360° YouTube Video Broken on Mobile Web?

Did you know if you try to watch an embedded YouTube 360° video on your webpage, it won’t work? Instead, the video breaks and the video no longer responds to the gyroscope.

Take a look at this broken image:

youtube broken 360
Video stretching problem when playing YouTube 360° Videos on Safari iOS

Instead, you would want your video to look like this:

new york times 360

Why is your 360° video broken?

YouTube’s 360° video player only works natively inside of the YouTube app. On mobile devices, especially in a Safari browser on iOS, viewers of 360° videos will get a broken experience when trying to watch YouTube videos embedded outside of the app.

Our Solution

This is just one of the reasons we built the OmniVirt VR Player. We wanted to make sure that with one simple upload, anyone with virtual reality content or 360° videos could power their experience on every platform and every browser.


Steps to fix your problem:

  1. Upload: Just like YouTube, you can upload your videos to upload.omnivirt.com (we accept the same file formats).
  2. Embed: Simply embed the video just as you would the YouTube player.
  3. Watch: Now, your audience no longer needs to download a special mobile app to experience this content. They can watch the 360° video right from the Safari iOS browser.
  4. Experience: OmniVirt’s player will render a fully functional 360° experience that with one click on VR mode will power stereoscopic 3D so you can slot the phone into your Google cardboard device.

Contact us if you have any questions.

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