Don’t you just hate it when you see this dreaded image in the place where a YouTube video is supposed to be embedded? If you consistently have this issue, then there is a fair chance you have your YouTube app hidden via a jailbreak tweak, or you have restrictions enabled. Restrictions can be enabled without a jailbreak.

As it turns out, having the YouTube app hidden can result in embedded videos being replaced with the image above. YouTube videos on the actual YouTube site will still play fine regardless, but embedded videos can give you problems if your stock YouTube app is hidden, or you have restrictions enabled.

Check inside for a video walkthrough on how to apply the easy fixes.

Jailbreak apps like Springtomize 2, and SBSettings, courtesy of Poof, are the sort of apps with the capabilities to hide an app icon from view.

Step 1: Check to see if you can find your stock YouTube app on your Home screen.

Step 2: If you can’t find your stock YouTube app, open the jailbreak app that you used to hide the stock YouTube app, and unhide it.

Step 3: Refresh your browser and visit a site with an embedded YouTube video โ€” iDownloadBlog has lots of them โ€” and verify that you can now play embedded YouTube videos.

Ironically, if you’re having this issue, you won’t be able to watch it on this page. Instead, head over to our YouTube channel where you can watch it instead.

If you’re not jailbroken, then try this:

Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to General > Restrictions

Step 2: Ensure that the YouTube app is set to On.

Step 3: try to view a webpage with an embedded video.

Was this able to solve your YouTube embedding issue? Let me know what you find in the comments.

  • Tashawn brawner

    Thank you! I thought ISX rss reader was the problem!

  • Metroview

    Wasn’t something similar to this posted some time ago here? I think by Sebastien?

  • I don’t have it hjidden and still I can’t play embedded facebook videos neither on my iPhone nor on my iPad… just the little circle trying to load and load for ever… any idea why?

  • and everyone in my country with an iOS seems to be suffering from the same issue

  • Myers

    There are some videos that said that they can’t play on mobile any solution for that problem (it hapeens both safari and youtube app)

    • Mads Teland

      For example Vevo videos, they are not compatible on iOS, but compatible on Android because of the ads ๐Ÿ™

  • It doesn’t work the first video isn’t playing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Tashawn brawner

      Same here. I tried to save it but now it won’t play in my camera roll either. :/

      • Niraj Khanal

        I guess thats just a pic not a vid

      • Tashawn brawner


  • Aleksander Azizi

    I finally thought the youtube size problem was fixed on iDB ๐Ÿ™
    – EVERY Time i see a youtube video, it extended’s all the way down to the end of the post, so i can only read the start of the post on my iPhone 4 (5.1.1), iPhone 4s (6.0b2) and iPod 4g (6.0b2).
    I can still tap and play the video tho…

    • Aleksander Azizi

      Btw:iPhone 4 (5.1.1) none jailbroken,
      iPhone 4s (6.0b2) none jailbroken,
      iPod 4g (6.0b2) jailbroken

  • Worked like a champ for me. Thanks Jeff! Your reviews, tips, & tricks are some of the best iOS magic on the web today. LOVE this website!

  • ok, simple solution works!

  • not at all, my youtube app doesn’t hide and my restriction is off, also the youtube app doesn’t work it said can’t find any things

  • billypuntove

    It sucks so much that videos have to be played on the Youtube app though..

  • morse ayuki

    Iโ€™ve noticed that when Iโ€™m on forums or websites in Safari where there are embedded YouTube videos, I canโ€™t view them anymore. If this also happens to you, iFunia YouTube Converter can be a good choice.

  • You are so kind to share so nice post! But i don’t know how to solve the problem about iPhone- cannot connect the Youtube.