This article will show you how to Fix a YouTube preview not showing in WhatsApp on Android, iOS.

WhatsApp is one of our favourite social media and messaging apps. No doubt, the app offers some of the best features, and hence despite the controversial policies, many users have still stuck to the same app.

Talking of its features is one unique one where you can see a YouTube video preview with the thumbnail and some video descriptions.

YouTube gives you the amazing option to share videos on WhatsApp. However, these videos don’t show, and this error is the YouTube no Preview on WhatsApp issue.

youtube link preview whatsapp issue

youtube link preview WhatsApp issue

But lately, users have been reporting issues as they cannot see the YouTube preview and can only see the video link that too without the metadata.

With the increasing incidences, YouTube has recently stated on Twitter that they will look into the matter and fix the issue as soon as possible in a reply.

youtube whatsapp link preview issue tweet

youtube WhatsApp link preview issue tweet

 

 

So until then, don’t you worry, even if you are facing this issue, with the help of the below solutions, you can fix the problem.

We have also added a newly tried workaround that is helping many users fix YouTube Preview not showing in WhatsApp error.

Fix YouTube preview not showing in WhatsApp

Fix YouTube preview not showing in WhatsApp

Here are the different ways using which one can Fix YouTube preview not showing in WhatsApp on Android and iOS.

Fix 1. Update WhatsApp

Just as your vehicle needs oil for good performance, your apps need Updates. Updates are essential for all apps, and if you do not update an app, it might most probably result in different errors on the app.

The same could be the issue with you. If there is a WhatsApp Update, but you haven’t updated the app from the Play Store, then that is why you might be receiving YouTube Preview not showing issue on WhatsApp.

update whatsapp link preview

update WhatsApp link preview

To fix this, you will have to check if an update is available for WhatsApp on Google Play Store. For this,

  • Go to Google Play Store or App Store.
  • Then go to Installed Apps.
  • All your apps will be listed here.
  • Search for WhatsApp.
  • If there is an Update option in front of it, tap on that, and install Update.
  • Now open WhatsApp and see if the problem persists.

This should solve the issue. In case there is no option of a new update installation, no update is available for WhatsApp.

In this case, try the other two solutions.

Fix 2. Update YouTube

In case no update is available for WhatsApp, it could more probably mean that an update for YouTube is available. Since you will be sharing videos from YouTube to WhatsApp and the latter, the former needs to be updated.

The same method can be used to update YouTube –

  • Go to Google Play Store.
  • Then go to Installed Apps.
  • All your apps will be listed here.
  • Search for YouTube.
  • If there is an Update option in front of it, tap on that, and install Update.
  • Now open WhatsApp and see if the problem persists.

In case you are still receiving the error on WhatsApp YouTube No Preview, then do not worry. You can try the below solution.

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Fix 3. Tweak URL to Fix YouTube preview not showing on WhatsApp

  • As you might have guessed by the title, we will be changing the URL a little to fix the issue.
  • When you copy the URL, it will be something like this –
https://youtu.be/sayzX12CyhI
whatsapp link preview issue

WhatsApp link preview issue

  • For all, the bold part of the YouTube video link will be the same.
  • Change Youtu. be to YouTube.com.
  • So now the new link will be –
https://youtube.com/sayzX12CyhI
  • Now, add embed/ after youtube.com in the above link. The new will be –
https://youtube.com/embed/sayzX12CyhI
embed youtube url whatsapp

embed youtube URL WhatsApp

  • This link will now show you the title of the video, unlike the previous no preview error.
  • I know that this isn’t the same thing, but something is better than nothing!

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Fix 4. Start Video from 1 Second

It sounds weird but works magic. Although a little random yet this quick workaround has been very useful in fixing the issue.

  • All you have to do is share a YouTube video with someone on WhatsApp. The video link will be shown as something like this –
https://youtu.be/sayzX12CyhI
  • As said earlier, to fix the issue, you will have to play the video for 1 second. Accordingly, you will have to give YouTube the command to play the video after 1 second by adding ?t=1 at the end of the URL. So the new URL will become somewhat like this –
https://youtu.be/sayzX12CyhI?t=1
start video after one second fix youtube link preview issue in whatsapp

start the video after one-second fix youtube link preview issue in WhatsApp

And that is it. The t in the anoceblink stands for time, as you might have already guessed, and 1 denotes the second passed. You will notice that the WhatsApp YouTube video not showing preview error will now be solved.

Conclusion

I hope you all could easily fix YouTube Preview not showing on WhatsApp error using the above quick fixes.

WhatsApp has the feature to show previews of videos from apps like Facebook and YouTube. For some reason, the YouTube preview not showing on WhatsApp error was seen.

Sure, YouTube is looking into the matter and fixing the issue, but you can use any of the above tricks to fix it until then.

In case of any doubts, feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We will be glad to help you out.

Happy Androiding;-)