YouTube Won’t Open On Roku: What Should You Do?

Since its inception in 2005, YouTube has developed into a worldwide streaming platform that is worth multiple billions of dollars. This video platform used to be accessible only through your personal computer; however, as of recently, users can now access it through a wide variety of other devices as well. And one of those ways is by utilizing the Roku that is installed on your television.

When accessed through Roku, YouTube will, in the vast majority of cases, function precisely as it was designed to do. On the other hand, if you try to launch it through your Roku and the YouTube app does not launch, there are several potential reasons why this is occurring.

Some of them are straightforward and not the result of something happening on your end, but others could lead to the need for you to troubleshoot the issue.

One of the first things you should do is log into your YouTube account using a different device, such as your mobile phone or a personal computer. Is it possible to use YouTube when you’re there? If this is the case, the issue may be more closely associated with Roku. 

But if that isn’t the case, you should check to see if the servers that host YouTube are experiencing issues. If they are, then there is nothing you can do but wait for them to make the necessary adjustments while you sit back and do nothing.

Does the problem seem to be coming from your side of the conversation? If this is the case, continue reading this article, and I will provide you with a few suggestions on how you can solve this exceptionally annoying and inconvenient problem.

What Should You Do If YouTube Won’t Open on Your Roku Device?

Several different reasons could account for why YouTube isn’t opening on your Roku device. There is always a chance that YouTube’s servers are down, or that your WiFi router isn’t operating as it should be. 

Both of these scenarios are possible. Other possible causes include the need for an update to be installed on the Roku device, the application itself needing to be reinstalled, or the video’s streaming quality having a resolution that is too high for the video to properly buffer.

If any of this seems unclear to you, please don’t worry about it. Continue reading to find out what might be preventing the YouTube app from opening on your Roku device and what you can do to fix the problem.

Is there a problem with the YouTube servers?

Check to see if YouTube’s servers are currently down by using the DownDetector tool before you start to freak out. The servers that run YouTube aren’t known to crash very frequently these days, but it still takes place on occasion. If you are a user of Twitter, you should check YouTube’s Twitter account to see if the company has shared any information regarding the status of its servers.

You’ll need to reset the WIFI router.

The next thing you should do is check your WiFi router and see if you can simply reset it. Roku channels like YouTube may experience issues if the WiFi router in your home is malfunctioning or otherwise not functioning properly.

Before you can plug in your router again, you will need to let it sit without power for at least a minute. Do not be concerned if your connection does not come back on right away because it will take a few minutes to boot back up.

Connections that are slower than desired can be problematic because they make it more difficult for the router to stream video to the television in your home. You could try moving the router closer to your TV or running an Internet connection test to see if either of those things helps resolve the issue.

In addition to this, you should consider contacting your Internet service provider (ISP) to inquire about the possibility of upgrading to a higher-speed Internet connection package.

Make Sure That Your Roku Is Kept Up To Date.

There are times when all that is required is to perform an update. Even if your YouTube app opens, you still might run into a random problem, such as the video playing on an extremely shrunken screen that is positioned in the upper left-hand corner of your television screen.

Just recently, I was confronted with this particular issue, and the solution that worked for me was to simply update the YouTube channel on its own.

Now, how exactly do you go about updating the application on Roku?

  • 1. Navigate to the screen that says Home.
  • 2. Pick the appropriate YouTube channel.
  • 3. Select the options menu by clicking the “*” button.
  • 4. Once you’ve located the option to “Check for updates,” click on it.
  • 5. Give the Roku a few moments to search for and install any new software updates before you continue.

Now that you’ve done that, open the YouTube app once more and try playing a video. You should also check to see if Roku has released any complete system updates. To update the system, navigate to Home > System > Update System.

Reinstalling the YouTube app is recommended.

If updating the app does not fix the problem, you may need to completely reinstall the YouTube client on your device. The process of reinstalling it takes more time than simply running updates, but it could be beneficial. This is the simplest way to go about doing it:

  • 1. Navigate to the screen that says Home.
  • 2. Pick the appropriate YouTube channel.
  • 3. Select the options you want by clicking the “*” button.
  • 4. Select “Remove channel” from the menu.
  • 5. After finding the YouTube app, select it by clicking on it. Install it once more. It won’t hurt anything.
  • 6. After the application has been installed, try to launch it.

Rather than that, you should use the YouTube TV app.

If nothing else is working, you might want to think about downloading the YouTube TV app just in case it does. Upgrading to the YouTube TV app comes with several advantages, including the following:

 – having access to over 85 different channels to choose from

 – being able to watch on multiple devices

 – having no space restrictions on your DVR

 –  a total of six accounts for each family

Downloads in 4K resolution are now available, and unlimited streaming can be done at home. Although it is more expensive than the free YouTube account you already have, you will have access to an incredible amount of additional content, including full episodes of TV shows and movies.

The streaming quality of the video should be lowered.

Are your videos failing to load properly, taking an unacceptably long time to buffer, and pausing after only a few seconds of playback? You could try streaming the video with a lower quality. High-resolution videos may have bandwidth requirements that are higher than what your connection can provide.

If you want to experiment with reducing the quality of the stream, you can do so in the following ways:

  • 1. Launch the Roku app and navigate to the Home screen.
  • 2. Navigate to the menu labeled Settings.
  • 3. Navigate to the section labeled Display Type.
  • 4. Set the resolution to 720p (720 progressive scans).

You also have the option of selecting “Auto Detect” from the drop-down menu to let the software figure out the best video resolution for your YouTube video.

A Few Parting Thoughts

There are a few different approaches you can take to successfully launch YouTube on your Roku device. The majority of the solutions to this problem are very easy to implement and do not require any additional financial outlay on your part. 

On the other hand, if nothing else works, you might want to download the YouTube TV app and give it a shot. You should be aware that this is, in fact, a very common problem that a good number of users have been able to successfully troubleshoot on their own.

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