Facebook videos not playing in Chrome/Firefox/Safari

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
Windows & Software Expert
Affiliate Disclosure

  • Facebook videos not playing in Chrome, and other browsers, can be due to invalid setting configurations, hardware acceleration, and corrupted cache data.
  • You might need to change your hardware acceleration settings to fix videos not playing in Chrome.
  • Some users might need to check their internet connections when Facebook videos won’t play on PC.
  • Erasing browser data can also fix Facebook videos not playing in Chrome/Safari/Firefox.
Fix Facebook loading issues

Facebook is among the foremost social media websites that millions of users share and view videos on.

However, a few users have said in forum posts that FB videos don’t play for them in Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

For those users, Facebook’s videos don’t play at all or keep on buffering.

How can I fix Facebook videos not playing in the browser?

1. Use Opera

Opera logo facebook videos not playing in chrome

Try playing Facebook videos in a different browser to Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, such as Opera.

Opera is one of the most innovative, customizable, and feature-rich browsers for Windows and Mac platforms. It’s also a Chromium browser that users can utilize all Google Chrome’s extensions on.

Opera has numerous unique features you won’t find in Google Chrome. For instance, users can utilize Opera’s built-in VPN without installing VPN software.

Its unit conversion, battery saver, built-in messenger, and mouse gestures are some of the other Opera features that Chrome and Firefox lack.

Other useful Opera features

  • It incorporates a built-in ad-blocker
  • Opera users can select an alternative dark mode theme
  • This browser displays visual bookmarks with thumbnails
  • Users can search tabs with Opera’s tab search tool
Opera

Opera

Never encounter issues while playing videos on Facebook by using this stable and fast browser software today.

Restart your browser

Close button facebook videos not playing in chrome

Sometimes Facebook videos don’t load correctly, which is something a simple browser relaunch can fix.

So, try restarting your browser by closing and reopening it when you can’t play FB videos.

If the issue persists after restarting the browser, proceed with the potential fixes below.


2. Log out and back in to Facebook

Try logging out and back into Facebook when videos don’t play.

To do so, click the Account button at the top right of your FB page and select Log Out. Then log back in and play a Facebook video.

The Log Out option facebook videos not playing in chrome

3. Clear cache and cookie browser data

Google Chrome

  1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button at the far right of that browser’s URL toolbar.
  2. Select More tools, and then choose Clear browsing data to open the utility in the snapshot directly below.
    Clear browsing data tool facebook videos not playing in chrome
  3. Click the Cached images and Cookies checkboxes to select those settings.
  4. Click the Time range drop-down menu to select the All time.
  5. Then select the Clear data option.

Firefox

  1. Press the Open menu button at the top right corner of Firefox’s window.
  2. Then select Options to open that tab in Firefox.
  3. Select Privacy & Security on the left of the Options tab.
    The Clear Data button facebook videos not playing in chrome
  4. Press the Clear data button to open the utility shown directly below.
    Firefox's Clear Data utility facebook videos not playing in chrome
  5. Select the Cookies and Cached Web Content options.
  6. Click Clear to delete cookies and cached data.

Safari

  1. Click the Safari menu at the top of the browser, and select the Preferences option.
  2. Select the Show Developer checkbox on the Advanced tab.
  3. Click the Develop menu, and select the Empty Caches option there.
    Develop menu facebook videos not playing in chrome
  4. To erase cookies, click Safari > Preferences.
  5. Press the Manage Website Data button on the Privacy tab.
    The Remove All option facebook videos not playing in chrome
  6. Then click the Remove All option.
  7. Press the Done button to confirm.

4. Reset browser

Google Chrome

  1. Click Customize and control Google Chrome > Settings to open an options tab.
  2. Scroll down to and click Advanced.
  3. Then click the Restore settings to their original defaults option shown directly below.
    Restore settings option facebook videos not playing in chrome
  4. Select the Reset settings option.

Firefox

  1. Press the Open menu button in Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the Help option.
  3. Select Troubleshooting Information to open the tab shown directly below.
    The Refresh Firefox button facebook videos not playing in chrome
  4. Press the Refresh Firefox button.

Safari

Safari doesn’t have an all-in-one reset option. It’s recommended that users select Safari > Preferences.

Then disable all browser extensions on the Advanced tab. Select the Websites tab to disable all plugins.


5. Install the latest browser version

Google Chrome

  1. Click Help on the Customize and control Google Chrome menu.
  2. Select the About Google Chrome option.
    About Chrome facebook videos not playing in chrome
  3. Click the Relaunch button when Chrome has downloaded an available update.

Firefox

  1. First, click Firefox’s Open menu button on the right of its URL toolbar.
  2. Select the Help > About Firefox options to open the window shown directly below.
    The About Mozilla Firefox window facebook videos not playing in chrome
  3. Then press the Restart to update Firefox button.

Safari

  1. Click the Apple icon button at the top left corner of Safari.
  2. Select the App Store option.
  3. Then click Updates in the App Store.
  4. Press the Update button for the Software Update item.

Note: You can also update your browser by uninstalling it and downloading and installing the latest version from the browser’s website.


6. Disable hardware acceleration

Google Chrome

  1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button, and select Settings on the menu.
  2. Press the Advanced button at the bottom of the Settings tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Use hardware acceleration when available option.
    Chrome's Use hardware acceleration option facebook videos not playing in chrome
  4. Disable the Use hardware acceleration when available setting.

Firefox

  1. First, click the Open menu button.
  2. Click Options to open that tab in Firefox.
  3. Scroll down to and deselect the Use recommended performance settings checkbox shown directly below.
    Firefox's Use hardware acceleration option facebook videos not playing in chrome
  4. Then uncheck the Use hardware acceleration when available checkbox.

Note: Safari users can no longer configure hardware acceleration.


7. Restart your router

  1. Turn off your desktop or laptop.
  2. Unplug your router & modem.
    A router facebook videos not playing in chrome
  3. Wait about a minute before plugging the modem back in.
  4. Then wait another minute before you plug the router box back in.
  5. Wait two to three minutes before turning your laptop or desktop on.

So, that’s how you can fix Facebook videos not playing within the Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari desktop browsers.

The above resolutions will probably fix Facebook video playback issues for most users.

This article covers:Topics:

There are no comments yet. Please leave a comment

add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *