YouTube is arguably the most used app on any Android device, whether it is a smartphone or tablet. Given the large size of a mobile screen, people like to watch their favorite videos and movies on YouTube. But sometimes, this visual treat turns bitter with an error message that reads, “YouTube has stopped”. So what is the fix for this error “Unfortunately YouTube has stopped” on Android phone and tablet?

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Well, there are a couple of solutions to fix this issue. In our troubleshooting guide, we will deal with the issue with four different fixes. You can follow each one by one; even if your problem is resolved, continue reading for your knowledge and information to share with others.

How to Fix Unfortunately YouTube Has Stopped Error on Android

How to Fix “Unfortunately YouTube Has Stopped” Error on Android Phone and Tablet

YouTube users are most annoyed by this error as it spoils their entertainment time. Simply follow the methods and get rid of ‘App has stopped’ error on your Android device.

Force Stop

First and foremost, force stop the YouTube app and then launch the app again on your device.

Step #1. Launch Settings app.

Launch Settings on Android Phone

Step #2. Tap on AppsApplication list.

Tap on Application List in Android Apps Settings

Step #3. Select YouTube from the app list and tap on it.

Select YouTube in Android Application List

Step #4. Here, tap on FORCE STOP button.

Force Stop YouTube App on Android

Go back to app drawer and open YouTube and enjoy the videos. If the problem persists, read more.

Clear YouTube App Cache and Data

You watch videos often, especially during the night and clean forgot to clear app cache. When the app cache gets piled up, YouTube begins to throw tantrums and stops working. An easy solution is to clear app cache and data from YouTube on your Android phone or tablet.

Step #1. Open Settings on your device.

Launch Settings on Android Phone

Step #2. Tap on Apps and then Application list.

Tap on Apps in Android Settings

Step #3. Scroll down and locate YouTube from the app list; tap on it.

Select YouTube in Android Application List

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Step #4. Next, tap on Storage option.

Tap on Storage in YouTube App info on Android

Step #5. Here, you will find two options: CLEAR DATA & CLEAR CACHE.

Clear YouTube Data and Cache on Android

When you hit CLEAR DATA, a pop-up appears on the screen asking you to confirm your action. Tap on OK button. Similarly, tap on CLEAR CACHE and remove all the cache files from YouTube app.

Uninstall/Reinstall YouTube App

YouTube is now available as a default app on many devices. However, there are many Android devices that do not come with YouTube as the stock app. If the app is not built-in, you can uninstall YouTube and then reinstall to get rid of the error.

Open Settings ⟶ Apps ⟶ Application list ⟶ YouTube ⟶ UNINSTALL ⟶ OK.

Alternatively, you can uninstall YouTube from Google Play Store.

Launch Google Play Store ⟶ Hamburger icon ⟶ My apps & games ⟶ INSTALLED ⟶ YouTube ⟶ UNINSTALL.

Uninstall YouTube Using Google Play Store

Soft Reset

A soft reset means restarting your device. This will put many things in order; simply turn off your phone and then power it on again. It is a good practice to power off your Android device once a week. I would recommend shutting down the phone in the night and starting it again in the morning. A good night sleep for you and your phone!

Factory Reset

This should be your last option, as it will wipe out all your phone data including photos, files, documents, app data and all. Before you factory reset your Android phone, take a backup of your Android device data and then go ahead.

Step #1. Go to the Settings.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Backup & reset.

Step #3. Next, tap on Factory data reset.

Tap on Factory data reset on Android

Step #4. Finally, tap on Reset Phone and then Erase Everything.

Tap on Reset phone and then tap on Erase Everythings on Android

Note: This action of yours will remove all your data, including Google account settings, Settings configuration data and applications, Installed apps, Music, Photos, Other user data, and Linked accounts (Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter, and more).

After factory reset, you have to configure your phone or tablet again from scratch.

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Hopefully, above solutions will fix the issue of ‘YouTube has stopped’ error on your Android phone and tablet. Which solution did work for you? Share your feedback with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.