The last thing you want to deal with when you’re excited about a new video your favorite YouTuber has uploaded is buffering or a lagging problem. It’s inconvenient and aggravating, but it’s fixable. It’s time to take action if you’re continuously receiving notifications that an error has happened, that the connection to the server has been lost, or that anything else has gone wrong.
There are a few strategies you may use to help you get the YouTube video back on track, whether you’re connected to Wi-Fi or using your carrier’s mobile network.
Before you begin, check if you have the most recent version of YouTube installed to ensure that a problem or bug does not slow down the video. Here’s how to track down the problem and speed up your movies.
Step-by-step Process To Fix YouTube Lagging Issues
The process outlined here works for both PC and mobile users
1. Clear cache and browsing data
While watching videos, if your browser’s cache is too full, it can cause loading troubles. To get the best experience, clear your cache first. Follow these steps to clear your cache:
• Open Chrome on your phone, PC, or tablet.
• Select the menu with the three stacked dots.
• Go to More Tools > Clear Browsing Data on your machine. Tap History > Clear Browsing Data on your phone.
• Pick a time range at the top of the screen if you’re using a Mac, PC, or Android device, or choose “All Time” to erase everything if you’re using a Mac, PC, or Android device.
Skip to the following step if you’re using an iPhone
• Select Cookies and Site Data, Cached Pictures and Files from the drop-down menus.
• Select Clear Data from the menu. After clearing the data, you may have to sign back into your Google account.
2. Close Browser Tabs
Too many open browser tabs might deplete your computer’s resources, making it impossible to run YouTube videos.
As a result, ensure you close all unneeded browser tabs and that you have enough resources on your computer to play YouTube videos.
3. Modify the Video URL
You might be able to improve the performance of YouTube videos by replacing the “www” element of the video URL address with “ca.” or “uk,” depending on your area.
As an example, suppose you’re watching Drake’s “In My Feelings” on your computer, and the video is buffering.
Replace the “www” part of the URL with “ca” if you’re in Canada or “uk” if you’re in the UK, and hit the enter key on your computer’s keyboard.
• Original URL:
4. Enable Stats for Nerds
While streaming videos, YouTube includes a tool called Stats for Nerds that shows you precise statistics about your connection speed, buffer health, and network activities. The tool will not make your movie play smoother, but it will assist you in determining the source of the problem.
When using a desktop browser:
• Right-click the player in a browser window while watching a YouTube video.
• Select Stats for Nerds.
A Stats for Nerds pane will appear in the top left corner of the video window. The connection speed, network activity, and buffer health will be visible. While some of the information intends to assist developers in troubleshooting video difficulties, you can know whether bandwidth or buffering issues are an issue.
Open the YouTube app on your phone.
• In the top right corner, tap the account symbol.
• Go to Settings on your iPhone and turn on Enable Stats for Nerds.
• Go to Settings > General > Enable Stats for Nerds on your Android device.
• Tap the three stacked dots menu after selecting a video to view.
• You can move the box anywhere on the screen to see the metrics, which will appear in the center of the screen.
5. Change the Video Quality
Once you’ve seen your connection speed, double-check that it matches YouTube’s suggested sustained speed for smooth video playback. For example, if you want to watch a 720p film, you’ll need at least 2.5 Mbps, and if it’s less than that, you should probably reduce the resolution.
It should run smoother if you choose a lower resolution for a video you’re watching. You won’t get the same quality, but you won’t have to worry about buffering.
To alter the video quality on your phone’s YouTube app, go to the three stacked dots menu and the Quality menu, where you can choose a resolution.
Choose the Settings menu in a browser window on your desktop, then tap Quality and make a selection.
6. Try using YouTube Premium
If you’re still having trouble loading your videos, you might want to switch to YouTube Premium. The ability to download videos to view offline when you have a bad connection is a huge bonus. As a result, you won’t have to sit through a five-second buffering video. You can test it for a month for free to see whether you believe it’s worth paying $12 per month.
Why is YouTube so laggy all of a sudden?
The browser caches everything the first time you load it, making it load faster the next time – this will cause the browser to keep an excessive amount of temporary data, which may be the reason for YouTube’s lag. If it doesn’t work, clear the cache and try again. Depending on the browser you’re using, you will need to follow different methods to clear the cache.
Do you want to learn more about how to use YouTube? Check out how to fix a YouTube video that is loading but not playing.