How To Fix youtube tv error code 3?

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Youtube Tv Error Code 3

There are many streaming platforms on the internet and you can subscribe to them according to the content that you want to watch. They hardly ever provide you the luxury of viewing many cable channels together though.

This is something that has been established by Youtube TV and hence, its popularity.

If you are a fan of live TV, will you even find a better option than the platform providing you with more than 90 channels for streaming? 

This is the reason that Youtube TV has a far-reaching user base worldwide. People are watching TV but they are just not watching it on the actual TV cable network anymore. Ironical, isn’t it?

Some errors can plague the live streaming of content on Youtube TV and since the concept is relatively new, you will often find yourself on pages like this when you are in a dilemma about what to do when a new error code flashes.

Thankfully, there are many user communities on the internet today where you can share your experiences with the different error codes and the fixes that work.

In this article, we will take a look at how to fix Youtube TV error code 3. We will look at the exact reasons that may cause this error and also what the error means after decoding the code.

So, let’s get on to the article.

What is meant by the Youtube Tv error code 3?

Error code 3 sounds much better than some code that looks like xy_28193. I think we need to give it to youtube for assigning relatively simpler error codes to the issues in the system because it is a pain to remember the combination of random letters and words when you are trying to look for a fix.

So, what is Youtube TV trying to communicate with the help of error code 3?

Let’s see.

Error code 3 on Youtube TV will usually show up when the app is not able to launch or has gone into freeze mode.

A variety of reasons can be used to explain why this might occur. We will discuss them in the next section.

Why is the error code 3 showing up on your Youtube TV?

We have seen that the error code communicates the problem with the freeze response of the Youtube TV app. The problem may also prevent the app from launching at all.

What could be the factors behind this is an important question because without identifying the triggers, we cannot look for a long-term solution to this problem.

So, let’s make a list of the prospective causes for this error.

Here is why error 3 is showing up on your Youtube TV.

  • Your internet connection is weak.
  • The Youtube app is glitching
  • Other apps are interfering with the Youtube app
  • Your TV is facing an issue.
  • You have missed a software update.

These are the reasons that the users have listed online when trying to explain what is the reason behind error code 3 on YouTube TV.

How can you get rid of Youtube TV error code 3?

Now that we have looked at the list of reasons that can be behind the error, it is time to discuss them in detail and take a pick from the list of reasons according to the exact issues that you are facing.

Let’s discuss the fixes.

Fix 1: The internet connection is weak

You choose to believe it or not, in the majority of cases of internet-powered services, the culprit is a weak internet connection. 

Users neglect this issue when they feel like all the other programs that require internet are working fine but fail to notice that some programs are heavy and need a stable internet connection to function. We can put Youtube TV into a category of heavy programs as this also requires a stable internet connection to be able to connect to the server and provide you with content for consumption.

Also, since the programs are not saved on your device and are being streamed through the internet live, they need to have a high-speed internet connection.

When you are looking for the internet connection and the problems caused by it make sure that you check with your internet service provider about the plan you have purchased. 

Some plans have limited data and after a while, it can get over and you will not be able to access the internet let alone heavy programs like Youtube TV.

Fix 2: The Youtube app is glitching

If you are using Youtube TV on the smart tv that you own, you are operating through the app. There is a very frequent possibility of the app facing a glitch.

This can lead to the freezing of the app while streaming content or in some cases, it can also prevent the launching of the app.

Usually, the system in these cases is just in a rut and you can get rid of that by a simple restart.

Fix 3: Other apps are interfering with the Youtube TV app

The Youtube TV app needs the memory to be free to function properly. If there is some heavy app running in the background, it will be interfering with the processes of Youtube TV.

Users have reported that when they face error code 3 on Youtube, it is generally some other app like Netflix or Prime video that is running its processes in the background and hogging the device memory.

This can lead to the processing memory not being free for the very heavy app that is Youtube TV.

If you see the error code flash, check if the other apps that you used recently are still running in the background. Also, make sure that the other apps are not updating in the background because then it also competes for the internet connection along with the memory.

Fix 4: Your TV is facing an issue

There could be no problem with the Youtube TV app but the TV that you are streaming it on could have a problem that has gone undetected.

The TV could be facing a problem in connecting to the internet or there could be an undetected hardware issue flying under the radar that will now come to light just because the Youtube Tv app is dysfunctional.

Sometimes, the problem may be as simple as an overload of cache on the TV and that can be solved by clearing the data from the TV.

Depending on the model of TV that you own, you can find this online or in the user manual that what steps should you take to clear the cache on the system.

Lastly, make sure that the connection to the TV is secure and all the connecting wires are in healthy condition without any breaks.

If you find any broken wires, immediately replace them and also invest in a cable protector so that this does not happen again.

Fix 5: You have missed a software update

This is about the firmware update on your device as well as the Youtube TV app that you might have forgotten to update.

The updates that are regularly provided and suggested to download play a very important part in determining the basic function of the device in question as well as the app.

The updates keep the version in touch with the new developments, eliminate glitches in the system, and also provide information on the viruses that may plague the system from time to time. 

Make sure that you are updating the firmware as well as the app regularly.


Error code 3 on Youtube is accompanied by the freeze responses and the launch delay from the app. The reasons could range from the device malfunction to the app malfunction. We have listed them in the sections above.

The error code is relatively new but still is a topic of discussion for the user communities on the internet. This benefits us when we are looking for different perspectives on the error code and some other fixes that are not suggested by the customer support helpline.

We have tried to gather all these fixes in one place for your convenience. One of these solutions will help you with error code elimination.

Keep following for more technical advice. Happy Streaming!!

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Falguni Rana is a technology writer who has expertise in software and hardware troubleshooting. She publishes how-to and troubleshooting guides for different apps, websites, games, and consumer hardware products.