Browser does not recognize any of the video formats available [SOLVED]


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Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available is a frequent YouTube error message. Numerous Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, and Firefox users have stated on forums that, that error message appears when they try to play YouTube videos.

It’s a little surprising that Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, and Firefox don’t always play YouTube videos for some users as those are browsers that support most HTML5 video codecs.

Is your browser having a hard time playing YouTube videos due to video formats not being recognized? Start by turning off the Switch to Flash Player feature and disabling YouTube HTML5 Player extensions. That should resolve the problem in most cases. If it doesn’t, reset your browser to default values or switch to a more reliable browser.

Learn more on how to follow through with these solutions below.

What can I do if my browser won’t recognize video formats on YouTube?

  1. Turn Off the Switch to Flash Player and Disable YouTube HTML5 Player Extensions
  2. Reset the Browser
  3. Try UR Browser
  4. Check the media.mediasource.enabled Setting in Firefox

1. Turn Off the Switch to Flash Player and Disable YouTube HTML5 Player Extensions

The Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available is usually due to browser extensions. Users have confirmed that turning the Switch to Flash Player and Disable YouTube HTML5 Player extensions fixes the error.

This is how users can turn those extensions off in Google Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome’s primary menu by clicking the browser’s Customize and Control Google Chrome button.</li>
  2. Click More tools > Extensions to open the tab shown directly below.
  3. Then enter ‘ Switch to Flash Player’ in the search box. Toggle the Switch to Flash Player extension off.
  4. Enter ‘Disable YouTube HTML5 Player’ in the search box to locate that extension. Then toggle that extension off, or click its Remove button.
  5. Restart Chrome after turning those extensions off.

2. Reset the Browser

Those users who haven’t added either Switch to Flash Player or Disable YouTu>be HTML5 Player to their browsers should turn off all browser extensions. That will ensure there isn’t any extension stopping YouTube video playback.

The quickest way to do that is probably to reset the browser, which will also restore its original settings. Users can reset Google Chrome as follows.

  1. Enter ‘Chrome://settings’ in the browser’s URL bar, and press the Return key.
  2. Then scroll down the Settings tab to click Advanced.Chrome Settings
  3. Scroll down to the Restore settings to their original defaults option.Reset Chrome to default settings
  4. Click the Restore settings to their original defaults option, and then select the Reset settings option.
  5. Check the media.mediasource.enabled Setting in Firefox

3. Try UR Browser

How about a browser that doesn’t have issues with YouTube streaming? UR Browser is a worthy alternative to all mainstream browsers for a variety of reasons.

Based on the Chromium project, UR Browser is basically Chrome with privacy-oriented features. It takes fewer system resources than Google’s flagship browser and protects your online identity at all times.

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Even though it supports Google Web Store extensions, those are not a necessity. Built-in Add-blocker and VPN are all you need in order to prevent trackers and cookies from grabbing your information. In regards to video streaming, it works seamlessly on all platforms you can think of. Starting with YouTube and Twitch.

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4. Check the media.mediasource.enabled Setting in Firefox

This is a potential resolution more specifically for Firefox. That browser includes media.mediasource.enabledg setting for Media Source Extensions, which needs to be enabled for some YouTube videos to play.

That option should be enabled by default, but it might still be worth checking if that option is disabled. Firefox users can check the media.mediasource.enabled setting as follows.

    1. Enter ‘about:config’ in Firefox’s URL bar, and press the Return key.
    2. Enter ‘media.mediasource.enabled’ in the about:config’s pages search box.media.mediasource.enabled firefox flag
    3. Then double-click media.mediasource.enabled to set. If the parameter is False, switch it to True.
    4. Restart Firefox after enabling Media Source Extensions.

That’s how users can resolve the Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available YouTube error.

As the error is usually due to extensions, turning off all browsers extensions and add-ons is the most probable fix.

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