YouTube outage makes sidebar blank, causes problems on TVs and game consoles

If you’re logged into YouTube today, you may have noticed that there was something wrong with the homepage: the sidebar that gives you access to things like your subscription feed, trending videos, and “Library” that lists your “Watch Later” list and video history. saved, is missing (although you can access some pages by clicking the links we’ve added). Other issues include cutting people off when casting videos to a smart TV or watching streams from a game console.

The account menu, which allows you to switch accounts, manage settings and watch your channel, is also broken. You can still watch videos from your homepage or search, but for people who want to carefully manage their YouTube experience or creators who aren’t logged into the right account, it’s very inconvenient. In my testing, the issues existed in both Safari and Chrome – and in different accounts.

YouTube says it is aware of the problem and is working on a solution. The company says it will share updates in a thread on its support site. The message currently reads:

If you’re currently experiencing issues using YouTube services across devices, we’re aware and working on a solution!

Here’s what you might experience:
Can’t login or switch accounts
Can’t cast to your TV or use the app on a game console
Left navigation menus and settings menus do not appear / do not load
“No Internet Connection” Error When Watching Videos

Hopefully that will come soon. While one of my colleagues said they don’t really miss the sidebar, some users (like me) and most creators will probably miss the easy access to the features hidden in the currently broken menus.

Fortunately, the YouTube app seems to work well on mobile, so there are still options for accessing your subscriptions and the Watch Later list.

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