How to Stop Buffering

Problems with video buffering can be frustrating and have a negative impact on your live video streaming experience. There are several ways to stop and prevent buffering on your network, such as upgrading your router, reducing background processes, and removing malware from your system.


  1. Stop all other active downloads on your computer or device.Other background processes and downloads will consume extra resources and bandwidth that could otherwise be attributed toward live streaming. Quit any games and applications that may be running in the background when doing live streaming.
  2. Pause the video for a few minutes to create a larger buffer.This allows your computer to download more of the video so you can watch the video in its entirety without breaks or pausing.
  3. Consider increasing or improving your Internet speed.Upgrade your Internet router or Internet plan with your Internet Service Provider (ISP), or routinely delete your browser’s cache and cookies to help reduce buffering and lag time.
    • Try using a dual-band router that offers a five GHz network with extra bandwidth. This router type is often most suitable for online streaming and is known to reduce buffering.
  4. Wait until the services for the content provider are less busy.The servers of content providers such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube may be slower or busier than usual depending on the provider’s resources and peak hours. For instance, research conducted by the FCC has shown that peak times for Internet traffic is between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. If your videos continue to buffer, wait until the services are less busy before watching videos.
  5. Limit the amount of devices active on your network.Multiple devices being used on the same Internet network will consume that network’s bandwidth and cause buffering, especially if your router is unable to support a heavy traffic load. When streaming videos, make sure Internet usage is limited across devices.
  6. Use antivirus or anti-malware software to detect and remove viruses and malicious programs.Malicious software will often cause one or more processes to run in the background and slow down your Internet speed.
  7. Reduce the quality of the video in settings.Reducing the quality of videos helps decrease bandwidth and instances of buffering. If using third-party software or services to stream videos, modify video quality via the settings menu.
  8. Consider using a wired Internet connection.Wireless Internet connections are more likely to be disrupted by problems with signal, frequency, and physical obstructions, such as walls or furniture. Try switching to a wired connection to help eliminate problems with buffering.
  9. Install the latest video card drivers on your device.Most video cards are updated automatically at the time you install Microsoft or Apple updates. However, if you installed your own custom video card, navigate to the manufacturer’s website to download and install updated drivers for your video card.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    What does buffering mean?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Buffering is when a video keeps pausing or loading, interrupting play. It's usually due to a poor internet connection.
  • Question
    How do I make my downloaded movie stop buffering?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Terminate all open programs, Then try it again.
  • Question
    How do you remove buffering from a YouTube video?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If none of the methods in this article are working for you, you must simply wait for the buffering to be done.
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