Play videos in the browser

Which video formats can be played in the browser?

The Yandex Browser beta version can open the following video files: MP4, FLV, SWF, AVI, WEBM, MPG, OGV, X-M4V, WMV, M4V.

Video files with the .mov and .quicktime extensions are not supported.

View videos in a separate window

Restriction. Automatic video popup is enabled if you have launched the video yourself or it plays back with sound. The video does not pop up automatically if launched in Incognito mode.

You can view videos in a separate browser window. For example, you can simultaneously launch an app and accompanying video instructions. The video player window stays “on top” of all the other windows so you can see it no matter which application you are using. You can drag the window to any part of the screen or resize the window to see the content hidden under it. The video playback will continue even if you minimize the browser window.

Automatic video popup in a separate window

By default, the video is displayed in a separate window automatically when you switch to another tab or program. If this didn't happen:

  1. Open an online video.
  2. Hold your cursor towards the top of the video player and click .
Tip. You can drag the icon over the video player as you like. If you want to disable automatic video popup, click  → Automatically open videos in a separate window in the lower right corner of the video player.
Manage videos

Use keyboard shortcuts for quick control.

Pause / play Space
Skip 5 seconds forward
Rewind 5 seconds back
Pause / play Space
Skip 5 seconds forward
Rewind 5 seconds back

You can also slow down or speed up the video playback. To do this, click  → Speed and select the desired speed from the list.

Configure video popup

You can disable the video popup button or automatic video popup in the Settings:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Open Tools.
  3. In the View videos on top of other tabs and programs section, disable the Show the pop out button on videos or Automatically open video in a separate window.

Video problems

Videos don't play; they download to my computer

If the website owner does not allow you to open files in Yandex Browser, the file will download to your computer. To open it in the browser, drag the downloaded file icon that appeared to the right of the SmartBox to the browser, or use the Ctrl + O keyboard shortcut and select the file from your Downloads folder.

Video loads slowly or doesn't play

Try turning off Turbo mode, blocking Flash data, and turning hardware acceleration on or off.

Check the settings

Make sure that Flash is allowed in the settings.

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Open Websites.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Advanced site settings.
  4. In the Flash section, enable the Allowed only for important page content option.
  5. Click Sites advanced settings.
  6. Go to the Not allowed tab.
  7. Check if the list contains the website that doesn't play audio.
Turn off Turbo mode

Sometimes Turbo mode interferes with playing audio or video. To turn it off:

  1. Click  → Extensions.
  2. Go to the Useful tools section.
  3. Turn off Turbo.
Allow Flash data

The browser might have an extension enabled that blocks Flash banners and videos. To turn it off:

  1. Temporarily disable all extensions:  → Extensions.
  2. If the problem has disappeared, go to the Online safety section and disable the Flash content blocking extension.
Turn the hardware accelerator on or off

Try turning the hardware accelerator on or off:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to System.
  3. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is selected in the Performance section, deselect it. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is off, turn it on.
  4. Restart the browser to apply these changes.

If your problem persists, send a message to our support staff using the feedback form.

Problems playing videos

If the browser displays a black screen instead of a video, the image shakes in online games, or the video freezes all the time, stops when you press pause or switch to full-screen mode, try one of the following methods.

Change your hardware acceleration settings

Try turning the hardware accelerator on or off:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to System.
  3. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is selected in the Performance section, deselect it. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is off, turn it on.
  4. Restart the browser to apply these changes.
Update your video card drivers
  1. Click Start → Dashboard → Device dispatcher.
  2. Open the Display adapters folder. A list of video cards appears.
  3. Right-click on the name of your video card.
  4. In the context menu, select Update driver software.

If your problem persists, send a message to our support staff using the feedback form. In the email, indicate that the drivers were updated.

Error “Adobe Flash Player was blocked because it is outdated”

If you see the message “Adobe Flash Player was blocked because it is outdated” under the SmartBox, update Flash Player. To do this:

  1. Open the install page.
  2. Choose your operating system.
  3. Select the version of Chromium with PPAPI.
  4. Follow the installation instructions.
  5. If you have problems installing the player, send a message to Support using the Feedback form.

NPAPI and Unity not supported

Yandex Browser no longer supports the NPAPI plugin that powers the Unity Web Player. This technology is outdated. Unity has also stopped supporting that plugin.

Install the new secure version of Adobe Flash Player with PPAPI support.