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[Solved] 5 Proven Solutions to Fix YouTube Video Stuck on Processing Issue

Author by Michelle

Updated on May 25, 2021

There are many reasons behind the YouTube upload stuck issue. This article has tested out 5 workable solutions to eliminate such a situation. Hope one of these methods could be some help to you to fix your YouTube video stuck on processing problem. Also, an additional tool required by one of those approaches is provided here below in case you need:

It's very upset to see that YouTube processing stuck at 0 when you want to upload a video, and it's even frustrating to see it stuck at 95% or anywhere between. Yet, that's the common case many people have encountered and complained about. So why won't my YouTube video upload? There are various factors to consider and this article is going to explain them to you as clear as possible and offer 5 workable answers in a bid to solve your YouTube video stuck on processing issues.

Also read: YouTube Not Responding l Fix YouTube Videos Lagging l YouTube an Error Occurred l Fix YouTube No Sound Problem l YouTube Videos Black Screen

Part 1. What's Affecting the Uploading Time?

The time needed to upload a video to YouTube is associated with various factors like video size and format, internet connection, upload traffic, browser, and even security software. So under normal circumstances, the uploading time can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. And if your YouTube video uploading is slow or seems stuck, it might be related to one or more of those factors. To see how these factors affect the uploading speed, please look below:

Video size and format: YouTube has restrictions over video uploading. If your video doesn't match its requirements, then you can't upload the video to YouTube. Theoretically, the maximum file size you can upload to YouTube is 128GB and the accepted video formats are MP4, AVI, MOV, MPEG4, WMV, MPEG, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, CineForm, and HEVC (h265). For more specific information, please check the best YouTube video specs for uploading.

Internet connection: Uploading the video to YouTube needs a consistent and strong Internet connection. Otherwise, the process could take long. You can visit to check your internet connection.

Upload traffic: You might encounter a peak hour when lots of people are uploading to YouTube at the same time. The heavy uploads traffic puts pressure on the Internet Service Provider and hence slows the uploads during the time.

Browser: The outdated browser and some plugins might cause to slow or stuck your YouTube uploading process.

Security Software: Many firewalls and anti-virus programs could be somehow "over-protective" as they might think uploading a video to YouTube is a security-threatening activity, so they will not allow such communications. And consequently, you cannot complete video to YouTube uploading.

Part 2. 5 Overall Solutions to Fix YouTube Video Stuck On Processing

Knowing the reasons for YouTube upload stuck, then it’s easy to find solutions.

Best YouTube Video Format and Size

1. Change Video Format and Size to meet YouTube Requirements

Though the supported YouTube video formats are more than one and you can upload a video that matches one of these formats, YouTube has its preferred types. It is suggested that you use the recommended format and codecs for smooth uploading.

Recommended YouTube video format: MP4

Recommended YouTube video codec: H264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4

Recommended YouTube audio codec: MP3 or AAC

Note: You might find your video format is supported by YouTube but still couldn't get it uploaded. This result most likely from the wrong video and audio codecs. Be careful to check the video codec and the audio codec when you change the video format to the YouTube-compatible standard.

As for the size, though the limit is up to 128G, most browsers restrict you to 20G at top (for more information please refer to solution 4). But that doesn’t mean you have to upload a 20G video every time. The smaller the size, the faster it can be uploaded.

Tips: If you don't know how to change the spec, try WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro that offers a pre-set specs for YouTube uploading so you can change all these parameters at one go. You can also use it to change the aspect ratio or change video resolution manually. It is also useful to reduce video size without losing quality for faster uploading. Free downloadFree download it here.

Secure A Stable and Fast Internet Connection

2. Secure A Stable and Fast Internet Connection

Restart the Wireless Router: This is the easiest way to solve some basic problems of weak Internet connection (for weak Internet connection, it means you can't do other Internet-intensive activities either).

Connect the Computer to Modem: If restarting router doesn't work, then the router is the problem, you could consider to change the router or use an Ethernet cable to connect your computer directly to the modem for a stable connection.  

If none of the two moves works for you, you could ask professionals for help.

Avoid Rush Hours

3. Avoid Rush Hours

According to Entrepreneur, most people would likely to choose to publish their content on YouTube between (all times EST):

2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday;

12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday;

and 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Change/Update Browser and Close Extensions

4. Change/Update Browser and Close Extensions

Change your browser to Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer(with Silverlight) and make sure it has been updated to the latest version because newer versions have been optimized to interact more with these online platforms and could offer better upload speeds to solve YouTube uploading slow issues. Then, further turn off browser plugins and extensions that might cause problems during uploading.

Note: These browsers support uploading file size up to 20GB and are able to continue a failed upload within 24 hours.

Disable the Firewall and Anti-Virus Program

5. Temporarily Disable the Firewall and Anti-Virus Program

It seems to be kind of ironic, but these security programs could really be the reason for your YouTube video stuck uploading. If possible, temporarily stop your firewall or anti-virus program that runs a real-time scanning during uploading. After the uploads, remember to turn them back on to continue safeguarding your computer.

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