YouTube not working on iPhone 12 mini? Fix it here


YouTube might be down right now, but here are some fixes you can try if YouTube is not working on iPhone 12 mini.
Several users across different regions have reported that they are unable to play videos on YouTube on iPhone 12 mini. The issue seems to be arising because of AdBlock or AdBlock Plus. Disabling them could resolve your problem. However, some users are also facing trouble playing videos without any adblocker installed or running. If you’re among those facing issues at present, you can find a list of possible fixes below.

YouTube is the largest online video platform in the world, with more than 1.5 billion logged-in visitors each month. Around 400 hours of content are uploaded every minute, and over a billion hours of videos are watched per day. So, what do you do when you discover YouTube not working on iPhone 12 mini?

Google does a great job of keeping YouTube up and running, but there have been occasional times when the service goes down. Unfortunately, Google’s App Status dashboard does not include YouTube, so it can be difficult to determine if it’s just you. We generally recommend going straight to the horse’s mouth – at least on Twitter. The official Twitter account for @TeamYouTube will generally advise of issues that are occurring.

Failing that, there’s always our favorite standby: That will only report if the actual website is down. So if the website is up but videos won’t play, you’ll get mixed results from this site.

It’s up – I need help

Assuming everything is up and running, there are a few common issues that can interrupt your service. The most common problem? Videos won’t play. This can be a real pain, for obvious reasons, especially for those who use YouTube regularly.

If you’re having trouble accessing YouTube and watching videos, read on.

YouTube not working on iPhone 12 mini – Fixes for YouTube app

Solution #1: Restart your iPhone

Common iPhone 12 mini problems have been fixed by restarting a device. This closes apps running in the background, among other things, which might be causing the issues you’re having.

It’s an easy and quick fix that only takes a minute or so. If you find YouTube not working on iPhone 12 mini, simply go to Settings > General > Shut down. Weight for the device to turn off completely then turn it back on. After the Device turns back on, open the YouTube app and check if the problem has been solved.

Solution #2: Force restart your iPhone

If YouTube app keeps crashing or freezing on iPhone 12 mini after trying the above step, try force restarting your Device. Here is how:

Press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button and then press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.

Solution #3: Restart YouTube app

If YouTube isn’t working on your iPhone 12 mini after trying the above solution, close the app and reopen it. This may fix the problem. To force quit the app, navigate to the Home Screen and then swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone’s screen. This will reveal your recently used apps. Find YouTube (you may swipe left or right) and then swipe up on the app.

While the app is closed, check the next solution.

Solution #4: Update the YouTube app

The next thing you can try if you see YouTube not working on iPhone 12 mini is to update the YouTube app on your device. To check if an update is available, open App Store, select your profile at the top of the screen and check if YouTube is on the “ Available Updates” list.

If it is, tap the “Update” button and wait for a minute or so to complete the process. After that’s done, launch the YouTube app to check if everything is as it should be now.

Solution #5: Check your internet connection

The reason why videos aren’t playing on YouTube might be due to connection issues. If you find YouTube not working on iPhone 12 mini, the first thing you should do is check to see whether or not you’re connected to the internet by navigating to the settings > Wi-Fi or cellular network.

If you’re not, you have just found the problem. But if you are connected, try visiting website such as or to see if you actually have access to the internet. Your iPhone might be connected to a Wi-Fi network in some cases, but there’s still no internet access due to various reasons — problems with the router, work being done on the network…

In case you can search on Google and perform other internet-related tasks except visiting YouTube, the connection isn’t to blame. Try turning off data and switching to Wi-Fi. If the signal is weak, move closer to your router. Resetting the router may also solve the issue, even if your internet works on other devices.

If you are using a VPN, you may need to disable it while you use YouTube. YouTube might stop working if it detects any third-party apps, occasionally including VPNs. If a VPN is enabled on your iPhone, open the VPN app and turn it off. Alternatively, just launch the Settings app and tap on the VPN toggle.

See also: What to do if your iPhone 12 mini won’t connect to Wi-Fi

Solution #6: Delete YouTube app and then reinstall

If YouTube suddenly closes for no reason while using, delete the app app and then download and install again. Here is how:

On your Home Screen, tap and hold the YouTube icon. And then tap Remove App (-) icon and then tap Delete to confirm.
Restart your iPhone.
Then go to the App Store, find YouTube and re-download the app.

Solution #7: Update iOS

There’s a chance, although a small one, that if you find YouTube not working on iPhone 12 mini, it could be caused by a dated version of iOS. Open the settings App on your iPhone, Tap General and select “Software update,” and download the update if available. Once you’ve downloaded the update, tap the Install now button and let the iPhone reboot. Then open YouTube and check to see if the problem persists.

Solution #8: Check your date and time settings

Although it sounds weird, the date and time settings could be the reason for your YouTube-related issues. Google’s servers might be having trouble syncing with them if you don’t set them properly.

To fix this, head into your device’s settings and go to General. Tap on “Date & time,” and make sure the “Set automatically“ is turned on.

YouTube not working on iPhone 12 mini – Fixes for Safari browser)

Clear Safari cache

If YouTube won’t play on your iPhone 12 mini in Safari browser, you can clear Safari cache to have a try.

Here is how to clear Safari cache:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Safari.
  3. Scroll down again and tap Clear History and Website Data, tap it once again to confirm.

That’s it for our guide on what do when YouTube isn’t working or keeps crashing on iPhone 12 mini.

So, is YouTube not working on your iPhone 12 mini? Well, we hope these solutions solve your YouTube-related issues on iPhone 12 mini. There might be more of them available, but the ones covered in this post are the most common.

Which one worked for you? Let us know in the comments.

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