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Home > Tips > [Solutions] How to Fix Tumblr Videos Not Playing

[Solutions] How to Fix Tumblr Videos Not Playing

This article provides some very practical solutions to Tumblr videos not playing, for example, the video crash, black screen, and endless loading.

Updated Nov 15,2018 | by Micky

“What can I do with the problem of Tumblr videos not playing? It just keeps loading endlessly but my local network is fine!”

Tumblr is the world’s most popular social microblogging and social networking website. Users can view various original multimedia contents posted by others in their short-form blogs including photos and videos. However, sometimes when using Tumblr, we’ll find Tumblr videos don’t play no matter how long you wait. For example, they only show a black screen or the videos just load endlessly.

In this tutorial, I’ve listed some basic methods to troubleshoot this issue. Hopefully, they all work for you.


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Tumblr Videos Don’t Play on Chrome

If the issue Tumblr videos not playing occurs on Chrome, there are mainly 3 solutions.

Solution 1 Clear Cookies on Chrome

If the browser is clogged up with cookies, the online video playback can be affected. In this case, you will see Tumblr videos load endlessly.

To fix it, click on the 3-dot button on the upper right > Settings > Advanced > Clear browsing data > Clear data. After this, check whether Tumblr videos work again.

Soluton 2 Tweak in the Experimental Features

Sometimes, the issue is not caused by Tumblr but by Chrome itself. In this case, you can try the following method.

1.       Paste “chrome://flags” on Chrome and hit “Enter” to open Chrome Experimental Features.

2.       Search for “Hardware-accelerated video decode” in the list.

3.       After you find it, change the option beside from “Disable” to “Enable”.

4.       Go back to Tumblr and check whether the videos can be played normally.


Solution 3 Shut down Extra Tasks

There can be something wrong with online video playback if there are too many tasks running on your PC in the background. If you can close some of them, things might get better.

On Windows PC, you can go to Task Manager to view what tasks are running and choose to shut them down.

Right click on the taskbar at the bottom or hit “Ctrl+Shift+Esc” to launch Task Manager.


Tumblr App Videos Don’t Work on iPhone

If the problem Tumblr videos not working occurs in Tumblr App on iPhone, you can try the following methods to fix it.

1.       Make sure there is sufficient storage on your device or else, you should clean your iPhone by removing extra Apps and junk files.

2.       Check whether there is the latest update for Tumblr available in App Store because the video playback issue may be caused by some sort of bug. If there is, patch it up.

3.       Use browser like Google and Safari to watch Tumblr videos rather than on Tumblr App.

Download Tumblr Videos to PC/iPhone for Offline Watching

If none of the methods above work, you might as well consider downloading Tumblr videos for offline watching so that you won’t meet those playback issues like endless buffering again.

IOTransfer - the most versatile iPhone transfer software – enables its users to download lossless videos from mainstream sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Tumblr and directly transfer the videos to their iOS devices if they want. Moreover, iPhone data transfer, video conversion, iPhone cleaning, Instagram photo download, and GIF making are also available in IOTransfer.

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Download Tumblr Videos within 3 Step

Step 1

Click on the share button of the Tumblr video you want to download and select Permalink and then, copy the address. Install and launch IOTransfer, connect your iPhone to PC and wait until the device is detected. If the notification “Trust This Computer” pops up on your iPhone’s screen, tap on “Trust” to continue.


Tips: If you don’t want to download the video to iPhone, you needn’t connect the device to PC.

Step 2

Click on VIDEOS in the top toolbar. Then, select Downloader on the left and paste the Tumblr video’s link onto the blank area beside “URL:”. Tick off the option “Automatically transfer the downloaded videos into your iOS device” and preset a download path.


Step 3

Click on the blue button Download to start the Tumblr video download. Within a short time, the process can be completed but you should wait until the loop circling around the iPhone icon stops. Then, you can find the downloaded video in both the folder you previously set and in the video App on your iPhone.


Bottom Line

What to do when the problem of Tumblr videos not playing occur? Hopefully, after trying any of those methods above, your Tumblr videos can be played normally. If you have any further questions about IOTransfer, feel free to contact us for help.

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