YouTube is supposed to run smoothly in order to provide you an uninterrupted entertainment and infotainment experience. Nevertheless, there can be various reasons to keep YouTube from functioning smoothly, and it can be really frustrating. With that said, if you experience your YouTube keeps buffering and wonder what to do, this is a must-read.
Why YouTube keeps Buffering?
YouTube buffering can be often seen when you play HD video on a relatively slower network. However, even videos with normal resolution can buffer at least an occasional basis due to various reasons. Interestingly, YouTube buffering can happen even if you have a high-speed internet connection. That can happen due to slower servers from their end, and your connection speed doesn’t affect that.
As we already know, YouTube is equipped with the most powerful internet connections in the world. Also, their servers and other infrastructure come with cutting edge technology. However, that doesn’t prevent YouTube from experiencing occasional hiccups, particularly when there is heavy traffic.
In fact, when plenty of users visit YouTube and watch videos simultaneously, the performance of the servers is tested. In that case, the servers have to communicate with all the clients and transfer data constantly. If something goes wrong, the users will experience various issues, and YouTube keeps buffering is one of those issues.
You will know that YouTube keeps buffering when you see a wheel in the center of the video. Also, you will notice a blue color banner with ‘Experiencing interruptions?‘ text. If you have noticed such an error, don’t worry. You are not the only one to experience it; there are plenty of others who suffer from the same.
As a matter of fact, YouTube buffering mainly occurs due to an error on the user’s end. If there is an issue on YouTube’s end, we cannot address it other than just inquiring about what’s happening. In other words, we cannot fix the errors that take place on YouTube’s end. Nevertheless, here are some ways to fix YouTube buffering issue that occurs on your end.
Part 1: How to Fix YouTube Keeps Buffering on PC
In fact, there is no shortage of solutions to consider when you need to fix the YouTube buffering issue. Mentioned below are the most effective methods you can try.
Close the other browser tabs you are using
If you have opened too many tabs in the web browser, your computer obviously requires more power to browse. When the contents of all those tabs transfer data through the internet, the bandwidth would not be sufficient enough. As a result, YouTube videos might show a significant showdown. This is exactly when you will experience YouTube buffering. To minimize the bandwidth consumption, the best thing you can do is to close the other browser tabs.
This issue becomes very common when you try to use 4K video playback or videos with 60FPS. As you would realize, such videos require a significant amount of processing power from the computer. So, closing down the tabs will minimize the resource distribution and direct more power towards the YouTube page. As a result, a YouTube video will start to play without slowing down.
Restart the web browser
If the issue is related to the web browser you are using, restarting would be one of the solutions. When the restarting is done, the browser will be refreshed so you can expect YouTube to work again. However, this option might not work every time. In other words, you need a little bit of luck for this option to work.
Restart the router
There are many times where the internet can experience some issues due to router troubles. If this situation describes you, you can try restarting the router and see if the issue is resolved. Well, restarting may fix minor issues associated with your router – be it a wired or wireless device. When restarting your router, ensure that you give it about 30 seconds at the least. With that, the router will be able to reinitialize properly and start fresh without trouble. In fact, restarting can fix slow internet issues in many cases, if nothing else is wrong.
Reboot the computer
Sometimes, the culprit can be your computer itself to cause YouTube buffering issues and make your annoyed. For instance, think about a minor error in your video card. It is true that such issues are rare. But there are enough examples of such situations. These issues can be pretty common, particularly with outdated, low-end machines.
If you assume it is to be the case, you can simply perform a restart on the computer. As a result, the drivers of the video card will get refreshed and perform a bit better.
Update the browser and plugins
If you have not updated your browser for some time or it has some outdated media plugins, issues occur. Compatibility issues of the browser and the plugins can necessarily make YouTube to malfunction. The only way to solve outdated browser issue is simply to update it and see what happens.
With the introduction of HTML5, YouTube can work without Flash. However, some time ago, Flash was a mandatory aspect for YouTube to play. In other words, those days, if you didn’t have Flash, YouTube didn’t work.
You should remember that this issue has become less common these days because Flash is not required anymore. However, an outdated web browser can still come into play to make YouTube videos play slower. Therefore, it is highly recommended to keep your browser updated, and it is good for the overall performance as well.
Use Google Chrome Browser
There are various browsers in the market, and different browsers come with different features. Some of the browsers are highly compatible with YouTube, and some don’t. As per Google, they recommend Chrome to browse YouTube. So, if you are using a browser other than Chrome, you should switch to Chrome and check it.
Any other possible solution?
Here are some other suggestions to consider if you still face the issues with YouTube videos.
Check if you have a powerful internet signal
If you are using a wireless internet connection, the strength of the signals you get on the device can vary. So, if you see YouTube keeps buffering, it is better to check if you have strong enough signals.
Change the quality of the video
When you watch YouTube clips with highest possible quality, you may experience some lags. This is specifically true if you are using a relatively slow internet connection with poor bandwidth. So, just try to switch to a lower quality anything less than HD and see if it works.
Change the DNS Server
Is your DNS server configured to block some of the domains and YouTube is one of them? If so, you cannot necessarily play the videos. In this case, you may even see that the website loads bot video doesn’t play. So, you will have to check the DNS server and change it. You can change the DNS server either through the Wi-Fi settings or through the internal settings of the router. When you change, you should change it to Google DNS server (which is 22.214.171.124 or even 126.96.36.199).
Make use of a VPN
If you are using your office network, the chances are that YouTube is blocked by a network admin. It can be true with your school network as well. Anyways, if you are using a network on which YouTube is blocked, you may experience YouTube buffering. The best way to overcome this issue is to use a VPN.
Use a different PC
If you are still unable to find a solution, you will have to try another PC as well. Because, your PC might be too old, too slow or have some other unidentified issues. If YouTube plays on a different computer perfectly, the issue is with your machine, for sure.
Ask your ISP about it
If you didn’t have luck yet, the last resort would be to contact your ISP. Before that, check the speed of your internet connection using a testing tool. Then, if the connection is slower than they have promised, contact your ISP and request for an explanation.
Part 2: How to Stop YouTube Videos from Buffering on Android/iPhone
The above section of our article explains how to tackle YouTube buffering issue on a desktop or a laptop. However, if you experience the same issue on your mobile device (Android or iPhone), this section is useful. So, let’s get into the list of possible solutions straightaway.
01. Restart the device
Restarting the device can be the most obvious solution for both iPhones and Androids to resolve minor glitches. Although this is a straightforward fix, it can actually fix various minor issues related to these devices. Also, performing a reboot on your Android or iOS device doesn’t cause any damage. So, it is absolutely worth trying a restart as the first solution.
02. Try mobile internet
If the YouTube buffering issue has occurred while you were on Wi-Fi network, switch to mobile internet instead. Well, it is always better to try a different network when YouTube keeps buffering. So, switching to mobile internet is the easiest method.
03. Check if any software update is available
If switching to the mobile network doesn’t work, you should check if there is a software update available. In order to check it, you should go to Google Play or App Store for Android and iOS devices, respectively. Then, check if there is an update for the YouTube app and download if it is available.
04. Uninstall YouTube app and install it again
If the update doesn’t work (or if there is no update available), you should consider a complete reinstall. Some users have unknowingly used beta versions and experience some issues. So, it is always better to uninstall the app and reinstall a fresh copy of YouTube once again. Also, you may try visiting YouTube using a web browser instead of the app.
05. Free the storage
If the problem related to YouTube still persists, you should try freeing up your device’s storage. It is always better to leave at least about 500MB free for the overall smooth performance of the device. So, check for it and delete unwanted files if the required free space is not there. You may also transfer the available files into external storage or cloud to free the device.
We should mention that your buffering speed depends mostly on the speed of the internet connection. ISPs generally cut down their speeds if you exceed your monthly data allocation before the end of the month. So, keep that in your mind as well.
If any of the methods mentioned above solved YouTube buffering issue, we are more than happy about it. If you have further questions, please do let us know in the comments section.