How to Fix The “YouTube Video Not Processing or Uploading” Error?

Photo of author

Written by: Alex Popa


How to Fix The “YouTube Video Not Processing or Uploading” Error?

The YouTube “not processing or uploading” error appears for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Slow internet connection
  • The video has an incorrect file format for YouTube
  • Peak internet usage period and this slows the upload process to a crawl
  • The YouTube servers are down or very crowded
  • The YouTube video file size is too large

It could be any one of those, but it’s my job to help you figure out exactly what’s causing the problem. And to fix them as well. 🙂

Here’s how to troubleshoot the “YouTube Video Not Processing or Uploading” error:

  1. Wait some time
  2. Turn your Wi-Fi off and then back on
  3. Clear your cache and cookies
  4. Convert your video to a different format

If these four steps don’t help, it means the YouTube servers are down, or there’s another issue you don’t have control over. But – while not impossible – this is kind of unlikely to happen, though.

Let me not waste any more of your time and get down to business. Read below for a step-by-step guide on solving this error!

How to Fix The "YouTube Video Not Processing or Uploading" Error

How To Fix YouTube Video Not Uploading?

There is no simple solution to the “video not processing or uploading” error, I’m afraid. However, one of these things might help you:

1. Wait some time (underwhelming, I know…)

You don’t have to repair something that’s not broken… yet. Before you do anything just wait for 10-20 minutes and see if the video starts processing.

Sometimes, the servers are too busy, and it might take longer for the processing… process to start.

For instance, many users said that canceling and reuploading the video didn’t work. The processing was still stuck at 0%, which is to be expected from YouTube.

But it eventually started to move after waiting for a couple of seconds.

You should also know that the larger the video is, the more it takes to be uploaded.

Yeah, I know you would want things to work again immediately, but you’ll need to learn to be patient. 🙂 Most of the time this will fix itself without you having to do anything.

2. Turn your Wi-Fi off and then back on again (yeah, yeah, the notorious tech-support response…)

If you’re uploading a video on YouTube from your mobile device and it’s not processing, the internet speed might be at fault.

Are you on Wi-Fi or mobile data? Either one could be problematic for all you know. In these cases, I recommend using WiFi because your computer’s internet speed is most likely the better one.

To switch between WiFi and Mobile Data, swipe down from the top of your screen to open the Quick Menu (see image below).

Screenshot showing a phone's settings page detailing how to turn Wi-Fi on and off.
Turn Wi-Fi On and Off

You should find the WiFi and Mobile Data options at the top. This should be consistent across all OS versions and mobile manufacturers (thanks to our tech overlords!)

Turn off WiFi, enable Mobile Data, or vice-versa, and then try uploading the video again.

You can also try rebooting or resetting the internet router (make sure you have the right credentials) or changing the ports in your routers.

From my experience, I can tell you that some ports enable faster download and upload speeds.

3. Clear cache and cookies

Sometimes, simply clearing the cache and cookies will solve most problems on a computer (not applicable to mobile phones, in most cases).

Depending on the browser, you’ll find the “Clear cache/browsing data” option somewhere else, but for this guide, I’ll be using Google Chrome.

Begin by clicking the three-dot icon (who came up with these weird names?) in the top-right corner (near your profile picture).

Image showing how to clear cookies in a web browser.
Clearing your browser cache

This will show a window with several options. One of them is “More Tools“. Hover your mouse over it and then select “Clear browsing data…” in the pop-up window that appears.

After you select “Clear browsing data,” you’ll see a new window.

Image showing how to clear browsing data in a web browser.
Clearing browsing data

Check the following boxes (see the image above):

  • Browsing history
  • Cookies and other site data
  • Cached images and files

Then, select “Clear data” in the bottom-right corner to clear the browser cache and cookies. This will remove all your saved login credentials (you’ll have to relog on to all sites) and reset all background browser processes.

This will clear away any residual bugs or glitches, incomplete data, and faulty code from your browser.

Even the video uploading process will be “canceled.” So, you should save the video tags and descriptions before doing this.

After you’ve cleared the cache and cookies, you may need to log back into YouTube. Remember? Your stored credentials were deleted. 😀

4. Convert your video to a different format

And my last tip is to change your video to a different file type. This is because your video may be using the wrong format for YouTube, and that is the reason why it can’t be uploaded.

Here’s the official Google list of recommended YouTube video formats. Take a look over it and check your videos’ format.

To convert a video to a different format, you can use online programs like Any Video Converter.

Install it, open it, select the video to convert, select a format, and hit Go. You’ll have a different video format in a few seconds!

Using a different browser, lowering the resolution of the video, or compressing the video may also help with the processing problem.

Let me summarize the above…

Sometimes, YouTube underperforms in more than one way. The “video not processing” error is just an example.

The YouTube server may be overcrowded, your internet connection could be slow, or there’s a glitch somewhere.

Anything could cause this error, really. I hope this guide helps you get rid of this annoyance and get back to YouTubeing.

Let me know in the comments below if you need help with anything else!

Can you exit YouTube while the video is processing?

Yes, but make sure the video is uploaded before exiting YouTube.

If it’s not uploaded fully, you’ll lose all the progress.

Wait for the YouTube video upload to finish, and then you can exit.

The YouTube processing will take place in the background, and you can return to it anytime.

But sometimes, the video upload will get stuck, and YouTube mistakenly moves on to the processing phase.

In this case, exiting YouTube will cancel the upload. Moreover, this error is pretty uncommon.

What does “couldn’t run checks” mean on YouTube?

They’re copyright checks that stop your account from being banned.

YouTube does these checks when you upload a video.

The algorithm will perform several checks and verify that you don’t infringe on the copyrights of others.

If it finds something, YouTube will notify you and prompt you to change your content, so it’s not flagged for copyright issues.

Content owners can still accuse you of copyright infringement after you post the video.

If that’s true and the YouTube algorithm couldn’t find it before, you’ll still be demonetized.

However, they won’t take down your entire YouTube channel for such a mistake.

Photo of author

Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

Leave a Comment

Join the community for periodic updates to your inbox!

    By signing up to the Whizcase newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from Whizcase that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content.