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9 Ways to Fix YouTube Playback Error

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If you’ve been getting “ Playback error. Tap to retry” error along with “ Playback ID on your YouTube video, it could be due to the Ad-blocker. Your video might have stopped while playing or didn’t play at all. 

Besides, if you encounter this error on your YouTube premium account, it could be due to unavailable membership in your region. However, you can fix the issue with minor tweaks on YouTube settings.

In this article, you can learn how to fix YouTube playback error issues on your device. 

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What Causes Youtube Playback Errors?

Usually, the general cause for YouTube playback errors is internet lagging. But, there can be other reasons for it too. You can find it out below.

  • Ad-blocker
  • Restricted Mode On
  • Corrupted YouTube Cache
  • Streaming Limits on device
  • Expired premium membership
  • Geo-restricted Videos 
  • Not supported High-definition video format

How to Fix the Youtube Playback Error

You can first try restarting your YouTube app on your device. If there are minor glitches, it should solve them. Also, you can restart your device to resolve system freezing issues caused by excessive RAM usage. Then, try playing the video on YouTube. If the issue still persists, you can follow the given fixes. 

Check Your Internet Connection

Your Internet connection influences streaming quality on YouTube. Especially for HD videos, YouTube recommends a minimum speed of 5 Mbps for the seamless video streaming. So, you might get a playback error or video buffering error if your Wi-Fi connectivity is slow. 

You can try checking your Internet connection through an internet speed test. Connect your device to a strong Wi-Fi signal if your internet speed lags. You should be able to play the video. 

Remove Ad-blocker Apps and Extensions

If you are using an Ad-blocker on your YouTube, there are chances that it is leading to a playback error. Some sites on YouTube might play ads that can be misleading or intrusive.

There might be a conflicting error between YouTube and the Ad-blocker. Or, there might be viruses or bugs on extensions. So, you can disable or uninstall Ad-blocker to solve the issue. 

Change Video Quality 

Some devices or browsers might not support 4k or high-definition YouTube video format. So, you might encounter playback errors. Also, trying to play such high-quality video with a weak internet connection can lead to this error. In such case, you can try changing the Video Quality.

Follow the steps below to change the video quality:

On Mobile

  1. On your video, tap on the Gear icon (Settings) at the top of your screen
  2. From the menu, tap on Quality
    tap on Quality
  3. Choose either Auto or Data saver video quality
    Choose either Auto or Data saver video quality

On PC

  1. Click on the Settings at the bottom of your screen on your video.
  2. Then, go to Quality 
    Go to Quality
  3. From the list, choose a lower video quality than before

Disable Hardware Acceleration

Although Hardware Acceleration is extremely useful in functioning programs faster, it might cause lagging, crashing, or freezing issues occasionally. So, you might encounter playback errors while using YouTube on your browser. By default, it is enabled on browsers. So, you must disable it from the browser settings.

Follow theses steps to disable hardware acceleration on Google Chrome below:

  1. Click on the three Vertical dots, i.e., More icon at the top-right corner of your screen
  2. From the menu, select Settings > System
  3. On Use Hardware acceleration when available, switch the toggle left to turn it off
    disable-hardware-acceleration1
  4. To refresh the changes, restart Chrome and try playing a YouTube video

Temporarily Disable Restricted Mode

If the restricted mode is enabled on your account, you might face a playback error on some videos. With this feature, you will have limitations on the YouTube experience. It will filter your videos all inappropriate videos. So, if you’ve enabled this feature, you can try turning it off temporarily and playing a video.

Follow the steps given below:

On Mobile

  1. On your YouTube app, tap on your Profile
  2. Go to Settings > General
  3. Find Restricted Mode and Switch the toggle left to turn it off
    YouTube turn off Restricted Mode

On PC

  1. On your YouTube account, navigate to your Profile at the top-right
  2. Then, Select Restricted Mode
  3. On Activate Restricted Mode, Switch the Toggle left to disable it 
    Disable restriction mode on PC

Change Your Region

You might’ve set your YouTube account to a different region. Some videos are geo-restricted. Thus, a “playback error” might appear on your screen if you are trying to play the video. You can change your region on your YouTube account to solve it.

Here’re the steps you need to follow:

On Mobile

  1. On the YouTube app, navigate to your Profile > Settings
  2. Tap on General > Location 
    Change Location on Mobile
  3. From the list, Select your Preferred Location 
  4. Restart the YouTube app to refresh changes

On PC

  1. From the top corner of the YouTube home screen, click on your Profile icon
  2. Then, click on the Location
    click on the Location
  3.  Select your Preferred Location 
  4. Restart YouTube

Clear YouTube Cache

Although cache data can help YouTube loading experience faster, it can be corrupt if you haven’t cleared it. Such a corrupted cache leads to video lagging and freezing issues. Thus, you will encounter a “playback error.” So, you can clear the YouTube cache to improve loading performance. Your video should play after clearing it. 

Try Using Incognito Mode

Sometimes your IP address might be blocklisted, which prevents you from accessing videos. So, you most likely encounter “Something went wrong. Tap to retry.” So, you can try playing the YouTube video in incognito mode. All your activities will be private and not saved in this mode. 

Follow the steps given below:

On Mobile

  1. At the top-right of the YouTube home screen, tap on your Profile
  2. Then, select Turn on Incognito Mode 
    Turn on Incognito mode on YouTube

On PC

  1. Open New Incognito Window on your browser
  2. Then, go to YouTube and start playing videos

Update YouTube

If you are still using an older version of YouTube, there might be a bug in YouTube that is causing an error loading your video. YouTube releases its new version update with fixed bugs, repairs, and improved performance. So, you can update the YouTube app regularly for a better experience. 

How to Fix YouTube Premium Playback Error?

Basically, you might encounter playback ID if your premium YouTube membership account has ended. So, firstly, you can try checking your membership account status. If it hasn’t expired, you can try the fixes mentioned below.  

Check if You Are Logged in to Your Premium Account

If you encounter a playback error watching downloaded videos on your YouTube premium, chances are you logged into your normal account. So, check if you are logged in to your premium account. You can try re-logging into your YouTube premium account. 

Close YouTube From Multiple Devices

Although premium users of YouTube can enjoy streaming on multiple devices simultaneously, it has limitations. You can stream maximum on two devices simultaneously for individual YouTube premium users. Similarly, you can stream five devices together on YouTube’s premium family plan. 

So, if you’ve reached the limitations, your video will pause, leading to a playback error. You can stop streaming YouTube from multiple devices. Then, try using it from only one device. You should be able to play videos. 

Check if Premium Membership is Available in Your Location

YouTube Premium memberships are not available in all countries. So, if you’ve just shifted the Location and tried to use YouTube premium, you will face a playback error. You can check if the premium membership is available in your current location

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How to Connect AirPods to Samsung TV? (Step-by-Step Guide)

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AirPods are generally designed to work with Apple products like iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. However, you can use it with other TV sets as well, provided that your TV has an integrated Bluetooth function. Although you can easily pair and use AirPods with your Samsung TV, you are unable to access some advanced features like Siri and automatic ear detection.

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Step 1: Check Bluetooth on Your TV

Since the AirPods use a Bluetooth interface to connect to your Samsung TV, you should first verify if there is Bluetooth on your TV. Else, you won’t be able to create a connection.

  1. Go to the lower left corner of your Samsung TV’s home screen and choose Source.
  2. Tap Connection Guide.
    source-connection-guide
  3. If your TV is Bluetooth enabled, you will see the Bluetooth option there.
    connection-guide-window

Tip: There are also other methods to check if your TV has Bluetooth. You can consult this detailed guide on how to check Bluetooth in TVs. If your TV does not have Bluetooth, you may get a compatible Bluetooth adapter and then pair AirPods with it.

Step 2: Enable Pairing Mode on AirPods

Once you verify your TV has Bluetooth, now you should enable pairing mode on the AirPods. Depending upon whether you own the latest AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, or earlier generation of AirPods, the steps to enable the pairing mode are pretty different.

Moreover, you should unpair the AirPods from your iPhone or other devices if you have connected them earlier. Else, you might face a problem connecting it to the TV.

On AirPods Pro and Other Models

Follow these steps to enable pairing mode on AirPods Pro, 2nd generation AirPods and 3rd generation AirPods.

  1. Take your AirPods near the TV and open the top cover of the AirPods casing. But, do not take the AirPods out.
    open-airpod-casing
  2. Now locate the small button on the AirPods case.
    pairing-button-in-airpods
  3. Press and keep pressing the button till the indicator starts blinking white. It indicates that your TV can now discover the AirPods.
    white-light-blinking-on-airpods

On AirPods Max

If you own AirPods Max, the over-the-ear headphones from Apple, go through these steps and activate the pairing mode.

  1. Grab your AirPods Max and locate the Noise cancellation button.
    airpods-max-noise-cancel-button
  2. Keep pressing that noise cancellation button until you see a white indicator, beside the charging port, blinking.
  3. Your AirPods Max has now entered pairing mode.

Step 3: Configure Connection on TV

Now that you have enabled the pairing mode, the TV can discover the AirPods under the Bluetooth device list. You can then pair and listen through the AirPods.

  1. Open Settings from the home screen. You can also directly press the Settings button on your remote.
    settings-menu-on-samsung-tv
  2. Move down to Sound and select it.
    sound-menu-on-tv
  3. Choose the Sound Output option.
    sound-output-option
  4. Go down to Bluetooth Speaker List or Bluetooth Audio and tap it.
    select bluetooth audio
  5. Your TV will now start searching for nearby Bluetooth devices. You can Cancel the process and Refresh the search window if it does not discover your AirPods.
    scan for airpods
  6. Tap the name of your AirPods.
  7. Then press Pair and Connect.
  8. Go back to the Sound Output window and you will see your AirPods name listed there.
  9. You can now listen to your TV through the AirPods.
  10. Increasing or decreasing the volume of your TV will adjust the volume on your AirPods accordingly.

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5 Ways to Connect Headphones to TV

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5 Ways to Connect Headphones to TV

With the advent of modern technology, TV manufacturers have started integrating Bluetooth modules into their TVs. It has made connecting Bluetooth devices like wireless headphones to your TV a breeze. However, older TV models may lack support for Bluetooth. In such cases, you can make use of a 3.5mm audio port on the TV.

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Using 3.5mm Audio Port

If you are planning to use wired headphones with your TV, you can simply use the integrated 3.5mm headphone port on your TV. The headphone port is generally located at the rear or side panel of your TV. However, all the TVs may not have a headphone port on them. So, first, inspect if the port is available and then connect your headphones accordingly.

  1. Locate the 3.5mm headphone port on your TV. It looks like this with a headphone symbol.
    headphone-port-on-tv
  2. Connect the 3.5mm audio jack of headphones to the headphone OUT port.
    3.5mm-headphone-jack
  3. If your headphones use a USB power source, connect the USB connector to the USB port on the TV. If the USB port is not available on your TV, you may use a separate USB adapter for the power supply.
    headphone-with-usb-power-source

After setting up the connection, you need to change the sound output device on your TV. Let’s see how to do it on Samsung TVs.

  1. Go to the lower left of the home screen and open Settings.
    settings-menu-on-samsung-tv
  2. Choose Sound on the Settings window.
    sound-menu-on-tv
  3. Tap Sound Output on the right side.
    sound-output-option
  4. It is set to TV Speakers by default. Change it to Audio OUT.
    select-audio-out-on-speakers
  5. You can now listen to the TV audio through your headphones.

Note: You can not listen to your TV using a headphone that only has a USB connector. They are designed specifically for PCs. The USB ports on TV are designed for power supply and taking inputs from the USB drives only. It does not have a sound module to output the sound from your TV.

Using 3.5mm to RCA Adapter

Next, you can use a 3.5mm Female to RCA Male Adapter if your TV does not have a dedicated 3.5mm headphone OUT port. But, your TV must have an RCA Audio OUT (Red and White ports) to use this adapter.

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  1. Get the adapter from your nearby electronics store.
  2. Connect the 3.5mm audio jack of your headphone to the female side of the adapter.
    connecting-headphone-jack-to-rca-female
  3. Then connect the RCA jacks to the Left and Right RCA Audio OUT ports on TV.
    connecting-rca-cables-to-tv-audio-out
  4. Plug the USB power cord of headphones into the power supply.
  5. Change the default speakers to RCA on the sound settings of your TV.

Using Optical Amp/DAC Converter

Most of the TVs today come up with an Optical OUT port. So, you can use an optical cable to connect the TV and Optical Amp/DAC Converter, then plug in the headphone to the converter. It provides a pleasing sound experience with minimal lags and interference.

  1. Plug one end of the optical cable into Optical OUT on the TV and another end into Optical IN on the converter.
    optical-out-port-on-tv
  2. Turn on the power supply of the converter.
  3. Connect your headphone to the Headphone port on the converter.

Using Bluetooth

Listening to TV with wired headphones can be pretty clumsy. It will create a mess around your room making it difficult to move around. Not only that, the shorter cable length prevents you from maintaining distance with your TV, resulting in eyestrain.

Tip: You may get a 3.5mm audio cable extender of suitable length to sort out the issue but rather than that, you may opt to use Bluetooth headphones.

If your TV has Bluetooth, you can easily pair the wireless headphone to the TV. The steps to pair a Bluetooth device to your TV are quite similar in most TV models. Here, we are referencing Google TV for demonstration.

  1. Turn on the pairing mode on your Bluetooth headphones. Generally, these headphones have a dedicated button to enable pairing mode.
    pairing-button-on-wireless-headphones
  2. Then go to your TV and tap the Profile picture logo on the home screen.
    profile-picture-logo-on-google-tv
  3. Tap Settings.
    settings-on-google-tv
  4. Move down to Remote & Accessories and tap it.
  5. Tap Pair remote or accessory on the right side.
    pair-remote-or-accessories
  6. Your TV will now start searching for nearby devices.
    searching-for-accessories
  7. Select your headphone from the device list.
    select-device-to-pair-on-google-tv
  8. Tap Pair on the Bluetooth Pairing Request screen.
    pair-headphone-to-google-tv

Using Streaming Devices

If your TV does not have a Bluetooth function, you may get a compatible Bluetooth adapter for your TV and use it. Besides, if you have streaming devices like Roku Stick, Amazon Fire Stick or gaming consoles like Nintendo, you can also easily use the integrated Bluetooth functionality to pair your wireless headphones to the TV.

However, with these streaming devices, you can only stream the content available on their platform. You won’t be able to watch other TV channels that are available through your cable operator. Let’s see how to add Bluetooth headphones to Amazon Fire Stick.

  1. From the homepage of your Fire TV, open Settings.
    settings-on-fire-tv
  2. Select Controllers & Bluetooth Devices tab.
    controllers-and-bluetooth-devices
  3. Choose Other Bluetooth Devices.
    other-bluetooth-devices
  4. Tap Add Bluetooth Devices.
    add-bluetooth-devices-option
  5. Select your headphone on the list and follow the on-screen instructions to pair it with your TV.

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Dell XPS Not Charging? Try These 6 Fixes

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Dell XPS Not Charging? Try These 6 Fixes

Even if you have one of the top-of-the-line laptops as the Dell XPS, they only function for a couple of hours without a charger. So it is definitely a cause for concern when your charger stops working. 

Several components need to function simultaneously to charge the laptop when you plug it in. These components include the charger, the battery itself, and the charging port. Even if these components are functional, an outdated battery driver or the BIOS could stop the battery from charging. 

Due to all possible components failure, it can get quite troublesome to find one particular solution to fix the charging issue on your Dell XPS. 

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Before We Begin

First, make sure that the charging port on both ends, the laptop and wall socket, are functional. Try disconnecting and reconnecting the charger from both laptop’s charging port and the wall outlet.

The charger brick or the adapter may also be at fault. Some laptop chargers will have an LED on the charger’s brick. Check if it light ups. If it does not light up, the brick is likely causing the charging issue.

The LED located on the side of the charging port should also light up when the laptop starts to charge. If your OS does not indicate battery level on the action bar you can also check the charging LED.

Check if the charger has any noticeable physical damage. Physical damages may include broken or exposed wires. We also recommend that you check the laptop’s charging port to ensure that the port does not have any visible damage to it.

The laptop’s AC charger also needs to have the correct voltage for it to charge the laptop. To make sure that the AC adapter you are using supplies the correct amount of voltage, you can check the recommended laptop’s voltage.

  1. Check the base of the laptop for stickers from the manufacturer.
  2. Here, you should see the recommended voltage for the laptop.
    check laptop and charger voltage watt
  3. If your laptop does not have a voltage recommendation, we recommend that you check the laptop’s user manual.
  4. The recommended voltage should match the voltage supplied by the AC adapter.

Once you are certain that the issue is not with a loose cable, damage to the component, or the charging port, you can try to power cycle the laptop to see if it fixes the issue.

Power Cycle the Laptop

The motherboard on your laptop has multiple capacitors that store charge. When you turn off the laptop the capacitors may still hold a charge. To make sure there is no residual charge on the capacitor, you need to power cycle the laptop to give the charging component a fresh start.

To discharge the capacitors, you first need to remove any power source from the laptop. This includes the charger and the battery.

remove dell laptop detachable battery

If you are using an older XPS model, the laptop should have a detachable battery. In that case, you can simply slide the battery out of the laptop.

For the newer XPS mode, you need to remove the back panel to access the batteries. 

  1. Disconnect the charger from the laptop.
  2. Remove all the screws on the back side of your Dell XPS.
    remove all screws on dell xps
  3. Insert one end of the pry tool between the laptop and the backplate. 
    open dell xps back plate charger not working
  4. Slightly turn the tool until you hear a click to unclip the backplate from the laptop. Repeat this process all around the backplate.
  5. Once you unclip the laptop’s backplate, gently remove it.
  6. Now, you will have access to the entire laptop battery.
  7. Check for a cable that connects the battery to the laptop’s motherboard and disconnect it.remove battery cable motherboard

Once you have removed the battery, it is now time to discharge the capacitors.

  1. Gently open the laptop’s lid.
  2. Press and hold the power button for one minute to discharge the laptop.
    press power button on dell
  3. Connect the battery cable back to the laptop’s motherboard.
  4. Clip all sides of the backplate back to the laptop and screw it in.
  5. Connect the charger to the laptop and see if it starts charging.

Turn On the Laptop Without Batteries

Discharging the capacitors may not fix the issue at hand if you have a dead battery or a broken charger. To determine the exact cause of the problem, you can try turning on the system without the battery.

  1. Remove the AC source from the laptop.
  2. Disconnect the battery connected to the laptop.
    remove battery cable motherboard
  3. Discharge the capacitors on the laptop.
    press power button on dell
  4. Plug the charger directly into a wall outlet and connect the charger to your laptop.

If the XPS turns on, the problem is likely with the batteries, and replacing it would be the best course of action.

Run Power Troubleshooter

The Power troubleshooter checks the power issues on your laptop and changes settings that could result in lowering power consumption. It also helps identify and fix any problem with the laptop’s battery.

Try running the power troubleshooter to see if it fixes the charging issue on your laptop.

  1. Open Windows Settings by pressing the Windows + I key simultaneously.
  2. Navigate to System > Troubleshoot.
    open troubleshooter dell xps
  3. Select Other troubleshooters.
    other troubleshooter windows dell xps
  4. Run the Power Troubleshooter.
    run power troubleshooter dell laptop xps

Change Dell Power Manager Configurations

Dell power manager allows Dell laptop users to access several power management settings. These include battery health, charge status, and battery settings. It also allows you to schedule when the laptop charges.

Besides this, you can also start and stop the AC supply to the laptop depending on the amount of charge left on your laptop. When enabled, the laptop only starts to charge after it falls below a certain percentage. If you have these settings enabled, the laptop will not charge unless certain criteria are met.

To ensure that this is not the case, disable Dell Power Manager.

  1. Press the Windows key and click on All apps.
    all apps dell power manager
  2. Select Dell Power Manager.
  3. On the left panel click on Advanced Charge and disable it.
    disable advanced charge dell xps
  4. Similarly, select Peak shift and disable it.
    disable peak shift dell xps laptop
  5. Check the action bar to see if the laptop starts charging.

Check Laptop Batteries Health

Dell computer allows you to check your laptop battery health using BIOS. A healthy battery should have a Health indication that says Excellent or OK. If the Health says Poor, you should consider replacing the batteries and it could be why the laptop is not charging.

  1. Repeatedly press the F2 key during boot to enter BIOS on Dell computers.
  2. Under Settings, click on the + icon on General.
  3. Click on Battery Information.
  4. On the right panel, check the battery’s health.
    battery info on dell xps laptop

Alternatively, you can also check the battery’s health using the command prompt.

  1. Simultaneously press Windows + R to open Run.
  2. Type cmd and press Enter.
    open command dell xps laptop
  3. Type powercfg /batteryreport and hit enter to save the battery life report to a certain file.
    run battery report command dell xps laptop
  4. Copy the file path from the command prompt and paste it into the file path in File Explorer.
  5. Open the .html file using any browser to see your battery’s health.
    battery health dell xps laptop

Here, check Full Charge Capacity and Designed Capacity. If the current full charge capacity is lower than the laptop’s designed capacity, the battery on your Dell XPS is failing. In that case, you should replace the battery to fix the issue.

Update/Reinstall Battery Driver

The battery connected to the laptop may not function properly if the battery driver has issues. Furthermore, an outdated driver may face multiple complications when communicating with the OS. The battery driver is also responsible for the battery icon you see on the action menu. 

Any issues with the battery driver could be why your Dell XPS is not charging. To fix this, try updating the driver.

  1. Press the Windows icon and the X key simultaneously.
  2. Select Device manager.
  3. Expand Batteries and double-click on Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
  4. Go to the Driver tab and select Update driver.
    update battery driver dell xps laptop
  5. Click on Search for drivers automatically.

If updating the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery driver does not work try reinstalling the driver entirely.

  1. In Device Manager, expand Batteries and open Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
  2. Go to the Driver tab and press Uninstall Device. Once the process completes, the battery indicator will disappear.
    uninstall battery driver
  3. Restart your PC to install the battery driver.

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