Stop Buffering: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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Stop Buffering: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
Stop Buffering: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

Video buffering issues can be frustrating and hinder live video streaming. There are several ways to stop and prevent buffering in your network, such as updating your router, reducing the number of background processes, and removing malware from your system.


Stop Buffering Step 1

Step 1. Stop all other active downloads on your computer or device

Other background processes and downloads consume additional resources and bandwidth that could otherwise be used for live streaming. Stop games running and applications running in the background during live streaming.

Stop Buffering Step 2

Step 2. Pause the video for a few minutes to create a larger buffer

This will allow your computer to download more of the video so you can watch the video in its entirety, without pauses or interruptions.

Stop Buffering Step 3

Step 3. Consider increasing or improving your internet speed

Upgrade your internet router or internet subscription, or get into the habit of clearing your browser cache and cookies to avoid buffering and lag.

Use a dual-band router that provides a five GHz network with additional bandwidth. This type of router is often best suited for online streaming and is known for reducing buffering

Stop Buffering Step 4

Step 4. Wait for the content provider services to be 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 times. For example, research conducted by the FCC has shown that peak times for Internet traffic are between 8 and 10 p.m. If your videos continue to buffer, wait until the services are less heavily used before watching them.

Stop Buffering Step 5

Step 5. Limit the number of active devices on your network

Multiple devices used on the same Internet network will consume that network's bandwidth and cause buffering, especially if your router is not capable of supporting heavy traffic. When streaming videos, make sure not too many devices are using the internet.

Stop Buffering Step 6

Step 6. Use antivirus software or antimalware 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 internet speed.

Stop Buffering Step 7

Step 7. Reduce the quality of the video settings

Reducing the quality of videos helps to reduce bandwidth and buffering. If you use other software or services to stream videos, change the video quality via the settings menu.

Stop Buffering Step 8

Step 8. If necessary, use a fixed internet connection

Wireless Internet connections are more likely to be hampered by signal, frequency, and physical obstacles such as walls or furniture. Switch to a wired connection to help eliminate the buffering issues.

Stop Buffering Step 9

Step 9. Install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player on your device

Most video streaming websites use Adobe Flash, which means that running an outdated version of Flash can cause buffering during live streaming. Visit the official Adobe Flash Player website at and select the option to install the latest version of the software.

Stop Buffering Step 10

Step 10. Install the latest video drivers on your device

Most video cards are automatically updated when you update in Windows or on an Apple. However, if you installed your own custom video card, visit the manufacturer's website to download and install updated drivers for your graphics card.

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