'Something went wrong' with YouTube on Apple TV? It's being worked on.

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Tvos 14 Preview Youtube App (Image credit: Christopher Close / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Loading a video in the YouTube app on Apple TV is causing some people to see an error message..
  • YouTube says that it's something it's aware of and a fix is being worked on.

A number of users are reporting that they are seeing an error message when they try to watch videos via the YouTube app on Apple TV. Thankfully, YouTube says it's aware of the issue and is already working on a fix.

Reported by MacRumors and 9to5Mac, a number of users are being given the "something went wrong" error when trying to watch video on an Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K. Some users have suggested that deleting the app and reinstalling fixes things, but that doesn't seem to be guaranteed to work.

However, YouTube has at least acknowledged the issue via Twitter, going on to say that a fix is currently being worked on.

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Anyone experiencing the same issue and error message should probably try the reinstall trick. But failing that it looks like you're just going to have to wait for YouTube to roll out an update that fixes whatever's wrong. And if you're really lucky it might be something that can be fixed server-side, removing the need for an updated app to be rolled out.

Whether you're watching YouTube or not, you deserve to be checking out your stories on the best 4K HDR TVs around. Treat yo' self!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.