• February 20, 2024

How to fix YouTube network error 503?

As of December 14, 2020, Google services are experiencing problems. For this reason, YouTube video hosting can also work intermittently.

Network error 503 is most often temporary, accidental, but some users complain about the problem constantly appearing on Youtube. There are times when a problem message is pursuing in parallel on multiple devices: Android, Windows and iOS. The error looks like “There was a problem with network [503]”.

Most users report crashing after clicking on a video from the Watch Later tab. A common feature of the problem is that the error does not appear when trying to play a video from a regular list. If there is a problem with the network, not only videos stop loading, but also descriptions, comments to videos. This problem is completely fixable on our own, you just need to follow the guides described below.

Why does “There was a problem with network [503]”?

Various factors point to the causes of the error. This includes: user reports, known remediation strategies, and the actual problem report. From the text of the problem, it can be inferred that the source is on the server side. Perhaps YouTube is currently experiencing temporary difficulties, so the servers are unavailable. In such a situation, it is not surprising that the error appears on all devices, regardless of the operating system.

There are other reasons for the malfunction related to the connection. Our research indicates that there are a number of other issues between the client and the server that can be really fixed:

  • Connection timed out. It’s no secret that a similar problem appears when you install non-standard APN parameters. There are some inconsistencies in the treatment of the client and the server. To fix the problem in such a scenario, you need to reset the names of the access points to the original settings.
  • Corrupted cache. This is the most common cause of the error on Android devices. It was possible to establish that some Android assemblies can provoke the appearance of a problem with code 503 if the cache folder is damaged. Clearing the cached data should help.
  • Too many server requests or maintenance. Both problems are server-specific. In the first case, it is so full that it cannot process the request. In the second option, maintenance is carried out, which completely or partially restricts access to the server. In some way, an ordinary user cannot influence the server. It remains only to periodically check YouTube for the completion of work with the servers.
  • Playlist queue is too long. YouTube may throw an error due to a failed attempt to play a large list. Video hosting starts behaving unnaturally in cases when the “Watch Later” section contains more than 1000 different videos. Deleting part of the video will fix the problem. Better not to create a four-digit list.

Here are all the possible sources of the 503 error on YouTube. Most of them can be solved in one of the simplest ways. All available fixes are below.

Method 1: check the status of Google servers

Even before taking any concrete steps to fix the problem, you need to check the access to the servers. If the problem is not on the user’s side, nothing needs to be done. It just won’t give any result.

In general, YouTube is a reliable service with fairly stable servers. However, in order to maintain it, it is necessary to carry out maintenance periodically. According to YouTube statistics over the past year, error code 503 appeared more often than other crashes.

Third-party sites will help you check the operation of video hosting web servers. A good web resource is DownProtector… Another analogue is OutGate… On the landing page, the data is presented as a graph. It is important to pay attention to whether other users are currently facing similar problems. If the number of reports is up to 10, most likely failures are of a single nature and the problem is with users. Sometimes the number of complaints reaches 50, 100 or 1000 pieces. It is clear that all users could not face the same problem by accident.

Another option for checking the health of the servers is to visit the YouTube profile on Twitter… If they plan to do maintenance, they will most likely be notified in advance. All major work with servers are announced in a few days.

If checking all the places showed that YouTube is working properly, and the error still appears, you should go to the methods of fixing.

Method 2: remove videos from the Watch Later list

Very often, a 503 network problem occurs for users who have added too many videos to the list. The “Watch Later” section is intended for this, but it may not work correctly with a large number of videos. Perhaps the video hosting platform is suffering from duplicate video addition or has a system glitch. There is no official explanation for this behavior of the service, but several users said that the method worked.

To fix the error, just clean up the list of unnecessary videos and restart the application. After adding new clips, they should be played normally.

Clearing Watch Later on Android


  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. After starting the application, use the horizontal menu at the bottom of the screen to go to the “Library” section.
  3. From the “Library” go to the tab with the clock symbol.
  4. On the “Watch Later” tab, click on the action button (three dots in the upper right corner) and select “Delete watched”.
  5. Restart the application and add a new video to it.

It remains only to check if the video is now playing or if there is still an error.

Remove videos from Watch Later on PC

The procedure is slightly different:

  1. Open a browser and launch a website in it Youtube
  2. Click on the three bars in the upper left corner to display the sidebar.
  3. In the menu on the left, select the item “Watch later”
  4. Move the mouse cursor over the video, click on the vertical ellipsis and select “Remove from Watch Later playlist”.
  5. Repeat the procedure as many times as necessary.
  6. Add a video and check if it works.

Method 3: clear YouTube cache data

On Android devices, the cache can cause various problems with applications. There are a lot of reports from users on the Internet who saw error 503 due to faulty YouTube cache. Several people have already confirmed that clearing the cache helped fix the problem. Moreover, the method turned out to be working in both new Android assemblies and old versions of the operating system.

Algorithm of actions for clearing the cache:

  1. Launch the “Settings” application.
  2. Go to the “Applications” section (may be called differently, it all depends on the OS version and shell type).
  3. Scroll through the list until you can find the YouTube app and click on it once.
  4. Inside the window with information about the application, click on the “Storage” item.
  5. Touch the option “Erase data”, and confirm your intention.
  6. When the procedure is completed, it is still worth clicking on “Clear cache”.
  7. Restart the application and check if it works properly.

Method 4: reset default APN settings

Resetting access point names is another confirmed fix. 4 users have already reported that the method works. After completing the procedure and restarting the device, the error should not appear. The method is confirmed on Android version from 4.1.

Quick guide:

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Select “Mobile data” and touch an active connection.
  3. In the active connection options, click on the “Access Point Names” item.
  4. Press the action button (three dots) and select the “Reset to default” option.
  5. Restart the device.

With a high degree of probability, one of the methods will help you fix the 503 error on YouTube instantly. The only exception is work in progress on the servers. In this case, you need to be patient and try to turn on the service after 1-2 hours. Usually, maintenance does not take very long and most of the time the video hosting is working.

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