you are using a supported browser, please try disabling Flash Player and/or upgrading to the latest version. f. If you are using a mobile device, please try checking your internet connection and try accessing Youtube from a different device. g. If you are using a corporate network, please try contacting your network administrator.

Some users might also have success with the following opitons:

  1. 502 Bad Gateway
  2. 503 Service Unavailable
  3. 504 Gateway Timeout
  4. Try reloading the page.
  5. Check your internet connection.
  6. Try clearing your browser's cookies and cache.
  7. Try using a different browser.
  8. Try disabling any browser extensions or add-ons.
  9. Try accessing the site from a different device or network.
  10. Contact the site owner or administrator for help.