I am unable to play YouTube videos from the links I get on my Facebook Messenger app.

Here's what happens:

  1. A friend of mine posts a video link to me (YouTube link) as a message on Facebook.
  2. I receive it on my Android mobile in the Facebook messenger app.
  3. I click on it and it shows a Dialogue-Box (you can call that a pop-up) which asks me to choose an app to open the video with.

Now earlier, there used to be the video player apps in my mobile along with the internet browsers installed on my mobile that used to come up there. So I would select an internet browser, and it in turn would re-direct me to the "YouTube" app itself.

However, now, I am only getting video-players in that Dialogue Box as an option to open the YouTube video, but of course, if I select them, they are not able to stream the video.

Has anyone found a way around this problem? It is really bothersome.

  • I don't quite understand what you mean by "I am only getting video-players in that Dialogue Box as an option to open the YouTube video". Do you mean the YouTube app and web browsers don't show up in the chooser, but some other video players do? – Dan Hulme Oct 26 '13 at 17:57
  • Yes, exactly ! Not some, all video players except YouTube and internet browsers show up ( I have MX Player and Samsung's default video player installed on my phone) – devanshu_kaushik Oct 29 '13 at 9:53
  • If it's not too sensitive, could you post a link that does this? I'd only expect other players to show up for a direct link to a video file, and I'd always expect YouTube to show up for a youtube.com/watch link. – Dan Hulme Oct 29 '13 at 10:30
  • All youtube links behave this without exception when sent through the Facebook Messenger app – devanshu_kaushik Oct 30 '13 at 16:18
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    @DanHulme, Here's a link which causes this problem. It's a standard YT link: youtube.com/watch?v=Jk9TW5U1_So – Gaia Nov 5 '13 at 2:12

Go to settings on Facebook messenger app on Android. Then photos and media. Activate/turn on open links in default browser.


Try going on to app settings and turn on "links open externally" fixed it for me.

  • Are you sure this works for Messenger? Because I don't see the option on Messenger itself, but on the main Facebook app. – Andrew T. Jun 26 '15 at 1:44
  • That setting exists only in the Facebook app, not Messenger. It also has nothing to do with this type of behavior. – TurboFool Jun 29 '15 at 23:48

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