Embedded YouTube videos not working on your iPhone? Try this fix

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 — iDownloadBlog has lots of them — 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.