Can’t sign in to YouTube: YouTube an error occurred

If you Can’t sign in to YouTube because of an error occurred or there was a problem signing in to your account, then you are at the right place. Hello friends! Welcoming you all again to the Gossipfunda blogs. Of course, we all know about YouTube. It is the second mostly used platform after Google Search, as per the Alexa Internet rankings. Every being having a smartphone with internet connection visits YouTube at least once a day. Some people remain full time engaged on YouTube. A feasible website indeed. Isn’t it great that people belonging to any age group can access this platform for all types of stuffs?

There are poems, rhymings for kids, educational content for students, short films, musical videos, video logs for entertainment purposes, beauty, cooking vlogs, and a lot of similar content. YouTube proved to be the best exposure and a great platform for content creators. Creators are paid well for their content according to the response of their audience in the form of views, comments, likes, dislikes, and subscriptions. Plagiarism and copyright issues are thoroughly monitoring by the YouTube backend. Mostly people avail their content free of cost but some content can only be accessed after paying for it.

Can't sign in to YouTube
Can’t sign in to YouTube

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YouTube Growth

Due to covid-19 usage of platforms like YouTube has increased exponentially. Pandemic and hence lockdown due to it forced everyone to remain in their homes. Since, other platforms like Netflix, Amazon prime, etc. provide paid services to their users. One has to pay some amount monthly or annually for consuming their content. Not everyone can afford that and since YouTube content is free of cost, it is accessible for everyone which is the reason for it’s very big userbase. You pay nothing for the same content or one can say same level of content which other platforms provide for a whopping cost.

It is a great success in the education sector as well. People can teach, can learn, and improve themselves professionally. The good deed is that people anywhere on the globe can learn anything from anyone on the earth. But the basic requirement that is the internet is must to use YouTube and after the Internet revolution brought by tech giants across the globe, YouTube has become a household thing. It is now a necessity of most of the working professionals and student’s life.

Career option

Nowadays YouTube is becoming a career option for many. There are numerous YouTubers who are earning in millions just by uploading their videos and they are getting fame too. They are no less than a celebrity. People tend to follow them like Bollywood superstars. Whether someone wants to show their acting skills, dancing skills, cooking skills, sense of humor, wants to teach others, or anything from the moon to mars, content related to every possible thing is available on YouTube. Just one has to identify his or her talent and use this platform accordingly. It is as simple as that.

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There are also various products of YouTube such as YouTube go, YouTube music, YouTube kids, YouTube originals, YouTube Premium, YouTube studio, YouTube tv. These services of YouTube are also widely used and some are paid products. You have to pay some amount for using them. YouTube has its own community of creators.

So, these were just gossips based on the experience gained by using YouTube. In the following article we shall go in depth to understand this platform more.

One day, when I opened YouTube, I got a message in the dialog box ‘There was a problem signing in to your account. So, this led me to make research related to this. And my search and the time I spent on this motivated me to put up this article. By this and also by the title of this article, you might have guessed that we are going to solve another issue by means of this article. So, let us go ahead bereft of any further delay.  

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About YouTube

An American video-sharing platform YouTube was created in 2005 by three ex-employees at PayPal – Jawed Karim, Chad Hurley, and Steve Chen. The headquarter was situated at San Bruno in California. On 13 November 2006 Google finally owned YouTube on papers for US$1.65 billion and since then it works as one of the subsidiaries of the Google empire. Hence, we are able to sign in to YouTube via our google accounts/ Gmail Ids.

Some people may not know that YouTube is not the first video-sharing platform as Vimeo was introduced before YouTube in 2004.

YouTube has a premium package for subscription-based channels. It was launched in May 2013. In February 2014, Susan Wojcicki was assigned as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of YouTube and is continuing.

Talking about the technologies used in YouTube, it essentially used H.264/MPEG-4- AVC and VP9 video formats, then January 2019 onwards AV1 format is being used for reeling videos on this platform.

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What is the need to sign in to YouTube?

Many times, we can’t sign in to YouTube or it shows an error occurred. Now, a question may come into one’s mind as to why we need to sign in to YouTube. So, let’s discuss that first.

As we know that there are billions and billions of videos that are uploaded on this platform on a day-to-day basis. Out of which less than 0.00000001 percent of them might be relevant to an individual. 

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So, by signing in, Google will provide you personalized YouTube feed where you will see video recommendations based on your subscriptions or watching history. So, you do not have to waste time searching for relevant videos and scrolling over not-so-necessary videos. 

Other benefits of signing in include liking and commenting on others’ videos. You cannot comment unless you are signed in. 

You cannot upload your videos on this platform and contribute to this community unless you are signed in which add up to one more benefit.

How to fix can’t sign in to YouTube issues?

I already discussed above what is the need to sign in to YouTube. So, while signing in there is the possibility of facing some errors (not always). Those errors might be due to certain reasons. So, let us discuss some methods for resolving the sign-in issues.

For Android users:

  1. Firstly, update your YouTube application to the latest version through the Google Play Store. The current version of this app on your android might be having some bugs which are creating this issue.
  2. If the first method does not work, try to uninstall the app and reinstall it even if you have the latest version of YouTube.
  3. Sign in only through a google account. If you were signing in through another account, firstly make a google account and then try to sign in with that.
  4. Add that google account to your mobile device by signing in with the correct credentials in the Gmail app.

For iPhone and iPad users:

  1. Just try installing and uninstalling the app the same as android users.
  2. Use a Google account only for signing in.

For Gaming Platforms:

  1. Your gaming platform should support YouTube. YouTube platform can be used on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
  2. You should enter the exact activation code. Otherwise, it may create problems again.
  3. Now sign in

For Televisions:

For Apple TVs:

  • Your apple TV should support YouTube. It is supported on Apple TV 3 and Apple Tv 4.
  • Update the Apple TV to the newest version.
  • Use the correct activation code and sign in.

For Android TVs:

In the username field try 2 methods:

  1. Write your full email id (for ex: [email protected])
  2. If the first method does not work, try writing your email id without the domain name that is (for ex: xyz)         
  • Use the same password as you use for the desktop version of YouTube
  • If the problem is still not resolved, you have to set up an application-specific password for giving your device permission to access your google account.    
  • If nothing works, contact your device manufacturer for further assistance.

Note – Application passwords are 16-digit codes that give a less secure app or device permission to access your google account. They can be used only with accounts that have 2 steps verification turned on.

For smart TVs:

  • If you are not able to sign in to the YouTube platform, maybe your smart tv does not support that version.
  • Also, the main problem with smart TVs is that only those apps can be run on them which are provided by the manufacturer. You cannot change or update your apps on your own. So, you can contact your manufacturer for further assistance.
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In the article mentioned above, our main focus was to know about the ways for resolving errors we face while signing in to YouTube. So, to reach that point we started with a brief introduction of YouTube, its technicalities. Then I listed down the reasons for the need to sign in to this place. Then comes the most wanted section, what are the reasons for errors and how to fix them. YouTube is really a great platform and my favourite one. Because I am the type of person who understands better through videos rather than the written documents.

Also, as a content creator, I gain more interest in its technicalities. It has proved either as the only source of income or as part-time work for many people. Many people use this platform to fulfill their passion for being content creators. Even YouTube takes care of its creators.  There are rewards like silver play button, golden play button, diamond play button. Then are the events like YouTube Funfests, best YouTube creator award, and many more. This led to the formation of a community of content creators where they can inspire, learn from each other and grow together.

For viewers, YouTube has become the solution for every problem. You can learn cooking, various languages, can get beauty and fitness tips, can listen to music and see motivational videos, there are videos related to every subject and every topic for the school and college students, and many more things. Definitely, I have skipped so many categories. And to access the platform to the maximum signing in is a must. For some content, you may need to spend some amount as well.

So, this was all for this article.