How to Fix: YouTube 500 Internal Server Error

500 Internal Server Error on YouTube is occasional but not totally unheard of. You can face this error when the YouTube server gets down or you can get it even due to connectivity issues. Insufficient space on the device can also trigger this issue.

YouTube 500 Internal Server Error: Try these Fixes

In this section, we are going to mention some of the possible means to deal with this error. Implement them accordingly and fix the error at the earliest.

Method 1: Refresh The YouTube Website

If you are getting this error, the first thing that you should do is refresh the YouTube website. Refreshing the website will help you to fix the server error. Sometimes just reloading the page helps to get back the connectivity. There are a few ways of refreshing a website:

  • Right-click on the YouTube Page. Next, tap on the “Refresh” option.
  • Tap the “F5” key or you can simply hold the Ctrl and F5 key together to refresh the YouTube Page. 
  • Tap on the “Refresh” icon to reload the page.

Refresh The YouTube Website

Method 2: Remove the Browser Cookies

It is recommended to remove the cookies from the web browser to fix the error. And clearing the cookies are quite easy and less time-consuming. The steps to clear the cookies vary from one web browser to the other. Here we are mentioning the steps to clear cookies for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer. 

Google Chrome

If you are a Google Chrome user, you need to perform the following steps to clear the cookies from the Web Browser:

  • Open Google Chrome. From there, go to “Settings”
  • Now, click on “Clear Browsing Data” under Advanced.
  • Now, set the Time range to All time.
  • Make sure to check the boxes next to ‘Cookies and other site data’ and ‘Cached images and files.’
  • Now, click on Clear data.

After performing the above steps you will be able to remove the cookies from Google Chrome. Now, open the webpage of YouTube and check if you have fixed the error. 

Remove the Browser Cookies Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox 

If you are a Firefox user, the steps will be different from Chrome. You need to do the following to clear the browser cookies for YouTube.

  • Tap on the “Menu” button first. Now, click on the “Options” section. 
  • No, go to the “Privacy & Security” section and then click on the “Cookies and Site Data” option. 
  • Next, tap on the “Manage Data” button. On the screen, you will see the “Manage Cookies and Site Data ‘ dialog box. 
  • Now, go to the “Search Website” files and write the site name whose cookie you need to remove.

Note: For example, you need to write “YouTube” in the search field.

  • Next, click on the “Remove All Shown” option to remove all cookies and storage data from YouTube.
  • Now, tap on the “Save Changes” button. Next, a cookie removing confirmation dialog box will appear on the screen, click on the “OK” button.

Now after removing all the cookies from YouTube, open the webpage of YouTube and check if you have solved the error. 

Remove the Browser Cookies Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer

If you want to remove the browser cookie from Internet Explorer, you need to do as follows:

  • Open Internet Explorer and then go to the “Tools” button. Click on it.
  • Then choose the “Safety” option from the drop-down menu.
  • Now, choose “Delete Browsing History”. Make sure that the “Cookies and website data” box is checked.
  • Now, choose the “Delete” button to remove the website Cookies. 

Remove the Browser Cookies Internet Explorer

Method 3: Clear Browsing Data 

To avoid server issues from YouTube, it is suggested you use Google Chrome. But if you are using Chrome, you need to clear the browsing data. To clear browsing data, you need to do as follows:

  • Open Google Chrome. Now, go to the “Settings” option. 
  • From there, tap on the “Advanced” section and then tap on the “Clear browsing data”. 
  • Set the time range to All time and check the box next to Browsing history.
  • Now, click on Clear Data.

Clear Browsing Data

Now, close Chrome and restart it. Open YouTube and check if you are getting the server error. And if the server error persists, we would suggest you turn off the router and then turn it on again.

Maria Colombo
Maria Colombo
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