YouTube is a powerful video platform. You can explore and subscribe to various content channels according to your interests. It also lets you share a snippet of a video you found interesting. All you have to do is sign in with your Google account on your mobile, tablet, desktop or TV.
Several Mac users automatically log out from YouTube after closing the browser on their Mac. Surprisingly, even YouTube Premium users face the same problem. This article will provide the best fixes when YouTube keeps signing you out automatically on Mac.
1. Force quit and restart your browser
You can easily watch YouTube videos on any web browser on your Mac using Safari or other web browsers like Chrome and Firefox. If you automatically log out of YouTube, the first thing to do is force quit and restart the browser.
Follow these steps which apply to all web browsers.
Step 1: Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the menu bar.
2nd step: Select Force Quit from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: On the Force Quit tab, select the browser you use for YouTube.
Step 4: Click the Force Quit button.
Step 5: Restart your browser and open YouTube to check if that fixes the problem.
2. Disable VPN service
This applies to users who primarily use the VPN service on their Mac or on the network. A VPN service allows you to access content that is not available in your country without compromising your privacy. But, sometimes you may forget to use VPN services to browse the web, which can lead to such errors.
To limit this problem, open your browser and temporarily disable your VPN service. Then you can go to YouTube, log into your account and check if the problem still occurs.
3. Reset YouTube Password
Did you forget to change your password recently? If so, the browser may not have updated the password. You can fix this problem by resetting or changing your Google Account password. Follow these steps.
Step 1: Open the Google site in your favorite browser and click the Sign In button in the upper right corner if you are not already signed in.
2nd step: Click your profile icon in the upper right corner.
Step 3: Click on “Manage your Google account”.
Step 5: Once the page loads, click Security in the left menu.
Step 6: Scroll down and find the “Sign in to Google” section.
Step 7: Click Password.
Step 8: Enter your current password.
Step 9: Create a new Google Account password and click Change Password.
Next, open YouTube in the browser and check if changing the password fixes the problem.
4. Remove browser extensions
Browser extensions enhance our Internet experience by providing quick tools like time tracking, screen recording, Netflix watch party with friends, and more. But some browser extensions do not get updates and are not compatible with newer version of browsers. If YouTube automatically signs you out, it may be due to an old or buggy browser extension. We will show you the steps to check and remove extensions for Safari, Chrome and Firefox.
Remove browser extensions from Safari
Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type Safari, and press Return.
2nd step: Click on the Safari tab in the upper left corner.
Step 3: Preferences selected.
Step 4: Click on the Extensions tab.
All of your Safari extensions will be visible in the window.
Step 5: Click on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click Uninstall under the extension name. Then close the window.
Step 7: Open YouTube in a separate tab and check if removing this extension helped fix the problem.
If not, repeat the same steps to check which extension is faulty.
Remove browser extensions from Chrome on Mac
Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type Chromium, and press Return.
2nd step: Click the Extensions icon in the upper right corner.
Step 3: Select Manage Extensions.
Step 4: Once the page opens to show all installed extensions, select and click Remove under its name.
Open YouTube in a new tab and check if removing extensions fixes the problem. Repeat the steps if you want to remove other extensions.
Remove browser extensions from Firefox on Mac
Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type firefox, and press Return.
2nd step: Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner.
Step 3: Click Manage more settings from the drop-down menu.
Step 4: On the Settings page, scroll down and find Languages & Appearance.
Step 5: Click Plugins and Themes.
Step 6: Select Extensions from the right menu.
Step 7: Once you see all installed extensions, choose the one you want to remove.
Step 8: Click on the three dots next to the blue toggle.
Step 9: Select Delete.
Step 10: Open a new tab, navigate to youtube.com and check if the issue has been resolved.
5. Disable DNS Prefetching in Safari
DNS prefetching is intended to increase webpage loading speed in Safari. Once you open the initial page of a website, this feature will allow Safari to scan all links on that webpage before you even open them. Once Safari resolves the domain names of these links with their IP addresses, these links will open quickly. But sometimes DNS prefetching leads to slow performance, partially loaded pages, and other web page errors.
To limit this YouTube issue, you can try disabling this feature in Safari on your Mac. Here’s how.
Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type Terminal, and press Return.
2nd step: Once the Terminal application is open, enter the following code:
defaults right com.apple.safari WebKitDNSPrefetchingEnabled -boolean false
Step 3: Press Return and close the terminal window.
Reopen Safari and launch the YouTube site to check if that fixes the problem.
6. Update Browser on Mac
Your last resort is to update your browser version. This will ensure a bug-free experience and is recommended, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. Follow these steps.
To update the version of Safari, you need to check for macOS updates. Follow these steps.
Step 1: Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner.
2nd step: Select About This Mac from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Click Software Update. If an update is available, download and install it on your Mac.
Step 4: Once your Mac restarts after installing the macOS update, open Safari and check if the issue is resolved.
Update Google Chrome on Mac
Step 1: Click Launchpad.
2nd step: Click Chromium.
Step 3: Click on the three dots in the upper right corner.
Step 4: Select Help from the list of options.
Step 5: Click About Chrome.
Chrome will automatically check for updates after the page loads.
Step 6: If you see an update, click Relaunch to install it.
After reopening Google Chrome, visit the YouTube site and check if it automatically signs you in.
Update Firefox on Mac
Step 1: Open Firefox.
2nd step: Click the Hamburger Menu icon in the upper right corner.
Step 3: Click Settings.
Step 4: In the Settings tab, scroll down and find the “Firefox Updates” tab.
Step 5: Click Check for updates.
Step 6: If an update is available, download and install it.
Open the YouTube site in a new tab, log back in if necessary, and check if the problem persists.
Enjoy your favorite YouTube videos
This is how you can stop being disconnected from YouTube. The platform now supports content formats such as HDR and Dolby Vision. You can also enjoy Dolby Atmos content on YouTube if you have the necessary audio setup.