Youtube Error 400: 6 Ways To Get Rid Of It [FOREVER]

We got requests that while browsing YouTube people are getting the YouTube Error 400. No doubt YouTube is the best video streaming sites on the planet and also the second biggest search engine after Google but there are some days when the platform falls short.

The exact error is “400. That’s an error. Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request. That’s all we know.

Youtube 400 error

If you have no idea what the heck is going on that doesn’t worry the Youtube error code 400 is a very common error which we are going to cover in this article and show you 5 methods on how you can get rid of it in the next 10 minutes.

Chances are you might be facing this error in your Smart TV, PC or your mobile phone. Be it, in any case, we’ll cover methods for every device you use. Stay tuned till the end to solve the error. 🙂

Let’s dive right in and solve the error!

6 Working Methods to Solve the Youtube 400 Error:

Here are our 5 working methods that will help you quickly get rid of this error:

Method 1: Clear Youtube Cookies

A majority of the times cookies stored in your browser causes most of the serious issues. The best and simple way to solve 90% of your computer errors is by simply clearing the cookies. Hopefully, this might also solve the YouTube 400 code error.

However, clearing all your cookies could a cumbersome task as you need to enter all your login details again which were previously stored in cookies. To make things simpler, we’ll only clear Youtube Cookies.

Here are quick steps to clear Youtube cookies:

Step 1: First of all from the Menu go to the Settings.

Go to settings chome browser

Step 2: Next, scroll all the way down and go to the Advanced settings.

Advanced Settings

Step 3: Look for the “Privacy and security” option. In there, search for “Content Settings.”

content settings to solve Youtube error

Step 4: Click on the Content Settings option and select the first “Cookies” option.


Step 5: Now click on the Cookies option and lookout for a drop-down on “See all cookies and sites data.”

see all cookies and site data

Step 6: Here you’ll see all the cookies that are stored in your browser. Search for Youtube and clear all the cookies.

Step 7: You’ll finally be asked to confirm your decision to select “Clear All”

Method 2: Clear Full Cache and Cookies From The Browser

Just in case if the above methods didn’t work out for you by clearing only the Youtube cookies you now need to clear all the cache and cookies stored in your computer.

To clean all the cookies follow the below mentioned steps:

NOTE: The process is almost identical to the above method but a little different.

Step 1: First of all from the Menu and search for “More Tools.”

more tools

Step 2: Hover on More Tools wherein you’ll see an option for “Clear Browsing Data.”

Step 3: Click on it and a new window will open with a big popup asking you to clear all the cache.

clear browsing data to solve Youtube 400 error

Step 4: Select “All time” at the top and click on Clear data button.

Step 5: Allow it some time to clear the cookies. Once the operation is completed head over to YouTube and sees if the error still persists.

Method 3: Switch to Incognito Mode

If both the above methods don’t work out for you, the next technique you can try is opening Youtube website in Chrome Incognito mode. Because when you encounter the Youtube error 400 opening up that video in Incognito will help. Reason for opening it up in incognito mode is that it doesn’t store any previous cookies from your browser.

Before you open the video in Incognito mode I’d suggest you reset the browser settings and keep it to default.

Step 1: For resetting the browser all you need to do is head over to Menu and go to Settings.

Go to settings chome browser

Step 2: Next go to the Advanced option and click on the drop-down button on it.

Advanced Settings

Step 3: Now there will be a “Reset” option to reset all your Settings and make it to default.

reset settings

Step 4: Finally, you’ll be asked to confirm your request. Click on the Reset button to finally make the changes.

reset to default

Method 4: Replace Direct Link to the Video with Video ID

If still not figured out how to fix the Youtube 400 error a good method to solve it is to replace your direct link of the video with the video ID.

If you don’t know what a Youtube video ID is here’s a quick example on how to figure that out

For instance, if the video URL of a particular video is: in this URL anything that is written after the “=” (equal) sign is considered as the video ID.

In the above example “9-8UN0cPCmQ” is the Video ID. I hope I was able to make you understand the concept.

If you’re not yet clear you can read the official thread from Google here.

Method 5: Delete gsScrollPos Cookie via Developer Tools

You need not be a coding fanatic to perform this activity. The best you need to do is follow along with me and do the step-by-step process to get rid of the Youtube error.

Step 1: Go to the Youtube website and ignore the error 400 screen for now.

Step 2: Use Ctrl+Shift+I to open up the Developer tools in Chrome browser.

Step 3: On the top of the developer screen you’ll see several options from there click on “Application.”


Step 4: In the Application option in the left navigation menu in the developer pane search for the Youtube link.

cookies youtube to solve error 400

Step 5: Next up, find all the cookies that starts with gs and delete all of them.

Step 6: Finally, once all the cookies are deleted reload the Youtube page and hopefully now it should be back to normal.

Method 6: Reinstall Google Chrome

If you tried all the five methods mentioned above and still not able to get rid of the error yet, it’s finally time to reinstall Google Chrome in your PC/Laptop.

Most probably you won’t even need to come to this step as the five methods listed above will solve the problem. However, in some cases when you install the chrome extensions certain scripts from those extensions mess up with Chrome browser. If that is the case the only thing you can do is reinstall the browser.

Final Note:

We have seen people getting the Youtube 400 error way too often when they use The Great Suspender extension which kills the unused tabs automatically. This extension creates the gsScrollPos cookies. However, if you still would like to use this extension you also need to use Edit This Cookie extension which will restrict the usage of gsScrollPos cookies.

I hope by now you have resolved the Youtube error. If you have any other queries for us to cover please feel free to leave a comment down below and let us know in the comments down below. Thanks for taking the time and reading the article.

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