by Anton

January 30, 2021

YouTube is one of the most popular video streaming platforms because it contains a wide variety of content ranging from entertainment to tutorials. Accessing the site is very easy as you only need to use your browser. However, there may be occasional problems when trying to access YouTube. In this final part of our troubleshooting series, we will look at the YouTube error regarding the playback ID.

Before following the recommended troubleshooting steps for this particular problem, try restarting your computer. This allows you to update the operating system, remove corrupted temporary data and fix most software problems quite effectively.

You see the message An error occurred while playing a YouTube video. Try again later.  Lecture ID. This error message is caused by several factors and the following troubleshooting steps are required to resolve the error.

Clear browser cache and data

One of the most common causes of this error message is corruption of your browser’s cache data. If this is the cause of the problem, you need to empty your browser’s cache and data.

Chrome

  • Press Plus in the top right corner (three vertical dots or an arrow pointing up, depending on your browser version).
  • Press Optional tool
  • Press Clear data display…
  • Select the time slot. To clear all, select All the time.
  • Tick the boxes for cookies and other website data, as well as for cached images and files.
  • Press Clear data

Edge

  • Click on the hub icon (a star with three horizontal lines).
  • Press History in the left pane
  • Selection Clear history
  • Check the boxes for cookies and saved website data, and for cached data and files (everything else is uncheckable).
  • Press Clear

Firefox

  • Click the menu in Firefox (in the upper right corner).
  • Select History
  • Select Delete last history .
  • In the drop-down list for Time range for cleaning: Select all
  • Check the Cachebox, (all the rest can remain unchecked)
  • Press Clear now
  • Restart or update Firefox

Safari

  • Press Safari in the menu bar.
  • Select Presets
  • Select the Privacy tab .
  • Select Manage location data
  • Press Delete all
  • Press Delete now to confirm.

Check if YouTube still has a problem with the read error flag.

Reboot modem or router

Another factor that can cause this problem is that your computer does not have an internet connection. Try opening another browser tab and then visit a website. If you cannot access the website, you can try rebooting your modem or router to solve the problem. Just turn the unit off and wait a minute before turning it on again.

Check if YouTube still has a problem with the read error flag.

Clear DNS cache

The DNS cache is a database stored on your computer that contains information about every website you visit. This cache can sometimes become corrupted, so that you can no longer visit the website. If this is the cause of the problem, you need to clear the DNS cache.

  • Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type cmd and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the extended command line. When prompted to press the User Account Control (UAC) key, press Yes to grant administrator privileges.
  • At the command prompt, type the following command and press Enter to clear the DNS cache : ipconfig/flushdns

Check if YouTube still has a problem with the read error flag.

Try the public DNS of Google

Your ISP usually configures your DNS according to the DNS it chooses. Sometimes changing this setting for Google’s public DNS solves the problem.

  • Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type ncpa.cpl and press Enter to open the Network Connections window.
  • Select the connection for which you want to set the Google Public DNS.
  • On the Wi-Fi/Ethernet property screen, click the Network tab and open the settings window under This connection uses the following.
  • Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties .
  • In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, click the General tab.
  • Select the Use the following DNS server address radio button and replace the preferred and alternate DNS servers with the following values: 8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4
  • Save the changes, then repeat steps 3 and 4 with Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6), but this time use these values for the preferred and alternate DNS server: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and 2001:4860:4860::8844
  • Restart the computer.

Check if YouTube still has a problem with the read error flag.

Reinstall Browser

It is possible that your browser has corrupted files, which is the cause of this problem. To fix this, you will need to download and install a new version of your browser.

  • Press Windows +R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Enter appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
  • Scroll down the list to find the browser that caused the error.
  • Right click and select Delete.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the browser from your computer.
  • After removing Browser , restart Computer .
  • If the computer starts up with the built-in browser (Internet Explorer or Edge), go to the download page of the third-party browser you uninstalled earlier and download the executable installation file.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall the browser.

Check if YouTube still has a problem with the read error flag.

 

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frequently asked questions

How can I correct the error that occurred, try again later?

How can I correct the error that occurred, try again later?

How can I correct the playback error of YouTube on my TV?

Troubleshooting video streaming issues – YouTube TV Help Center

How do I fix an error on YouTube android?

Troubleshooting YouTube error messages – Android – YouTube Help Center

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