The YouTube network problem on Android [solution]

The following solution is for those having a working internet connection; but, popping up YouTube gives you this mean error message: ‘There was a problem connecting to the network – try again’.

Problem OS: Some flavors of Froyo and Gingerbread (including the latest ICS look and feel ROM)

YouTube-network-error The YouTube network problem on Android [solution]

This is a simple case of a bad network entry in the phone’s hosts file.

YouTube-android-app The YouTube network problem on Android [solution]


  1. Use Root Explorer and navigate to /system/etc
  2. Make a backup of the hosts file
  3. Open the hosts file using a text editor (from phone or computer) and delete ALL entries for #youtube
  4. Save the file and move it back to the path mentioned in point 1
  5. Permissions for this file: rw-r–r–

Now open the YouTube app. It should work!


  1. yy

    I had this problem and I was looking for a solution for long time. Now Youtube works! You are great!!! Thanks a lot!!!

  2. alan

    thanks ! great !

    I didn’t find a solution until I came here

    N.B. : you need root explorer, a paid app (or you search a crack version on internet)

  3. rnghk


    You are great. It helps me to solve this problem.

    Thank you very much.

  4. Thank you so much! You saved my life! Really worked!!! 😀

  5. when i open ”hosts” I only have “ localhost

  6. nancy mcdonald

    God I wish I understood tech speak….it seems that this is the solution but I have no idea how to follow your instructions…feeling like Charlie brown here

Comments are Closed

Theme by Anders Norén