Requirements for using the PowerPoint YouTube feature

Before you insert or embed a YouTube video into your presentation, check to make sure you have installed everything for your version of PowerPoint.

PowerPoint versions

PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Online

PowerPoint for Android

PowerPoint 2013 RT

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PowerPoint 2013

To insert or embed a link to a YouTube video, you must install these updates and use these versions:

And have one of these browsers installed on your computer:

The following embed codes and video file formats are supported.

What

Specifics

Embed codes supported

  • New iframe embed codes

    (Older "object" embed codes used to be supported but no longer are (September 2017) because they require Shockwave Flash Player, which YouTube doesn't support anymore.)

Video formats supported

  • HTML5

PowerPoint 2010

YouTube videos on PowerPoint 2010 have stopped working. YouTube recently (September 2017) discontinued support for the Adobe Flash Player, which PowerPoint 2010 uses behind the scenes to play a YouTube video when it is embedded on a slide.

As a result of this change, you can no longer play a video in PowerPoint 2010. Instead you get an error that says: 

Flash-embedded videos are no longer supported

The PowerPoint team is investigating this problem in PowerPoint 2010, but there is no simple solution. If you can use a newer version of PowerPoint, YouTube videos still work on those other versions. PowerPoint Online is free and can be used with a Microsoft account (Hotmail, outlook.com, live.com), and with it you can insert and play YouTube videos. See the requirements for it in the next section of this article.

Because the problem with YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2010 is complex, we suggest that you upgrade if you can:

  • You can upgrade from Office 2010 to Office 2013 or Office 2016, both of which don't rely on Adobe Flash Player to play YouTube videos, and therefore don't have the same problem that PowerPoint 2010 now has.

    To make the upgrade beneficial, you need to be using a version of Windows that supports the version of Office that you've chosen. Office 2013 requires Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7. Office 2016 requires Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

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PowerPoint Online

You can insert a YouTube into a presentation in PowerPoint Online. For YouTube videos to play properly, you must be using these versions and have installed the specified update:

  • Current Online version

This YouTube feature isn’t available for SharePoint Server 2010 or 2013 customers using Office Web Apps.

And be using one of these browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 (See MS12-037)

  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (recommended)

  • Mozilla Firefox 12 or later

  • Apple Safari 5 or later

  • Google Chrome 18 or later

For instructions on inserting a video on a slide, see Link to a video on YouTube in PowerPoint Online.

The following embed codes and video file formats are supported. In addition, depending on the embed code being used, you might need the Adobe Shockwave Player add-in. This Player includes the Flash Player that is required for some embed codes.

What

Specifics

Embed codes supported

Video formats supported

Add-ins required

  • For old embed codes, the Shockwave Flash Player must be installed and turned on in the browser for all videos to play.

  • For new embed codes, the Shockwave Flash Player is only required for videos that don’t have an HTML5 stream available.

PowerPoint for Android

In PowerPoint for Android, you can watch a YouTube video that has been added to a presentation, but you can't insert a YouTube video.

PowerPoint 2013 RT

To insert or embed a link to a YouTube video, you must install these updates available on May 13th, 2014:

You will also need to be using the Internet Explorer 10 or later browser.

The following embed codes and video file formats are supported.

What

Specifics

Embed codes supported

Video formats supported

  • HTML5

If you're still having problems, see: Are you having video or audio playback issues?

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