How To Fix Playback ID Error? [Full Solution]

While trying to play any video on Youtube you can get a playback ID error. The message that appears is “An error occurred. Please try again later”. 

Almost all types of browsers and versions of Windows OS can generate this issue. There are quite a lot of reasons for this problem. The common cause includes browser/program file corruption.

Further, if there is a problem with the network, then there is a possibility for you to encounter this issue. Further, if the DNS cache of the web browser gets full, then also you can face this problem.

Moreover, if the default DNS settings are not configured correctly, then you can face this glitch. Thus, we are here to help you with proficient hacks that can fix this problem without any further ado.

How to Fix Playback ID Error on Youtube?

In this section of the article, there will be multiple solutions that can help you to rectify the playback ID error on Youtube.

1. Reboot the Router

If the network is not working properly as it should, then you can encounter this error. Now, the best answer to resolve this problem is to reboot the router. In order to do that, follow the steps below.

  • First, tap the ‘Power’ button on the router to turn the device off.
  • After that, remove the power adapter from the wall socket and then take out the ‘Ethernet’ cable from the back of the router.
  • Now, wait for a minute and put the ‘Ethernet’ cable back into its proper place. Then, plug the power cable back into the wall socket and power on the router.
  • Next, check all the LED lights of the device and see if they are working correctly or not.
  • Lastly, open the default browser and try to play a video from the Youtube website.

2. Change the Default DNS Configuration to Public DNS

If the DNS (Domain Name Server) settings provided by the ISP (Internet Service Providers) are not correctly set, then you can get the playback ID error. To solve this problem you have to alter the default ISP DNS to the public DNS. 

Now, to proceed, you have to follow the steps underneath:

  • First, press the combination of ‘Windows and R’ keys altogether. This action will open up the Run dialog box. Inside this dialog box, input the following text “control” beside the label ‘Open’. Next, tap on the ‘OK’ button.
  • As soon as you do that, a new window with the name ‘Control Panel’ will come up. Inside that window, there are various settings categories for the computer that you can alter (based on the preference).
  • Now, from that window locate and choose the ‘Network and Internet’ option. A new page having the name ‘Network and Internet’ will come up.
  • Inside that page, select the ‘Network and Sharing Center’ option. Next, another page with the name ‘Network and Sharing Center’ will come up. Within that page, locate and select the ‘Change adapter settings’ link. 
  • Now, a ‘Network Connections’ page will appear. Right-click on the currently active network and choose the ‘Properties’ option. At this moment, a new ‘Properties’ window will come up, in it, choose the ‘Networking’ tab. 
  • Under this tab, double-click on the ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) option from the list to open a new “Properties” window. under the ‘General’ tab, choose the ‘Use the following DNS server addresses:’ option.
  • After that, enter the following addresses “”, “” in both the fields “Preferred DNS server” and “Alternate DNS server” respectively. Then, press the ‘OK’ button.
  • Repeat the sixth step and then double-click on the “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)” option. Next, in the “Properties” window, select the ‘Use the following DNS server address’ option.
  • On the fields ‘Preferred DNS server’ and ‘Alternate DNS server’ enter the following addresses – ‘2001:4860:4860::8888’ and ‘2001:4860:4860::8844’ respectively. Finally, reboot the network then attempt to play a video on the Youtube website.

3. Flush the DNS Cache

When the DNS cache of the web browser has become full or the data inside it has got corrupt, then you might encounter this glitch. The only way to get rid of this problem is to flush or clear the DNS cache of the browser. 

Thus, follow the steps underneath:

  • First, press on both the keys ‘Windows and R’ simultaneously to open the ‘Run’ dialog box.
  • Next, within that dialog box type in the text “cmd” on the empty space beside the label ‘Open:’, then hit the ‘Enter’ button.
  • Now, a new window having the name ‘Command Prompt’. Inside that window, type in the following command – “ipconfig/flushdns” and then press the ‘Enter’ key to execute it.
  • Wait for this command to execute fully and remove all the data within the DNS cache.
  • Once the removal process is complete, then close the ‘Command Prompt’ window.
  • Lastly, restart the computer and then check whether this issue appears or not.

4. Reinstall the Browser

If the program file associated with the web browser gets corrupted then you might face this problem. The feasible answer to resolve this problem is to first uninstall and then reinstall the browser once again. 

To do it correctly, follow these steps below.

  • First, press on both the ‘Windows and I’ keys together. This action will open up a new window with the name ‘Windows Settings’.
  • Inside that window, there will be various settings categories specific to the Windows OS. Now, among those categories choose the one that says ‘Programs’.
  • After that, a new page having the title ‘Programs’ will come up. Inside that page, choose the ‘Programs and Features’ option. As soon as you do that, a list full of all the programs installed on the computer will appear.
  • Now, from that list, locate and choose the specific web browser that is giving you this error. Next, right-click on the chosen browser and then hit the ‘Uninstall’ option.
  • Next, follow the on-screen instructions and then tap on the ‘Uninstall’ button to remove the application.
  • Once the installation is over, restart the computer. Download the setup of the web browser that you want and install it.
  • Finally, launch the currently installed browser and visit the Youtube website to see if this issue appears or not.

5: Perform a System Restore

If none of the methods help to resolve this problem, then as a last resort you have to perform a system restore. Here is how can you do it:

  • First, open the ‘Run’ dialog box and follow the initial step.
  • Next, within that dialog box input the following text – “rstrui” after the label ‘Open:’. Then press the ‘OK’ button.
  • When you click on that button, then a new ‘System Restore’ window will come up, click on the ‘Next’ button. 
  • After that on the next page choose the correct restore point from the list and tap the ‘Next’ button.
  • At last, to start the restoration procedure tap on the ‘Finish’ button.

Hopefully, the above methods can solve the Youtube playback ID error easily. Also, do mention which fix worked for you in the comment section.