YouTube errors on Vivaldi browser [FIX]

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Youtube error on Vivaldi

Are you trying to watch a Youtube video on you Vivaldi browser but you keep encountering errors?

Is your YouTube app working on other browsers but for some reason you cannot get it to work on Vivaldi?

With this article, we hope we will come to your aid with a few easy fixes.

Vivaldi browser shows errors on YouTube

Sometimes errors can occur for unexpected reasons. We prepared a list below with several solutions that we hope will come in handy.

  1. Extensions issue
  2. Clean profile
  3. Switch to UR Browser 
  4. Enable hardware acceleration
  5. Check GPU usage
  6. Delete browsing history and cookies

1. Extension issue

Do you have any extensions installed that change the behavior of web pages? (Adblocker, Scriptblocker, YouTube themes, etc.)
If yes, please try to disable them one by one and then check again.

If the site works after disabling one of the extensions, that extension is the culprit. The best solution is to simply uninstall it.

2. Clean profile

If the extensions are not the issue, you can try to check if it happens with a clean profile.

To do so, look up the Profile path of your Vivaldi installation.

You can do so by either typing vivaldi:about in the address bar and pressing Enter or V-Icon-> Help -> About.

Then close Vivaldi and just rename the “User Data” folder to something else User Data (Old) for example or any other easy to remember the change. Then try and start Vivaldi again.

3. Switch to UR Browser

This isn’t a troubleshooting step per se but we can wholeheartedly recommend UR Browser for YouTube. We’ve been using it for a while and video streaming works like a charm, with no need to run extensions to prevent annoying ads.

UR Browser comes with a dedicated built-in ad-blocker along with the VPN. The latter will allow you to circumvent geo-limitations imposed by certain channels.

Give it a try and enjoy seamless video streaming on YouTube.

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4. Enable hardware acceleration

Hardware acceleration allows you to use additional computer resources to help your computer run specific tasks much faster.

By default, the hardware acceleration in your app should be turned off. This is supposed to reduce your CPU/GPU usage.

However, when it comes to browsers, sometimes this can lead to certain errors with websites, for example when trying to play an HD video.

If Youtube keeps sending you errors on your Vivaldi browser, you can try and enable the hardware acceleration. In order to do so, simply access vivaldi://chrome/settings/search#hardware.

5. Check GPU usage

As mentioned earlier, the browser might need to use your hardware in order to perform certain tasks.

You can check your GPU usage by going to Vivaldi://gpu.

If Hardware acceleration is not enabled, try going to vivaldi://flags.

Under that section, you should enable the Override software rendering list. Restart your browser, as instructed and that’s it.

Then your Youtube issues should be solved.

6. Delete browsing history and cookies

Like any other web browsers, Vivaldi may store certain information about its users. For example, the browser might collect information related to your download history, form data, and other such information.

Speaking of keeping your user data safe, you should use a privacy-focused search engine or install a VPN software.

For privacy reasons but also for performance reasons, you should clear the browsing history and personal data regularly.

In case you want to be secure while surfing the internet, you will need to get a full-dedicated tool to secure your network.  Install now Cyberghost VPN and secure yourself. It protects your PC from attacks while browsing, masks your IP address and blocks all unwanted access.

Cleaning cache also helps in fixing certain browser related issues.

In order to do these, you will need to follow a few easy steps

  1. Open  the Vivaldi browser
  2. Go to Tools drop-down menu and select Clear Private Data.
  3. You will be prompted to a Settings – clear browsing data tab. Select what data you want to clear.
  4. We recommend deleting everything so you should select the beginning of time.
  5. In order to delete everything, you need to select all the available options(Browsing history, download history, passwords, autofill form data, cached images and files, cookies and other site and plugin data and hosted app data).
  6. Uncheck Passwords if you want to keep the saved website login details.