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YouTube invalid response received: Quick Fix

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Youtube is by far one of the most popular video streaming platforms around at the moment. Ever since its inception, the team behind it has been working on improving the platform and adding more features, support for higher resolution video and so on. Still, it doesn’t make it immune to the occasional bugs and glitches.

In this article, we’re looking at the invalid response received, the error, its causes and any potential fixes you can try out.

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What causes the YouTube Invalid Response Received error?

The error can honestly be triggered by several reasons, including an account timeout, which happens when a video is taking too long to load; it can be triggered by a faulty video downloading extension as well as your account being unverified. Another relatively common cause for the error is that you’re signed into another account while uploading a video to another account.

How to fix the error?

Here are a few solutions you can try out to see if that resolves your problem.

Refresh the page

The first thing you should do is try and refresh the page after getting the error. A simple page refresh can solve a lot of seemingly random problems with websites. It fetches all the resources it needs to render the page in your browser from the server, again overriding any corrupt files that may be causing problems in the process.

Check your accounts

Youtube uploads can take some time, especially if you’re uploading a high-resolution video or have a slow internet connection. In such cases, if you leave an upload running on one account and open another account in another browser tab, the error can get triggered.

So try restarting your upload with the account you want and stay there until the upload finishes before logging into any other accounts you might want to access.

Check your extensions

Having a corrupt or improper Youtube video downloading extension can also trigger this error. So if you’re trying to download a Youtube video, either try an online service or use an alternative extension to see if that solves your problem.

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Head over to chrome://extensions and try disabling all your extensions to check if the browser starts functioning as normal again.

Verify your YouTube account

Several users have reported that after verifying their Youtube accounts, any upload issues that they were facing were gone. So you can head over to this link to initiate account verification and from there on verifying your phone number or email address or anything else that Youtube wants information on, and you should be good to go. 

Try using desktop mode

If you’re trying to access Youtube from your phone, we recommend doing it from the Youtube app, as doing so on the browser can worsen your experience and cause errors like this. However, if you still want to use a browser, here’s how you can activate the desktop mode.

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  • Open Youtube in your phone’s browser and tap on the three vertical dots in the top right.
  • Tap the Desktop mode checkbox.
  • Wait for the page to reload.

Once the page is done reloading, the error should be resolved. 

Save the video to a playlist before downloading

If you’re trying to download a Youtube video on the phone app and keep getting this error, try saving the video to a playlist before downloading. This way, you might be able to work around the error. Here’s how.

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  • Open the video you’re looking to download and tap the Save button.
  • Select a playlist or create a new one.
  • Once the video has been saved, tap the Download buttton again and the video should download as expected. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: