Ultimate Guide to Fix YouTube Not Working on Roku Issues

So your Roku makes streaming super easy and affordable, but then YouTube starts glitching? Not cool. The good news is there are a bunch of troubleshooting tips we can try to get you back to binge-watching cat videos in no time!

In this handy guide, we’ll walk through the common issues and solutions when YouTube isn’t working on your Roku.

First Things First: Check Your Internet

Can you watch other channels or use other internet-connected devices in your home without problems? If yes:

  • The issue is probably with your Roku device or YouTube app specifically.
  • If no: Your Wi-Fi is likely the culprit. Contact your internet service provider or try rebooting your modem/router.

Once your internet connection checks out, let’s move on to…

Is YouTube Down Right Now?

Hey, it happens to the best of websites! Confirm if YouTube is having widespread technical difficulties before troubleshooting your Roku.

  • Open the YouTube app on another device like your phone.
  • Visit YouTube status page to check for notifications.

If YouTube is up-and-running elsewhere, your Roku probably just needs a quick refresh…

Update Both YouTube App and Roku Device

Keeping apps and systems updated is super important for fixing glitches!

To update the YouTube app:

  1. Search for YouTube app and select it
  2. Press the asterisk * button
  3. Select Check for updates

To update Roku system software:

  1. Go to Settings > System > System update
  2. Follow prompts to download latest version

Uninstall and Reinstall YouTube App

If updates don’t cut it, try removing and re-adding the YouTube channel:

  • Delete YouTube channel from Roku home screen
  • Reboot Roku device
  • Search available channels for YouTube app to re-install

This clears any cached data or weird bugs causing issues.

Last Resort: Restart Your Roku

If YouTube still isn’t working, try restarting your Roku device:

  1. Go to Settings > System > Power
  2. Select System restart > Restart

This resets any software-related issues. Check YouTube after restart completes.


Hopefully with one of those troubleshooting tips you’ll get YouTube working again on your Roku! Streaming problems are annoying, but a little device rebooting and app updating usually does the trick.

Let me know in the comments if any other issues come up with your Roku and we’ll figure it out together! Now get back to cat videos already. 😸

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