I can't watch the video that I downloaded

Learn how to download videos and review the steps below to resolve your issue.

As a first step that resolves many common problems, close the YouTube app or browser window and reopen it. Next, try restarting your device.

Re-download videos on brand-new devices

If you recently got a new device, you'll need to re-download any videos that you want to watch. Videos are not transferred to other devices, even if you're signed in to the same account. Video downloads are specific to each device.

Check that your membership hasn't expired

Make sure that your YouTube Premium membership has not expired.

In the YouTube app, tap your profile photo and then Paid memberships and scroll down to Manage.

  • If you recently lost access to YouTube Premium and re-subscribed, it will take a few hours for saved videos to show up once you've re-subscribed.
  • If you need to watch a video straight away, tap Menu Three-dot menu vertical and select Retry download.
  • If your YouTube Premium membership ends, you will no longer have access to your downloaded videos. To regain access to your downloads, sign up for a Premium membership.

Check that you're signed in to YouTube Premium

Make sure that you're signed in to the Google Account associated with your YouTube Premium membership:

  • Try signing out and back in to the account associated with YouTube Premium.
  • Check that you can see the YouTube Premium logo (instead of the YouTube logo). In the YouTube mobile app or on your computer, you should see the YouTube Premium logo in the top-left corner of your app or browser.
Using YouTube on a smart TV?
  • Make sure that you're signed in on your TV to the account associated with your YouTube Premium membership.
  • If you're casting to TV, make sure that you're signed in on both the TV and the computer or device that you're using. 
  • If you're using Google Home, make sure that you're signed in to the correct account in the Google Home app.

Contact support and submit product feedback

If you're still having trouble, contact support. When contacting support, mention the following:

  • Do you see an error message?
  • Where is it appearing and what is the exact text? Include a screenshot, if possible.
Send product feedback to YouTube:
  • You can also submit feedback about your issue. You won't get a response, but your feedback will be shared with YouTube.
  • To send product feedback, select your profile photo and then Feedback Feedback in YouTube.
  • Make sure that you tick the box for 'System logs' to help us better understand your issue.

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