YouTube videos won't play on iPhones, why?

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Anybody know why YouTube videos won't play on iPhones? It's not all YT videos but happens more often than not. Been scouring the net, but there's lost of conflicting info.

This is only happening with iphones, not all iphones mind you. I have a video on my mobile optimized demo squeezepage here:

http://www.prowebsites4u.com/mobile/

Check it on your iphone. I have an HTC Desire android, so i cannot replicate the problem. I'm using the video from www.m.youtube.com, the HQ version and my settings are set to display all videos on mobiles from withing my YouTube account.

Seems to be no clear answer anywhere i look.

Appreciate any feedback.

Thank you

Stewart
#internet marketing #iphones #play #videos #youtube
  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Because Apple refuses to allow Flash technology on their devices. The way around it is to use the YouTube app. That will play all YouTube vids.
  • Profile picture of the author Gclunis
    Another reason is because many youtube videos aren't enabled for mobile devices. I run into the same issue on my blackberry and even on my friends ipad or my ipod touch. Even with the youtube mobile app, if the video isn't enabled for mobile then it will not play.
  • Profile picture of the author mookinman
    Youtube app is the only way to go I'm afraid.
    • Profile picture of the author Stewart Alexander
      I don't have an IPhone myself. I created a wso arounfd the topic of mobile websites and squeezpages. My iphone clients are all complaing that they cannot view the video on my squeezepage example.

      What app is it exactly that ey need? That way i can recommend it to them. I enable all my YT videos to play on mobiles and grab the videos from m.youtube.com not the main youtube.com site.

      Thanks for the info guys.
  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Stewart, I believe the YouTube app comes preinstalled on the iPhone.
    • Profile picture of the author Stewart Alexander
      Originally Posted by Gene Pimentel View Post

      Stewart, I believe the YouTube app comes preinstalled on the iPhone.
      Thanks Gene
  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    I have never experienced a YouTube video that would not play on my iPhone. When was the last time that you updated your iPhone software?
  • Profile picture of the author wayne_yeager
    Might be a memory issue. Here's what I'd do...

    Try double-clicking your home button to see all apps that are currently open. Some apps are poorly written and leaving them open for a long time may reduce performance of your phone. Hold your thumb down on an icon to get them all shaking. Close all the open apps you're not using. Then re-open Youtube app.

    If no luck, try hard reboot... hold home button plus off button simultaneously for a few seconds.

    Still no luck, go to an Apple Store. Here endeth my iPhone knowledge.
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
    Every YT vid will play on an iPhone...it's the way they encode 'em...perhaps you didn't leave it long enough?
  • Profile picture of the author DeadRooster
    I've never had a YouTube video that did not play on my iPhone. Maybe I just didn't hit the right one yet.
  • Profile picture of the author Darrell Hagan
    Hi Stewert, not sure about iPhone but if any of your clients ask you about Android devices, I use an LG Optimus running Android 2.2 and have no problems with YouTube whatsoever.
  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    Because Steve Jobs despises Flash for some unknown reason. Claims it isn't smooth or something. Either way use the Youtube App on your phone. You can set it as a default, so that when you try and view a youtube video it will automatically start the app and play the video.

    Apple's don't like Flash!
  • Profile picture of the author Kecia
    I haven't had a problem playing YouTube videos either. Most that I click on in the browser actually open the YT app to play.
  • Profile picture of the author Shazia Mirza
    Apple is stubborn... lol. I dunno why they don't allow Flash, they want to see the fall of Adobe may be?

    I say everyone, Microsoft, Apple, Google, wants to see Adobe fall and perish. That is why Microsoft brought up Silverlight (they thought they could replace Flash -> THEY FAILED!).

    But I won't disagree with these big companies, Flash looks like it is reaching its limit, and HTML 5 is kicking butt in replacing it.

    Oh well, there is a YouTube App for iPhone, so its all gud
  • Profile picture of the author DeadRooster
    The reason Apple won't allow Flash is because it's a development platform and developers could create their own apps which could compete with the Apple App Store.
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I think he is talking about watching Youtube videos without using any kind of app. He has a screenshot image embedded on his webpage and when people click on that image he wants the youtube video to popup and start playing.

    The problem is, mobile and video are not very friendly at the moment. There's not really one solution that will work across all devices.
  • Profile picture of the author smac122
    I do videos for clients all the time, and the way you get them to play on mobile devices like the iPhone is to render them in mp4 format. That's the only way I know to do it, and every mp4 video I post plays perfectly on my iPhone.
    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by smac122 View Post

      I do videos for clients all the time, and the way you get them to play on mobile devices like the iPhone is to render them in mp4 format. That's the only way I know to do it, and every mp4 video I post plays perfectly on my iPhone.
      That may be so but not every phone will play mp4 videos. That's my point. There isn't really one solution that will work across all phone types at the moment. HTML5 should solve the problem but again, not every device is equipped to handle HTML5.
  • Profile picture of the author nickv
    Could be:
    Video format (i.e. extension)
    Not embedded correctly
    Memory issues
    more that I cant think of
  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    You can find several "flash friendly" browsers for your iphone if you unlock/jailbreak it...

    Unlock iPhone 4.1
  • Profile picture of the author PeterBirganza
    Originally Posted by Stewart Alexander View Post

    Anybody know why YouTube videos won't play on iPhones? It's not all YT videos but happens more often than not. Been scouring the net, but there's lost of conflicting info.

    Appreciate any feedback.

    Thank you

    Stewart

    Hi,
    All the Youtube video are not made to run on mobile phones. There are some videos that do not play only on iPhone but also on any other mobile phone. But in apple phone, there may be any security reason that is not allowing you to play youtube videos. Because the applications of iPhone are different from other cell phones so it may be same kind of problem buddy.
    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      I haven't had a problem playing You Tube videos on my iPhone. But then, they open automatically in the You Tube app. I've never messed with those settings, so it must have been set as the default to begin with. (I'm not very techie at all.)

      On the other hand, I can't play videos in any other player on my phone, so any videos hosted by/played in Viddler, Vimeo, et al. won't play on my phone at all. It's made me think twice about using anything other than You Tube for my videos.

      Trouble is, I have no idea how they'd appear/play on any other phone. I have yet to make my site and e-zine mobile-friendly and that's one of the things on my to-do list. I love my iPhone and doubt I'll ever switch, but it's disconcerting not knowing how things will appear to my list members on Androids, Blackberrys, etc.

      Anyone know which smartphones I need to consider when going mobile? According to ZDNET, iPhones (Apple), Androids (Google) and Blackberrys (RIM) are the lion's share of the smartphone market: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-new...ng-strong/2387 It looks like the other smartphones are a small enough share of the market that I feel comfortable not worrying about them too much.

      Thanks,
      Michelle

      P.S. It list the Microsoft smartphone in it's stats. Which phone is the Microsoft smartphone?
  • Profile picture of the author Ethan Talley
    It's because a long time ago Steve jobs and adobe decided to have a dispute and Steve Jobs decided cut his ties with adobe to offer apples own video software. It's not good for the consumer but I guess they want to monopolize their industry which is a great business idea to make a ton of money.that why their so rich.
  • Profile picture of the author elijahdean
    I have the iphone 5 and I never had a issue playing YouTube videos - I use the app or the browser.

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