Invalid request: video was rejected/authentication expired

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  • YouTube is used daily by millions. From entertainment videos to complicated How-To's and music videos, the platform offers a wide content variety. 
  • As a result, browsers can have problems with certain YouTube videos if the newer standard is not yet integrated.
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Fix Invalid request video was rejected authentication expired

YouTube is not only one of the largest video platforms in the world, but also the second largest search engine. It offers a versatile alternative when nothing suitable is on TV.

But many YouTube users encounter the Invalid Request, authentication expired error message while trying to publish videos on the platform. The issue is typically reported to occur when the user tries to publish them by making the video Public.

You will find in this article suitable solutions to fix this annoying message error.

How can I fix the Invalid request video was rejected error?

1. Enable HTML5 video player on the YouTube website

  1. Go to the dedicated YouTube support page.
  2. Under What is supported by this browser you can see which relevant standards your browser already supports.
  3. If your browser does not yet support the HTML5-Player by default, you will have the opportunity to submit a request there.
  4. Follow the instructions on your screen if you wish to make use of this option.

Until some time ago, Flash Player was mainly used to play YouTube videos. In the meantime, however, it has been replaced by the modern HTML5 video player.

As a result, browsers can have problems with certain YouTube videos if the newer standard is not yet integrated. The good news is that with a bit of luck you can do just that in no time.


2. Refresh your browser

Google ChromeInvalid request: video was rejected update chrome

  1. Launch the Chrome browser.
  2. Take a look at the button of the three-point menu in the upper right corner.
  3. If the corresponding icon is colored, an update is available.
  4. Click on the button of the three-point menu.
  5. Select Update Google Chrome.
  6. Follow any on-screen instructions.
  7. Complete the process via Restart

Mozilla Firefox Invalid request: video was rejected update firefox

  1. Launch the Firefox browser.
  2. Open the main menu of the browser.
  3. You will find the corresponding button with the three bars on top of each other in the upper right corner.
  4. Click on the question mark symbol (help) in the lower part of the three-bar menu.
  5. Now select About Firefox.
  6. Firefox will open a new window and search for available updates.
  7. If updates are available, they will also be downloaded automatically.
  8. Restart Firefox to complete the update will appear.
  9. Click it to complete the process.

First of all, you should check that you are using the latest version of your web browser. If not, you should update it. Follow the steps above to ensure that your browser is up to date.


3. Don’t log into a different YouTube account while uploading Invalid request: video was rejected in youtube

As you can expect, the solution is quite simple in this case. You’ll need to re-upload the video again and make sure that you’re not logging into a different Google account while the uploading of the video is in progress.

Note: Keep in mind that logging into a different YouTube account from an incognito tab or a different browser will produce the same error since Google will still see the same IP.


4. Delete browser cookies and cache

Google Chrome fix Invalid request: video was rejected/authentication expired

  1. Launch the Chrome browser.
  2. Open the three-point menu.
  3. You will find the corresponding button in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  4. From there, use the menu path More Tools.
  5. Go to Clear Browser Data.
  6. There you can define the time period from which the saved browser data should be deleted.
  7. If you don’t need any of the data anymore, select Total time.
  8. Now also check the boxes Cookies and other website data and Images and files in cache.
  9. Finally, click on Delete data

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch the Firefox browser.
  2. Open the three-line menu in the upper right corner.
  3. Follow the menu path Library.
  4. Go to Chronicle.
  5. Now click on Delete Newest Chronicle.
  6. Define the time period from which the browser data should be deleted.
  7. If you no longer need all the data, select All in the selection bar.
  8. Click on the small arrow next to Details to get an overview with detailed chronicle data.
  9. Check the box next to Cookies.

So-called cookies and the cache buffer can also cause problems that slow down YouTube. Therefore, try clearing your browser‘s cache and cookies to fix the problems. You can then check again to see if YouTube is working properly again.

If you have any more questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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