5 Ways to Stop Buffering When Streaming Videos

Stop Buffering When Streaming Videos

If you’ve ever tried to watch a movie or TV show online, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of buffering. Buffering is when your video pauses frequently as it loads, making it difficult to watch. 

In this blog post, we will discuss five ways that you can stop buffering and enjoy your streaming videos without interruption. On top of it all, we suggest that you choose the most suitable plan from the NBN plans available.

  1. Check your internet connection.

The first step is to make sure that you have a strong internet connection. If you are using Wi-Fi, try moving closer to your router or connecting to a different network. If you are using a mobile data connection, try turning off other applications that may be using data in the background.

  1. Close other applications.

Another reason why your video may be buffering is because you have too many applications open at the same time. When you watch a video, it requires a lot of data. So if you’re also browsing the web or downloading files in the background, it can cause your video to buffer. Try closing any unnecessary applications and see if that helps.

  1. Clear your browser’s cache.

Your browser’s cache is where it stores temporary files and data from websites you visit. Over time, this cache can become full and cause your video to buffer. To clear your cache, open your browser’s settings and look for the ‘Clear browsing data’ or ‘Delete cookies and other site data’ option.

Once you’ve found it, select how far back you want to clear the cache (we recommend starting with the last 24 hours) and then click ‘Clear data.’ 

  1. Adjust your video quality.

The quality of your video can also affect whether or not it buffers. If you’re trying to watch a video in HD and your internet connection is slow, it’s likely that the video will buffer. To fix this, try adjusting the quality of the video to a lower setting.

On most video streaming websites, you can do this by clicking on the Settings icon (usually represented by a gear) and then selecting a lower quality option.

For example, on YouTube you can select any of the following:

  • 144p
  • 240p
  • 360p
  • 480p
  • 720p
  • 1080p

If you’re watching a live stream, you may not have the option to adjust the quality since it’s being streamed in real-time. In this case, you can try pausing the video for a few minutes to let it buffer, and then resume playing.

  1. Upgrade your NBN plan.

If you’ve tried all of the abovementioned tips and you’re still experiencing buffering, it might be time to upgrade your NBN plan. A higher-speed connection will allow you to stream videos without interruption.

If you’re not sure what speed you need, most streaming services recommend a minimum download speed of at least three megabits per second (Mbps). To get this speed, you may need to upgrade your plan or switch to a different provider.

We hope these tips have been helpful in making your video streaming more enjoyable by stopping buffering. Do you have any other tips you might want to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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