How To Fix Safari Videos Black Screen Bug (iOS 15 & iPadOS 15)

Safari video black screen bug

Safari video black screen bug

Are you experiencing Safari video playback issues in iOS 15? Do you want to watch a clip embedded in a web page but the media is not playing? In fact, the movie plays, as you can see the timeline unfolding, but the video only shows a black screen? Sometimes audio and captions are available without any images?

Safari Video Black Screen Reports

This video not playing issue was reported to us by readers Bernaldo for iOS 15:

“I have an iPhone SE 2020. My problem is I can only listen to the sounds of a video in Safari. The video stays black and only the sound can be heard.”

and James complained about similar behavior in iPadOS 15:

“there’s new issue, video playback on chrome and safari doesn’t load properly on websites”

Safari Video Not Working Causes

We’ve managed to replicate this bug and have noticed that it only gets triggered when web pages with embedded videos are loaded in their AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) version.

Apparently, iOS 15 comes with a glitch that prevents Safari and other browsers from correctly playing videos embedded in AMP web pages!

How To Fix Safari Video Bug In iOS 15

Until Apple issues an iOS 15.x software update, with a patch for this problem, I recommend you to apply the following troubleshooting methods:

1. Disable GPU Process: Media

Update (Sept 26): Working fix provided by Ajiaz!
how to fix safari video black screen bug

  • Open Settings and browse for Safari.
  • Scroll all the way down to Advanced.
  • Go for Experimental Features.
  • Disable GPU Process: Media!
  • Fact: Does this fix work for you too? If not, try the other workarounds described below!

(Update, May 10)

2. Disable AdBlockers

Since iOS 15.4 Apple has removed the GPU Process: Media option from the Safari – Experimental Features menu. This means that the above fix isn’t available anymore!

I suggest you to remove any AdBlockers that are active on your device:
how to disable content blockers on iPhone

  • Open Settings and scroll for Safari.
  • Go for Extensions.
  • Disable any active Content Blockers. (like Adblock Plus, Firefox Focus or anything similar)
  • Reboot iPhone and check if the Safari video black screen issue has been solved. Share your results in the comments section please!
  • Credits: amnesiacpapa thanks for your contribution!

3. Load Non-AMP Web Page Version

non-amp version link in website footer

  • Open Safari and load the web page that contains the video that you want to watch.
    Fact: If you access it via an Googe Search engine results page, most likely your iPhone or iPad will load the page’s AMP version.
  • If the embedded video won’t play, or better said displays a black screen for the entire duration of the clip, scroll all the way down to the footer of the page.
  • Tap on the View Non-Amp Version link available in the footer. The standard version of the web page will load and the video playback should work without any problems!

Second AMP Workaround

Not all websites include a View Non-AMP Version option. In this case you have to manually load the standard version of the website:
amp url pasted in Notes

  • Long-press the Safari bottom tab bar to select and copy the page’s URL.
  • Open Notes or any other text editing app.
  • Paste the URL and delete the ‘amp’ part from the string.
  • Copy the edited URL back to the clipboard.
  • Return to Safari and paste it in a new tab. The regular web page version should allow you to play the embedded video without any hiccups!

Fix Safari Video Black Screen On Mac

The same issue has been reported on Macs running macOS Monterey. CeeYon confirms that the fix provided by Ajiaz works in macOS 12 too:

fix Safari video black screen on Mac

How to fix Safari video black screen on Mac.

  • Click Develop in the top menu bar while browsing Safari on Mac.
  • Hover on Experimental Features.
  • Scroll for GPU: Process Media. Click on it to disable it!

Are these tricks working? Are you able to fix the iOS 15 Safari video playback issue? Do you have a better solution? Use the comments section and share your feedback.

Related: Other common iOS 15 bugs are:
Live Text not working on iPhone.
Silent mode bug mutes audio playback for some third-party apps.
– Storage bug triggers iPhone Storage Almost Full notification, when there’s obviously enough free space available!