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How to fix Twitch won’t load in Chrome browser

Twitch is popular enough to rival YouTube and despite its many attempts, YouTube has not been able to capture Twitch’s live game streaming audience. It is still the preferred platform for anyone looking to stream game play, or watch it live. It does have a dedicated app for Windows 10 and for macOS but plenty of people still watch Twitch in their browser. Sometimes, Twitch won’t load in Chrome though. Here’s how you can fix it.

Twitch won’t load in Chrome

Twitch may not load at all or it may load partially but not play a stream. In order to fix Twitch not loading in Chrome, try all the following solutions.

Is Twitch up?

Visit downforeveryoneorjustme and check if Twitch is working. Additionally, if you have another browser installed, try accessing Twitch in it and see if it works. If the web app reports that Twitch is working and you’re able to get it to work in other browsers, the problem is likely with Chrome.

If the app reports that Twitch is up but you can’t access it in any browser, it is possible that the website is being blocked. If you think Twitch might be blocked by your ISP, there are ways to get around it. You can unblock websites in Chrome with a VPN.

Update Chrome

Check if a Chrome update is available. Click the more options button at the top right, and go to Help>About Google Chrome. It will check for any available updates. If an update is available, you should install it. You will need to relaunch Chrome to complete the update.

You should not be using an OS that is no longer supported by Chrome e.g. Windows 7 which only receives security updates.

Check extensions

It is possible that one of your extensions is blocking Twitch. Any content blocking extensions such as adblockers or pop-up blockers are the first things you should check. Whitelist Twitch in these types of extensions and then try loading Twitch.

Many users report that Adblock plus prevents Twitch from loading so you can either whitelist the Twitch domain or you can try a different ad blocking extension.

Clear cache

This is almost the equivalent of turning your computer off and back on again. Clear the Chrome cache to see if that works. You can try the following two things;

  1. Hold down the Ctrl key and tap F5 to reload Twitch. If this doesn’t work, move on to step 2 below.
  2. In the Chrome URL bar enter chrome://settings/clearBrowserData. Tap Enter and click the ‘Clear data’ button. For good measure, restart Chrome and then try visiting Twitch.

Clear DNS cache

Open Command Prompt and enter the following;

ipconfig /flushdns

Tap Enter. The command will execute within seconds. Restart your system and then try accessing Twitch in Chrome.

Reset Chrome Flags

Chrome flags are experimental features that you can enable but they may interfere with some websites particularly more complex ones like Twitch. Try resetting all Chrome flags to see if it fixes the problem.

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