How To Easily Fix The "Error loading player: No playable sources found" Error
If you are reading this then most probably you are experiencing problems while trying to watch some video or listen to some audio media using your web browser. If you are trying to play some video or audio directly from a particular website (or any website) and you browser for some reason is unable to play that video ur audio, then one of the error you might get is the "Error loading player: No playable sources found".
This error can be very frustrating, especially if you are trying to do some work or research and watching videos or playing audio is required. There are lots of people who have experienced this "Error loading player: No playable sources found" error and some of them have suffered from it for days or even weeks. Good news is that there are ways to fix this error and now less and less people get affected by this error as there are more and more solutions online. In order to fix this "Error loading player: No playable sources found" error you might need to update your web browser, update or reinstall Adobe Flash Player, clear browsing cache, add that particular site which contains audio or video to flash exceptions list and allow it, check if sites on your web browser are allowed to run Flash, check if some installed third-party programs are not interfering with your web browser and the Adobe Flash Player.
In this guide you are going to find these solutions described thoroughly and with the screenshots. Simply follow our steps one by one and see which method does the trick for you and hopefully you will be able to watch videos and play audio without any problems in minutes.
Table of Contents:
- Update Your Web Browser
- Make Sure That Flash Is Enabled
- Reinstall Adobe Flash Player
- Clear Browsing Cache
- Edit Browser's Flash Exceptions Settings
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Update Your Web Browser
The first thing we recommend you to try is to check if you web browser is up to date. Most web browsers these days have the automatic update feature and you do not need to update them manually. However, it is possible that your web browser got somewhat buggy and is unable to update itself automatically. In this guide we are going to show you how to check for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox updates manually. To check if you are using the latest browser version, open Google Chrome and click the three dots in the top-right corner, select "Help", and then click "About Google Chrome".
You will see the browser version. If it is not the latest, you should see a notification suggesting that you update Chrome. If there is no notification, the browser has been already updated to the latest version and you need to try a different method (below) to solve the problem.
In order to manually check for Mozilla Firefox updates, open it and click the three stripes (Open menu) in the top-right corner, then click "Help" option.
A new contextual menu will show up, click the "About Firefox" option.
Mozilla Firefox will start checking for updates. If there will be any updates found, Mozilla will install them for you. If you already have the latest version, then you will see "Firefox is up to date" status.
Make Sure That Flash Is Enabled
Adobe Flash Player is a free software created by Macromedia and it is used to view and stream audio and video, multimedia and RIA (Rich Internet Application) created on the Adobe Flash platform. Adobe Flash Player runs as a plug-in in browsers but it also works on supported mobile devices. Latest versions of Adobe Flash Players are available on Windows, Macintosh OS X, Linux and ChromeOS, and it runs on web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari. To check if the Flash is enabled in Google Chrome simply type "chrome://settings/content" into address bar and press Enter. You will see a list of content settings, find "Flash" and click it.
If you want the Flash to be enabled, then make sure that the toggle is switched to "On" position and it says "Ask first (recommended)" and not "Block sites from running Flash".
To check if the Flash is enabled in Mozilla Firefox click the tree stripes in the top-right corner and select "Add-ons" option from the contextual menu.
Now select the "Plugins" section on the left pane and then select the "Always Activate" option near the Shockwave Flash, or select the "Ask to Activate" option if you want Firefox to ask you first before it starts using Shockwave Flash on a particular website.
Reinstall Adobe Flash Player
It is possible that there are some corruptions in the installed version of Adobe Flash Player and you need to reinstall it. Uninstall the currently installed Adobe Flash Player and download the latest Adobe Flash Player manually from Adobe's website. Install it, restart your computer and see if this fixes the "Error loading player: No playable sources found" error.
NOTE: Make sure that you untick the checkboxes under Optional offers, unless you want the Adobe Flash installer to install McAfee Security Scan Plus and McAfee Safe Connect utilities.
Clear Browsing Cache
Browsing data consists of a records of Web pages that you have visited in your past browsing sessions, and typically includes the name of the Website as well as its corresponding URL. Other private data components such as cache, cookies, saved passwords, etc., are also saved during your browsing session. All this stored data can either slow down your browser or even prevent you from accessing websites or even cause the "Error loading player: No playable sources found" error. To clear Google Chrome's browsing data cache, click the three dots in the top-right corner, select "More tools" and click "Clear browsing data...".
In Clear browsing data window select what data you want to remove from your browsing Google Chrome cache and click "CLEAR DATA" button. Make sure that you select to remove "Cookies and other site data", "Cached images and files" and "Hosted app data" and select the time range as "All time". Restart Google Chrome and see if you are still getting the "Error loading player: No playable sources found" error.
To clear browsing cache in Mozilla Firefox click the three stripes in the top-right corner and select "Options".
Now select "Privacy & Security" on the left pane and then click "clear your recent history" under "History". Then click "Clear Now" under "Cached Web Content".
Edit Browser's Flash Exceptions Settings
Usually you can manage your exceptions in every popular web browser where you can allow particular websites to run flash. To add a particular website as an exception in Google Chrome, type the "chrome://settings/content/flash" address into Chrome's address bar and press Enter. Click the "Add" button next to the "Allow" section and enter that particular website's address which was giving you the "Error loading player: No playable sources found" error and click "Add". If there is more than one page that is giving you this error, then repeat this step until you have entered all the problematic websites as exceptions.
That's it, we hope that in our guide you were able to find the solution that worked for you and you can now watch videos and play audio without any problems. If there is another method that fixed this "Error loading player: No playable sources found" error for you and it is not mentioned in our guide - do not hesitate to share it with us and with the others by leaving a comment in our comment section below.
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