YouTube video black screen Microsoft Edge

YouTube videos playing with a black screen on Microsoft Edge 116

Microsoft Edge is a browser created by Microsoft in 2015. It was first released as a part of Windows 10 and Xbox One and was later ported to other platforms like iOS, Android, and MacOS.

Recently, Microsoft released the v116.0.1938.62 update for Edge, which addressed various performance issues and bugs.

The patch mentioned above also fixed the ‘Elevation of Privilege‘ security vulnerability of the browser and introduced the new ‘Tab organization’ feature. But the update with these changes also introduced a few bugs.

Several Microsoft Edge users have started complaining that YouTube videos have playback issues. It is claimed that the YouTube videos are playing with a black screen and audio.

Edge (Version 116) users report YouTube videos only play audio, no video

According to a few reports, multiple Microsoft Edge users are experiencing a blank screen with only audio while watching YouTube videos and various other issues.

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As per some claims, YouTube videos occasionally load up blurred and remain that way throughout the playback. In addition to that, if the user tries to click on a certain timestamp or forward the video, the video playback stops completely. Some users have also noticed that the video appears properly if they stream it at 1440p or 4K quality.

To make matters worse, clearing the browser cache or restarting the web page and browser and even restarting the system doesn’t fix the issue.

One affected user claims to have weird colors when viewing a video in ambient mode. If they turn off the ambient mode then the screen turns black.

Potential workarounds

Although Microsoft has not officially acknowledged this issue, here are some potential workarounds for you to try. You can try turning on Hardware acceleration in the browser settings.

  1. Go to the ‘Settings and More’ button on the top right corner and click on Settings.
  2. Then, go to the ‘System and Performance’ option in the left pane.
  3. After that, turn on the ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’ slider on the right side.

You can try installing the h264ify extension to your Microsoft Edge browser if that doesn’t work. This will force the H264 video codec on the website instead of AV1 or VP9.

These are the only workarounds you can try to get videos playing again on Microsoft Edge. If they don’t work as a last resort, you can try other Browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Brave, etc. We hope that Microsoft acknowledges this issue soon because it can be frustrating for the user when annoying issues like these occur.

About Yahya Hasan

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