The message of error When using Google Chrome, Firefox, or any other browser, you try to watch a video on YouTube, you get the message “Your browser does not currently recognise any of the video formats available.”

There are many potential causes for this, such as active add-ons, disabled media sources (in Firefox), etc. In some cases, the error message might not appear on every video. However, some users frequently encounter the aforementioned error when attempting to view a specific video (s).

 

Your Browser Does not Currently Recognize Any of the Video Formats Available

By enabling its users to watch a wide range of different videos, including music, as well as by offering a platform for all the creators out there, YouTube has emerged as a significant source of entertainment. We’ll examine the error message’s potential causes in this article, along with remedies for the problem.

What results in the Error Message “Your Browser Does not Currently Recognize Any of the Available Video Formats”?

According to various scenarios, the error message’s potential causes may vary, but these are the most frequent ones.

  • Installed Add-ons: It appears that the error message will appear if you have installed any browser extensions, such as YouTube Flash Player or YouTube Flash Video Player. These add-ons force the website to use Flash rather than HTML5, which results in the error message being displayed.
  • Disabled media sources: If you use Mozilla Firefox, the error might appear if specific media sources are blocked in the browser’s configuration.
  • Your outdated browser could also be a contributing factor in this situation. The error message may have arisen because you haven’t updated your browser in a while or because you are using a very old version of the browser.

You can now use the suggestions provided below to fix the problem.

Solution 1: Eliminating Add-Ons

Remove any browser add-ons you may have that force YouTube’s functionality as your first step in attempting to resolve your error message. Although YouTube is far ahead of the times of Flash, as mentioned above add-ons like YouTube Flash Player force the site to use Flash instead of HTML5. Therefore, removing such add-ons is required. Here’s how to accomplish it in Chrome and Firefox:

Regarding Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click the Menu button (three parallel bars) in the top right corner and choose Add-ons from the drop-down menu.
  2. To access the Extensions tab, click Extensions on the left-hand side.
  3. Click Remove next to any YouTube extensions you no longer want to use.

Regarding Google Chrome:

  1. Enter chrome:/extensions in the address bar to launch the extensions tab in Google Chrome.
  2. To get rid of an extension, click Remove next to its name.
  3. In the confirmation dialogue box, select Remove once more.

Solution 2: Making Media Sources Accessible (Firefox)

It’s possible that the disabled media sources in the browser’s configuration are to blame if you’re experiencing the error while using Mozilla Firefox. You will have to make these media sources available in this situation. This is how you do it:

  1. Click on a new tab, then type about:config into the address bar.
  2. To access the browser’s configuration, click “I accept the risk.”
  3. In the search box, enter media.mediasource.
  4. Check that the truth settings for the following media sources are selected.

media.mediasource.enabled

media.mediasource.webm.enabled

media.mediasource.mp4.enabled

  1. Simply double-click it to change the value from false to true if they are currently set to false.

Restart your browser, please.

Solution 3: Open the browser in Safe Mode

If none of the aforementioned fixes work, you can try starting your browser in safe mode to get around the issue. By starting your browser in safe mode, all installed add-ons will be disabled and some browser settings will be reset. You’ll be able to identify the root of the problem in your specific situation in this way. This is how you do it:

Regarding Mozilla Firefox:

  1. To begin, press the Menu button in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Restart with Add-ons Disabled from the Help menu.
  3. By doing this, you can launch your browser in safe mode.
  4. If the problem is fixed in safe mode, you can try removing every installed add-on to see if that fixes the problem.

Regarding Google Chrome:

Unfortunately, Google Chrome doesn’t have a Safe Mode feature. However, you can start an incognito window instead. You can see if you can watch the video in incognito mode because all installed add-ons are disabled by default in this mode.

Solution 4: Updating Your Browser

Update your browser as a final resort if the error message persists. Running an outdated version of your browser is strongly discouraged as updates provide much more stability, security, and features. To see if it resolves the problem, update your browser if you haven’t already. This is how you do it:

Firefox:

  1. Choose Options by clicking the Menu button in the top-right corner.
  2. Scroll down until you see Firefox Updates in the General tab.
  3. To see if there are any updates available, click “Check for Updates.”
  4. Selecting “Automatically install updates (recommended)” will allow the browser to automatically download updates.

Chrome:

  1. Check the colour of the Menu button in Google Chrome (3 dots).
  2. If it is either Red, Green, or Orange, it indicates that your browser is in need of an update.
  3. Select Update Google Chrome from the menu by clicking the Menu button.