YouTube is one of the largest video-sharing sites on the Internet, with about four billion hours of video watched each month. With the advent of social media and mobile technology, they have become a popular place for businesses to advertise and get subscribers. YouTube’s servers are usually very busy, which can lead to slow downloads. But a dropped or constantly buffered connection can also be caused by problems with your Internet service, router, or web browser.
What causes YouTube to be slow on your computer?
- Outdated Flash: Flash is a multimedia system that allows users to play videos in the browser.
- Browser cache: Sometimes the browser cache can cause serious problems, such as when YouTube is slow.
- Overloaded servers: YouTube has an audience of millions of views per month. Even if the infrastructure is very good, data traffic can be high, and sometimes host errors can occur.
- Internet/router issues: If your connection is slow or experiencing problems, this can be felt when performing bandwidth-intensive activities such as downloading files and streaming movies.
How can you fix slow YouTube on your computer?
Update your video card driver
- Press Windows + R, type devmgmt.MSC and press Enter to open Device Manager.
- Then expand the Display Adapters entry, right-click on your video card, and select Enable.
- Then right-click on your video card again and select “Update Driver”.
- Select “Automatically check for updated drivers” and let the process finish.
Change the quality of a YouTube video
- Open the video you want to watch in your favorite web browser.
- Then click the gear (settings) icon in the lower right corner of the YouTube video player.
- Choose a lower quality than the one you’re currently watching the video in, and if the problem persists, set the quality to Auto.