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YouTube 400 error Chrome

YouTube error 400 Chrome may occur when you are trying to visit any page on YouTube from a Windows PC. You will get an error message that will read “Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request. That’s all we know.” At first, it seems that YouTube is not able to process your request because of a client error. An invalid request message, framing or a deceptive request routing is the most common reason for this error.

When cookies are being misused, it results in YouTube 400 error Chrome. The Chrome versions that use the Great suspender extension, cause this issue most of the time. The scroll position gets recorded in the cookies and in turn, the large size of cookies and the user gets YouTube 400 error Chrome.

Deleting the cookies responsible for the issue may solve the issue. If you are using Chrome extensions that block the gsScrollPos cookie from exceeding the size, that will cause YouTube error 400 Chrome message again after some time.

Methods to fix YouTube 400 error Chrome

Here we will discuss quick and easy fix as well as a method to delete the cookies specifically that are causing the issue.

Delete the gsSrollPos cookie

  1. Go to Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type “chrome://settings/siteData.
  3. Go to the top-right corner to use the search function. Look for YouTube here. Hit Enter.
  4. There will two separate sets of cookies.
  5. Click “Remove all shown” button. This will delete any related YouTube cookie.

Remove the gsScrollPos cookie using Developer Tools

You may use another way i.e. using Chrome’s Developer’s Tools. This is specific for gsScrollPos cookie and every occurrence linked to this process, the other YouTube cookies will remain unaffected.

  1. Go to Google Chrome and open YouTube.
  2. Ignore YouTube 400 error.
  3. Press Ctrl+ Shift+ I. This will open Developer Tools.
  4. Click on more error. Choose “application.”
  5. Expand the Cookies tab from the left side of the developer pane. Click on the link associated with YouTube.
  6. Look for the cookies starting with “gs.” Select each one systematically. Click the “Del” key. This will remove their occurrences.
  7. When the responsible cookie is deleted, reload the page and see that YouTube is working or not.

Clear Cache and cookies

  • Open Chrome browser on your PC.
  • Go to the three dots icon located beside the address bar.
  • Tap on settings to open the settings menu.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and look for “Advanced” option. Click on it to get more options.
  • Look for “content settings” and click on it.
  • Content settings page will open now.
  • Select the very the first option i.e. “Cookies.”
  • Tap on “See all cookies and site data” option.
  • A new page will appear now, with a search box at the top right corner.
  • Type “YouTube” in the search bar. Press Enter.
  • When the cookie entries appear on the screen, click on “Remove all shown” button.
  • They can also be deleted one by one. Click on the delete icon present on the right side of cookies.

The above fixes will solve your problem. But the error is likely to happen if you use The Suspender extension again. You can use another Chrome extension like Edit This Cookie. This will block the gsScrollPos cookie forever.

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