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9 Tips to Fix YouTube App Freezes and Unresponsive on iOS 14

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“YouTube App freezes and unresponsive on iOS 14 beta 5, anyone has this issue?” - from reddit

A lot of apps can go wrong after an iOS update and even though we expect the device to work perfectly after an iOS update, an increasing number of people are reposting problems with various apps.

If you updated your iPhone to iOS 14 and only to find that the YouTube app is freezing or unresponsive, the solutions on this article will prove very helpful.

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Part 1. Why Does My YouTube App Keep Freezing?

Most users who have the issue of YouTube app freezing may not know why YouTube keeps freezing on iOS 14. To give you a better idea of this issue, we’ll look at the reasons first.

  • Poor network: The YouTube videos cannot run normally if your iPhone is connected with poor Internet.
  • Too many YouTube caches: The YouTube audios and images may not output smoothly if there are too many caches on this app.
  • Bugs on similar apps: If you have installed apps similar to YouTube to play videos, these apps may be conflicting with YouTube and cause issues.

Part 2. Best Solution to Bypass YouTube App Freezing or Unresponsive Issue

If this YouTube app freezing or unresponsive problem occurred soon after an iOS 14 update, it is very likely that the iOS system is the problem. Perhaps the update files were corrupted in some way leading to a freezing and crashing YouTube app. In this case, the best solution using an iOS system repair tool and the best tool is FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. This tool is very easy to use and highly effective, allowing you to fix your device in just a few simple steps in just a few minutes.

Some of the program's features include the following:

  • You can fix the YouTube freezing issue without data loss.
  • It can be used to fix a large number of iOS issues including an iPhone  stuck in recovery mode, an iPhone stuck in the DFU mode one that is in a constant boot loop among other issues.
  • It fixes all issues without compromising the security of the data on your device.
  • It is compatible with all iOS devices and all versions of iOS firmware including iOS 14.


The following is a simple guide to use FoneGeek to fix this issue;

Step 1: Open the repair software after installing it on your computer. Connect the iPhone to the computer and click "Standard Mode". Wait for the program to detect the device.

choose repair mode

Step 2: You may need to put the device in DFU mode. If you need to, just follow the instructions on the screen to do it. Once the device is in DFU mode, iOS System Recovery will detect the latest firmware for the device. Simply click "Download".

download firmware

Step 3: As the firmware download is complete and the program will begin fixing the device automatically. The device should restart when the process is complete.


Part 3. 7 Basic Methods to Solve YouTube App Not Responding Issue

If the YouTube app crashing issue occurs due to other reasons, the basic troubleshooting methods below will fix it.

1. Quit YouTube App and Then Restart

It is very likely that there could be a software glitch or conflict on settings that could cause YouTube to behave out of character. The most effective and immediate solution to try therefore is a solution that will refresh the YouTube app and eliminate these glitches. This can be done very easily by quitting the app and restarting the device. Follow these simple steps to quit YouTube:

Step 1: Double-tap the home button on your iPhone to see the most recently used apps.

Step 2: Locate the YouTube app preview by wiping right or left.

Step 3: Swipe up on the preview to force quit the app.

force quit apps iphone

Now hold the side of Power button on the iPhone until you see the "Slide to Power Off" menu. Drag the slider to turn off the device. Wait a few seconds before turning the device back on to see if the the iPhone YouTube app freezing or unresponsive problem is gone.

2. Hard Reboot the Device

You can also choose to hard reboot the device. This is another simple way to eliminate the conflicting settings and refresh the device, thereby fixing the YouTube freezing in iOS 14 problem. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Quickly press and release the Volume Down button and then very quickly press and release the Volume Up button.

Step 2: Hold down the Power button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

turn off and turn on iphone

3. Check for YouTube Updates

A lot of times, the YouTube crashing problem in iOS 14 could be caused by an outdated app. App updates are important in the proper running of any app. So, it makes sense to check for YouTube app updates when encountering this issue. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Open the App Store on your device and then tap on "Updates" at the bottom right of the screen.

Step 2: If there is an "Update" tab next to YouTube, tap on it to update the app.

update youtube

You can also easily tap "Update All" to update all apps on the device.

4. Reinstall the YouTube App

Of course one of the best ways to refresh the YouTube app and get it working normally again is to delete and reinstall the app. This will clear the cache on the app and prevent the app from freezing when in use. Here's how to do that:

Step 1: Find the YouTube app icon on the home screen. Tap and hold the icon until it wiggles.

Step 2: Tap on the "x" next to it to delete the app and tap "Delete" to confirm the action.

Step 3: Open the App store, search for YouTube and reinstall it on the device.

uninstall and reinstall youtube app

5. Reset All Settings

Since a conflict in the settings or incorrect settings could be causing the YouTube app to crash or freeze, resetting the settings could fix the problem. Doing this will impact other aspects of the device including the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Privacy and others, but it will not lead to data loss.

To reset the settings, go to Settings > General > Reset and then tap "Reset All Settings".

reset all settings iphone

6. Factory Reset iPhone

A factory reset should be the last resort since it will result in total data loss. But it can very effective in fixing the device since it will remove all the settings and data that could be interfering with the proper function of the device. Before you perform the factory reset however, ensure that you have a backup of all your data.

To factory reset the device, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings. When prompted, enter the passcode and then tap "Erase iPhone".

erase all content and settings

Set up the device afresh and then check if YouTube app is working correctly.

7. Install a VPN

It is possible that YouTube is banned or prohibited in your country. If it is the case, you should install a VPN on your iPhone to have access to YouTube.

8. Clear YouTube Cache

Too many caches stored on YouTube will also cause this app keeps freezing. If the methods above are not effective, we can clear the cache to make the app run normally.

  • Go to iPhone Settings and click on Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.
  • Click on Manage Storage and click YouTube> Delete App.

clear youtube cache

For any app including YouTube that is malfunctioning, freezing or unresponsive, the above solutions can be very useful. We recommend trying each solution after the other until you find the one that works. Use the comments section below to let us know if you are able to fix the problem. BTY, if you have any questions bout downloading videos from YouTube, you can try FoneGeek Video Downloader to download videos, audios, playlists from YouTube. You can also post your comments and questions below and we'll do our best to help.

Edwin J. Parke
Thursday on Aug 29, 2019, 22:50:35 GMT / Post By Edwin J. Parke to iOS 14

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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