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7 Handy Solutions for Solving Google Drive Videos Not Playing Issue

Author by Rocabella

Aug 20, 2018

“Unable to play the video at this time. The number of allowed playbacks has been exceeded. Please try again later” is the error that pops up while playing a video from Google Drive. In this article, I have sorted and listed 7 commonly used methods to solve this “Google Drive videos not playing” issue. Now, let’s keep reading for more information and here is an all-around video tool for you:

Google Drive Videos Won't Play?

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Q1: During the last week, I have not been able to play any videos whatsoever (small or large) on Google Drive. The video window will pop up and it will say "loading" and never load. If I download them they are fine but I would like to not have to download the videos because I have limited hard drive space on my work computer. I have also tried using my account in an incognito tab to see if I could get that to work with no success. Any workarounds? - from Google Drive Help Forum

Q2: I have a collection of videos uploaded to my Google Drive account for backup and streaming purpose. But now when I click them they load for a couple of seconds and then say "this video cannot be played". Anyone know why Google Drive videos not playing? - from Reddit

A: We all like to upload videos to Google Drive, which not only saves local hard drive space, but also makes it easy to play and share on different platforms. However, sometimes we may encounter the Google Drive won’t play videos issue. Even now, similar threads are common on varied forums. Therefore, I sorted out and listed some feasible solutions to solve this problem. Let’s keep reading for more information.

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Verified Solutions for Fixing Google Drive Videos Not Playing

There are many reasons why Google Drive can't play video. Although there are many different opinions on the Internet, the following methods may just help you. Here are some of the user-verified solutions for your reference.

1. Update browser and Google Drive APP to the latest version

Make sure your browser or Google Drive app is up-to-date. A lot of inexplicable problems will be solved in the new version.

2. Clear the cache and cookies of browser and Google Drive APP

The bulky cache & cookies sometimes may cause many issues, not just video won't play on Google Drive. Similar issues including Facebook video not playing and YouTube video won’t play can be solved directly by cleaning them up.

3. Disable browser extensions

Google drive videos not playing may also be caused by the installation of a browser extension or plugin, in which case you need to disable one by one to troubleshoot.

4. Reset network connection

Check on the Internet network and Wi-Fi connection. The problem always exists in a poor network speed.

5. Open video in a new window

Sometimes, when you open a video shared by someone else, there will be a problem “whoops there was a problem playing this video Google Drive”. In this case, it can be solved by clicking the three dots in the upper right and open video in a new window.

6. Video is not ready to be played

If the video size is large, it may take some time to perform transcoding and loading. Try again in a while and refresh the page.

7. Video file type is not supported

Another common reason is that the uploaded video parameters are not supported by Google Drive. Make sure your video matches the format and encoding below, in addition, the maximum playback resolution is 1920 x 1080.

WebM (VP8/Vorbis) | MPEG4, 3GPP, and MOV (H.264 and MPEG4/AAC) | AVI (MJPEG/PCM) | MPEGPS (MPEG2/MP2) | WMV | FLV (FLV1/MP3) | MTS | OGG

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These are some common solutions for solving “Google Drive videos not playing” issue. Of course, if you have other ways to solve the problem, please let us know and we will continue to update to benefit more people.

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