How to Fix YouTube 400 Error

Are you facing YouTube 400 error “Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request? This is the most annoying issue that one faces. Now to worry, we bring you the tutorial on how to fix youtube 400 error in chrome windows and android.

Youtube is widely used in android app, smart tv, and computers to watching videos and also to have courses to educate and for entertainment. The only problem with YouTube is, it requires a good internet connection. If you have an unstable internet connection, you will face a youtube error. We had covered various youtube tricks on our website such as How to improve youtube buffering speed.

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Prior to getting into the tutorial to fix the youtube 400 error let us understand why we face this chrome youtube error 400 and the causes of the error. So without wasting more time, lets start with the tutorial on how to fix 400 error when trying to open youtube in chrome.

What is a 400 error for YouTube?

This is an error that we get when we open youtube which is related to a server issue or have an unstable internet connection. One encounter with this error in the android app and in the windows website.

Now that we are known why do we get this error, let’s proceed with the soution.

Methods to fix youtube 400 error in windows and android

There is an exact method to fix this youtube error 400. So we have to try different methods which can help us to fix this issue. We have posted different ways to fix youtube errors so try all them one by one and check which methods had helped you.

1. Check Internet connectivity

Server connection error indicated that your internet connectivity is not stable. The first step to fix this youtube error 400 is to check whether your internet connection is not disturbed. If you are using a LAN connection then do check the LAN port.

2. Correct Date and Time

There is no direct relation between internet connectivity and date and time but the website certificates check it. If your computer’s CMOS battery is dead, you probably facing incorrect date and time errors in your computer. Dead CMOS battery cause this problem as your computer date and time is not getting updated automatically.

In this case, check your computer date and time and make sure it is correct. If not then follow the below tutorial to correct date and time and if your computer date and time are not on auto-update then do change your CMOS battery.

Step 1 : Click on start and search “time and date” and open Date and time setting.

Step 2 : Date and time setting will be open, now click on the Set date and time automatically.

set date and time in windows 10

In this way, you can correct the date and time on your computer or system. Now open your internet browser and load the website and check if your problem is fixed or not.

3. Switch internet browser to fix youtube server error 400

Google chrome is a commonly used internet browser that most of us use to browse the internet. The first way to check whether this issue is with a particular internet browser i.e. Google chrome or firefox is the load the website in a different internet browser.

Several internet browsers are there which you can use to browser the internet such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and many more. Do try to load the youtube website on another browser and check whether you are getting the same error or not. If yes then do follow other

4. Clear cache and browsing data

Google chrome cache and browsing data are helpful to load previously loaded or open websites fast. But in some case when there are not clear at a regular time, these cache files of chrome causes the problem. Hence it is essential to clear the browser cache of chrome at regular intervals. Due to cache files piled up, you might be getting youtube error 400. Hence to fix those issue, you need to clear browsing data, cache and cookie files of chrome. Here are the steps to do so.

Step 1: Open google chrome and open chrome settings.

Step 2: Now scroll down to the last and click on advance option.

reset google chrome to default

Step 3: Now under Privacy and security section, navigate to Cookies and other site data > All cookies and site data. Here you will find a search bar, type “Youtube” and click on delete button of all search result to delete cookies of youtube website.

chrome clear cache for site

Now restart Google chrome and check if your problem of youtube server error 400 is fixed or not. If not then proceed with the following solutions.

5. Use Incognito mode

Incognito mode is another feature that is available in most of internet brower. Incognito mode allows you to surf the website without storing the cache and cookies of the website. So this is another way to check whether this problem is due to cache or not. To do so here are the steps to open a website in Incognito mode.

  1. Firstly open Google chrome and click on the three-vertical dot option button.
  2. Now click on New incognito windows.
incognito mode in chrome

In this way, you can open Incognito mode in chrome.

If you are using any other internet browser such as Firefox then the tutorial to open incognito mode in Mozilla Firefox is also described. In Firefox, private windows is the term used for features recognized as an incognito mode in Google Chrome. Here are the steps.

  1. Open Mozilla firefox and click on three-horizontal line button.
  2. Now click on New private windows.
new private window firefox

In this way, you can open incognito mode in Mozilla Firefox.

After opening incognito mode in either Firefox or Google Chrome, try to load the website and check if the error still persists.

6. Reset Google Chrome

Now as all the above methods are tried and the error is not fixed then you need to reset chrome. Maybe there will be some problem with the setting and to make all the settings set to default, we need to reset google chrome. To do so, follow the below steps.

Step 1 : Open Google Chrome and then click on setting button and then click on settings.

Step 2 : Now scroll down to the last and click on Advanced.

Step 3 : Now move to Reset and clean up section and then click on Restore settings to their original defaults option.

Step 4 : A window will popup to ask whether you want to reset the setting.

Step 5 : Click on Reset setting and in this way, Chrome will be reset to the default setting.

reset setting to default in chrome

Now open restart Google Chrome and check if your problem of YouTube There was a problem with the server is fixed or not.

7. Flush DNS

Now the other solution to fix this YouTube 400 error is to reset an internet connection but flush DNS in Windows. Here are the steps to flush DNS in Windows 10,8.1 and 8.

Step 1 : Click on the Start button and search for the command prompt, as the search result appears, right-click on it and click on Run as administrator to open CMD as administrator.

Step 2 : Now type the below commands and hit enter after every command.

ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
netsh winsock reset

Now Restart the computer and try to load YouTube on the computer and check if your problem is fixed or not. If not then continue with the below steps.

8. Reinstall Google Chrome

This is the last option that one has to do if none of the above solutions works. If by following all the steps posted above still, you are facing the same YouTube error, you can try reinstalling Google Chrome or any other internet browser. Here are the steps to download a fresh installer of Google Chrome and install it into the system.

Step 1 : First click on the start button and search for Add or remove program.

Step 2 : Now search for Google Chrome and click on it.

Step 3 : Here you will get options, modify or uninstall.

Step 4 : Click on uninstall.

uninstall google chrome from windows

In this way, you can uninstall Google chrome. Now to download fresh Google chrome installer from the below link

Install it and open it. Now follow the on-screen instruction and install Google chrome in your system.

These are the steps to install chrome in the system. This must fix your issue of YouTube server error.

Fix 400 Bad Request youtube error in android

Not only on Windows, but users also reported that they faced There was a problem with the network [400] error on the YouTube Android app. If you are one of those and facing a network 400 error on the YouTube app then follow the below tutorial.


1. Check internet connectivity

This is the basic step to troubleshoot error is the way to check whether your internet connection is stable or not. It is possible that your due to low signal strength, your data connection is not stable which is throwing youtube error 400. You can check by swithching from mobile data to wifi and check if your problem is fixed or not.

Now check app there was a problem with the server (400) problem is fixed or not. If not, continue reading the tutorial.

2. Update the YouTube app to the latest version

YouTube keeps on pushing new features with new updates. Sometimes they discontinue the support to the older app version and this may result in an error. By default, Google Play Store enables auto-updates of apps when connected to wifi. If you have disabled that option, there is a possibility that your YouTube app is not updated to the latest version. Here are the steps that you can follow.

Step 1 : Open the Google Play Store app on your Android phone.

Step 2 : Tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to open the menu.

Step 3 : Select “My apps & games” from the menu.

Step 4 : Look for the YouTube app in the list of apps that appear.

Step 5 : If there is an update available for the app, you will see the “Update” button next to it. Tap on the “Update” button and your app will be updated to the latest version.

So to fix that you need to update the youtube app to the latest version and check whether this method has fixed the youtube 400 error chrome or not. If not, continue with the solution.

3. Reset app preference and Clear cache of youtube app

The cache can play a vital role in showing the error. It is important to clear the android phone cache as it causes various problems such as battery drain, apps crash, system lag, and many more. To avoid this problem, we can reset app preference and clear the app cache. Here are the steps to clear cache of YouTube app and reset app preference.

Step 1 : Unlock your Android phone and open phone settings.

Step 2 : Now search for apps and tap on it to open them.

Step 3 : Now tap on the three-dot button and select Reset app preferences.

In this way, you can reset app preferences in Android phone. Now proceed with the steps to clear the YouTube app cache.

Step 1 : In the phone setting option, search for apps and open it.

Step 2 : Now search for YouTube app.

Step 3 : Here you will see the storage option, tap on it and then tap on Clear cache to delete app cache

After following all the above steps, click open YouTube app and check if your problem is fixed or not.

4. Disable and re-enable the youtube app

YouTube apps come as a pre-installed app as this comes under Google Apps and android is developed by Google. As this comes as pre-installed, once can’t uninstall app from the mobile. We can only disable it hence it is not possible to re-install the YouTube app.

Now to re-install, one had to disable the YouTube app which will remove all the data and restore back to the factory version and then we can update it to the lastest version. Here are the steps to disable and re-enable the YouTube app.

Step 1 : Unlock android phone and open setting.

Step 2 : Now tap on apps to open apps installed in app. Search for system apps and top on it.

Step 3 : Now search for YouTube and open it.

Step 4 : Here you will see disable and force stop option.

Step 5 : Tap on disable button and it will ask you whether you want to replace it with factory verison.

Step 6 : Tap on OK to proceed.

disable chrome android

Step 7 : Now click on enable and update app to the latest version from the Play Store.

Step 8 : Now open app and the error i.e. There was a problem with the network [400] will be fixed.

In this way, you can fix youtube error 400 chrome is fixed in Android phone.

FAQ (Fix YouTube 400 Error)

1. How to fix youtube There was a problem with the network [400]

The main reason why you are facing this error is your youtube apps is not updated to the lastest version and youtube had discontinue this older version. Hense you need to update youtube app to fix this network 400 error in android phone.

2. Why is my YouTube saying there was a problem with the server?

This error usually occurs when you have an unstable network or your data connection is too weak to load the YouTube app in your Android phone. To fix this, you need to check data connectivity and make sure you have an active data connection.

Wrapping Up

This is a detailed tutorial on how to fix youtube 400 errors with these solutions. If you have any problems related to this error then feel free to use the comment section. In case you want us to cover any other problem then do let us know in the comments. Join our Facebook group Android And Windows Errors Solution where we discuss your problem related to windows and android errors.

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Ronak Prajapatit is a Chemical Engineer by profession and a Part-Time blogger. He is a passionate tech blogger who likes to share his knowledge and helped to troubleshoot problems of computers and PC.

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