This article will show how to fix a crashing YouTube app on your PC. On Windows computers, you can install YouTube as a web app through web browsers, like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc. Microsoft Store has an official YouTube app, but it is only available for Xbox consoles.
To install the YouTube web app on your computer, open either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, and select Install YouTube in the options. This allows you to run YouTube without opening the web browser.
How to fix a crashing YouTube app in your PC
The following solutions will help you fix a crashing YouTube app in your PC. Before you proceed, we suggest you restart your computer and see if it helps.
- Clear cache and cookies
- Disable your extensions
- Repair or reset the YouTube app (if applicable)
- Install the YouTube app through another web browser
Let’s see all these fixes in detail.
1] Clear cache and cookies
It is a YouTube web app that is installed through a web browser. Therefore, if you run the YouTube app, the respective web browser automatically starts running in the background. For example, if you have installed the YouTube app through Google Chrome, Google Chrome will run in the background when you launch the YouTube app. You can view this in the Task Manager.
This is the reason why the corrupt cache and cookies can also affect the YouTube web app. We suggest you clear the cache and cookies of the web browser from where you have installed the YouTube app. First, close the YouTube app (if it is open), then launch the respective web browser, and clear cache and cookies. After performing this step, see if the issue persists.
2] Disable your extensions
Because the browser through which you have installed the YouTube app runs in the background, all the installed extensions also remain active while running the app. Hence, the culprit of this problem can be an extension. We suggest you disable all the extensions in your web browser and then launch the YouTube app. See if it crashes this time or not. If the problem does not appear this time, you have to identify the problematic extension.
Follow the steps provided below:
- Close the YouTube app and open the respective web browser.
- Enable any one of the disabled extensions.
- Launch the YouTube app. If it does not crash, enable another extension and launch the YouTube app.
Repeat the above steps until the YouTube app starts crashing. When the YouTube app crashes, the extension that you have just enabled is the culprit. Uninstall that extension and look for its alternative.
3] Repair or reset the YouTube app (if applicable)
If you have installed the YouTube app through Microsoft Edge, you can repair or reset it via Windows 11/10 Settings. Follow the steps provided below:
- Open Windows 11/10 Settings.
- Go to “Apps > Installed apps.”
- Scroll down the list of installed apps and locate YouTube. Once you find it, select it or click on the three dots and then select Advanced options.
- Click Repair. If it does not work, click Reset.
4] Install the YouTube app through another web browser
If the issue still persists, uninstall the YouTube app through Windows 11/10 Settings and install it from another web browser. You can install the YouTube web app through Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Brave web browsers.
That’s it. I hope this helps.
How do I fix YouTube keeps stopping?
If YouTube keeps stopping, it might be your internet issue. YouTube videos buffer due to an unstable internet connection. Check your internet connection. If possible, connect your system through an ethernet cable. If this does not fix the issue, clear the cache and cookies.
Why is YouTube freezing on my computer?
If YouTube is not working or freezing on your computer, that can be your graphics card driver issue. Update or reinstall your graphics card driver and see if it helps. You can also try to open YouTube in another web browser.