YouTube has had an unprecedented social impact, influencing popular culture, and internet trends, and creating multimillionaire celebrities. Since its purchase by Google, YouTube has expanded beyond the core website into mobile apps, network television, and the ability to link with other platforms like Facebook.
To share Videos from YouTube to Facebook, all you have to do is copy the link and paste it on your status. Facebook will automatically display the video title, description, and thumbnail.
This procedure however might not be as easy as earlier stated. You might get a broken thumbnail icon, where the video description and title will be displayed, but the thumbnail is absent.
In this case, the video posted with being accessible via Facebook, interested viewers will have to do so via YouTube itself.
What causes YouTube thumbnails not to show on Facebook?
You can experience the ‘YouTube thumbnail not showing on Facebook’ issue due to some reasons, one of which is the presence of the bug. The bug problem is generally the major cause of a broken thumbnail.
Other causes include;
- Browser/ app (YouTube or Facebook) settings
- Outdated browser
- Excess cache and cookies
- Incompatibility problems, etc.
Luckily, there’s a way out of every issue. Here, we have gathered some useful procedures to help you fix the thumbnail issue.
These solutions below will fix the thumbnail issue, thus allowing you to share your favorite videos with your friends.
Fix #1: Clear Caches from your browser
While on YouTube, your browser is behind the scene, gathering and storing information (known as Cache), improving the online user experience. However, these caches most times interfere with your browser and cause it to malfunction.
While using a browser, you may want to restart it to clear the cache and free up some space. However, you’ll have to ensure that it does not show on the task manager.
That is, you have to clear the browser off your task manager to ensure it isn’t running in the background. Wait for a minute before you reopen the browser and stream your video.
When cached data are cleared, you’ll have a browser void of interruptions. You can now upload your video on Facebook smoothly.
Fix #2: Clear Cookies from your browser
Cookies are little packets of information sent by a server to a web browser. They are returned by the browser each time it accesses that server. Their initial purpose is to help users remember information from sites they browsed. Examples of these cookies are login data, images, forms, etc.
As useful as these cookies are, they may be the cause of the broken thumbnail.
To fix this, you have to clear these cookies from your browser, close your browser, and then reopen it.
Fix #3: Update your browser
You might be experiencing this issue as a result of an outdated browser. This is because the outdated browser may contain a bug that alters your YouTube functions.
Updating your browser to the latest version will solve the problem. As the new version would have been modified and void of the bug.
Better still you can switch to another reliable browser if you still experience the issue after updating the previous one. Try using Chrome, Safari, Edge, or Firefox.
Fix #4: Uninstall Browser Add-ons
Add-ons are great features that can help to improve your online experience. They increase the functionality of the browser, blocking unwanted content, downloading or capturing images and videos, etc.
However, since add-ons are third-party applications, they may not be compatible with your browser, hindering some features from working.
Go to extensions and disable all of them before you reload the Video on Facebook.
Fix #5: Use the Facebook debugger tool
You may be experiencing the thumbnail issue on Facebook due to a bug problem. Luckily, the Facebook debugger tool can help you fix the bug problem.
Follow these steps below to use the Facebook debugger tool:
- Log in to your Facebook account.
- Open facebook.com/tools/debugin another tab.
- Copy and paste the link for the YouTube video in the Debugger link box and click on the “Debug” button. The tool will display the video information that has been cached by Facebook servers, which includes the thumbnail, video link, title, and description.
- If the thumbnail does not appear, click on the “Scrape Again” button. This will refresh the cached information, and in most cases, fix the thumbnail issue.
Fix #6: Enable thumbnails on Facebook
When sharing a video link on YouTube, Facebook permits you to edit the settings of the shared video.
In most cases, the broken thumbnail issue on Facebook may occur because you have disabled thumbnails when sharing the video. To fix this, ensure you disable the “no thumbnails” option before uploading your video.
Fix #7: Enable YouTube preview on Facebook
Another reason why a YouTube thumbnail disappears on Facebook is if you have disabled previewing. This feature also prevents previewing the video on your timeline.
To fix this you’ll have to enable previewing option, which will allow you to preview the video, as well as view the thumbnail.
Fix #8: Use the YouTube sharing button
The broken thumbnail issue on YouTube can be due to a problem that occurred when posting the video link to your Facebook timeline.
In this case, trying to share the video directly from YouTube using the “Facebook Sharing” button can help fix the issue.
To share the video directly from YouTube follow the steps below:
- Open the video you want to share on YouTube
- Click on Share
- Select Facebook
- Then share the video directly on your timeline
Fix #9: Enable the embedding feature on YouTube
YouTube thumbnails may not show on Facebook when sharing a video link if you have disabled the “embedding function” on YouTube.
To fix this, locate the YouTube video you want to share and enable the embedding feature.
You can only fix this yourself if the videos are originally yours. Else, the original owner has to enable the embedding function himself for the thumbnails and preview to work.
Hopefully, the solutions proffered in this post will help you fix the YouTube thumbnail not showing on the Facebook issue you are experiencing.
Now you can conveniently share YouTube Videos on your Facebook. Below are some available channels on YouTube you can explore.
What Channels Are Available On YouTube TV?
Here’s a list of all the channels currently available on YouTube TV, though these will vary slightly depending on your location:
- ABC News
- Adult Swim
- Animal Planet
- BBC World News
- BET Her
- CBS Sports
- CNBC World
- Cartoon Network
- Cheddar News
- Comedy Central
- Comet TV
- Cozi TV
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- ESPN 2
- ESPN U
- FOX Business
- FOX News Channel
- Food Network
- Golf Channel
- Investigation Discovery
- MLB Game of the week
- MLB Network
- MTV Classic
- NBA TV
- NBC News Now
- NBC Sports
- NBC Universo
- NatGeo Wild
- National Geographic
- NFL Network
- Nick Jr.
- Olympics Channel
- Paramount Network
- PBS Kids
- SEC ESPN Network
- Smithsonian Channel
- Teen Nick
- The CW
- Travel Channel
- TV Land
- Universal Kids
- WE TV
- YouTube Originals
How to Verify your YouTube Creator Account
You should verify your YouTube account as soon as possible as it opens up more features on the platform. It’s easy to do and all you need is a phone number for them to send you a verification code.
To verify your YouTube account:
- Log into YouTube with the account you want to verify
- Go to the Verification Page
- Enter the phone number
- Select if you want to have a call or text message
- When you receive the code, put it in and that’s all
Note that YouTube limits the use of a single phone number to a maximum of two accounts.