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

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Written by: Alex Popa


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

Did you want to upload a YouTube video, but it’s not processing?

It might be stuck at 0% all the time, and it doesn’t upload no matter what.

In this article, you’ll near why that happens and how to fix it.

It’s not recommended you cancel the upload process, even though that may come to mind.

If you do that, you’ll lose all the tags and descriptions you added before.

How to fix 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

Please keep reading to learn more about this error and how to fix it!

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

Why Is My YouTube Video Not Processing?

If a “Processing failed” error appears or the video uploading doesn’t progress, there’s a problem.

It could happen for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • 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
  • Google servers are down or very crowded
  • The YouTube video file size is too large

Users have reported that these are the likeliest causes for a YouTube video failing to upload.

If it’s stuck at more than 0%, your internet connection may be at fault.

Trying to upload a video from your mobile device is not a good idea. Computers have access to faster internet speed.

How To Fix YouTube Video Not Uploading?

Follow these to fix the “YouTube Video Not Processing or Uploading” error:

1. Wait some time

You don’t want to repair something that’s not broken yet.

Wait for 10-20 minutes and see if the video begins processing.

Sometimes, the serves are too full to accommodate your video, and the start is slow.

The processing percentage will finally begin to move if you wait several minutes.

Many users said that canceling and reuploading it didn’t work. The processing was still stuck at 0%.

But it eventually started to move when they waited and finished pretty fast.

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

2. Turn your Wi-Fi off and then back on

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

Are you on Wi-Fi or mobile data?

If you’re using Wi-Fi, try turning it off and back on.

Switch to your mobile data, as well. But only if you have an unlimited data plan.

Swipe down from the top of your phone screen to switch from Wi-Fi to mobile data.

Turn Wi-Fi On and Off
Turn Wi-Fi On and Off

You’ll see the mobile data and Wi-Fi options there.

Turn off your Wi-Fi, switch to mobile data, or switch Wi-Fi back on.

If you’re on a computer, restarting it may solve the problem.

Alternatively, restart or reboot your internet router and see if that solves anything.

3. Clear cache and cookies

You can clear your cookies and cache to fix the YouTube video not processing error.

It doesn’t matter what browser you’re using. The process is the same.

You’ll see the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of the screen.

Click on it, and select More Tools – Clear Browsing Data.

Clearing your browser cache
Clearing your browser cache

When you clear browsing data, you’ll lose saved login credentials, and all processes will be interrupted.

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

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

Clearing browsing data
Clearing browsing data

Check the Browsing history, Cookies, and Cached images and files.

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

It should be gone now if something was interfering with the YouTube video processing.

In the “Time range” box, you can select a more specific period like “the 3 three days”.

If you don’t want to delete all your cache files and cookies, don’t use the “All time” time range.

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

The video format may be incorrect for YouTube.

This is the official Google list of recommended YouTube video formats.

If your video is in another format, try converting it to a recommended format.

You can use various programs like Any Video Converter for this.

Install it, open it, select the video to convert, select a format, and hit Go.

Now you have a different format that you can upload to YouTube.

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

Lastly, perform an internet speed test to see if your internet speed is slower than usual.

If it is, restart your router or reboot to manufacturer settings. It may help.


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.

But now you know how to fix it. You can clear your cache and cookies, restart your device, switch to mobile data, wait some time, or convert your video to the right format.

Sometimes, waiting for a couple of minutes is all you should do.

YouTube will restore itself in no time.


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 if you exit YouTube.

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. However, 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.

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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.

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