Safari plays Youtube videos on iOS but not on OSX

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ss.soulbeat, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. ss.soulbeat macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2013
    Hi Guys,

    It's been 3 days since I got my first mac ever.

    I find it strange, that I can watch only some youtube videos on my brand new haswell 15'' macbook pro... some of the videos work perfectly but others, safari keeps telling me that I need to install flash !!!

    An example of this, is the following youtube video:

    I can watch it on my iPhone 4s via Safari (iOS doesn't come with flash installed, right ?)

    I cannot watch this same video via Safari on my brand new haswell 15'' macbook pro (OSX Mavericks)

    Some thoughts most appreciated.

  2. w0lf macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2013
    1: Go to
    2: Opt in to the HTML 5 player
    3: Try watching the video

    If the above does not work there is one simple solution:

    1: Install Flash

    Alternatively you could use Google Chrome which comes bundled with Pepper Flash (It's also a better browser than Safari but that's just my opinion).
  3. DavidMonteiro, Nov 10, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2013

    DavidMonteiro macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2013
    Did you opt for the HTML5 YouTube trial?

    Using HTML5 will use HTML5 standards for your videos, but not all. Videos that have DRM cannot be played in HTML5, since it doesn't support it. An example would be VEVO videos.

    EDIT: w0lf was faster than me. Oh well.

    I will add that Safari is more power-efficient, but doesn't support LOTS of HTML5 video standards. Chrome fixes these, but uses more energy.
  4. ss.soulbeat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2013
    Thank you Guys,

    I went to the, like you said.

    I can read this message:

    "The HTML5 player is currently used when possible."

    Then I went to youtube and tried the same video, still no success.

    So I guess I'll try chrome first, before installing flash as a last resort...(I've heard here and there, flash is such a resource hog)

    Even if Safari doesn't support LOTS of HTML5 video standards, like DavidMonteiro said, how come, the video I told you about on my 1st post, plays perfectly via Safari on iOS7 and refuses to play via Safari on Mac OSX ?!?!
  5. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    You might install ClickToFlash : you then will be able to see the videos on YouTube, without Flash Player installed.

    Safari menu bar : Safari / Safari Extensions.

    Select ClickToFlash and install.
  6. ss.soulbeat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2013
  7. cbs20 macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2013

    Correct flash is a resource hog, but flash will be used no matter what browser you use. Safari is a lot more power efficient and less of a resource hog then chrome. But, chrome may be a better browser. The choice is up to you.

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